Anya Newman

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Business & Property

Anya Newman specialises in Business & Property with an emphasis on real property. Anya has a reputation for fighting hard for her clients, thinking well on her feet and being thoroughly prepared. She is regularly instructed to undertake work on boundary disputes, easements, adverse possession claims, trespass matters, business tenancies and residential leasehold issues. She often undertakes work concerning complex inter-familial property disputes. She is regularly instructed to attend mediations and has the ability to think of creative solutions to otherwise intractable disputes. Anya has a reputation for being helpful and supportive to her clients whilst being “no pushover” and always fighting her client’s corner.

Anya has developed a substantial local government litigation practice which includes having been led by Kelvin Rutledge QC in the successful defence of a care home owner’s claim for the £1m loss of profits following alleged misfeasance in public office.

Anya regularly appears in the High Court and TCC and has experience of defending large and complex litigation. She is a practical barrister, able to advise clients on the most cost-effective options in litigation. For that reason, she is frequently instructed to attend mediations and is often engaged at the very beginning of the litigation process, working with her clients to achieve the best possible outcome in each case.

Notable Cases:

Manor Farm Barns (Essington) v Clair

Anya represented a residents’ association taking action against an owner of a property situated next to its development of barn conversions. The Defendant had purchased his property without any allocated parking, an issue which did not come to light until the barns had been developed and were using all of the parking on site. The Defendant dug up part of the barns’ shared driveway in order to provide himself with parking and this instigated the trespass claim. In his defence the Defendant argued that the shared driveway was in fact on his land and had been laid incorrectly, this led to a boundary dispute with expert evidence on both sides. The Defendant also brought a counterclaim for a declaration that he had a vehicular right of way over the car park belonging to the barns, which would give him access to park on his rear garden. Anya successfully obtained judgement for her client and defeated the counterclaim.

Goddard v Simmons

Anya acted for a homeowner who had engaged a builder to follow architect’s plans in order to convert her pool house into a bungalow with some accommodation below ground, in the old pool. The build went months over its projected end date and in the course of the work, the pool lining was cut and ground water entered the property. The main issues were whether the lining had to be cut in any event in order to complete the project and whether or not the builder had been negligent in not following manufacturer recommendations. Anya was successful in obtaining judgement for her client on several aspects of the claim.

Menon (1) Menon (2) and Autumn Days Ltd (3) v Hereford County Council

In this case Mr and Mrs Menon were suing Hereford County Council for around £1m alleging misfeasance in a public office. The losses claimed included loss of profits and damage to goodwill for which four expert witnesses were involved. There was also a claim for exemplary damages. There were live issues of causation and failure to mitigate loss. The matter was factually complex and Anya worked with Hereford for 18 months, providing advice and assistance on the full litigation process. At trial and in the interlocutory Court of Appeal matter Ms Newman was led by Kelvin Rutledge QC. Five of the Local Authority’s officers were named as misfeasant. With a thorough and detailed approach, Anya successfully defeated the case, clearing the officers of wrongdoing.

Ahktar v Malik

In this matter Anya successfully recovered money informally loaned by the claimant to his father in law. There was no written loan agreement, however, Anya successfully argued for her client in light of the other contemporaneous materials which suggested the money transfer was indeed a loan and not a gift as the defendant contended for. The matter was further complicated by late arising equitable issues.

Shakoor v Aktar

In this matter, the trial of which lasted nine days, Anya successfully defeated an occupiers’ attempt to reverse the sale of her property (which was sold at an undervalue) to her landlord. In addition to defeating the claim Anya obtained money judgement, possession and full costs. The matter was complex and hard fought, involving issues of mental capacity. Anya was involved in advising on the matter for over two years.

Abbass v Wahid

Anya appeared for the claimant in this matter which was heard in the High Court. Ms Abbass was claiming for money leant pursuant to a novel loan agreement secured against the defendant’s property with a default provision to sell the property to the Claimant for a fixed price.

Qualifications

BVC Nottingham Law School

LLB Birmingham University

Memberships

Social Housing Law Association (SHLA)

Recommendations

Chambers and Partners 2021: “She is incredibly knowledgeable and won’t take nonsense from the other side. She is very competent, approachable and practical.”

Legal 500 2021: “A persuasive advocate whose no-nonsense approach gets the job done.”

“She provides astute commercial and tactical advice, supplemented by her excellent in-depth knowledge of property law.2

Chambers & Partners 2020:“She has excellent attention to detail, exceptional technical knowledge and ability and is always helpful and supportive.” “She is very polished and makes good points.”

Legal 500 2019: “A well-prepared, knowledgeable and no-nonsense advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “She has great technical knowledge and is always helpful and supportive.”

Legal 500 2018: “She has great technical knowledge and always fights her client’s corner.”

Chambers & Partners 2018: “She provides useful, practical advice on the risks and merits of a case, and on how to strengthen a case. She’s very good at cross-examination and has a good rapport with witnesses.”

Legal 500 2017: “Unwavering in her style and no pushover.”

Chambers & Partners 2017:  “Routinely undertakes complex property disputes, antisocial behaviour litigation and possession claims involving human rights issues and the Equality Act.  She makes regular appearances in the High Court.” “Has an excellent rapport with clients and is always prepared to argue fiercely for the outcome desired by those instructing her.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “She fights tooth and nail for her clients.” “She is a very knowledgeable, very smart young barrister who knows the law, thinks well on her feet and is well prepared. She’s highly respected.”

Chambers & Partners 2015: “She is fresh and determined. She is always enthusiastic, practical and very approachable.” “She has an excellent rapport with clients and is always willing to argue hard for the outcome desired by those instructing her.”

Chambers & Partners 2014: “She is to be highly commended for the quality of the advice, support and guidance we received throughout our particularly difficult case.”

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