Liam practises exclusively in civil law, with an emphasis on commercial, employment, probate and inheritance, and property matters. His clients benefit from his comprehensive legal knowledge, practical advice, and robust advocacy.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Commercial: Contractual disputes; construction disputes; debt recovery; claims based on economic torts, on mistake and misrepresentation, on bailment, and for money had and received; equitable remedies; unjust enrichment claims; sale of goods/supply of goods and services; personal and corporate insolvency; company law; cases turning on limitation points.
- Employment: Advocacy, drafting, and advisory work in respect of employment tribunal disputes, including experience in the EAT. Experience of unfair dismissal; discrimination cases; TUPE; whistleblowing; employee status disputes; maternity claims; wages and breach of contract claims.
- Probate and Inheritance: Advocacy, drafting, and advice across the whole range of probate work, including contentious probate, Inheritance Act claims, trusts claims, and actions relating to the administration of estates.
- Property: particularly landlord and tenant and trusts disputes, but also matters such as restrictive covenants, agricultural law, and leasehold enfranchisement.
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Liam’s practice takes him across East Anglia, the East Midlands, London, and beyond, representing clients in a variety of courts and tribunals. Besides appearing in court, Liam drafts pleadings and advises both in conference and in writing. He accepts instructions directly from members of the public, as well as from solicitors.
Commercial law is Liam’s principal area of practice. He frequently appears in interlocutory and final hearings on the multi-track and fast track. Liam also advises in writing or conference and settles pleadings in all areas of commercial law.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Contractual disputes
- Sale of goods/supply of goods and services
- Construction disputes
- Debt recovery
- Claims based on economic torts, on mistake and misrepresentation, on bailment, and for money had and received
- Equitable remedies; for example, claims based on constructive, resulting, and Quistclose trusts
- Unjust enrichment claims; for example, claims based on failure of basis
- Personal and corporate insolvency
- Company law
- Cases turning on limitation points
- Professional negligence
- Credit hire
Liam accepts instructions directly from members of the public, as well as from solicitors. Besides appearing in court most days, he drafts pleadings and advises both in conference and in writing.
Choudhry v Luton Borough Council  EWHC 960 (Ch);  BPIR 1150;  RVR 208: An appeal to the High Court against the making of a bankruptcy order.
A series of claims on behalf of solicitors’ firms seeking to recover unpaid fees, including a recent successful application for summary judgment in a multi-track case, and ongoing proceedings (involving a counterclaim alleging professional negligence) currently set for a five-day trial in mid-2018.
Numerous proceedings involving the sale of motor vehicles; for example, concerning whether the vehicle was of satisfactory quality, or whether the vendor had good title to the vehicle. Liam has particular experience representing motor dealers, but has also successfully represented purchasers on numerous occasions, and is able to put his experience of representing one side to good use when representing the other.
Representing a care home in a successful claim for unpaid fees against the estate of a deceased resident, which turned on the effect of the resident’s lack of capacity on the enforceability of the contract. The experienced circuit judge hearing the trial indicated that his view of the case had been completely changed (for the better, so far as Liam’s clients were concerned) after hearing Liam’s arguments.
A successful application for summary judgment on behalf of a construction company, in a case turning on whether there had been a novation of the contract from one company to another.
Successfully acting in a dispute over the ownership of a prize-winning pedigree dog, in which the key question was whether a retention of title clause had been incorporated into the contract for sale of the dog.
Liam has specialised in employment law since 2009. Before joining Fenners he spent over four years working at a specialist employment law consultancy, undertaking advocacy, litigation, and advisory work in a broad range of employment disputes, on behalf of both employers and employees. He has appeared in the Employment Appeal Tribunal on many occasions times.
Areas of practice
Unfair and wrongful dismissal, including constructive dismissal and ‘automatically unfair’ dismissals
Discrimination claims, whether direct, indirect, victimisation, harassment, etc – covering sex, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, etc
TUPE, including disputes about whether there has been a transfer, s. 4(9) quasi-constructive-dismissal claims, and claims by one employer against another in respect of employee liability information.
Protected disclosure (‘whistleblowing’) claims.
Disputes concerning employee status.
