From time to time we like to keep our clients abreast of changes, wins and other news from Adams. This time, we round up all of our winter news including the exploits of one of our more intrepid partners!
San Goes Exploring
In October, our San Chima (managing partner) hiked to Everest Base Camp. After months of training on the streets of London and hills of Wales, San travelled to Nepal where he made the gruelling trip to Base Camp all in the name of charity. His chosen charity was Railway Children, an organisation who bring much hope to street children.
San said, “ The experience was extremely challenging, even though I had done some training prior to the trek. I lost a stone in weight! Ultimately the experience was very rewarding and to be able to contribute in a small way to a charity like the Railway Children is a very nice feeling.” We are now waiting to hear about San’s next trip – never one to stay still we are expecting big things! If you want to find out more about Railway Children, please click here http://www.railwaychildren.org.uk/
Litigation Goes Stellar
Our star department of winter 2012 was definitely the litigation department. After two years, Sam Maginnis secured a final victory in his fight against the London Borough of Havering over the disputed ownership of his client’s field in Rainham. With barrister Robert Harrap of Five Paper, Sam had previously achieved success in the Court of Appeal in April when the court overturned the original judgment in Havering’s favour because the trial judge had incorrectly applied the law in his judgment.
The case was sent for a retrial in September when, over four days, a new judge heard evidence of the ownership and use of the field for the past 30 years. Sam’s client found himself vindicated when the judge accepted that he had been using the field as its owner since the mid-1980s and ordered that Havering grant him formal legal ownership of the field. The victory was sweetened just before Christmas when Sam successfully negotiated the repayment of 90% of his client’s trial costs by Havering.
Sam said: “it was a long time coming, with plenty of lows as well as highs along the way, but I maintained confidence in my client’s account of events as he maintained confidence in my advice throughout, and in the end we were both proven right. This win shows that even when you are up against the might and resources of an organisation like Havering, justice can still be done if you have the confidence, determination and the right legal team behind you.”
Jill Becomes a Professor
Also in October our Jill Gray (solicitor) received an invitation to become a visiting professor at the University of Ulster, the largest university in Ireland. She was delighted at the opportunity and not surprisingly was very pleased to accept. Her first task in the role was to visit the university in late October to deliver a talk to the students on the realities of finding work in law.
With employability such a big issue for recent graduates, the seminar was full and debate was lively. Following the talk, she took part in a conference on child protection. Jill said she was very pleased to be able to give the students the chance to ask questions about the next stage in their career preparation. She was extremely well looked after by the university whilst in Belfast and met some very interesting people; she is now looking forward to delivering lectures on immigration law.
Christmas at Adams was, as ever, a very special affair. We ended our tradition of recent years that saw us celebrating in Covent Garden and instead opted for the great British curry at Tower Tandoori near Tower Bridge. The staff at the restaurant couldn’t have been more attentive and the food was exquisite. Back at Adams House we had a huge Christmas tree and a fairly large haul of cards from clients. Everyone had a lovely break over the holidays.