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Real Estate Litigation — London (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Falcon Chambers remains the dominant set for property-related litigation matters. It is highly regarded for its strength and depth at both silk and junior level and boasts barristers who offer specialist knowledge of areas including village greens, manorial rights and easements. Market commentators say: "They're very strong. When you have a very serious, high-value dispute and you need to be sure you have the right people for the job, you go to Falcon."

Client service: The clerks are described as "very responsive and flexible." Johnathan Stannard is senior clerk.

SILKS

Janet Bignell QC
Regularly instructed in high-value development disputes. Her practice has a strong focus on landlord and tenant law, but she handles the full range of real estate disputes, including leasehold and contractual issues.
Strengths: "Terrier-like and a very tough cross-examiner who takes no prisoners." "She has a fierce intellect combined with an unassuming manner, and gets to grips with matters quickly, proving calm and measured in her dealings with clients."
Recent work: Successfully obtained a High Court injunction to protect an important development site near the Olympic Park.

Timothy Fancourt QC
His practice encompasses leasehold obligations and development agreements, commercial leases and appeals, and he has further expertise in protest and occupation matters. He is well reputed for his proven track record of handling high-profile matters.
Strengths: "A top-class property silk, Tim is incredibly user-friendly, bright, engaged and detailed." "He's a superb advocate on his feet, who we also go to from an early stage for his written advice and ability to speak to clients."
Recent work: Advised a property developer in a rectification claim against Marks & Spencer and a negligence claim against previous solicitors. The case settled with M&S conceding the claim and agreeing rectification of the lease.

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC
Acts as the joint head of chambers and is widely respected in the market. His areas of expertise include rent review, easements and restricted covenants.
Strengths: "A leading silk, Guy is great at seeing the wood for the trees and directing matters and tactics. In court he is thorough and precise and he identifies the key issues to focus on." "A leading authority on rent review who provides clear, concise and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Marks & Spencer v BNP Paribas Securities Trust in the Supreme Court. The case concerned whether it was appropriate to imply a term into a break clause providing for the landlord to repay rent referable to the period after the break date.

Jonathan Gaunt QC
Regularly represents clients in matters concerning enfranchisement, rent review and enforcement of covenants.
Strengths: "He's terribly good at writing opinions, is very quick at turning around papers and is ruthless in court." "He is obviously very knowledgeable; when it comes to easements he wrote the book."
Recent work: Acted for Generator Developments in a case against LIDL supermarket concerning whether a constructive trust was created following a failed joint venture for the acquisition of land for development.

Stephen Jourdan QC
Has an extremely wide property and agricultural law practice and also handles property-related insolvency, partnership and professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "He is very commercial, pays fantastic attention to detail and deals with cases involving very complex valuation issues and economic theories." "He's extremely well organised, very bright and a strong advocate."
Recent work: Successfully appeared in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the right of a landlord which is not a public authority to recover possession from a tenant under Article 8 of the ECHR.

Jonathan Karas QC
Has a practice that is predominantly centred around land law. He specialises in the crossover of planning, agriculture and property law, and is an expert in right to light.
Strengths: "An incisive, forceful advocate and a skilled tactician who leaves no stone unturned." "Hugely responsive and he gets to the heart of a matter and finds very good practical solutions which help to structure transactions effectively."
Recent work: Successfully represented United Utilities in claims brought by Manchester Ship Canal.

Kirk Reynolds QC
Maintains his standing as a leading property silk, and operates across the full range of property law matters.
Strengths: "Outstanding knowledge of dilapidations - he is a leading QC in this field." "Straight-talking, innovative and someone who works tirelessly in the client's interests."

Jonathan Small QC
Focuses on a variety of legal matters linked to development, and regularly handles overage, rights of way and purchase disputes.
Strengths: "Approachable and provides advice in an easily digestible format."

Caroline Shea QC
Handles commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, many of which are complex in nature. She also has a great deal of expertise in the appellate courts.
Strengths: "A real fighter and excellent on partnership and estoppel claims."
Recent work: Acted in Publity v Chesterhill, successfully defending a claim that a tenancy had been granted to the German company claimant. The case involved a multimillion-pound family house at the heart of the defendant's property portfolio.

