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Fern Schofield

Called 2018

Fern Schofield

Fern Schofield (née Horsfield-Schonhut) joined Chambers in October 2019 following the successful completion of her pupillage, during which she was supervised by Greville Healey, Philip Sissons, Nathaniel Duckworth and Cecily Crampin. As a pupil, Fern experienced a wide range of Chambers’ work.

Fern accepts instructions in all areas of real property and landlord and tenant law. She has a particular interest in telecoms law and appeared in the first case under the New Code to be heard in the Court of Appeal, led by Wayne Clark, having worked with him on the case during pupillage.

Fern’s recent cases have included the following areas:

  • Residential landlord & tenant, including possession proceedings, tenancy deposit claims and service charge disputes
  • Commercial landlord & tenant, including forfeiture, dilapidations and opposed and unopposed renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
  • Easements
  • Adverse possession
  • Boundary disputes
  • Nuisance and trespass
  • Mortgages, including FCA regulation and the position of the mortgagee on sale
  • Charging orders
  • Trusts of land and TOLATA
  • Telecoms (primarily landowner).
  • Education
    • BA Modern & Medieval Languages (German and French), Newnham College, University of Cambridge – First class
    • Graduate Diploma in Law, City University of London – Distinction
    • LLM in Professional Legal Practice, City University of London - Merit
  • Professional
    • Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School, London (Very Competent)
    • Jarman Advocacy Prize, Inner Temple, 2019 (highest pupil advocacy prize)
    • BPTC Exhibition Award, Inner Temple, 2017
    • Paul Methven Scholarship, Inner Temple, 2017
    • GDL Exhibition Award, Inner Temple, 2016
    • Creighton Memorial Prize, Newnham College, 2016 (outstanding dissertation)
    • Margaret Gardner Prize, Newnham College, 2016 (academic excellence)
    • Alastair Graham Scholarship, Alton College, 2010
  • Reported cases
    • CTIL v Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd [2019] EWCA 1755, CA – Junior counsel, led by Wayne Clark, in the first case under the new Electronic Communications Code to reach the Court of Appeal, concerning who is the ‘occupier’ for the purpose of granting code rights.
    • Bate v Affinity Water Ltd [2019] EWHC 3425 (Ch) – Junior counsel, led by Guy Featherstonhaugh QC, in a case concerning the legal basis of the presence of a water main, involving acquisition of easements by prescription and the exercise of statutory powers.