Camilla Lamont

Call: 1995
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Practice Summary

Camilla is an experienced property litigator. She undertakes work in all areas of property litigation, including real property and related chancery work and landlord and tenant, both commercial and residential. She also has experience of property related environmental and professional negligence work. Whilst she is very much a litigator, Camilla is also frequently instructed by transactional lawyers, often within tight time frames, to advise on points that fall within her areas of expertise.  Please click through the links on the right for more details of Camilla’s practice in each area.

Areas of Practice
Real Property and Chancery
Commercial Landlord and Tenant
Residential Landlord and Tenant
Environmental

Publications and Lectures

Camilla has published widely in her field and most significantly has been an editor of Hill & Redman on Landlord and Tenant since 2002. She also contributes to LexisPSL Property Law as a Q&A Panel Author.

She regularly lectures on property law and practice both to professional audiences and students. She was a speaker at the 2016 Chancery Bar Association Conference (on nuisance), the 2015 UKELA Conference (on flooding and nuisance claims), the 2015 Property Bar Association Conference (on service charges), the 2014 Property Litigation Association’s Annual Training Day (on 1954 Act), the 2013 Property Litigation Association’s Annual Conference (on injunctions), the 2011 Property Bar Association’s Annual Conference (on break notices) and the 2010 Property Litigation Association’s Annual Training Conference (on disclaimer and CVAs) and has previously delivered lectures in Hong Kong in association with the Law Society and the British Council. She has delivered lectures to surveyors for the CPD Foundation as well as lecturing on the land law and commercial leases courses at Oxford University.

Mediation

Camilla became an accredited mediator in 2009 and has successfully acted as a mediator both in relation to property disputes and more generally in commercial and civil disputes. She is willing to mediate a wide range of disputes. She also holds the RICS Award in Arbitration which she was awarded in 2012.

Professional Memberships

Camilla is committed to pro bono work which she accepts through the Bar Pro Bono Unit. She has recently been appointed as one of the Bar Pro Bono Unit’s Senior Reviewers for property and landlord and tenant cases.

She is a member of the Chancery and Property Bar Associations and the UK Environmental Lawyers Association (UKELA).

Since 2011 Camilla has been a member of the Bar Standards Board (Qualifications Committee).

Real Property & Chancery

Camilla has appeared in high profile real property cases in both the High Court and Court of Appeal. She regularly acts for clients in relation to options, covenants, easements and rights to light that affect property development. Most recently she acted for Berkeley Homes in proceedings in the Chancery Division relating to the West End Gate Development at Paddington Green.

Significant real property cases in which she has acted include.

  • Crest Nicholson Residential (South) Ltd v McAllister [2004] 1 WLR 2409 (restrictive covenants)(petition to House of Lords)
  • Carter and another v Cole and another [2006] EWCA Civ 398 (easements)
  • G & S Brough Ltd v Salvage Wharf Ltd & Birmingham Development Company (2008) Ch D, (rights of light)
  • Charles Russell LLP v Rehman [2010] EWHC 202 (Ch) ( freezing injunctions)
  • Chappell v Chappell (2013) Ch D (rectification of transfer of landed estate)
  • Christofi v National Bank of Greece [2015] All ER (D) 84 (charging orders, recognition of foreign judgments under the Judgments Regulations)

Having practised in Lincoln’s Inn before joining Landmark, Camilla is well able to draw on her understanding of trusts, inheritance and insolvency to provide a comprehensive service to her clients in cases where these areas overlap with more conventional property law issues.

Camilla has “recognised skill in dealing with property disputes with an environmental angle” (Chambers & Partners 2015). For example she acted for National Grid defending a claim for alleged interference with a spring water bottling business by the installation of the Milford Haven gas pipeline and for the operator of a vegetable processing factory in a claim before the TCC defending claims made in nuisance and under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, alleging excessive use of an easement to discharge effluent.

Her practice also covers professional negligence and she acts for claimants and insurers in relation to claims against conveyancers and surveyors. Camilla’s practice includes the law of estate agency and she has advised in relation to the formulation of legal guidance to the estate agents’ profession as a whole.

Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Camilla’s commercial landlord and tenant practice encompasses, amongst other things, dilapidations, tenant default, forfeiture, break clauses, rent review, service charges, telecommunications and 1954 Act renewals.

