- Admitted as a solicitor in December 2003 having been called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in November 2001
- Advises in all areas of property litigation, including landlord and tenant matters, possession, trespass, insolvency as it relates to property and development disputes
- Oxford Grammar School
- LLB Laws (Hons), University of Manchester
- BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
- PGDL, City University
22.11.01 Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn)
Mid-Tier Law Firm LLP – 2003 to present
- Advising clients on alienation of leases, including the transfer of leases held by OK supermarkets to independent retailers and the sale of several London restaurants, including X, Y, Z and T.
- Acting for the landlords in ABCLimited v Good Stores Limited in successfully obtaining an injunction to require the tenant and a third party to surrender an under lease that was entered into without consent.
- Representing StarsJupiter in resisting a claim for an injunction based on alleged rights of light to restrain the construction of a strategically important residential development in the City of London. Confidential settlement terms which enabled completion of the development were agreed immediately before trial.
- Acting for the claimant in GenProp Limited v XYZLimited in successfully defeating the defendant’s application for summary judgment against GenProp’s claim for an injunction to restrain the defendants from using dry dock facilities on the River Thames in breach of a deed of covenant and substantial damages. The claim was later settled during trial on terms that the defendants would be subject to an injunction, and would pay damages and costs.
- Advising a developer in relation to a claim for increased overage payments by a borough council following the regeneration and redevelopment of Trowbridge, Hackney.
- Representing clients, including OK Hotels and StarsJupiter (see above) against property professional, including solicitors.
- Advising clients including ABC Estate and XYZ Offices Group in relation to portfolio management, including in particular landlord and tenant/development issues.
- Representing private client in relation to a substantial claim against insurers for non-payment under an insurance policy following subsidence damage, and in a claim against a damp proofing company.
Barrister (non-practising) – 2001 to 2003
- Landlord and tenant possession claims
- Consumer credit repossessions
- Mortgage possession claims
- Enforcement proceedings
- Small claims hearings
- Applications for summary judgment and to set aside judgment
- Bankruptcy proceedings
Mid-Tier Firm Paralegal – 2001
- General employment/civil litigation advice
Name of recruiter/employer (if available)
Name of firm
City firm is located
Dear Mr./Ms.——-/Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to apply for a Training Contract at (Name of law firm) as advertised on your graduate recruitment website. Currently, I am in the second year of my law degree at Birmingham University.
While at university, I have sought out experiences that are relevant to a career as a solicitor. Recently, I undertook a three-day insight placement at XXX Law Firm. There I shadowed a trainee in a property law seat and also spoke with partners from other areas of practice in order to broaden my knowledge of working as a solicitor. In addition, I also had a two-week placement at the high street firm XYZ, where I was able to observe solicitors as they acted for local businesses that wished to expand. While in this placement, I was commended for the commercial awareness I displayed in highlighting the potential disadvantages of said acquisition when asked to draw up a list of relevant issues affecting a chain of vet surgeries purchasing another practice.
Why have you chosen to apply to our law firm?
“After extensive research, I believe that your law firm is a highly successful business that builds trusting relationships with their clients through a service that is committed, professional and prosperous. I believe that my skills are tailored to your firm and I am certain that I can bring a lot to your company, as well as learning invaluable skills and knowledge from established professionals such as yourself.”
Give examples of work experience relevant to a career in the law industry.
“Whilst completing my legal studies, I did my utmost to ensure I gained relevant work experience that will help on my journey to becoming a lawyer. I took it upon myself to gain several weeks work experience at a law firm which allowed me to gain a feel for what I could expect if I decided to pursue this career. I also participated in the Vacation Scheme whereby it provided formal experience and understanding regarding the world of the legal profession”.