Rebecca Rees

Senior Associate

Email
rebecca.rees@hughjames.com
Department telephone
029 2066 0589

Rebecca is a Senior Associate in the Property Disputes team.  She advises clients in the commercial property and public sectors in relation to landlord and tenant and real property disputes.  She has particular expertise in working with the social housing sector, advising on both contentious and non contentious housing management.

Significant recent cases and instructions include:

  • Advising a care home provider about the existence and enforceability of an option to purchase land
  • Successfully resisting an adverse possession claim on behalf of a registered social landlord
  • Advising a number of housing association landlords in connection with commercial property portfolios, including dealing with the forfeiture of commercial premises on the basis of the illegal operations of the tenant, advising about landlord liability for repairs in commercial premises.
  • Advising on the drafting of a common housing allocation policy for a local authority and its housing association partners
  • Dealing with litigation on behalf of a right to manage company which related to the validity of its appointment and negotiating a long and complex settlement
  • Dealing with many housing disrepair claims
  • Advising many in the social housing sector about the implications of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016

Career history

  • Trained: Hugh James 1997-99
  • Qualified: 1999
  • Associate: 2003
  • Senior Associate: 2005

Memberships

Education

  • MA in law from Cambridge University (1996)
  • Distinction in Legal Practice from the College of Law (1997)

Languages

French (conversational)

What do you like to do outside work?

I enjoy running; I have completed several half marathons although cannot profess to do them very quickly. I am hoping one day to do one in less than 2 hours.

I am chair of governors of a federation of two primary schools, and I am also a parent governor at a secondary academy. I have been involved in many aspects of governance in this role from head and deputy head recruitment and safeguarding to dealing with OFSTED inspections and now working with a school to bring it out of RI status. These roles give me the opportunity to develop many skills and meet lots of interesting people which I thoroughly enjoy.

I am proud to say I am a member of the campaign for real ale and have been active in keeping my local pub alive. (Not just by purchasing pints of beer, but also by assisting with an application for it to be listed as an asset of community value!)

I have three children too so life is pretty full.

 

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