Department: Dispute Resolution
Areas of Specialism: Contentious and non-contentious Land Law with more than 20 years’ experience in the specialist area of land restrictive covenants, rights of way and other easements.
Following Heather’s initial training in a large law firm, she established her own practice with her supervising partner, concentrating on all aspects of property law. This was a broad property practice and included a decade of residential and commercial conveyancing. The knowledge she gained proved invaluable and allowed Heather to become an expert in her chosen field in regard to the specialised work relating to Restrictive Covenants and Rights of Way, and in particular in mediation/settlement situations. In 2010 the practice moved away from conveyancing and focused solely on work surrounding Restrictive Covenants, Easements, Rights of Way, Light, Drainage and Ransom Strips.
Heather is highly experienced at handle both contentious and non-contentious matters and often works on cases with and against Queen’s Counsel in a Court or Tribunal setting.
She has higher rights of audience in the Courts, which means she handles cases in the High Court and the Upper Tribunal from the start of the process to completion, as well as those in the County Court and First Tier Tribunal more routinely associated with solicitors.
She has lectured at the national conferences of the RICS on the subject of ransom strips and restrictive covenants, including the valuation principles for “negotiated damages”.
Her client feedback is consistently favourable, citing technical excellence with detailed but practical advice; understanding of commercial objectives; the desire to find a practical solution; excellent rapport with clients and a responsive and user-friendly approach to her work.
- Areas of Expertise:
- Non-Contentious Property related Advice
- Contentious Property related Advice
- Property Litigation
- Restrictive Covenants
- Rights of Way
- Light, Drainage and Ransom Strips.
- Overcoming (or upholding) Covenants.
- Types of Client:
- Private individuals
- Architects/Planning Consultants
- SME Developers
- National Charities
- Solicitors (referrals for specialist advice on Restrictive Covenants and Rights of Way).
- Memberships and Associations:
Higher Rights of Audience.
- Outside Appointments:
Chairman of local amateur orchestra.
Heather loves gardening, walking in the countryside with her dog, and is passionate about music. She plays the flute in the local orchestra, piano at home and is the organist at her local church. She has also been privileged to play the organ at York Minster. She is a member of the Royal School of Church Music and is hoping to study for her Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists.
She also receives a huge amount of satisfaction from renovating old furniture & household items and giving them a new lease of life.
Heather is available to meet at the following offices: Corby Office