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Amanda Hadkiss

Call 2014

ahadkiss@maitlandchambers.com

Amanda joined Chambers in October 2016 and has developed a broad practice across a range of Chambers’ areas of expertise, including commercial, chancery, company, property, and insolvency matters. She regularly appears unled in the County Court and in High Court applications and works with more senior members of Chambers on larger cases.

Examples of Amanda’s recent work include:

Commercial litigation and contractual disputes

Business/contract claims

  • Acting for a sole trader defending a £4 million claim for the alleged conversion of high performance cars.
  • Acted for a bank in the trial of a claim for damages arising from an alleged breach of an insurance contract.
  • Acted for an IT services provider defending a claim for alleged breaches of contract and fiduciary duties relating to the provision of IT services to a law firm.
  • Advised on a potential misrepresentation claim against a coaching provider.
  • Acted for a company defending a claim for breach of contract relating to the supply of allegedly faulty heating units to a care home provider.
  • Acted for a bakery company in the trial of a claim for damages for conversion and injunctive relief.
  • Advised a postal services firm on its contractual obligations under an introducer’s fee agreement.
  • Instructed by an oil and gas financing broker to assist with evidence in relation to a claim for unpaid commission fees.

Banking and finance

  • Instructed by a bank defending a multi-million pound claim (involving allegations of mis-selling of an interest rate swap in the context of a securitisation and allegations of LIBOR manipulation) to assist with witness evidence.

Joint venture and partnership disputes

  • Advised (with John McGhee QC) on a dispute relating to the termination of a limited partnership joint venture for the development of a hotel in the City of London.

Property

  • Regularly instructed in residential possession proceedings, non-residential possession proceedings, and service charge disputes.
  • Advised a freehold management company on issues arising as the result of a collective enfranchisement relating to the level of service charge attributable to a proposed airspace development.
  • Advised a firm of solicitors on the legal consequences of a conveyancing mistake.
  • Acted for the claimant in a boundary dispute between two neighbouring properties.
  • Acted for a property owner resisting an application for permission to appeal to the High Court on grounds relating to the law of the abandonment of easements.
  • Acted for a freeholder in an application to amend the terms of an injunction obtained against multiple defendants relating to the use of a boatyard.
  • Acted for a bank making and resisting interim applications in to a high value possession action.

Company and Insolvency

  • Appear in and advise on numerous applications brought under the Companies Act 2006, including applications for rectification of the register and applications for extensions of time for registering charges.
  • Acting (led by Catherine Newman QC) on behalf of the petitioner in an unfair prejudice claim relating to the exclusion of a director and shareholder from the management of a company operating in the food industry.
  • Regularly advise on matters relating to winding up petitions and appear on behalf of both petitioners and debtors in the Companies Court Winding Up List.
  • Regularly instructed in bankruptcy petitions on behalf of both debtors and petitioners.
  • Acted on behalf of a petitioning creditor in an application by the debtor company to dismiss a winding up petition on the basis that the debt was genuinely disputed on substantial grounds.

Amanda read History at Queens’ College, Cambridge, before attaining her GDL and BPTC qualifications. After her undergraduate degree she undertook an internship at the Texas Defender Service in Austin, Texas, during which she assisted attorneys representing defendants facing the death penalty. During her legal studies she taught debating to prisoners in London prisons through the Gray’s Inn “Vocalise” programme, acted as a pro bono legal adviser at two legal advice centres, and volunteered as a trainee duty advisor representing defendants facing possession proceedings in a County Court. In the year before pupillage she worked as a Legal Researcher at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP and specialised in EU sanctions and extradition matters.

Qualifications
BPTC, Outstanding, Kaplan Law School
GDL, Merit, The City Law School
MA (Cantab), History, First Class

Awards
Gray’s Inn Bedingfield Scholarship (2013)
Kaplan Law School Advocacy Scholarship (2013)
Gray’s Inn David Karmel Award (2012)
Queens’ College Bachelor Scholarship (2012)

Languages
German (intermediate)

Memberships
COMBAR
Chancery Bar Association