Lauren Chambers

Practice Director, Partner, Head of Litigation

I am Barwells’ Practice Director, Head of Litigation and Director, with over 20 years’ experience of advising on litigation matters. I am assisted by trainee solicitor Holley Henden. I qualified as a litigation solicitor in Cornwall in 2003 after passing the Legal Practice Course with distinction at Guildford. I completed my training contract at Thrall Ryder Solicitors in Truro, joining Barwells in 2015. I became a Partner in 2016 and Practice Director in 2023. I am based in our Peacehaven office. I'm also a Trustee at St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Outside of work I enjoy going to the theatre, eating out and yoga.

News and media

  • Blog
    • Posted on August 2, 2022
      We have spoken to a number of landlord clients recently who have agreed to extend their Section 21 deadlines in order to assist their tenants and the local council in rehousing the tenants.
      This is risky.
      It is really important that any landlord or agents note that a Section 21 notice can only be used as the basis of a possession claim if the possession claim is issued within 6 months of the date on which the Section 21 notice is given to the tenants.
      On three recent occasions our landlord clients have granted extensions of the Section 21 notice whilst in discussions with the tenants and council. By the time they come to Barwells the 6 month period has expired and we then have to issue a new Section 21 notice.
      If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact us on or 01273 582271.
      Posted in: Litigation
    • Posted on January 26, 2021
      Nobody would dispute that one of the sad repercussions of these difficult months is the fact that a large number of people may find themselves being made redundant or being offered a settlement agreement.

      A settlement agreement is an agreement between you and your employer where you give up your right to bring any claim against the employer in exchange for a sum of compensation. In some settlement agreements the compensation sum can be quite high but in others the offer can be relatively modest.
    • Posted on October 5, 2020
      The current situation is nothing if not complicated, however, I will try and set out a summary of where we appear to be now and where we appear to be heading.
      The first thing to keep in mind is that England and Wales are now on slightly different systems. Wales has already introduced a requirement for a 6 months’ notice period. Notice periods in England were still, at the time of writing this, 3 months. This had been the case for all notices that were served on or after 26th March 2020; however on 29th August 2020 the notice period extended to 6 months for
      most notices. This is intended to ensure that tenants are not made homeless over the winter period.
      Posted in: Litigation

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