New Bailey Chambers

PUBLIC ACCESS BARRISTERS

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 This enables members of the public to go direct to a Barrister without the need to engage the services of a Solicitor.  This can result in significant savings to the client by only having to pay one legal adviser.  Our Barristers specialise in Motoring Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, Employment Law, Civil Law and Housing Law.

Rebecca Ackerley

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Rebecca is qualified to accept work on a direct access basis.  Rebecca works extensively in the field of property litigation with a particular emphasis on landlord and tenant matters, both residential and commercial.

She is regularly instructed in matters before the County Court, High Court, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and has appeared in various appeal court cases. 

Key areas of work:

Leasehold Valuation Tribunal

Rebecca represents landlords, management companies and tenants before the LVT in cases relating to reasonableness of service charges, dispensation for consultation, appointment of a manager and breach of covenant. Additionally she has represented landlords and tenants before Residential Property Tribunals in relation to enforcement notices.

Upper Tribunal

Rebecca has experience before the Upper Tribunal in representing both tenants and landlords in appeals from the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. Recent cases include advising and drafting appeal documentation in a case relating to liability on behalf of a tenant and representing a landlord in appeal proceedings based on section 20 consultation, limitation and breach of covenant.

Possession

Rebecca is instructed frequently in relation to recovering possession of properties for landlords.   She has particular experience in dealing with forfeiture of long residential leases as well as commercial tenancies. Rebecca also accepts instructions in recovering possession in proceedings commenced under s8 and s21.

Service Charges

Rebecca has undertaken a huge amount of work relating to service charge recovery. She has advised on matters relating to liability, construction of clauses, statutory bars, limitation and the implication of appeal court decisions. She has acted for landlords and management companies in trials in the County Court and High Court and declaratory proceedings.

Disrepair

Rebecca acts on both an advisory and advocacy basis relating to issues of disrepair arising out of tenancies. She has particular experience in advising in relation to a tenant’s breach of the repairing covenant and consequent damages and forfeiture based on disrepair.

In addition to the above Rebecca accepts instructions in cases relating to right to manage proceedings, professional negligence relating to all of the above matters and property-related insolvency matters.

Recent Cases:

Acted for a landlord in a claim relating to service charges totalling £250k.

Acted for the landlord of a property worth £2m in forfeiting a lease based on rent arrears.

Acted for a landlord in recovering possession following trial, defeating a tenant’s sizeable counterclaim for disrepair.

Acted for a landlord in a High Court action for service charge recovery and declaratory proceedings.

Acted for a landlord in a multi-track action for recovery of service charge including a counterclaim relating to equitable set-off.

Represented a landlord before the LVT in breach of covenant proceedings that arose out of disrepair.