Araba was a specialist Chancery practitioner in Lincoln’s Inn for 22 years, before joining Fenners in 2009. The focus of her property practice is co-ownership disputes, family businesses, family property, trusts including constructive trusts, Land Registration and setting aside transactions on capacity or undue influence grounds.
Araba is an established and active CPD trainer, delivering accredited short courses and webinars for solicitors in private practice and local government via local Law Societies, STEP branches, CLT and other institutional providers. In particular, she has lectured for CLT on Easements and Restrictive Covenants, Property Litigation including Homeshare on Relationship Breakdown, Constructive Trusts, Trusts Litigation and Mental Capacity. Between 2003 and 2009, she devised and delivered numerous solicitors’ seminars for Shelter Training and has also lectured for the Social Housing Law Association
Areas of practice
- Real property: co-ownership and TOLATA claims; constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel; conveyancing, land registration and property rights; interests in land including mortgages, easements, restrictive covenants, options and rights of pre-emption; adverse possession; elderly client issues including capacity to enter into transactions, attorneys, deputies and the Court of Protection
- Trusts and trustees: administration of trusts; express, constructive and implied trusts; breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty; disabled trusts; CICA and other personal injury awards
- Professional Negligence: conveyancing negligence; claims by and against solicitors as trustees or executors; client care and best practice
- Public law property: housing/homelessness; reverter of sites; management of local authority shopping parades
Araba accepts instructions directly from members of the public and fellow property professionals, as well as conventional referrals from solicitors. Her dispute resolution work includes mediation as well as litigation. She accepts referrals from the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
What Others Say
"Able to identify and focus on the key issues in a case very quickly": Legal 500 2015
"Her response times are top notch": Legal 500 2014
"Araba Taylor is recommended for complex probate and trust matters": The Legal 500 2013
White & Ors v Williams & Ors (No. 2)  EWHC 494 (Ch);  PTSR 1151;  WTLR 899 (Charity trustees; cy-près doctrine; unsecured borrowing a breach of trust)
Greer v Alstons Engineering Sales & Services Ltd  UKPC 46 (breach of contract/damages regarding contract for the sale of land).
Spring v O'Flynn (1999) EGCS 79 (notices to complete)
Re Raval, Jones v Raval  BPIR 389;  2 FLR 718 (bankruptcy/matrimonial home)
Halifax Mortgage Services Limited v Muirhead  EWCA Civ 2901; (1998) 76 P. & C.R. 418;  N.P.C. 171 (mortgages/undue influence)
R v Kensington & Chelsea Royal London Borough, ex parte Moncada (1996) 29 HLR 289 (intentional homelessness)
Other property cases of interest:
Re Deer (Deceased) (2015) – Birmingham DR – recovery of possession by PR against intestacy heir – order for sale – payment of occupation rent - enforcement
Thomas v Thomas (2012) – Birmingham CC – recovery of possession let on a family arrangement – option to purchase/right of pre-emption – certainty of terms
Ifabumuyi v Stapleton (2010) – AHMLR – alteration of register - fraud
Brignalls Balderston & Warren v Higgs (2009) – AHMLR – removal of restriction
Re Hockley (Deceased) (2007) - Central London CC - co-ownership dispute between estates of deceased brother and sister - joint tenancy/tenancy in common - severance - intention of parties
LB Islington v Qureshi (2006) - Clerkenwell CC - recovery of possession where tenant unable to occupy premises for mental health reasons
St Modwen Developments (Edmonton) Ltd v Bullen & Ors (2006) - Central London CC - commercial landlord and tenant - service charges
Matthews v Matthews (2006) - Central London CC - disabled trust - breach of duty by parent-trustees – undue influence/constructive trust - alteration of register
Densitron Plc v Hardcastle & Ors (2006) - Central London CC - adverse possession by trespasser in respect of freehold, defended by long lessee - unincorporated charitable association - escheat of freehold to Crown on dissolution of corporate freeholder - recreational charitable trusts
Higgs v Doran (2006) - Aldershot & Farnham CC – transfer of property - relief against unconscionable bargain with poor and ignorant person - solicitors’ negligence on execution retainer.