Kerry is a property, housing and public law silk. She is ranked in the Legal 500 2016 for her work in Property Litigation and Social Housing. Legal 500 note she is "A new silk with a track record of heavyweight cases". With a reputation for being "ferociously tenacious, she has incredible judgement and is willing to take on difficult cases and battle on where others would give up" (Chambers & Partners 2016). She is also ranked in the directories for her work in Administrative & Public Law, which included her work as A Panel Government Counsel prior to appointment to silk and her local government work as well as for her work in the Court of Protection.
Kerry has substantial experience in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and has appeared in some of the most significant cases in recent years. Her property housing and public law practice spans the following:
- real property work includes land registration, boundaries, easements, rights of light and party walls;
- commercial property transactions such as high value 54 Act cases including renewal, possession and dilapidations;
- residential property cases including mixed use developments, service charge disputes, leasehold enfranchisement, rights of first refusal, right to manage, possession and disrepair;
- social housing including homelessness, allocations, right to buy, possession, succession, and disrepair;
- public law including planning law, compulsory purchase, judicial review, advice on legislation, local government litigation and policy advice.
Kerry has appeared in many of the leading cases in property, housing and public law.
Recent examples of her Supreme Court work include McDonald v McDonald  UKSC 28;  3 W.L.R. 45 (which concerns the right to rely upon an Article 8 defence in a claim brought by a private landlord in which permission has been sought to appeal to the ECHR), Haile v Waltham Forest LBC [(UKSC)  A.C. 1471 (an intentional homelessness case in which Kerry succeeded on behalf of the appellant and the Supreme Court clarified the relevant test); ACCG v MN (the jurisdictional boundary between the Administrative Court and COP, heard in December 2016 and in which judgment is pending from the Supreme Court).
Recent examples of her Court of Appeal work include Leeds City Council v Broadley  H.L.R. 7 CA (permission to appeal has been sought from the Supreme Court) and MacLeod and others v Gold Harp Properties Ltd and others  EWCA Civ 1084;  1 W.L.R. 1249 (in which Kerry succeeded in the leading case on land registration). Additional cases appear below under the heading notable cases.