JUNIORS

Emily Windsor
Has a practice which spans all facets of property litigation, and particular experience with regard to development agreements, rent review and leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: "She is user-friendly, clearly on top of the legal issues and good at spotting and avoiding potential pitfalls." "Emily is an exceptionally talented barrister and is a go-to counsel for property litigation advice. Not only is she particularly thorough, astute and able to easily distil complicated matters, she is also super with clients, providing commercial and realistic advice."
Recent work: Acted for the landlord in lease renewal proceedings in Central London County Court.

Wayne Clark
Handles a good deal of commercial property disputes, and is an expert on business tenancies. He also advises on development, joint venture agreements and overage provisions.
Strengths: "He is a go-to person for heavyweight technical advice on 1954 lease renewals." "Very practical, very commercial, very sensible and incredibly responsive."

Anthony Radevsky
Has a practice that combines property law with real estate-related professional negligence. He is noted for his expertise in leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: "The guru when it comes to enfranchisement issues, he is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the 1993 Act." "First-rate; the leading authority on leasehold enfranchisement and a clear and authoritative lawyer."
Recent work: Appeared in Jewelcraft v Pressland in the Court of Appeal, a decision on whether a shop with a flat above is a house according to the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.

Adam Rosenthal
Widely recognised as a high-level junior in his field. His main areas of focus include landlord and tenant litigation, restrictive covenants and insolvency issues.
Strengths: "He's very effective at creating nuanced, sophisticated and compelling legal arguments." "Absolutely fantastic, he is really pragmatic and knows property law inside-out."
Recent work: Acted for the NHS as tenant in a trial about whether a lease had been terminated by exercising the break clause.

Mark Sefton
Widely acknowledged as one of the leading juniors in his field. His practice concentrates on property-related insolvency, as well as commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes.
Strengths: "Razor-sharp and always commercial, his 1954 Act expertise is second to none." "He is very bright and can digest very complex points and look at how things are going to play out."

Stephanie Tozer
Handles a plethora of property-related disputes, and is recognised for her skill in handling residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.
Strengths: "She's incredibly bright, has a fantastic eye for detail and can grasp huge amounts of information very quickly." "Crystal-clear in her knowledge of the law, she applies it to a situation and thinks outside of the box."
Recent work: Acted for GLA in a case relating to an area of land which was key to the substantial regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula.

Oliver Radley-Gardner
Acknowledged for his diverse property practice that incorporates proprietary estoppel, negligence issues, and landlord and tenant litigation. He also has a burgeoning reputation in telecoms.
Strengths: "Has a sharp intellect and is very personable." "His pleadings are a joy to read and his intellect shines through in both his written work and in his manner with clients."
Recent work: Appeared for the defendants in Heathcliffe Properties v Dodhia & Another, a case concerning contempt of court, partnership dissolution and sentencing.

Anthony Tanney
Continues to be sought out for his exemplary work across a range of real property matters. His specialisms include rent review, rights of way and land registration. He is also known to take on cases related to easements and professional negligence.
Strengths: "His advice is very to the point."

Gary Cowen
Frequently advises on complex litigation, and has a great deal of experience in the Court of Appeal. Real estate forms the core of his chancery practice and he has notable experience in restrictive covenants and leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: "Very user-friendly, practical and commercial." "A good advocate, able to think on his feet during complex contested hearings."

Martin Dray
A highly sought-after junior, with a specialism in high-profile property cases. He covers a range of matters including boundary disputes, lease renewals and adverse possession disputes. He also sits as a judge in the First-tier Tribunal.
Strengths: "Provides very clear and detailed technical advice."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a claim for rectification of the register of title arising from the fraudulent sale of the claimant's property, in a three-day hearing in the Chancery Division.

Nathaniel Duckworth
An expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He is an expert in everything from boundary disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: "Nathaniel is very confident in court, proactive, someone with a great eye for detail and a man who delivers on time." "Technically shrewd and very industrious."

Charles Harpum
Receives plaudits for his extensive knowledge of property law and his ability to handle complex matters. His areas of focus include conveyancing law, land registration, and landlord and tenant law.
Strengths: "He is skilled at untangling issues and grasping complex legal principles." "He is extremely capable and has exceptional technical ability."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of appellant fishermen in a case concerning the extent of ancient fishing rights.

