Real Estate Litigation - London (Bar)
Hardwicke has a sizeable team of exclusive property specialists noted by clients and peers for their work on professional negligence, dilapidations, rent reviews and service charge disputes, acting on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. They regularly appear in the Chancery and Queen's Bench divisions. The set's members are noted by solicitors for their "clear, reasoned advice," the "excellent" quality of their work, and their ability to "empathise with the lay client."
Client service: "The clerks at Hardwicke are excellent and are able to accommodate most fee structures depending on the nature of the case."
Michelle Stevens-Hoare QC
Continues to receive instructions in high-profile property disputes, often acting in the Court of Appeal. She has a focus on development cases and receives high praise from clients for her professional negligence work.
Expertise: "She's very good and has a lovely humility and charm. She has comprehensive knowledge of the law, and is a very good advocate, who is well prepared."
Recent work: Recently acted on appeal in a land ownership controversy between an estate and the son of the deceased owner.
John de Waal QC
A renowned property litigation specialist highly commended by clients for his professional negligence-related work, he often acts for commercial landlords and developers, and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal.
Expertise: "He is just very good at what he does, as he's fabulously commercial and user-friendly. He has this outwardly relaxed manner and he's unflappable." "He provides high-quality and thorough advice which, coupled with his tremendous ability to communicate and empathise with the lay client, means that he is always counsel of choice."
Recent work: He recently acted for a Garfunkels restaurant in Oxford Circus in a Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act application for a new lease, which was initially opposed by H&M.
Receives acclaim from clients and peers for his specialist property litigation practice, and has particular expertise in LVT disputes.
Expertise: "His work is consistently good and he is firm in his advice. He goes to considerable lengths in addressing the issues which will come before the court. He has a good rapport with clients and I would have no hesitation in recommending him."
Recent work: He recently acted in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), successfully appealing a service charge dispute relating to a substantial residential and commercial Battersea development project.
A valued junior whose practice spans most aspects of landlord and tenant law and cases connected to professional negligence and mortgages. Clients are quick to point out that his role as deputy adjudicator to HM Land Registry gives him valuable specialist knowledge of land registry issues.
Expertise: "Helpful, pragmatic and good value." "Very good with clients – he makes them feel at ease and takes them through difficult matters. He's great value as well."
Recent work: Recently acted for The Mortgage Business, a member of Lloyds Banking Group, in achieving a victory in the Court of Appeal. This was a sale and rent back matter with important ramifications for case law in this area.
Focuses his practice on real property and landlord and tenant disputes. He regularly appears in the LVT and the Lands Chamber.
Expertise: "Very good at preparing matters and he enjoys a very high success rate."
Recent work: He recently acted for the successful landlord in a complex possession claim over a high-value property, which involved interpretation of Shari'a law in order to determine whether the defendant could be said to be the wife of the deceased at the time of death.
Undertakes commercial property disputes, and has extensive experience of acting for large London estates.
Expertise: "Very approachable and knowledgeable," he provides "very clear advice and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: He recently acted in the High Court in a case concerning celebrity Kevin Francis' attempt to obtain injunctive relief on a property he formerly occupied.