Camilla is regularly instructed in respect of lease renewals, most frequently relating to retail and warehousing units. She has co-authored a book for the RICS on the subject and was a speaker at the PLA Annual Training Day in 2014 on the 1954 Act.

Her service charge expertise extends to commercial leases. Camilla appeared for leading architect Alan Smith OBE in Hotspur Land Investments 2000 Ltd v Smith [2011], a case concerning the methodology of service charge apportionment across a mixed use development in Newcastle, and she frequently undertakes transactional work, advising as to the service charge implications of mixed use schemes. She acted for head lessors in a multi-party service charge dispute before the Upper Tribunal in respect of the Brunswick Centre in Leaseholders of Foundling Court and O’Donnell Court v Camden LBC [2017] L & TR 7.

Camilla has considerable experience in the field of tenant default and commercial forfeiture.  She acted for GPE, leading a criminal law junior, in successfully obtaining possession at the Central London County Court of 98 Great Portland Place, W1. The case involved detailed consideration of the inter-relation between commercial forfeiture and restraint orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in connection with the prosecution of Edward Davenport. She acted for an administrator resisting a claim to forfeit the lease of Le Pigalle Club in Piccadilly.

In the field of rent review, Camilla receives instructions to advise as to the correct construction of rent review provisions and to make submissions in the context of expert determination.

Camilla has been appointed to act as a single joint expert in this field and welcomes such instructions. She was awarded the RICS Award in Arbitration in 2012.

Residential Landlord & Tenant

Camilla also undertakes residential work, particularly relating to service charges, management, and the development and disposal of mixed use estates.

Camilla has considerable experience of service charge litigation and is the editor of the chapters in Hill & Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant on residential service charges and management. She recently  acted for a number of the respondents in Leaseholders of Foundling Court and O’Donnell Court v Camden LBC [2016] UKUT 366, [2017] L & TR 7,  multi-party service charge dispute before the Upper Tribunal in respect of the Brunswick Centre in which it was held that obligation to consult fell upon a superior landlord.

She also regularly advises many of the major house builders in relation to the application of tenants’ rights of first refusal under Part I of the 1987 Act when disposing of reversionary interests.

Environment

Camilla’s environmental practice is property related and includes nuisance and contaminated land. She has a particular interest in claims arising out of flooding, a subject on which she has published articles. She was a speaker at the UKELA Annual Conference 2015 on the issue of liability for flooding.

Camilla has “recognised skill in dealing with property disputes with an environmental angle” (Chambers & Partners 2015) and “has been extremely active this year handling commercial development and property-related environmental matters” (Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2015).

Clients that Camilla has acted for in her environmental practice include:

  • a statutory body whose estate had been affected by coal mining subsidence;
  • a developer in relation to flooding of a disused railway tunnel;
  • National Grid in litigation arising out of the installation of a gas pipeline;
  • a factory operator in a claim regarding alleged pollution by discharge of organic effluent;
  • owners of a flat alleging noise nuisance from ventilation plant;
  • factory owners seeking to establish rights to abstract water from and discharge into a river;
  • local authorities in respect of contaminated land and coastal protection schemes; and
  • A public body regarding the interpretation of a “green lease” and the provision of CHP Plant.

Mediation

Camilla became an accredited mediator in 2009. She is willing to mediate a wide range of disputes. As a property litigator she has extensive knowledge of the law as well as a practical understanding of the wider issues often facing participants in these types of disputes, whether they arise between commercial entities or private clients. She is ideally placed to help participants find solutions to property and inheritance centred disputes, especially those between landlords and tenants, neighbours and family members.  She has recently successfully mediated property disputes ranging from commercial dilapidations to neighbour disputes. She also mediates disputes that are unconnected to property, such as a recent dispute concerning alleged mis-selling claims. As well as acting as a mediator she has experience acting for property clients as a mediation advocate.

Qualifications

Camilla read Jurisprudence at Lincoln College, Oxford where she attained a first class honours on the BCL.

Between 1997 and 2001 she held a part time appointment as Lecturer in land law and trusts at New College, Oxford and she has been lecturing on commercial leases at Oxford University since 2007.

