George Woodhead

Call date: 2009
Email: gwoodhead@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

George Woodhead

Call date: 2009
Email: gwoodhead@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Practice areas

Business Property & private client

A busy and experienced junior, George specialises in property and contested probate cases.

George brings clear advice, strategy and energy to each case. Whilst most of George’s work is on paper or in conference, he appears in court every week, either in the County Court, FTT or High Court, where he recently enjoyed trial success against two leading silks.

The vast majority of George’s practice is repeat work from solicitors who value George’s hard-working, reliable and user-friendly attitude to the modern Bar.

Business

George is regularly instructed by commercial clients, often where there is a property or trust element to the issue in question.

George has particular and recent experience in the following areas:

Business: share purchase agreements; freezing injunctions; partnership disputes; s. 994 petitions and director disputes; sale of goods and services; building and construction disputes; commercial leases and renewals; claims arising out of the sale of land; contractual interpretation and rectification; insurance disputes; and general contractual litigation.

Recent trials/hearings:

Lydon Contracting Limited v (1) Lombard North Central PLC (2) Electro Services Limited (2018) (Northampton County Court): represented the successful Second Defendant securing all budgeted costs in a 5-day trial before Recorder Jack in Northampton County Court.  The case concerned issues of rejection of goods, implied warranties and the novation of contracts, amongst others.

Platinum VIP London Limited v Amari Lifestyle Limited (2018) (Central London County Court) – successfully defended a dispute concerning ownership and conversion of a Ferrari F355 super car.

(1) Cladern Limited (2) Makar v LDC Partners Limited (2018) (High Court, QBD) – successfully obtained undertakings following application for freezing injunction which led to subsequent settlement of substantial debt claim and proposed s. 994 petition.

Atlas Cleaning Limited v A firm of solicitors (2018) (High Court, ChD) – professional negligence claim concerning the sale of companies.  Settled the week before trial. Led by Russell Stone.

Martin v (1) Posener (2) Posener [2017] EWHC 2320 (QB): trial (acting as junior) concerning affirmation, contractual terms, repudiation, foreign law.

Barchester Healthcare Limited v Cowdery (2017) (Maidstone County Court): summary judgment application concerning contractual interpretation.

Other reported decisions:

Eastenders Cash & Carry plc and another company v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2010] All ER (D) 52 (Nov): concerning the power of detention contained in the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, s. 139(1).

Property & private client

The bulk of George’s practice falls in this practice group. George has particular expertise in the following:

Real Property: trusts of land and family-owned property/cohabitation disputes; proprietary estoppel; nuisance; boundary disputes; easements and rights of way; claims arising out of the sale of land; property-related professional negligence; and mortgages (including fraud and undue influence).

George is adept in cases requiring urgent action, where injunctions, declarations and/or specific performance are sought.

Landlord & Tenant: (residential and commercial): commercial lease renewals; possession and forfeiture; dilapidations; lease interpretation and analysis; and lease extensions.

Contested Probate: Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims; trusts of land applications and cohabitation disputes; trustees’ duties and powers; the removal and appointment of trustees; and challenges to the validity of wills and testamentary capacity.

George is increasingly involved in cases in which capacity is an issue and handles such matters with care, sensitivity and experience.

Recent trials/hearings

Squirrel v Arron (2018) (Central London County Court) – ongoing ToLATA dispute concerning residential property with attached business with issues including rectification of share register.

Daejan Properties Limited v O’Loughlin (2018) (Willesden County Court) – Claim for possession against Rent Act tenant.  Issues concerning who the tenant was and whether the property had been vacated owing to illness.  Settled at mediation.

Patel v Patel & ors (2018) (Central London County Court) – successful ToLATA claim concerning property lived in by large family over past 30 years.  Issues concerning bilateral mistake and common intention constructive trusts.

Whittaker v Whittaker (2018) (High Court, ChD) – represented one of two brothers bringing a proprietary estoppel claim against mother’s estate relying on assurances given over 20 years prior.  Claim settled favourably at mediation.

Platt v Bryden (2017) (Brighton County Court) – successfully defended a ToLATA claim to beneficial interest in 4 properties owned by the defendant: claim struck out.  The claim concerned a long and unusual relationship between the parties.

Harrington v Euesden (2017) (Chelmsford County Court) – ToLATA claim successfully setting aside express declaration of trust relying on doctrine of proprietary estoppel.

Hill v (1) Hill & (2) Hill (2017) (Bournemouth & Poole County Court): Part 8 final hearing concerning declarations of trust, the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, orders for sale.

Ejikeme v Ikenna (2017) (Willesden County Court): trial concerning easements and interferences, boundaries, injunctions/damages in lieu.

Daniels (as executor) & anor. v Num & ors (2017) (Wandsworth County Court): trial concerning order for sale, damages for trespass, damages for delay in administration of estate, capacity.

Re. Kasperaitis (2017) (Northampton County Court): disposal hearing concenring Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim, capacity, historical abuse.

Irwin & ors v McNamara (2017) (Luton County Court): trial concerning rights of way and interferences, injunctions/damages in lieu.

Mintgreen Properties Limited v (1) Lakha (2) Honeybear House Limited (2017) (Edmonton County Court): interim injunction; easements and interference.

Vijay v (1) Sharma (2) Sharma (2017) (Central London County Court, HHJ Parfitt): interim injunction; building and construction; nuisance; party walls

(1) Fox (2) Fox v Madrigal Investment Limited (2017) (Brighton County Court, HHJ Simpkiss): trial concerning easements and interferences, proprietary estoppel, land valuation, injunctions/damages in lieu.

Cavanagh v (1) Witley Parish Council (2) David Shepherd (t/a Shepherd Tree Surgeons & Forestry Contractors) [2017] EWHC 278 (QB): trial concerning a negligence/private nuisance claim concerning a falling lime tree, local authorities’ powers and duties.

N O’Sullivan v Conteh (2016) (Central London County Court, HHJ Luba Q.C.): trial concerning misappropriation of company monies and the principle of offsetting against significant rental arrears.

Murphy v Parma (2016) (Central London County Court, HHJ Luba Q.C.): successful appeal concerning CPR 55.8, evidence.

Collins v Bennetta (2016) (Central London County Court, HHJ Bailey): successful appeal concerning possession, case management, evidence, procedural irregularity.

Other reported decisions:

Hackney LBC v Smith & Ors (2012): the appeal, before Mr Justice Vos, concerned adverse possession and the Adjudicator to Her Majesty’s Land Registry (Practice and Procedure) Rules 2003, r. 42.

Memberships

George began practice at the Bar with three major scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn. He is a member of the Property Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association and the Association of Contested Trusts and Probate Specialists. George is the Editor of Chambers’ Property newsletter and ‘Proprietary Estoppel’ on Westlaw’s Insight.

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