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Miriam was called to the Bar in 2015 and joined Chambers as a tenant after the successful completion of her pupillage. She accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Property law

Miriam’s recent court appearances include:

  • Appearing as sole counsel in the Land Registration Division of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) on behalf of an innocent purchaser involving an allegation of forgery of a transfer form;
  • Appearing before a Master in the Chancery Division in a contractual dispute;
  • Appearing as sole counsel on behalf of a London Borough Council in a fast track trial (to evict a tenant who had lost security of tenure having sub-let the property).

In her first year in Chambers she has worked as a junior with the following members of the property team:

  • With Toby Watkin for the landlord in an opposed lease renewal under the 1954 Act involving grounds (c), (f) and (g);
  • With Katharine Holland QC in a contractual dispute in the High Court (Chancery Division);
  • With Myriam Stacey on a case concerning the general boundaries rules and implied and prescriptive easements;
  • In Iceland Foods Limited v Aldi Stores [2016] EWHC 1134 Miriam appeared in the High Court, led by David Holland QC, before Mr Justice Mann on an issue concerning the construction of a lease.

In her own right, Miriam has recently advised on:

  • Priorities of interests in a registered land context;
  • Enforcement of a party wall award;
  • Access to Neighbouring Land Act;
  • Telecommunications code;
  • Forfeiture, estoppel and waiver;
  • Derogation from grant;
  • Land registration;
  • Specific performance of a contract for the sale of land;
  • Service charges;
  • The duties of neighbouring residents and highways authorities in respect of unadopted roads under the Highway Act 1980;
  • Vesting orders under s.26 of the 1993 Act; and
  • Validity of collective enfranchisement/lease extension notices.

Miriam regularly appears in the County Court representing parties in possession proceedings, including relief from forfeiture applications.

Miriam’s property seats were supervised by Tom Jefferies and Camilla Lamont. She assisted in drafting advice and preparing statements of case in a range of property law areas including:

  • Restrictive freehold covenants
  • Enforceability of leasehold covenants
  • Collective enfranchisement and leasehold extension
  • Party walls
  • Easements
  • Assets of community value
  • Forfeiture
  • Section 106 agreements and
  • Business tenancy renewals and termination.

Miriam is a contributing editor of Division C (Private Sector Residential Tenancies) of Hill and Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant.

Planning and environmental

Miriam has recently advised or acted for clients on:

  • The prospects of success of compulsory purchase by a local planning authority;
  • Permitted development rights in connection with highways;
  • Appealing a Section 215 notice;
  • Defending a prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court for unauthorised works to a listed building. 

Miriam’s planning seat was supervised by Matthew Reed QC. She assisted in drafting advice on a wide range of planning issues including:

  • Prosecution for breach of an enforcement notice
  • Advertisements Regulations
  • Article 4 directions
  • Town and village green registration
  • Enabling development in the Green Belt
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Habitats Directive
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Climate change legislation
  • Permitted development rights and
  • Listed building legislation.

Miriam also gained experience drafting summary grounds for judicial review challenges in the Planning Court.

Public law

As a tenant, Miriam has advised on recovering housing benefit overpayment and section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

Miriam also worked in a team of Counsel preparing TfL’s defence in the claim brought by Uber challenging the imposition of, inter alia, an English language test for all private hire vehicle drivers: R (Uber) v Transport for London [2017] March 2017, unreported.

Miriam’s public law seat was supervised by Zoe Leventhal. Miriam assisted with research on the following cases:

  • R (Rights of Women) v Lord Chancellor [2016] EWCA Civ 91 (challenging the legality of the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 in respect of the eligibility of domestic violence victims to receive legal aid).
  • R (Cruelty Free International) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3631 (challenging decisions in relation to the licensing and regulation of animal experimentation).
  • HB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2016] UKUT 0160 (AAC) (a challenge to the application of the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013 to deaf children).
  • PL v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2016] UKUT 0177 (AAC) (defending a challenge, based on indirect discrimination contrary to Article 14,  to a decision to withdraw Job Seekers Allowance).