Greville Healey
His practice is centred around rights of way and rights of light issues, as well as landlord and tenant law. Clients appreciate his ability to handle complex matters.
Strengths: "His abilities are well beyond those which would be expected of a barrister of his call. He never fails to impress." "A first-rate and tenacious advocate - incredibly user-friendly and fantastic with clients in conference."
Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal in an important recent decision regarding rights of light and the issue of injunctions and damages in lieu.

Edward Peters
Has cultivated a reputation as a property litigation specialist, and is praised by peers for his intelligent approach to cases. His practice takes in dilapidations, covenants and possession claims.
Strengths: "His grasp of property law is second to none and his advocacy skills, in particular in cross-examination, are excellent." "Very detailed, clear and absolutely meticulous in his advice, written work and advocacy."
Recent work: Instructed by Derbyshire County Council in a substantial claim against the Secretary for Health in the Chancery Division, relating to service charges in a large London office block.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Advises her clients on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. She is also adept at handling compulsory purchase orders and professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "Clever and hard-working." "She can talk even the crustiest of judges around."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the Hilton Hotel Group in relation to a large commercial dispute with its landlord, concerning the enforcement of trading covenants.

Joseph Ollech
Has a robust real estate litigation practice and wide experience of disputes arising under the 1954 Act, the Rent Act and the Housing Act. He is particularly strong on restrictive covenants, easements, adverse possession claims and boundary disputes, and is also an expert in property-related company and insolvency law.
Strengths: "A very confident and competent advocate." "He is very clever, practical, sensible and very quickly grasps all the issues."
Recent work: Instructed in a set of four joint proceedings seeking to regain control of a large commercial and residential site in Gloucestershire.

Catherine Taskis
Noted for her far-reaching expertise in both residential and commercial landlord and tenant real property law. Clients also seek her out for her specialism in agricultural law.
Strengths: "Her written advice is well presented and she is good with clients in conference." "She is extremely thorough and goes the extra mile for clients."
Recent work: Appeared in a £1.7 million landlord and tenant dispute relating to misrepresentations made on the letting of a dairy farm in the Bristol District Registry.

Cecily Crampin
Widely acknowledged as an exceptionally promising property junior, with a sophisticated practice. Her caseload includes landlord and tenant, mortgage and real property work.
Strengths: "Very impressive when it comes to valuation issues, very pragmatic and user-friendly." "Really cool under pressure, really calm, very assured and has all the answers."
Recent work: Instructed by The Crown Estate Commissioners in an application under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 concerning the share of premium payable to the freeholder and head leaseholder.

Philip Sissons
Handles a range of real estate litigation matters including landlord and tenant issues, and is widely recognised for his formidable expertise in the High Court, County Courts and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Very able junior barrister who is calm and confident with clients." "His drafting is very clear and his pleadings are excellent."
Recent work: Represented the administrators of Lehman Brothers in opposing a claim by Canary Wharf Group arising under a former lease of a high-rise office block on Canary Wharf.

Barry Denyer-Green
A strong performer in compulsory purchase and compensation cases. He also has experience in the Lands Tribunal.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable and resourceful, he is a mine of information on manorial mineral rights and an expert on compulsory purchase."

Ciara Fairley
Regularly practises a broad range of agricultural, commercial and residential property law, including matters with professional negligence, insolvency and planning aspects.
Strengths: "Great in conference, user-friendly and a good advocate who is a real safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court in McDonald v McDonald, a case concerning the impact of human rights claims in cases involving private individuals.

Kester Lees
Talented junior who handles all aspects of landlord and tenant and property law, including leasehold enfranchisement, adverse possession and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "He has excellent technical knowledge, is very detail-oriented and offers very good commercially aware advice tailored to the client." "His advocacy skills are just fantastic and his opinions are solid."
Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant landlord in a two-day trial in Cambridge County Court concerning an uncontested lease renewal of two major car parks in Peterborough.

