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Camilla Chorfi

Called 2008

Camilla Chorfi

Land registry & real property - Camilla is instructed on an array of cases involving adverse possession, easements, freehold covenants and wayleaves. She frequently advises on a broad spectrum of land registration matters and has appeared on many occasions before the Judges of the First Tier Property Chamber.

Landlord and tenant - Camilla’s practice includes all areas of commercial and residential landlord and tenant law, involving construction and enforcement of leasehold covenants, consents, service charges, forfeiture and disrepair. Camilla is frequently involved in relief applications for landlords, tenants and mortgagees.

Trusts of land - Camilla is experienced in disputes under Trusts of Land Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, and especially in the context of cohabitation claims.

Professional liability - Camilla specialises in mortgage related professional negligence claims on behalf of lenders. Her current case-load includes retainers by major banks and building societies in claims against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. Camilla also undertakes a broad variety of negligence cases against solicitors for non-lender clients, recently including a claim arising out of a failure to obtain a freezing injunction timeously. 

Camilla is on the Attorney-General’s C Panel of Counsel.  

  • Education
    • BA (Hons), (First Class) Exeter University (Classics with Arabic; two Dean’s Commendations and the Bertie Black Prize)
    • MA (Distinction), Exeter University 
  • Professional
    • Called 2008
    • GDL, College of Law
    • Winner of the Lincoln’s Inn Moot Hardwicke, Wolfson and accommodation scholarships, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Recent Cases
    • Greenridge Luton One Ltd v Kempton Investments Ltd [2016] EWHC 91 Led by Mark Warwick QC. Concerned misrepresentation inducing a contract for the sale of offices. Purchasers sought the return of their deposit together with damages arising out of the rescission of the sale contract.
    • Sugarman v CJS Investments Ltd [2015] 1 BCLC 1 Led by Mark Warwick QC. Concerned construction of articles of association of a management company and whether the provisions thereof granted one vote per member or one vote per share.
    • Les Ambassadeurs v Parvizi (Ch Div) (2014) Led by Romie Tager QC. Cheque claim for £200,000 and counterclaim for £10 million in breach of contract, misrepresentation and conspiracy.
    • Al-Baho v Meerza [2014] EWCA Civ 669 Acted for the respondent in an appeal against a suspended committal sentence.
    • Lawrence House Management Company (City Road) Limited & Ors v Zagora Management Limited (Manchester TCC) (2014) Led by Mark Warwick QC. Concerned entitlement of dissolved management company to manage development of 104 flats upon its restoration. Raised issues in relation to construction of tripartite leases, estoppel and derogation from grant. Committal proceedings also arose in the course of the litigation, in relation to alleged breaches of injunctions by the defendants.
    • Feldspar Holdings v Norashikin Bin Amin (Ch Div) (2014) Claim to beneficial ownership of valuable residential property following promise made by a deceased sibling.
    • Goldstein & Ors v Hunt & Ors (Ch Div) (2013) Application on behalf of defendant director to release a valuable motor vehicle from ambit of a freezing order obtained by liquidator in circumstances where a proprietary claim was asserted over the asset, and funds were required to fund the defence of his misfeasance trial.
    • Kubba v Lucaszewicz (2012) CLCC (HHJ Faber) Appeal on the issue of whether an assured shorthold tenancy could be created where rent was for money’s worth (labour).
    • WH Smith & Ors v Thompson REF/2012/0252 Acted for the applicants in a prescriptive easement dispute. Concerned statutory interruptions.
    • Abbas v Din (2011) Trial of preliminary issues arising from landlord’s opposition to tenant’s claim for a new tenancy under ss30(1)(a) and (g) Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Concerned bona fides of the landlord’s intention to occupy premises and relevant evidential threshold.
    • Ghaus v (1) Gateway Homes UK Ltd (2) Clydesdale Bank Plc t/a Yorkshire Bank RES/2010/1096/1098 Represented the bank in an application for rectification of the register following a fraudulent transfer of freehold property, over which the bank held a charge. Established that the relevant date for ‘proprietor in possession protection’ under Schedule 4 LRA is the date of entry of the application for rectification into the day list.
    • Barclays Bank Plc v Dzwonkowska REC/2011/0009 Acted on behalf of the applicant bank in a claim for rectification of a contract for the sale of land and a TR2, on the basis of mistake. Required subpoena of a conveyancing solicitor.
    • A v B (Fam Div) Claim for 50% interest in £4m property arising from constructive trust / proprietary estoppel
    • M v N (Fam Div) Concerned express deed of trust, and whether subsequent proprietary estoppel arose 
"Known for her diverse property practice, she has made a name for herself with her impressive advocacy and advisory work. She regularly appears in the High Court, and is noted for her focus on cases concerning freehold covenants, the Rent Act and insolvency. She is experienced in handling land registration matters and disputes under Trusts of Land Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Strengths: 'Excellent, responsive, user-friendly and a very powerful advocate, she gets to the heart of the case immedialtely' 'Camilla is a very technically able lawyer'. Recent work: Instructed by the defendants in a forfeiture action with an asscoaited dilapidations claim of around £400,000."Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Real Estate Litigation)
"An excellent junior, who is more than prepared to go to lengths to fight the client’s case."Legal 500 2017 (Property Litigation)
"A tough and tenacious advocate, who always fights her corner."Legal 500 2017 (Professional Negligence)
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