Clive Adams

Legal Director

Clive qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and is one of the founder members of the Asset Management Team.  Clive provides specialist leasehold advice on all aspects of service charge recovery, S.20 consultation issues and procurement, applications to vary defective leases, boundary disputes, rights of way, forfeiture and leaseholder ASB and has successfully sought rescission of a Lease following the discovery of a fraudulent Right to Buy application.  He appears regularly in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on behalf of large national clients in respect of complex service charge cases. 

Clive has acted for social landlords for most of his professional career and in addition to the work now undertaken in the Asset Management Team has also advised and represented clients in areas such as defending disrepair claims, anti-social behaviour possession and injunction claims, closure orders, committal applications, subletting and abandonment claims, evicting squatters from open land, Equality Act and Public Law challenges, and advising clients on their policies and procedures.

Clive has experience of Judicial Reviews and appeals, including several of his cases that have become leading cases in the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court.

Clive is regularly requested to appear on expert panels at National Housing Conferences and is in constant demand to deliver training to clients who appreciate his practical approach to complex legal issues.

Notable Projects
  • Advising on a multimillion pound regeneration project being placed in jeopardy due to planning issues resulting in the Planning Inspector refusing permission.  Applications made to the Administrative Court under S.288 Town and Country Planning Act to quash decisions of the Planning Inspector refusing planning permission thereby enabling regeneration project to proceed.
  • Reviewing and advising on the service charge policies and procedures for a major RP client affecting their income recovery processes across their stock.
  • Acting on the simultaneous variation of circa 90 Leases to remove an area of land from the definition of Estate thereby enabling valuable land sale transaction to proceed.
Publications

'Fixed and Variable Service Charges following Home Group v Lewis', Inside Housing, June 2010

'Regeneration, Planning ahead', Inside Housing, July 2008

Qualifications

LPC College of Law, Guilford

LLM, Advanced Litigation, Nottingham University

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