Wages and breach of contract claims; holiday pay claims, including claims for accrued holiday pay following HMRC v Stringer
Liam accepts instructions directly from members of the public, as well as from solicitors.
Fox v Ocean City Recruitment Ltd  All ER (D) 108 (Aug): Successful appeal to the EAT concerning, inter alia, vicarious liability for sexual harassment, and the statutory defence afforded by s. 41 of the Sex Discrimination Act.
Defending a four-day unfair dismissal and race discrimination claim, brought by the former manager of the UK branch of an international accountancy business. The race discrimination claim was dismissed and while the unfair dismissal claim was conceded (the Claimant having been dismissed by e-mail, with no disciplinary procedure being followed), no compensation was awarded, as the tribunal made a 100% Polkey reduction.
Appearing for the Claimant in an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claim brought by a security guard who had been dismissed for allegedly sleeping on the job. All claims succeeded, and substantial compensation, including 2.5 years’ lost earnings, was awarded.
Acting against a prominent sports governing body, in a constructive unfair dismissal claim. After Liam’s client won at the liability hearing, the case was settled for a significant sum.
Representing the Claimant in a whistleblowing dismissal claim which was extensively reported in the national and regional press (for example, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Daily Mail).
Acting at a pre-hearing review, concerning issue estoppel and Henderson v Henderson abuse of process, on behalf of a nurse who was bringing race discrimination and victimisation claims against an NHS trust.
Liam accepts instructions in all areas of probate and related chancery practice. Besides having a busy paperwork practice, he also appears in interlocutory hearings and trials on a regular basis. He is currently completing the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) associate membership course.
areas of practice
- Contentious probate; for example, questions as to the construction of wills; challenges to the validity of wills based on lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, undue influence, and fraud; cases arising from intestacy; claims against personal representatives, etc
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
- Claims based on proprietary estoppel and/or constructive trusts
- Administration of estates, including the removal or substitution of personal representatives
Liam accepts instructions directly from members of the public, as well as from solicitors. Besides appearing in court on an almost daily basis, he drafts pleadings and advises both in conference and in writing.
Advising in respect of a successful application to the Chancery Division for the removal and replacement of a personal representative, under section 50 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985.
Successfully representing an executor in a claim against a beneficiary for the repayment of an overpaid legacy.
Representing the Claimant (a former cohabitant) at an Inheritance Act FDR, negotiating a settlement of £200,000.
Advising on a regular basis on matters such as the formal or substantive validity of wills, the construction of wills, and Inheritance Act claims. One memorable recent Advice involved considering whether newly-appointed executors should bring proceedings against the former executor for wrongfully disposing of the deceased’s flock of racing pigeons!
Liam’s property practice focuses on two main areas. First, landlord and tenant work, where he deals with both commercial and residential tenancies, on behalf of both private and social landlords and tenants. Second, trusts/TOLATA cases. He regularly appears in court in these matters, besides advising in conference and in writing. He has broad general experience of land law disputes, covering matters such as restrictive covenants and leasehold enfranchisement, and has a developing interest in agricultural law.
Areas of Practice
- Landlord and tenant (commercial and residential), including possession claims, dilapidations, assignment of leases, forfeiture, tenancy deposits, anti-social behaviour.
- Trusts/TOLATA, particularly proprietary estoppel and constructive trust cases.
- Restrictive covenants
- Agricultural holdings
- Leasehold enfranchisement
Liam accepts instructions directly from members of the public, as well as from solicitors.
- Representing a housing association in an application for an anti-social behaviour injunction. Following a contested trial, all of the housing association’s numerous allegations were found proven and an injunction was granted in the terms sought.
- Successfully defending a multi-track trial, in which the Claimant alleged that he had acquired a beneficial share in his ex-partner’s property.
- Advising and acting for a Claimant in ongoing multi-track possession proceedings, turning on the question of whether the Defendant has an agricultural tenancy within the meaning of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.
- Appearing for a landlord in a possession claim, which turned on a straight dispute of fact between the landlord, who said that no rent had ever been paid, and the tenant, who claimed that she had paid the landlord the entirety of the rent in cash at the outset of the tenancy. Following Liam’s cross-examination at trial, the tenant was found to have lied throughout her evidence, and the claim succeeded.