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Cecily Crampin

Called 2008

Cecily Crampin

Cecily practises all aspects of property law, including both residential and commercial landlord and tenant law and real property.

Cecily has a particular interest in mortgage law, in particular the more difficult mortgage possessions. With her colleague, Stephanie Tozer QC, she authored a new book, Mortgage Receivership: Law and Practice (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing, October 2018). Cecily also has extensive experience in complicated forfeiture claims, in property cases with issues as to trust or company ownership, and in Party Wall etc Act 1996 work.

  • Education

    MA (Oxon) MSc DPhil

    Before coming to the Bar, Cecily successfully completed a doctorate in mathematical logic (her thesis title is Reducts of Differentially Closed Fields to Fields with a Relation for Exponentiation) at the University of Oxford. From this education come her analytical skills, perseverance, and sense of humour. Her CPE (distinction) and BVC (very competent) are both from City University.

  • Professional

    Cecily’s current work includes a number of complicated mortgage claims including those raising unfair relationship issues under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; the interaction of lender’s powers and the borrower’s attempts to sell; issues as to breach of a receivers’ duties, and dealing with the residue of the proceeds of sale of mortgaged property when there are competing claims; professional negligence in relation to sales of off-plan flats and flats with planning issues; a challenge to an expert rent review; a co-ownership dispute relating to the break down of a relationship in difficult circumstances; a co-ownership dispute arising out of an undisclosed beneficial interest in property asserted after the property’s sale; a right of way dispute in relation to the hours for which a way has been used.  

    Other recent work includes an adverse possession application by a trustee of the land held on trust; an appointment of a manager application; assistance in relation to contested charging order applications obtained to enforce a multi-million pound commercial dispute; residential service charge disputes raising issues about a decision to appoint a particular managing agent; and the reasonableness of the legal costs incurred in previous sets of court and Tribunal proceedings. 

    Cecily is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and the Property Bar Association, and is the first barrister member of NARA (the National Association of Receivers and Administrators), and a member of its Council. She often speaks at conferences and seminars. For example, she spoke at an RICS residential training day in London in 2019 where she gave a legal update with Janet Bignell QC, and at the NARA 2019 training day on Menon v Pask [2019] EWHC 2611 (Ch). She presented on the effect of Covid-19 on receivership for a NARA training ebinar in May 2020. She also delivered training on the Covid-19 possession stays, and on mortgage law, for LawWorks during the summer of 2020. She is a reviewer for Advocate.

  • Recent Cases
    • Ahuja v Kerrigan & Anr (Unreported, 3 October 2019, ChD, Nugee J) Interim injunction to prevent receivers’ sale of mortgaged property given arguable case of breach of regulatory requirements.
    • Mirza v Elmdon Real Estates LLP (Unreported, 28 June 2019, Newcastle County Court, HHJ Kramer) Unclear reasoning was not a ground for setting aside an expert determination of a rent review.
    • Whitehall Court London Ltd v Crown Estate Commissioners [2018] EWCA Civ 1704, which decided that the no-Act assumption in valuations for lease extensions extended to the block containing the subject flat.
    • Sloane Stanley Estate Trustees v Mundy [2016] UKUT 223 (LC), a case about the use of the hedonic regression statistical methodology in valuations under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
    • Patel v Peters [2014] EWCA Civ 335 a case on the meaning of sections 10(6) and 10(7) of the Party Wall etc Act 1996. Cecily appeared at the trial, drafted the grounds for the application for permission to appeal, and led by Nick Isaac, succeeded on appeal.
    • St John’s Wood Leases Limited v O’Neil [2012] UKUT 374 (LC) a case on the application of s20C of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
    • Country Trade Ltd v Noakes [2011] UKUT 407 (LC) a service charge case.
  • Publications

    Lockdown: A new lease of life - NLJ 11 September 2020 with Tricia Hemans 

    Where are we now? Mortgage Receivership & Possession - NLJ 7 February 2020 with Tricia Hemans

    On the Receiving end - NLJ 22nd March 2019 with Tricia Hemans

    Contributor to the 15th edition of Fisher and Lightwood’s Law of Mortgage, Falcon Chambers (LexisNexisButterworths 2019). 

    Contributor to The Law and Practice of Party Walls, Nick Isaac (Property Publishing 2014).

    Contributor to Tanfield Chambers' Service Charges & Management: Law & Practice 3rd edition (Sweet & Maxwell 2013).

Widely acknowledged as an exceptionally promising property junior with a sophisticated practice. Her caseload includes landlord and tenant, mortgage and real property work. She is also experienced in possession disputes. Strengths: "She has a brain the size of a planet." "Cecily is very easy to deal with, she is very calm and collected but ferocious and fiery before a judge." "Very diligent, approachable and clear in her advice."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2021 (Real Estate Litigation)
'Cecily is very clever, well organised and always well prepared. She is approachable, a team player and easy to work with. We have had a number of notable successes for one particular client who is very impressed with her.’Legal 500 2021
Widely acknowledged as an exceptionally promising property junior with a sophisticated practice. Her caseload includes landlord and tenant, mortgage and real property work. She is also experienced in party wall work. Strengths: "Incredibly bright, capable of digging into the detail and a very good advocate." "Effective in cross-examination – very calm and impressive." "She does forensic, detailed analysis on the more complex work." Recent work: Continued to act for the Crown Estate Commissioners in a Court of Appeal matter concerning the extent of the no-Act assumption for lease extensions.Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2020 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Excellent on party walls and other neighbourly matters."Legal 500 2020
"Widely acknowledged as an exceptionally promising property junior, with a sophisticated practice. Her caseload includes landlord and tenant, mortgage and real property work. She is also experienced in party wall work. Strengths: 'A very clever and commercial team player.' 'A real authority on the Party Wall Act.' Recent work: Acted for the Crown Estate Commissioners in an application under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, concerning the share of premium payable on a lease extension to the freeholder and the head leaseholder." Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Real Estate Litigation)
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