Lydia joined 1 Essex Court in January 2018 on successful completion of her third six pupillage. Lydia accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers work and is developing an extensive Commercial and Chancery Practice. She is regularly instructed in a wide range of matters including contractual disputes, landlord and tenant, property and insolvency.
In March 2017, Lydia was seconded as disclosure counsel to the Serious Fraud Office to assist with the preparatory stages in matters involving Bribery and Corruption
Property and Housing
Lydia appears regularly on behalf of landlords and tenants, in the private and social sector, in possession claims relating to rent arrears, mortgage arrears, dilapidation, anti-social behaviour, succession and loss of security of tenure.
She is also experienced with:
Disrepair and claims relating to housing conditions including prosecutions under the Environmental Health Act 1990.
Injunctions, Party Wall matters, deposit claims pursuant to the Housing Act 2004 as amended by the Deregulation Act 2015.
Equality Act 2010 defences including public law and human rights “proportionality” defences to possession claims.
Claims for forfeiture and applications for relief and leasehold disputes involving claims for unpaid service charges and disrepair.
Advised and represented client in boundary dispute between two neighbouring properties
Successfully obtained injunctive relief in unlawful eviction proceedings
Commercial and Insolvency
Lydia has experience in commercial and insolvency matters, including:
Winding-up petitions in the Companies Court, acting for both petitioning creditors and companies.
Lydia appeared before the Chancery division in the High Court in an urgent application; argued that a clause in an agreement pertaining to the purchase of property from a Trustee in Bankruptcy, may constitute a penalty and be unenforceable.
Validation orders pursuant to s.127 Insolvency Act 1986.
Agency law with a focus on the Recruitment Industry and Estate Agents.
Unfair terms in consumer contracts
Advising on and appearing in contested winding-up and bankruptcy petitions.
Represented the Defendant in a wrongful dismissal claim involving breach of contract, misrepresentation and Estate Agents commission - obtained successful settlement for the client.
Received last minute instructions to attend the High Court in which the Applicant sought injunctive relief to restrain Receivers from selling a portfolio of properties at an undervalue.
Successfully resisted an application for permission to appeal in respect of a possession order on grounds that the order was incompatible with Human Rights and whether the licence constituted an AST.
Prepared cross-examination on the Defendant’s asset disclosure in respect of a Freezing Injunction.
General Civil Litigation
Lydia is instructed in general civil litigation, with frequent attendance in Small claims and Fast Track trials.
She is familiar with:
Consumer credit disputes including debt and asset recovery, assignment of debt and unfair relationships.
General enforcement proceedings, small claims and fast track trials involving contractual disputes.
Interim applications including summary judgment, applications to strike out and relief from sanctions.
Personal injury claims involving liability and quantum.
Chancery Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
Liberty Human Rights
Skills & Interest
''The client was extremely impressed with her. He reported that she was a clear, reasoned and effective advocate, who he would definitely use again should the need so arise. The Defendant was a particularly belligerent individual, but I am told that Lydia cut him down to size.
She is an asset to your Chambers. I will definitely instruct her in the future.
As always, thank you for providing me with strong Counsel.''
2010 - present
2010 - present
BPTC- City University
LLB Law (2:1) - Westminster University