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Catherine Taskis

Called 1995

Catherine Taskis

Areas of practice All aspects of residential and commercial landlord and tenant and real property law; agricultural law.

  • Education
    • Worcester College, Oxford: BA Jurisprudence. (1993) (Andrew Dixon Scholar) 
    • Worcester College, Oxford: B.C.L. (1994).
  • Professional
    • Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course: Outstanding (8th in year) 
    • Princess Royal Scholarship from Inner Temple for Vocational Course 
    • Winner of Inner Temple Mooting Championship (1995) 
    • Called 1995, Inner Temple. 
    • Deputy District Judge 2013
  • Recent Cases
    • Kerai, Re  [2014] UKUT 153 (LC) (Modification; Restrictive covenants)
    • Nigel Monkman v. Peter J. Mitchelson and John D. Mitchelson, ALT/Y/S/59: Agricultural Land Tribunal (Yorkshire and North Humberside), September 1 2009. The issue for the Tribunal was whether Mr Monkman was eligible to be granted a new tenancy of a farm in North Yorkshire in succession to his father; in particular whether he satisfied the "livelihood test" contained in s.36(3)(a) of the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.
    • Andrew Duffield and another v. Winifred Gandy [2008] NPC 46.When considering an application to modify or discharge a restrictive covenant against building a residence in the garden of a property, the lands tribunal had been entitled to conclude that the practical benefits of the restriction to the neighbour were of substantial value or advantage by preventing the erection of a bungalow, which would also involve the ancillary use of the garden adjoining her property.
    • Cameron Ltd v. Rolls-Royce plc [2008] L & TR 22. A licence to occupy commercial premises granted under an agreement for lease pending the grant of the lease itself, was not severable from the lease, was granted in the context of the acquisition of a larger interest and therefore was not capable of amounting to a protected lease under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Pt II.
    • J. D. Wetherspoon v. Jay Mar Estates [2007] BLR 285. A commercial tenant unsuccessfully invoked the Arbitration Act 1996 s.68(2) to remit a rent review arbitration award for reconsideration. The tenant had not established an irregularity and, even assuming an irregularity, there was no further evidence that would have made a substantial difference to the result. Accordingly, the ‘substantial injustice’ test in s.68 had not been met.
    • In Davies and others’ application [2001] 1 EGLR 111.A restrictive covenant was not obsolete merely because the person entitled to the benefit of it was prepared to negotiate terms for its release. An objection to an application under s.84(1)(c) Law of Property Act 1925 for the discharge or modification of such a covenant would inevitably fail if the only loss to the objector was the loss of any opportunity to share in the development value of the subject land.
    • Platt v London Underground Ltd, The Times 13.03.01 (derogation from grant of lease of a kiosk at exit of underground station by closure of exit) 
    • Ropac Ltd v Intrepreneur Pub. Co (CPC) Ltd, [2001] L&TR 93 (the courts jurisdiction to extend time for compliance with a consent order under the CPR's) 
    • In Davies Application [2001] 03 EG 134 (modification of restrictive covenant under ground (c) of S84 (1) of the Law of Property Act 1925) 
    • McDonnell v Griffey [1998] EGCS 70 (declaratory relief as to the interpretation of a covenant refused where the exercise purely hypothetical).
    • Re Priceland Limited Waltham Forest London Borough Council v. Registrar of Companies [1997] 1 BCLC 467 (factors relevant to the exercise of the Court's discretion to restore a company to the Register under section 653 of the Companies Act 1985).
  • Publications
    • Assistant Editor, Muir Watt & Moss on Agricultural Holdings, 14th edition, Sweet & Maxwell 1998. Contributor to Woodfall "What's New?" Property Update Service.
    • Editor, Atkins Court Forms, Vol.4 (Title: Agriculture).
"Noted for her far-reaching expertise in both residential and commercial landlord and tenant real property law. Clients seek her out for her specialism in agricultural law. Strengths: 'Her written advice is well presented and she is good with clients in conference.' 'She is extremely thorough and goes the extra mile for clients.' Recent work: Appeared in a £1.7 million landlord and tenant dispute relating to misrepresentation made on the letting of a dairy farm in the Bristol District Registry." Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Handles a wide range of residential and commercial property cases. She specialises in real property matters and agricultural landlord and tenant disputes. Strengths: 'She’s very good, very bright and she really knows her stuff.' 'Clever, creative and extremely easy to work with.' Recent work: Acted for the Crown Estate Commissioners concerning the letting of a dairy farm." Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"Able to get a good handle on technical expert matters and unafraid to explore interesting options".Legal 500 2017
"Very good at getting into the detail of a case".Legal 500 2017 (Agriculture)
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