Cecily’s current and recent work includes: a number of complicated mortgage claims including those raising unfair relationship issues under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; cases on the interaction of lender’s powers and the borrower’s attempts to sell; a case with issues as to breach of a receivers’ duties; and a case dealing with the residue of the proceeds of sale of mortgaged property when there are competing claims. She is also working with Gregory Jones KC, on a heavily contested opposed lease renewal under the 1954 Act, and, led by Stephen Jourdan KC, a case about the effect of sanctioning of an individual on a property transaction.
Other recent work includes: a s84 Law of Property Act 1925 application, led by Guy Fetherstonhaugh KC; a complicated commercial forfeiture and relief from forfeiture claim, led by Caroline Shea KC, for which Cecily drafted the pleading; a complicated licence for alterations case about a high value property; advising on the structure of lending and mortgages in a scheme where interest is not to be charged; led by Stephen Jourdan KC, a party wall appeal, K Group Holdings Inc & Anr v Saidco International SA and Ors which raised limitation issues; and Poundland Limited v Toplain Limited, a County Court unopposed 1954 Act lease renewal in which the court decided that no Covid-19 clause should be included in the new lease.
Cecily is a member of the Property Bar Association (although she stepped down as a member of the PBA committee in November 2022 she continues as a co-opted member of the Association’s sub-committee for liaison with property law academics), and of the ChBA. She is the first barrister member of NARA (the National Association of Receivers and Administrators). She often speaks at conferences and seminars, including the PBA conference which, in 2021 and 2022, she helped to organise. She has also delivered training for LawWorks, including with Prof Lisa Whitehouse of Southampton University on mortgage law and time orders. She is a reviewer for Advocate.