Camilla was appointed to the Bar Standards Board (Qualifications Committee) in 2011.

She has been awarded the RICS Award in Arbitration (2012).

She is an editor of Hill & Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant.

Recommendations

Camilla is recognised as a leading junior in property/real estate litigation by Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and Who’s Who Legal UK Bar.  She has recently been named Chambers & Partners Real Estate Junior of the Year for 2017.   Comments about her in the directories include the following:

Delightful to work with and intellectually impressive.” “Has superb attention to detail as well as a great strategic view.” “A rising star of the property Bar who has a well-earned reputation as a deep thinker.” (Chambers & Partners, 2019)

She has an encyclopaedic knowledge in a number of areas of property law. (Legal 500, 2019)

She absolutely lives and breathes the case and thinks through every issue. She is very user-friendly, easy to deal with and gives very clear advice. (Chambers & Partners, 2018)

A guiding light who cuts through reams of papers to get to the nub of issues (Legal 500, 2017)

“Camilla is able to present her advice in a way which appeals to clients of all types. She can be firm when she needs to be and does not sit on the fence.  Her advice is pragmatic and shows a real understanding of the commercial realities faced by clients”.  Her practice is “impressive”.  (Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar Real Estate, 2017)

A well-respected property barrister with expertise pertaining to service charge litigation, mixed-use schemes and commercial property disputes. She is also known for her work in environmental litigation. “She is unbelievably bright. She can put things into layman’s terms for clients.” “She is approachable, always available on the phone and able to work things through.” (Chambers & Partners, 2017)

“Knowledgeable on commercial and development matters” (Legal 500, 2016)

“She is very pragmatic and understands what life is like at the coal face of property matters. She gets her sleeves rolled up and helps steer the client through the litigation minefield.” “She is a strong opponent who is very clever and determined.” (Chambers & Partners, 2016)

“Very commercial, user-friendly and an extremely bright and able barrister.” (Legal 500, 2015)

technically excellent, good on her feet, but also down to earth with a relaxed but authoritative manner with clients… She cuts to the chase, and provides quality advice and sensible solutions… She has recognised skill in dealing with property disputes with an environmental angle” (Chambers & Partners, 2015)

“an outstanding junior”, who “is recognised for her in depth knowledge of this sector” and “has been extremely active this year handling commercial development and property-related environment matters” (Who’s Who Legal UK Bar, 2015)

“a very strong advocate who is able to dissect a lot of data to get to the nub of a matter” (Legal 500, 2014)

“a much admired real estate litigation junior” who is “incredibly thorough, has a good mind and is commercial.” It is said of her that “you are guaranteed to get a view that’s measured and considered and persuasive” (Chambers & Partners, 2014)

“very down to earth” (Legal 500, 2013)

“technically excellent” and “never misses a detail” (Chambers & Partners, 2013)

“user friendly” (Legal 500, 2012)

“a delightful junior with a great brain” (Chambers & Partners, 2012)

“a trusted adviser who has impressive technical ability” (Legal 500, 2011)

“a specialist property practitioner” who is “user friendly, very thorough and works as part of the team” (Chambers & Partners, 2011)

“instantly likeable” (Legal 500, 2010)

“clients are pleased to recommend someone so quick to grasp the key points and turn around work quickly and without fuss” (Chambers and Partners, 2010)

“hands on” (Legal 500, 2009)

“a persuasive advocate” (Legal 500, 2008)

Inquiries

Advisory work arising out of the Buncefield Oil Explosion

01/01/2007

In June 2007 Camilla jointly advised a multi-national corporation with Dominic Kendrick QC (7 Kings’ Bench Walk) in relation to a multi million pound insurance dispute arising out damage to commercial premises and tenant’s fixtures caused by of the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Depot

Instructing Solicitors: Slaughter & May (Matthew Bunting, Simon Folley)

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Inquiries

Advisory work arising out of the Buncefield Oil Explosion

01/01/2007

In June 2007 Camilla jointly advised a multi-national corporation with Dominic Kendrick QC (7 Kings’ Bench Walk) in relation to a multi million pound insurance dispute arising out damage to commercial premises and tenant’s fixtures caused by of the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Depot

Instructing Solicitors: Slaughter & May (Matthew Bunting, Simon Folley)

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