Tamsin Cox
Predominantly focuses on landlord and tenant cases in both commercial and residential settings.
Strengths: "A personable, sensible and commercial barrister. Tamsin always understands the end goal and deals with matters in a refreshingly pragmatic way." "Provides reliable 1954 Act advice on interim rent and brings troublesome negotiations back on track."
Recent work: Appeared in a case to determine whether the landlord, tenant or sub-tenant was responsible for paying non-domestic rates for commercial property under the terms of the leases.

Paul Letman
Specialises in real estate litigation, covering the full range of property matters. He is an expert in restrictive covenants, environmental issues and professional negligence cases. Letman is also respected for his work as a Land Drainage and Agricultural Tribunal judge.
Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable and happy to turn things around quickly." "The way he interacts with clients is excellent and his knowledge of the law is brilliant."
Recent work: Represented a homeowner in a bitterly fought boundary dispute relating to land surrounding a substantial Essex mansion

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Landmark Chambers offers a multidisciplinary property litigation practice, drawing on strengths in planning and environmental law. Barristers regularly handle commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, as well as traditional land law and professional negligence matters. Sources say: "The barristers are all extremely capable, confident, proactive and commercial. They guide you to the right results and they know their subjects inside-out."

Client service: "The clerks are very approachable, extremely helpful and they make good suggestions." Jay Fullilove is the senior clerk.

SILKS

John Male QC
Has extensive experience of dealing with rent reviews and business tenancies, and is noted for his skill as an arbitrator. He is highly sought after for his knowledge of landlord and tenant property litigation.
Strengths: "He is very good at giving you a clear, well thought-through answer, and his focus on the detail is very reassuring for clients." "For real estate dispute resolution or property litigation he is undoubtedly up with the very best."

Katharine Holland QC
Garners praise for her broad practice and her user-friendly approach. She has a strong track record of acting in high-profile cases including disputes relating to landmarks and football clubs. She also acts as an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Katharine's skill at getting to the heart of the dispute never ceases to impress and her work ethic and ability to work seamlessly with the client's team are second to none."
Recent work: Appeared for the landlord in a High Court case concerning a claim for damages for breach of covenant for quiet enjoyment in connection with redevelopment works being undertaken to the Timothy Taylor Gallery building.

David Holland QC
A skilled property litigator, who is known for working closely with property developers, individual householders and landowners. His expertise extends to property-related professional negligence. He is regularly instructed in relation to significant matters in the appellate courts.
Strengths: "David Holland is a seriously smooth silk" and "an extremely talented advocate who is ruthless in cross-examination. Very user-friendly and extremely charismatic, he has a wicked sense of humour."
Recent work: Acted for the successful landlord in a Court of Appeal case which overturned the decision of a first instance judge that he did not have the necessary intention to occupy under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act.

Timothy Morshead QC
An accomplished property silk, with a practice which incorporates chancery and public law litigation. He is notable for his ability to expertly analyse and advise on the interpretation of leases and overage agreements. He regularly appears at all level of court from tribunals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "A phenomenal barrister in whatever he does." "Perfectly suited to highly complex, technical cases."
Recent work: Appeared in a high-profile case concerning the literal versus purpose approach to the interpretation of contracts.

David Elvin QC
A highly capable property silk, with particular expertise in public law, planning and environmental law. The cases he undertakes range from compulsory purchase and compensation matters to those involving highways and human rights. He is known for his extensive work in the Court of Appeal, High Court and ECHR. He is also the general editor of the Planning Encyclopaedia.
Strengths: "He's very, very clever and highly motivated to do the best for the client." "A formidable performer."
Recent work: Appeared in High Court proceedings regarding overage payments for additional development.

Tom Weekes QC
A specialist in property litigation including real property disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and property-related human rights and professional negligence cases. He has also authored important texts on notices and rights of light.
Strengths: "Combines great tactics, sharp arguments and a winning smile in a quite brilliant way." "Thoughtful and quite creative in the way he approaches cases."
Recent work: Represented a mother in a high-profile dispute with her daughter concerning the ownership of a flat in Kensington.

