Jennifer Routledge

Year of Call: 2021
Practice areas:
  • Business and Property
  • Housing


Overview

Jennifer joined Chambers in 2023 following the successful completion of her pupillage specialising in Business & Property and Housing Law. Under the supervision of Paul Whatley, Head of Housing, she has gained experience in both court and paper-based advocacy and advice across these practice areas.

Jennifer undertakes a wide variety of drafting and advocacy work including applications, small claims and fast track trials. In Housing, this includes possession, anti-social behaviour, disrepair and Environmental Protection Act claims. In Business and Property, this includes contractual disputes, tenancy deposits, money claims, party wall issues and TOLATA disputes.

Immediately prior to pupillage, Jennifer worked in commercial property and asset management. She previously worked for a housing charity and as a judicial assistant to a Circuit Judge.

Expertise

Housing

Particular areas of expertise include

  • Possession claims

  • Antisocial behaviour injunctions and committals

  • Disrepair claims

  • Environmental Protection Act claims

Jennifer takes a pragmatic approach to issues and is happy to advise on any proposed claim or defence. She regularly deals with possession claims with a wide variety of defences, including those brought under the Equality Act 2010. Acting for social landlords she has secured many antisocial behaviour injunctions and works with clients to present the strongest case on any committal.

 

Business and Property

Particular areas of expertise include

  • Commercial leases and forfeiture

  • Contractual disputes

  • Consumer credit disputes

  • Party wall issues

Jennifer is happy to act from the start of any potential claim, taking a practical view and ensuring that the best possible commercial outcome is achieved. She is frequently instructed on initial drafting as well as trial advocacy.

Achievements

Accreditations

  • PDSL and International Mediation Institute accredited mediator

Awards

  • BPP University Cohen Excellence Award

  • BPP University Career Guarantee Scholarship

  • Middle Temple Jules Thorn Scholarship

Qualifications

  • LLM in Bar Practice (University of Law) Distinction

  • Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP University) Commendation

Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

  • The Chancery Bar Association

  • The Northern Circuit

  • Attorney General's Junior Junior Panel 

Personal Information

Having enjoyed a previous career as a classical musician, in her spare time Jennifer still enjoys music, as well as hillwalking and playing hockey.



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