Giles practiced as a solicitor before joining KCH Garden Square in 2007 as a member of the Civil team. He has a direct and robust approach to cases and will pursue an argument with vigour, backed up by a high regard for the client’s best interests.
During his practice at chambers, Giles’ work has been a mixture of property litigation, commercial law (including employment) and general civil litigation (usually excluding Personal Injury). As an experienced advocate, Giles has always enjoyed going to Court or Tribunal.
Property Litigation has been a part of Giles’ practice for many years and he is able to advise and deal with cases involving landlord and tenants disputes, issues as to possession, the enforceability of covenants, mortgages and problems between neighbours. Like others in chambers, Giles is particularly experienced in cases involving social housing and has acted for many local authorities and housing authorities and has been instructed by most of the local solicitors with a legal aid contract for housing. In all these cases, Giles has a realistic approach and will explore practical solutions to satisfy the client’s requirements.
Giles has often worked for limited companies and their owner managers. He has wide experience in commercial contract disputes and debt recovery. The solicitors’ practice in which Giles was a partner had a particular reputation in insolvency, and Giles is familiar with most issues that are likely to be experienced in both personal and corporate insolvency. He has worked with (and against) many local insolvency practitioners. One niche that is taking an increasing amount of Giles’ time is that of minority shareholder actions. Disputes between shareholders are difficult, and can involve different areas of practice. Giles can advise fully and can consider not only the claims of competing shareholders, but also the potential for claims relating to the related capacities of being a director and / or an employee.
In employment cases, Giles has acted for both Employers and Claimants. His cases involve the “usual” claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination under the Equality Act, but Giles also has experience of areas of employment such as TUPE, wrongful dismissal, holiday pay, redundancy, restrictive awards and covenants in restraint of trade.
A further and rather niche area of work has recently be added to Giles’ areas of work, and that is work in the Coroners Court. Attending at inquests and representing interested parties requires a very different style of advocacy and a degree of familiarity with the statutory foundation of the Coroners Court and the substantial caselaw that has developed over many years. Giles has acted for various different parties, including local authorities, involved families and companies who might be apprehensive of reputational damage.