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.