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2008 Called to the Bar
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Cecily practises all aspects of property law, including both residential and commercial landlord and tenant law and real property, as well as commercial law outside the property field.
Before being called to the Bar in 2008, Cecily successfully completed a doctorate in mathematics. In her practice, she aims to combine the analytical skills she acquired in her academic studies with practicality and friendliness.
Outside Chambers, Cecily enjoys walking, reading, and travelliing, preferably by train.
Cecily has a broad property practice covering all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant law. Her recent appearances include successful representation of the appellant in Country Trade Ltd v Noakes  UKUT 407 (LC), a service charges case in which the LVT had introduced in its decision its own assessment of the market norm for managing agents' fees without producing the figures or their source to the parties at the hearing. She has also obtained permission to appeal a determination under s20C of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
Early in 2011, she conducted a 4 day trial on unlawful forfeiture of a commerical lease which invloved a question on the construction of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995. She has advised on relief from forfeiture for a mortgagee, and on mortgage possession claims where the mortgagor has died.
Cecily has a growing enfranchisement practice and often writes articles and gives seminars on topics in this area. She has appeared in a claim in Central London County Court under S48(3) of the 1993 Act, and an application for leave to give a s42 notice when forfeiture proceedings were pending. She has a particular interest in these aspects of enfranchisement where there is little case law to assist. She advises and acts in cases before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal under both the 1993 and 1967 Acts, and often advises on missing landlord and acquisition order claims. She has successfully defended a claim under s25 of the 1993 Act where the landlord had not received the initial notice. During pupillage at Tanfield Chambers, Cecily worked for Philip Rainey on the case of Cadogan v Sportelli  UKHL 71 in the House of Lords.
Her LVT practice also includes appearances and drafting in service charge disputes in relation both to reasonableness and consultation requirements; she brings a technical approach to these disputes. She recently succeeded in defeating a landlord's claim for service charges where the landlord had failed to use any of the service charge machinery set out in the lease. Cecily is a contributor on service charges and the right to buy in Tanfield Chambers' recently published book Service Charges & Management: Law & Practice 2nd edition (Sweet & Maxwell 2009).
Cecily also has a busy County Court practice in residential and commerical possession proceedings, and regularly advises on drafting notices and particulars of claims. She appears in cases arising out of the Party Wall Act 1996. As Nick Isaac's pupil, in July 2009 she worked on the Court of Appeal case Reeves v Blake  EWCA Civ 611 and is hence familiar with the Party Wall Act 1996. Cecily has acted in an arbitration under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
Business & Commercial
Cecily has a particular interest in disputes which involve company law arguments. She has appeared in an unfair prejudice petition and in a case on injunctions between directors.
Contributor, Service Charges and Managment: Law & Practice 2nd edition (Sweet & Maxwell)
Property Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association
MA (Oxon) MSc (Manchester) DPhil (Oxon) CPE BVC
Middle Temple Astbury Scholar 2007-2008