Amy is a probate and property specialist. Her work extends to traditional chancery and related commercial fields. She is regularly instructed for freezing injunctions, in construction disputes, in professional negligence matters and in cross-border estates.
Amy is skilled and down to earth. Over the years she has gained knowledge in diverse areas of law which she uses to ensure that lateral thinking and the application of principles from other areas of law are deployed when required. Moreover, her work requires a wide ranging and contemporary knowledge of contract, tort and insolvency; as well as the law on the supply of services and sale of goods. Amy litigates in all forums and appears regularly in the High Court. She is an advocate for ADR and has advised, drafted pleadings for, and represented parties at adjudication, mediation and arbitration. Amy strives to achieve justice. She works pro bono on meritorious cases and will consider acting on deferred fee basis and under conditional fee agreements. She often prepares advices for insurance and insurers.
Recent cases include:
- Smith v Rawlings (2012) Reading CC. Successfully defended an application to amend pleadings days before trial and then successfully defended a boundary dispute in a residential setting.
- Re Hammond (2012) Ch.D. Acted for the widow in a cross-border estate (Ghana- England) where traditional customary marriage was denied by the son of the deceased. Successfully negotiated consent orders for freezing injunction, disclosure, undertakings, preservation of assets and relief from sanctions applications. Kept costs proportionate.
- HM Attorney General v Dallas  EWHC 156 (admin);  All ER (D) 116 (jan). Acted pro bono and was led by Charles Parry for the Greek juror, Dr Dallas. Contempt of court proceedings in the High Court before Lord Judge CJ, Hallett LJ and Openshaw J as a result of Dr Dallas looking on the internet when she was a juror at a trial in Luton. Amy was involved to help address issues as to jurisdiction and procedure in this difficult area of law that spans both criminal and civil law. Amy has subsequently participated with the Law Commission’s review of the law on contempt of court.
- Re Aust (2012) Ch.D. Acted in a claim for substitution of an executor who had failed to recognise the interest of certain beneficiaries who took by virtue of s.33 of the Wills Act 1837. After providing written advice an agreement was reached between the parties which permitted retention of the executor’s indemnity.
- Oates v Ampney Construction & Ampney Development (2012) Swindon CC on transfer to Bristol TCC (CC). Successfully advised claimants to make a cross application to amend pleadings to prevent success of strike out application by solvent (as opposed to barely solvent) defendant company and to amend to add claims against the plumber and carpenter in this residential conversion of a former school construction claim. Following guidance and submissions at these applications the claimants secured a favourable settlement at a round table meeting.
- Re Sweet (2012) Ch.D . Acted on behalf of one defendant in a construction of will and variation of trust case where she successfully applied for costs to be paid out of the Estate despite a compromise having been reached between the parties.
- St Vincent Investment v Fuschini (2011) Court of Appeal. Acted for the respondent to the appeal led by Joanne Wicks QC. Amy successfully negotiated a withdrawl of the appeal on favourable terms in a claim based on an assignment of the contract for sale.
- Sartori (2010) Ch.D. Amy successfully applied for a freezing injunction and disclosure order in a complicated estate and trust of land matter on behalf of a disabled adult.
Recent testimonials include:
- Julian Abraham, Sternberg Reed: "I have been delighted with the exceptional competence, thoroughness and attention to detail Amy has shown in the matters I have instructed her on. Her approach is down-to-earth and pragmatic, which is exactly what my business clients want. She is very supportive of her instructing solicitors, which is not always a given, and engenders great confidence with my clients. Her paperwork is terriffic, and she delivers with great speed."
- David Janata, Bower & Bailey: "Amy is approachable, incisive and very thorough. She inspires great confidence"
- Andrew Stokes, Morgan Clarke: “Amy quickly got to the core issues of the claim, focusing equal attention on the positives and the negatives, giving the clients a considered view as to the merits of the claim, allowing the parties to negotiate a reasonable settlement without costly and protracted litigation”
- Robert Horsey, Ashfords LLP: "Amy is meticulous in her approach and has an impressive eye for detail. She is very quick to identify the real issues involved and is imaginative at finding ways to resolve them. Her reassuring style instils great confidence in clients and solicitors alike. She is one to watch."
- Malcolm Tuvey, Inspire Law: “Amy is excellent in the mediation setting. She seems to have the knack of both putting clients and opposition at ease and (then) getting what she wants. She is always well prepared and is unflappable”
- Christopher Chidley, Dickins Hopgood & Chidley: “Both we and our clients find her particularly approachable and her preparation for cases is extremely thorough. All the work that she has done for us has been extremely satisfactory.”
- Kate Hallin, Dutton Gregory: “Amy provides advice and advocacy of “the highest standard” and her preparation for cases is exceptionally thorough. The attention to detail afforded to all aspects of her cases is of particular note. Amy understands the need to work as part of a team with instructing solicitors to achieve the very best results for her clients. She has a clear understanding of her cases and is able to relate the same to the clients needs to reach the best possible outcome for the client. I would highly recommend Amy.”
- Graham Randall Chartered Surveyors: “My experience of having Amy Berry on board in a building dispute case is one of first rate professionalism. Amy was confronted with a situation in which the client had given so many variations without proper documentation to the nature of building works and would if put to trial have involved a lengthy debate over the nature of work. With guidance from surveying and engineering members of the team, Amy quickly established the key issues, got the client into line and brought about a successful negotiation of the claim with an on site meeting with the contractor and legal adviser. I would certainly have no hesitation in putting further instructions to Amy.”
- Arthur Bradbury, Bradbury Steed: “I met counsel Amy Berry in court about five years ago since when she has been my first choice of barrister in her fields. Her attention to detail and preparation work is most thorough and I am particularly impressed by her drafting skills which on occasions has led to hearings being settled after service of skeleton arguments. On the occasions I have attended court with Amy, she has, unlike many other barristers, fully involved me in negotiations and as part of a team. As an advocate Amy's intention is to achieve the best for the Client. She is tenacious but charming and is powerfully pursuasive. I have received only compliments about Amy from my Clients and I would not hesitate to recommend her.”
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