EXPERTISE

Abigail specialises in business, property and social housing litigation.  

Business & Property

Abigail has a diverse business and property practice and is routinely instructed to provide advice on disputes, to prepare statements of case and to attend Small Claims, Fast Track and Multi Track trials. Abigail is experienced within the following matters:

  • Commercial disputes
  • Sale of goods claims/defences
  • Director and shareholder disputes
  • Injunctions (High Court and County Court)
  • Professional negligence
  • Misrepresentation
  • TOLATA
  • Contentious probate
  • Interim applications
  • Real property disputes
  • Trespass
  • Commercial landlord and tenant disputes

Social Housing

Abigail accepts instructions in all social housing matters. Abigail is regularly instructed to provide advice and prepare statements of case in landlord and tenant disputes. Abigail has delivered housing law training to practitioners in law firms and local authorities across the North Eastern Circuit. Abigail has particular experience in the applicability of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998 to disputes and she has experience in the following matters:

  • Allocation hearings
  • Interim applications
  • Housing disrepair trials
  • Possession trials
  • Subsidence
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Injunctions
  • Homelessness
  • Judicial Review
  • Closure Orders
  • Statutory Nuisance

EDUCATION

  • BPP University, BPTC (Very Competent)
  • The University of Manchester, Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (First Class Honours)

AWARDS

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Sir Robert Micklethwait Major Scholarship (2018)
  • BPP University, Advocacy Scholarship (2018)
  • The University of Manchester, Year Prize in Family Law (2018)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Government Legal Department Junior Junior Scheme
  • Newcastle Junior Lawyers Division Representative
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Abigail previously worked as a paralegal at a law firm ranked within both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Within her role, she assisted with catastrophic injury litigation. Abigail previously gained experience working as a court agent for a national advocacy services provider in disciplinary hearings at the General Medical Council. For more information follow Abigail on LinkedIn.

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Clerking team

Steve Walker

Lead Civil Clerk

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0191 245 9589

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

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0191 300 9359

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk

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0113 3235 955

Civil Clerk

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0191 245 9556

Direct Access Clerk

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01642 247 569

Clerk

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01642 247 569
  • "Abigail is a fearless advocate in the courtroom, with the ability to think of effective counter arguments whilst on her feet. She maintains an excellent rapport with vulnerable clients"

    Legal 500 2024

  • Obtained an order to set aside judgment awarding a tenant damages and a penal notice made against a local authority. The judgment was set aside with an award for the local authority of £2,000.00 in costs.
  • Defended a tenant accused of 10 alleged breaches of an anti-social behaviour injunction. Despite a finding that the tenant had committed six of the alleged breaches, Abigail secured no order against the tenant and resisted an application for costs.

  • Secured a contested interim and later final freezing injunction for her client in the High Court.
  • Successfully represented her client in TOLATA proceedings, obtaining an order that her client is able to remain in the family home for a subsequent 15 years until her son reaches the age of 18, with an award of costs.
  • Represented her client to resist a late attempt by a Claimant to substantially amend his claim the week prior to trial. Abigail secured the strike out of the Multi-Track proceedings with an award of costs.

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