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Ten Old Square
Ten Old Square

Work Department

Property Litigation, Commercial Litigation


Land, especially mortgages, landlord and tenant; and constructive trusts; professional negligence, insolvency and franchising;


Qualified 1976; Lincoln’s Inn.

Harvey v Dunbar Assets PLC [2013] All ER (D) 400 (Jul) (Court of Appeal) – whether a guarantee contained in a single document is binding on the signatories if one of the signatures is forged; whether the principle in Grahm v Southgate Sands was displaced by the document in question. Whether generally the Graham principle has been overruled by Rainy Sky v Kookmin Bank.
Brightlingsea Havent Ltd v Morris [2009] 2 P & CR 169 – whether caravan site owner was precluded by proprietary estoppel from ending periodic tenancies by notice; whether the structures in question were caravans for the purposes of the relevant legislation;
Brightlingsea Haven Ltd & anor v Morris & ors (QBD, Jack J [2008] All ER (D) 307) (construction of prohibitions contained in Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960; whether informal promise of tenancy can result in order for the grant of a tenancy notwithstanding restrictions on proprietary estoppel set out by House of Lords in Yeoman’s Row v Cobbe);
HSBC v Quinn [2007] All ER (D) 125) (what features must a document possess in order to be a deed, when the document does not describe itself as a deed);
Ledger-Beadell v Peach [2007] 2 FLR 210: Claim against one cohabitant by the parents of the other for repayment of monies provided to buy a house for the couple. Claimants allege monies were advanced as a loan; claim defended on basis that monies were subject to presumption of advancement or alternatively that they were held subject to constructive trust.

Krasner v Dennison, [2001] Ch 76 (whether a trustee in bankruptcy is entitled to the bankrupt’s personal pension policies); Esso v Addison and others (Commercial Court) (implied duties of good faith in franchising agreements);
Sparkle Properties v Residential Development [1998] EGCS 68 (powers of receiver and manager appointed under Landlord and Tenant Act 1987);
Virdee v Scottish Equitable Life [1998] 148 NLJ 1843 (constructive notice);
CIBC Mortgages plc v Pitt [1994] 1 AC 200: Undue influence; constructive notice of the same by a mortgagee; requirements for rescinding a transaction where there has been actual undue influence.
Grant v Edwards (1986) CH 638 (constructive trusts involving cohabitants); CIBC Mortgages v Pitt (1994) 1AC 200 (undue influence as a reason for avoiding liability under a mortgage and the circumstances in which a lender is deemed to have had notice of such undue influence);



Working knowledge of French and German.


Chancery Bar Association; Property Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.


Syracuse University, USA (BA).