JUNIORS

Myriam Stacey
Covers a broad range of real estate litigation issues, and has a diverse skill set, handling matters relating to service charges, conveyancing, restrictive covenants and adverse possession. She is also known for her work on proprietary estoppel and constructive trust disputes.
Strengths: "Very user-friendly, responsive and bright." "Exceptionally bright and a very good advocate, Myriam is able to grasp the commercial reality of a situation with ease and is great with clients."
Recent work: Represented the landowner in a dispute involving a manager appointed on behalf of a residents' association. The case raised issues of injunctive relief, disability discrimination and damages, and related to a mixed-use estate in Canary Wharf.

Nicholas Taggart
A leading property junior, who is regularly sought out for his expertise in landlord and tenant cases, and for issues arising from commercial property disputes such as rent reviews and dilapidations. He has niche expertise in property-related utilities and telecommunications matters.
Strengths: "Hilarious and great fun to work with, he really knows his stuff and always thinks outside the box." "He's bright, sharp and very commercial."
Recent work: Defended Wentworth Golf Course from an attempt by the owners of private roads to stop the PGA Tournament from being held next year in a case touching on restrictive covenants, trespass, nuisance and estoppel issues.

Toby Watkin
Advises landowners, local authorities and developers on restrictive covenant and enforcement issues. He also has experience in property-related telecommunications and professional negligence disputes.
Strengths: "He is very personable, gets into the nitty-gritty of matters and delivers an incredibly good service."
Recent work: Junior counsel for the claimant in a multimillion-pound property dispute relating to the sale of a £26 million development site in West London.

Camilla Lamont
A well-respected property barrister with expertise pertaining to service charge litigation, mixed-use schemes and commercial property disputes. She is also known for her work in environmental litigation, in particular in relation to nuisance claims.
Strengths: "She absolutely lives and breathes the case and thinks through every issue." "She is very user-friendly, easy to deal with and gives very clear advice."
Recent work: Represented Berkeley Homes in fast-tracked proceedings in the Chancery Division against Golden Eagles, the former occupier of the site of the proposed West End Gate Development at Paddington Green.

Thomas Jefferies
A talented property litigation junior renowned for his work in enfranchisement, planning and commercial landlord and tenant cases. His practice also extends to mediation and he is well versed in handling planning inquiries and appeals. He is regularly instructed in property-related professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "He is very good at turning things around quickly and drafting detailed pleadings." "He's always very calm and has a good fighting spirit."
Recent work: Acted for a landlord in a £4 million claim against the guarantor of a lease of office premises in Stockport.

Stephen Bickford-Smith
Known for his focus on real property and construction disputes. He regularly takes on development agreement, boundary and easement law cases. He has also co-authored leading texts on party walls, the right to light and rights of way.
Strengths: "He is softly spoken, persuasive, measured and a very good advocate." "He is a very intelligent and charming chap."
Recent work: Appeared in Scott v Aimiuwu, a rights of light claim for injunctive relief and damages.

Katie Helmore
Recognised for her versatile property practice that covers a wide scope of property law issues. She has specialist knowledge of both aviation and protester injunctions. Helmore regularly appears in the First-tier Tribunal and Lands Chamber on matters relating to service charges and enfranchisement.
Strengths: "She provides strong commercial advice that cuts through legal issues to get to the nub of the matter." "A very able, bright junior."
Recent work: Handled an urgent possession order relating to a large number of Travellers who had trespassed onto the claimant's wharf site.

Aaron Walder
Highly capable property junior with experience across a diverse range of areas, who is an expert in agricultural matters, forfeiture and breach of covenant. He also handles enfranchisement, rights of light and development cases. His talents further extend to cases involving the interpretation of documents such as leases and transfers of land.
Strengths: "He is pragmatic and sensible."
Recent work: Acted in a case regarding purpose trusts, the role of charities and land registration. The matter concerned an after-school care centre on disused school premises.

Galina Ward
Handles property litigation as part of a broad practice that also encompasses public law, immigration and ratings cases. She is known for her work in social housing as well as commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes. Ward also works on claims brought under the Electronic Communications Code.
Strengths: "She's obviously very bright and good with difficult clients."
Recent work: Successfully represented Limehouse West Management in a long-running service charge dispute.

