Lucie Wood

Year of Call:
2019
Practice areas
  • Business and Property
  • Housing

"Lucie Wood's advice and advocacy are first-class. She is very personable and always impresses clients.""Lucie Wood is very thorough in her preparation."Chambers and Partners (2024)

"Lucie has a tremendous font of knowledge on all things housing related and is very personable and practical. Her experience is invaluable and she offers practical workable solutions and technical advice when required. She has an amazing eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned when advising on matters."

Profile

Prior to joining Chambers, Lucie was a partner and higher court advocate at a large regional law firm. Lucie has over ten years’ experience specialising in Housing Law and Business and Property cases.

Lucie has a particular interest in complex and technical areas of law and enjoys developing novel legal arguments.

Lucie is passionate about advocacy and regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and the First-tier Tribunal in relation to interim hearings through to multi-day trials.

Legal 500 2022 and 2023 ‘Rising Star’

Chambers and Partners 2023 ‘Up and Coming’

Main areas of practice:

Housing


Particular areas of expertise include:

  • HMO and selective licensing disputes

  • Unlawful eviction

  • Leasehold, including Right to Buy and Right to Acquire disputes

  • Tenancy fraud

  • Succession disputes

  • Disrepair

  • Antisocial behaviour (with a particular interest in mental capacity and disability discrimination)


Business and Property

Particular areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial lease disputes, with a special interest in the telecoms sector

  • Inheritance disputes

  • Nuisance

  • Boundary disputes

  • Proprietary estoppel

  • Insolvency – personal and corporate

Testimonial Quotes

Chambers and Partners 2024 - ranked as Up and Coming:

Lucie Wood has a strong social housing practice acting for both landlords and tenants. She has significant experience in unlawful eviction, disrepair and selective licensing appeals.

Strengths

"Lucie Wood's advice and advocacy are first-class. She is very personable and always impresses clients."

"Lucie Wood is very thorough in her preparation."

"Lucie Wood is excellent. She is very knowledgeable in the social housing area."

Chambers and Partners 2023 - ranked as Up and Coming:

"Lucie Wood has a strong social housing practice acting for both landlords and tenants. She has significant experience in unlawful eviction, disrepair and selective licensing appeals."

"Lucie understands our clients' needs and works tirelessly to achieve their desired outcome. She has excellent technical knowledge and is a formidable court advocate."

"Ms Wood's strengths are very much her approachability and her wealth of knowledge in the area of housing and social welfare."

Legal 500 2023 - ranked as a Rising Star:

"Lucie has a tremendous font of knowledge on all things housing related and is very personable and practical. Her experience is invaluable and she offers practical workable solutions and technical advice when required. She has an amazing eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned when advising on matters."

Legal 500 2022 - ranked as a Rising Star:


"Lucie's strength is most definitely the wealth of knowledge she has for the area of expertise covered. Lucie is also extremely approachable, very down to earth and willing to help in any way possible. Lucie is able to explain the answers to questions in a way that the client will understand and not too technical. I suppose Lucie's approach-ability could also be a weakness, just in the sense that she will do all she can to help even at short notice.”

Notable Cases

Housing: Advising a PLC and another global company, which are the UK’s largest providers of student accommodation, in relation to their licensing obligations under the Housing Act 2004, and all relevant secondary legislation, for their UK portfolios.Obtained a strike out of a claim brought against a Registered Provider which was valued at over £100,000. The claim related to disrepair, unlawful eviction, harassment and personal injury. The Claimant was also ordered to pay the Registered Provider’s costs.Instructed by a director of a large-scale property investment company to bring an appeal in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in relation to fixed penalty notices, amounting to, in excess of, £100,000. The appeals involved novel points of law in relation to selective licensing. Following preparation of a comprehensive skeleton argument, negotiated a settlement of £12,000 with opposing Counsel the day before a two-day trial was due to commence. Represented a Local Authority at trial and successfully obtained an antisocial behaviour injunction despite expert evidence stating that the Respondent’s mental capacity could fluctuate and was caused by his disabilities. The case involved significant and technical legal argument in relation disability and mental capacity. The Respondent sought to appeal the decision but failed to obtain permission. Represented the Defendant, a Registered Provider, at trial in relation to a claim for general, special, aggravated and exemplary damages worth in the region of £80,000. The claim followed the Defendant’s unlawful eviction of the Claimant. The claims for special, aggravated and exemplary damages were successfully opposed. The Court was also persuaded to award an amount, in respect of general damages, which was nearly 95 percent lower than the amount claimed.Successfully defended a disrepair claim following technical legal argument in relation to the relevance of affordability regarding heating provisions. Given the complexity, Judgment had to be reserved and the written Judgment spanned over 50 pages. Business and Property: Successfully represented a Respondent in having an application to have a transfer in relation to a commercial premises set aside dismissed in the First-tier Tribunal. The hearing took place over two-days and the property in question was worth £700,000. Acting on behalf of a commercial landlord in relation to a litigated lease renewal against a global telecoms company in relation to an emerging area of law within the telecoms sector. Successfully obtained the strike out of an application for the order of sale of a residential property, with costs awarded to the Defendant on the basis of res judicata.Successfully obtained a strike out of a claim for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.Court of ProtectionAppeared before Hayden J in the Court of Protection, Royal Courts of Justice, in relation to a case involving the question of whether a DNA sample could be taken from an incapacitous adult. The case was widely reported and appeared within the Law Reports: Bagguley v E [2020] 2 W.L.R. 236. 

Qualifications

University of York – Philosophy – First Class Degree with Honours (2005)

Lancashire Law School – Legal Practice Course – Distinction (2009)

Kaplan Altior – Higher Rights of Audience (2012)




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