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Chelsea Sparks

Chelsea is a qualified New York Attorney and practising barrister. Over the years, she has been exposed to a mixture of civil law; however, the main focus of her practice is now property and commercial law. She undertakes both oral and written advocacy, providing advice and drafting, and she is regularly instructed in the County Court.

Prior to completing her legal training, she successfully undertook a variety of different roles, including working as a clerk, paralegal, compliance consultant and legal assistant. Her eclectic background and firm grasp of the law makes her a tenacious and pragmatic advocate. Furthermore, having previously managed her own attorney practice, Chelsea enjoys and prioritises high standards and client engagement within all aspects of her work.

Feedback from solicitors and lay clients highlights Chelsea’s professionalism and ability to achieve the desired outcome for the client. She is direct in her approach and will not shy away when it comes to managing expectations.

Following the successful completion of her Public Access (also known as Direct Access) training, Chelsea is also able to take instructions directly from lay clients under the Public Access Scheme. Should litigation not be the most appropriate or effective route for resolving a dispute, Chelsea is also a trained and accredited mediator.

Chelsea has experience in the following areas of law:

Property

  • Landlord and tenant (residential and commercial)
  • Possession
  • Deposit protection
  • Housing disrepair
  • Dilapidations
  • TOLATA disputes
  • Forfeiture
  • Easements
  • Boundary disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Nuisance
  • Riparian rights
  • Trusts (for example, the removal and replacement of trustees)
  • Charging orders
  • Wills & Probate
  • Media & Information Law
  • Defamation
  • Data protection/GDPR
  • Harassment
  • Misuse of private information
  • Breach of confidence

Other areas of law

  • Commercial Law
  • Contractual claims, including consumer credit and sale of goods
  • Debt, Insolvency & Bankruptcy
  • Regulatory
  • International Law

Memberships

  • Affiliate member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association

Testimonials

I have to say that you are highly effective and I have been massively impressed with all the instructions that you have dealt with for us.

– James Melvin-Bath, Willans LLP

We have instructed Chelsea several times, often at short notice and with tight deadlines. Chelsea has been fantastic; nothing is too much trouble and she is always available to help. Chelsea goes above and beyond – even drawing up a checklist/table for the client to complete prior to a conference in order to make the best use of time. I have attended court with Chelsea on a few occasions and I agree with my clients in that she is professional yet down to earth and very good at explaining any issues to the client in a calm yet empathetic way. 10/10.

– Rossanna Yarleque – Fahri LLP

We were extremely impressed by the professionalism and tenacity of Ms Sparks and she secured an excellent outcome at the hearing.

– Siobhan Minshull – Legal National

Thank you very much for this. It sounds like it was a bit of an uphill struggle! The client was very impressed with your efforts and has asked me to pass on their thanks.

– Jade Souch – Shoosmiths

 

Chelsea has developed a broad property practice and is happy to provide advice or advocacy services across all areas of property law. She has particular experience dealing with disputes concerning housing disrepair, possession, deposit protection, unlawful eviction, nuisance, tortious interference with goods and boundary disputes. Within property, Chelsea has experience of dealing with general applications; small claims and fast track trials; disposal hearings; part 8 hearings; and costs and case management hearings.

Chelsea has experience of representing claimants, defendants, landlords and tenants whilst dealing with residential and commercial property matters, giving her a chance to keep her skills sharp.

Prior to completing her pupillage Chelsea worked as a legal assistant to the Head of Media Law at her previous chambers, during which time she gained specific experience in claims of defamation, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, malicious falsehood, data protection, and harassment.

Once qualified, Chelsea continued her work in media law and has been regularly led by senior counsel, whilst also undertaking instructions independently.

In 2022, Chelsea was part of the legal team representing a Claimant in his High Court claim for defamation, harassment, breach of data protection and misuse of private information in relation to 9 online videos and 4 emails with recipients likely to be in the thousands. After a substantial strike out application against the Defendant was filed, the case culminated in a favourable judgment for the Claimant consisting of damages, an injunction and costs.

More recently, Chelsea has been instructed in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of confidence, breach of data protection and copyright infringement which arose from a covert recording of a private and confidential meeting, a collection of emails and the distortion and unapproved use of an image. Chelsea attended the hearing and was successful in defending the Defendant’s strike out application and obtaining an Unless Order and an award of costs against the Defendant.

Chelsea is regularly instructed in commercial law matters or cases which have a commercial element. Having been self-employed for a number of years and director, Chelsea has an innate understanding of the practicalities and considerations involved in running a business. It is this understanding which is particularly useful when she is proposing tactical solutions, whilst considering the reputational impact of the claim, and when advising on the strengths and weaknesses of a case.

Given her background and experience, it is no surprise that there is a certain degree of overlap between the areas of law Chelsea is instructed in; her cases often involve property, consumer credit or buildings disputes which stem from a breach of contract.

Chelsea also has experience dealing with insolvency matters, including bankruptcy petitions, winding up petitions and applications to obtain orders for sale or charging orders.

 

Chelsea is a licensed New York Attorney and, whilst studying for the Bar of England and Wales, she worked as a contract attorney for Magic Circle and international law firms on a variety of matters, often with a US law or jurisdictional element.

Chelsea advised on potential or pending litigation, investigations and ongoing financial and commercial claims alongside other contract attorneys. Chelsea worked on cases concerning a high profile supermarket merger; a pharmaceutical investigation into internal corruption and bribery; a multi-million pound shipping contract dispute; a shareholder dispute on behalf of a US private equity firm; a European Commission investigation into anti-competitive behaviour; an internal investigation into possible breaches of US sanctions; the alleged tax evasion and illegal actions of an international tobacco manufacturer; a patent infringement following a complaint made to the International Trade Commission; and, a large scale contractual dispute concerning IT solutions.

In 2019, she also volunteered in Texas with the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs offering her legal assistance to death row clients who needed help launching their appeals against the death sentence.

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