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My Expertise

My experience includes representing and advising a range of residential clients on issues such as possession cases including forfeiture, service charge disputes and housing disrepair.

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After studying Jurisprudence at Oxford University, I qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and now work as an Associate in the Real Estate Litigation team. My experience covers a wide range of property-related disputes but I have developed particular expertise in dealing with residential landlord and tenant disputes, acting for both public and private sector clients.

I also deal with commercial property disputes such as lease renewals under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, dilapidations and possession actions including forfeiture. Banks and insurers instruct me to advise on a range of both commercial and residential property matters, including defective title issues and service charge disputes.

My career highlights include:

  • Successfully advising and representing at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal an ALMO in relation to an application by two leaseholders made under section 27A of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 for determination of liability to pay service charges.
  • Successfully acting on behalf of a Housing Co-operative in respect of a complex possession claim on the basis of trespass relating to a farm in Wales worth in excess of £1 million.
  • Acting for a local council in a claim for possession of a commercial property on the basis of forfeiture.
  • Successfully acting for a mortgagee in possession in the recovery of possession of a property which was occupied by political squatters as part of the "Occupy Bristol" movement, which matter generated media attention and was complicated by the fact that the property was a Grade II Listed building.

Training is a part of my work which I particularly enjoy. I have spoken at internal seminars and also provided clients with bespoke seminars and training workshops.

Quotes from my clients include:

"We had the good fortune to be assisted by Joanne Hadley in a complicated eviction case. She stayed on top of the many twists and turns and managed to explain it in ways so that we could fully understand what was going on.  Joanne’s work was prompt and thorough and she was warm and approachable whilst remaining at all times professional." Isabel Lovelock, Fox Housing Co-operative Limited

"I contacted Joanne when I realised the severity of the mistake we had made in not realising the leasehold payments we owed on a flat we rent out. I was very concerned to discover a Court Order had been made for possession of the flat. Joanne's calm and professional manner took away much of my anxiety. She dealt with the case quickly and effectively, fitting around holiday plans we had previously made, which turned out to include crucial dates in the case. I would have no hesitation in recommending Joanne to others who might find themselves in a similar situation." Carole Baume (private client)