Jennifer Butcher

Associate

Email
jennifer.butcher@hughjames.com
Telephone
029 2078 5974
Department telephone
029 2066 0589

Jennifer is an Associate within the Property Disputes team. Jennifer regularly advises landlords and tenants, including individuals, corporate and public bodies on a broad range of subjects including dilapidation claims, forfeiture, possession proceedings, easements, opposed and unopposed lease renewals, operation of break clauses, rent reviews and other forms of landlord and tenant disputes. Jennifer also works for a number of property developers providing advice in relation to their freehold land and for banking clients in relation to their management of property portfolios and property disputes which arise through the administration of estates.

Significant recent cases and instructions include:

  • Advising a banking client in relation to a contested application for first registration of a multi million pound property, whilst also opposing an application for first registration by way of adverse possession in relation to the same property.
  • Successfully resisting an adverse possession claim on behalf of a commercial client.
  • Advising a client in relation to an application for adverse possession and prescriptive easements in respect of areas of land in a valuable and highly sought after part of central London.
  • Representing a government body in relation to a Town and Village Green application over a large site designated for housing development.
  • Successfully obtaining an order for sale of a property on behalf of a client.
  • Advising a social housing client in relation to a complex interpretation of the repair covenants in a lease dispute.

Career history

  • Trained: Hugh James 2011 – 2013
  • Qualified: 2013
  • Associate: 2017

Education

  • First Class MA Hons in Architectural Studies from Edinburgh University (2008)
  • Commendation in Graduate Diploma in Law from University of Glamorgan (2010)
  • Distinction in Legal Practice Course from Cardiff University (2011)

What do you like to do outside work?

I am a casual enthusiastic runner. I often spend 6 months of the year training for the Cardiff Half Marathon which I have completed to varying degrees of success. I spend the flip 6 months of the year not training and cajoling myself into signing up for the following year’s race.

I am a big fan of the outdoors and in particular the Welsh coastline. To the confusion of my colleagues I choose to spend most summer holidays with my family and dog camping in West Wales whatever the weather and exploring new part of Wales and the coastal path on foot.

I live with a temperamental chef of a husband who owns a restaurant and two pubs. Therefore my spare time is spent testing new dishes and beverages and providing (unwelcome) constructive criticism. We have two small children who keep us very busy and spend their time moaning about being dragged on the abovementioned wet walks and camping trips. My eldest, together with my husband, is currently trying to teach me Welsh (which is not going too well…)

 

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