Summary

SanMari was called to the Bar in 2008 at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, she completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London.

 

She joined KCH Garden Square in 2016, having formally developed a successful mixed common law practice with a Chambers based on the Northern Circuit.

SanMari now enjoys a broad civil practice made-up of a blend of advocacy, drafting and advisory work.

SanMari has a busy court practice, she receives instructions to appear in trials, and has experience of handling both lay and expert witnesses. She also appears in appeals, CMCs and interlocutory hearings.

Where appropriate, SanMari is prepared to accept instructions on a Conditional Fee Agreement basis.

 

 

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Insurance & Fraud

SanMari is a specialist Insurance Law practitioner, her expertise includes all aspects of RTA insurance, (including credit hire and personal injury), Employer’s Liability and Public Liability Insurance.

She is often instructed at an early stage of proceedings by insurers and has a particular specialism in defending fraudulent insurance claims, arising out to RTA’s and other contexts.

She frequently acts in, amongst other things, RTA cases involving allegations of staged/induced/invented accidents, phantoms passenger claims and LVI.

She is also regularly instructed to advise as to litigation tactics and evidence and has extensive experience of multi-track trials involving detailed consideration of intelligence, engineering and telematics evidence.

 

Regulatory & Licencing

SanMari is an accomplished Regulatory and Licencing Law practitioner,

Local Authority Licencing
She has been instructed in a number of cases involving Local Authorities enforcing housing regulations against landlords.

In 2017 SanMari represented the West Lindsey District Council in the prosecution of four landlords under a selective licensing scheme at the Magistrates Court at Lincoln. Collectively all four landlord incurred fines totalling £213,000 for 15 Offences to comply with selective licensing – to date, believed to be the highest fine in the England and Wales.

Environmental Prosecutions
SanMari regularly appears in respect of environmental enforcement including prosecutions in the magistrates’ court in respect of matters under the Environmental Protection Act and in particular in respect of waste.

Noise Abatement Notices
She has advised and represented clients in respect of litigation involving noise abatement notices and other matters relating to noise and the Environmental Protection Act, and has experience of noise cases ranging from noisy birds, barking dogs to loud music and industrial noise.

Professional
SanMari has experience of representing professionals in matters brought by their respective profession bodies including, but not limited to;

• The National College for Teaching and Leadership
• The Solicitors Regulation Authority
• ILEX Professional Standards
• General Medical Council.

She has been able to draw upon her knowledge gained from working in-house at Solicitor’s firms. Prior to completing pupillage SanMari spend time employed as an advocate with a Legal 500 firm practicing in Costs, Insurance, Personal Injury (including Clinical Negligence), Regulatory (including General Teaching Council prosecution) and Coronial Law.

Inquests
She has appeared at inquests on behalf of medical (doctors, dentists, nurses) practitioners and insurers, involving both medical, scientific and reconstructive evidence.

 

Housing

SanMari has a growing Housing Law practice, she receives instructions from local authorities, housing associations, private landlords and tenants. She has acted in a range of housing law claims inclusive of possession, warrants, anti-social behaviour, and unlawful eviction disputes.

SanMari has a particular interest in Local Authority Enforcement where it overlaps with the Housing Act.

She is also regularly instructed to advise as to litigation tactics and evidence and has extensive experience of multi-track trials involving detailed consideration of intelligence, engineering and telematics evidence.

Equine

SanMari grew-up on a farm in South Africa and has a lifelong love for horses.  She is an accomplished horsewoman. This has led her to develop a parallel interest in Horse law including contracts for sale, professional equine disputes, personal injury and negligent veterinary and farriery treatment.

SanMari also has experience in Dangerous Dogs Act and associated animal law cases relating to ownership and allegations of cruelty etc. She welcomes instructions in this area of practice.

Cases

West Lindsey District Council -v. Jagdish Singh, Gurjit Singh, Halpal B Singh & Balbir Kaur

In 2017 SanMari represented the West Lindsey District Council in the prosecution of four landlords under a selective licensing scheme at the Magistrates Court at Lincoln. They were the first landlords to be prosecuted under West Lindsey District Council’s selective licensing scheme. Collectively all four landlord incurred fines totalling £213,000 for 15 Offences to comply with selective licensing – to date, believed to be the highest fine in the England and Wales. The Council was successfully at Criminal Behaviour Orders in relation to all the defendants, which imposes conditions on the letting and management of any properties owned within the district for a period of ten years.

Additional Information

In 2014 SanMari contracted her time out to a new commercial law based legal entity. SanMari has had hands-on involvement with the development of an animated advertisement which was featured on national television. Her legal project management experience includes inter alia, the delivery of advertising production specific legal advice (data protection, online publication, copyright, regulation of the media, negligent misstatement) and contract drafting.

In 2015 SanMari spent time abroad in South Africa whilst advising the African Union and its strategic partners upon African multi-national agricultural, bio-energy and aquaculture contracts and projects geared at developing the region’s infrastructure.

Prior to completing pupillage SanMari spend time employed as an advocate with a Legal 500 firm practicing in Costs, Insurance, Personal Injury (including Clinical Negligence), Regulatory (including General Teaching Council prosecution) and Coronial Law.

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