This week is Good Divorce Week, an annual campaign initiative by Resolution, a national organisation of family justice professionals who aim to work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Resolution has over 6,500 professional members The initiative’s purpose is to promote a practical and constructive approach to family problems and
TestimonialsHolly Baker has a detailed knowledge of the law and her attention to detail is excellent. I would definitely recommend her and use her again if needed.Legal 500 2021Holly Baker is a strong performer. She is extremely thorough, and she anticipates what is needed, and has done it before it is asked. I really valued her calm efficiency. She gets the line between authoritative and accessible exactly right.Legal 500 2021Having worked with Holly Baker for the best part of two years, I have found her to be most helpful and considerate in her handling of a particularly complicated dispute. Her attention to detail and knowledge of company law is to be commended. The case is ongoing with a satisfactory conclusion anticipated and I have no hesitation in recommending her services to others in the future.Our company retained Holly for advice with a difficult case involving our partners. She is excellent in responding to emails and calls and gives clear, constructive advice. I would definitely recommend her and use her again if required.It’s been a long couple of years but thanks to Holly and the team at Machins I can finally move on with my life. They have been professional, patient, and supportive through a very difficult time with an extremely complex case.I did just want to put on the record just how phenomenal you were to work with and how lucky the clients were to have you. I cannot think of a single occasion where something needed to be done and you had not proactively sorted it and done so with aplomb. You are by some way amongst the best solicitors with whom I have worked.Holly Baker is a junior solicitor with the confidence and competence of a solicitor with far more years of experience. She is efficient and intelligent, and protects her clients' interests fearlessly.Legal 500 2022Friendly and approachable, willing to go the extra mile where possible. Holly Baker is our main contact - she is personable, which certainly helps when stress levels and costs can escalate in circumstances. The team are knowledgeable and from experience appear to have their clients' best interests at heart.Legal 500 2022
Holly joined Machins 2016 and qualified as a solicitor in 2018. She quickly established a reputation for her attention to detail and dedication to building strong relationships with clients.
She studied law at the University of Leicester and completed her Legal Practice Course in Cambridge achieving a distinction.
Since qualification Holly has continued to provide an exceptional level of client care whilst displaying a detailed knowledge of law, especially in commercial and property disputes.
Holly deals with all aspects of dispute resolution and has recently worked on cases involving emergency High Court injunctions, complex cohabitation disputes, substantial claims concerning defective products in the oil and gas industry, disputes as to parties’ identities and disputes concerning share purchase agreements.
Specialist practice areas
- Commercial disputes including breach of contract and company, director, shareholder and partnership disputes (40%)
- Co-ownership disputes (often between former cohabitees) (30%)
- Landlord/Tenant disputes (30%)
- Property and neighbour disputes
- Debt recovery
Latest news by Holly Baker
Machins Solicitors has achieved seven practice area recommendations in the latest edition of Legal 500 UK including one Top Tier ranking in the area of family law for the third year running. Among the areas of expertise in which the firm is regarded includes corporate and commercial, employment and family as well as dispute resolution,
A landlord could not get round the requirement to make a “demand for payment of the service charge” within the 18-month time limit specified in law. That was the ruling of the Court of Appeal in a case involving a landlord that held the head lease of the residential parts of a large mixed-use development.
A landlord has lost its appeal against a decision that it could not impose service charges for certain works because it had failed to consult tenants properly. The landlord owned several flats let on long leases. It carried out various works to the flats and, in 2017, sought to recover the cost from the lessees
The discount supermarket chain Lidl has been ordered to stop selling its Hampstead gin brand due to a trademark dispute. The issue arose after the chain started selling the gin in a dark brown/black and opaque, apothecary style bottle bearing a diamond shaped label like that used by the famous brand Hendrick’s, which was launched
The government is continuing its support for tenants to protect them from being evicted during the Covid-19 pandemic, even though lockdown restrictions have now been eased. As part of a phased approach back to normality, notice periods – previously extended to 6 months as an emergency measure during the pandemic – are now set at
The government has introduced its new Model Tenancy Agreement making it easier for tenants with well-behaved pets to secure leases. It means that landlords will no longer be able to issue blanket bans on pets. Instead, consent will be the default position, and landlords will have to object in writing within 28 days of a
An investor has been granted freezing orders against a father and son who ran a company that was allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme. The investor said that he had provided £700,000 to the company after being promised returns of 3% and guaranteed access to his capital on 28 days’ notice. He maintained that he had