EXPERTISE

Abigail specialises in social housing, employment, inquests, human rights, Court of Protection, business and property and personal injury litigation. Abigail completed pupillage under the supervision of James McHugh and Tom Tyson.

Social Housing

Abigail accepts instructions in all social housing matters. Abigail is regularly instructed to draft pleadings and to provide advice in landlord and tenant disputes. Abigail has secured numerous possession orders for landlords, resisting Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 defences, she has particular experience in the following matters:

  • Allocation hearings
  • Interim applications
  • Housing disrepair trials
  • Possession trials
  • Subsidence
  • Anti-Social Behaviour

Employment

Abigail is keen to continue to develop her practice within employment litigation. Abigail regularly provides informal and formal advice on employment law matters, including advice on settlement. Abigail has experience within the following claims:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Constructive dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Detriment
  • Unlawful deduction of wages
  • Equality Act 2010 claims

Inquests & Human Rights

Abigail is experienced in representing families within multi day inquests involving a jury, including investigations relating to Article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998. Abigail has experience in inquests arising from deaths in custody and whilst the deceased was sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Business & Property

Abigail has a diverse business and property practice and is keen to expand her practice within these areas. Abigail has experience within the following:

  • Breach of contract
  • Sale of goods claims/defences
  • Registration of company charges
  • Professional negligence
  • Misrepresentation
  • TOLATA
  • Contentious probate
  • Interim applications
  • Easement disputes
  • Trespass

Personal Injury

Prior to commencing pupillage, Abigail worked as a paralegal, supporting in cases brought by individuals who had suffered catastrophic injuries. Abigail is now developing her practice within Small Claims and Fast Track trials. Abigail accepts instructions to act on behalf of Claimants and Defendants, in addition to preparing pleadings and advices.

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 has contributed to the Housing Law Weekly during pupillage. Prior to commencing pupillage at Trinity Chambers, Abigail 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.

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 (Leeds)

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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 (Middlesbrough)

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01642 247 569

Lead Family Clerk

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0191 245 9551

  • 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.
  • Successfully defended a housing authority in a disrepair trial regarding nine alleged defects in a property.
  • Successfully obtained possession for a local authority, after a tenant had been found to have cultivated cannabis within the property.
  • 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.

  • Steer v. Stormsure Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 887, Abigail assisted James McHugh acting for the Respondent in the Court of Appeal. The Respondent successfully defended the Claimant's claim to extend the right to apply for interim relief within Equality Act 2010 dismissals.

  • Abigail represented the family of a minor who became deceased whilst sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983. After an extensive jury questionnaire was completed, the jury returned a narrative conclusion to outline numerous failings of the facility in the implementation of care for the minor, which contributed to her death.
  • Abigail represented a family following a death in custody due to a delay in obtaining medical treatment. The jury returned conclusions relating to missed opportunities across all potential findings. Following submissions from interested parties, the Coroner made a Prevention of Future Deaths Report, pursuant to regulation 28. The regulation 28 report for this matter may be reviewed at: https://www.judiciary.uk/publications/thomas-moffett-prevention-of-future-deaths-report/

  • Successfully represented Claimants to obtain damages and interest within claims arising from the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

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