Katrina Yates
Garners praise for her diligent approach and her expertise when it comes to land registry matters. Other areas of focus include landlord and tenant disputes and real property cases as well as related aspects of planning law.
Strengths: "She is witheringly bright, extremely determined and very good on her feet." "Very punchy, very bright and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Obtained a final injunction and a possession order on behalf of Highways England to remove a persistent squatter who was unlawfully occupying and obstructing the verge of the A11 trunk road at Barton Mill, Bury St Edmunds.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Maitland Chambers has a strong reputation for all aspects of commercial property litigation and boasts barristers who have appeared in recent cases in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Members offer expertise in terminal dilapidations and right to light issues, as well as property-related insolvency work. Sources say: "Maitland's lawyers and clerks alike are approachable, commercial, efficient and genuinely a pleasure to deal with."

Client service: "The clerks are always very user-friendly and helpful." John Wiggs is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Edwin Johnson QC
Receives praise from the market for his skill as an advocate. His practice is predominantly focused on professional negligence claims arising from real estate at all levels of court and tribunal.
Strengths: "He is very good both on his feet and on paper, and he really cuts through to the heart of the matter." "Tremendously knowledgeable, extremely responsive and first-rate with clients."

John McGhee QC
A leading property silk, whose practice takes in property-related professional negligence matters as well as general real estate cases. He is admired for his tactical approach and his knowledge of equitable remedies including rectification and specific performance in a real estate context.
Strengths: "He has a razor-sharp intellect and is able to relay complex arguments in an accessible manner." "Exceptionally user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented Chil in a dispute over the termination of a joint venture agreement for the purchase and development of a hotel.

Christopher Pymont QC
Head of Maitland Chambers, who counts restrictive covenants, break clauses and leases as just some of his areas of expertise.
Strengths: "Pragmatic, proactive and brilliant, he is a go-to adviser for heavy property-related disputes, and a real team player." "He has a marvellous bedside manner with clients; he is measured and very charming, and he never inflates expectations."
Recent work: Acted in the Supreme Court case of FHR v Mankarious. This was a successful claim for constructive trust over a fee paid to a fiduciary agent in breach of trust.

Andrew Walker QC
Handles real estate-related litigation, arbitrations and expert determinations. His recent work has seen him dealing with planning obligations, contract disputes and rent review. He was recently elected vice-chairman of the Bar for 2017.
Strengths: "He has a great eye for detail, and he's analytical with a commercial spin."

Michael Driscoll QC
Regularly handles a plethora of real estate matters, and is particularly known for advising building societies and banks on cases concerning negligence and breach of trust. His expertise extends to telecommunications, rent review and property development matters.
Strengths: "He's a heavyweight and absolutely brilliant."

Timothy Dutton QC
Receives much praise for his client-friendly approach, and his knowledge of property-related disputes. His work concentrates on enfranchisements, equitable remedies and contractual disputes. He is further noted for his wider commercial chancery practice.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who is very personable with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Friends Life in relation to a service charge dispute with its landlord.

Thomas Grant QC
A respected property silk with a focus on landlord and tenant matters. His practice specialises in chancery litigation and he regularly appears in the Court of Appeal. He is a general editor of Lender Claims, a leading text in the area.
Strengths: "He is a strong advocate who has a charismatic court presence and a good rapport with judges."
Recent work: Instructed by Bank of Scotland in an undue influence claim with complex issues relating to notice.

Amanda Tipples QC
Covers a broad range of property and commercial chancery litigation and is a regular choice for clients faced with very knotty problems. She also has significant expertise in cases with an international element.
Strengths: "She's fantastic, very able and terribly clever." "She's brilliant with clients, very calm and collected."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a complex family partnership dispute relating to agricultural tenancies.

JUNIORS

Michael Pryor
A highly praised senior junior, with a dedicated real estate litigation practice. He has devoted much of his time to enfranchisement work as well as property-related professional negligence. He regularly appears before tribunals and in all levels of court up to the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He rolls up his sleeves and cuts through the detail to find what's important." "He's very on the ball, he's good with clients and he knows his stuff backwards."
Recent work: Acted in a substantial collective enfranchisement matter where the applicant sought to acquire flats on the basis that they have common parts within them.

Timothy Calland
Has a commercial chancery practice with an impressive property law focus. His practice covers the full gamut of real estate issues, with an emphasis on complex cases where property overlaps with other areas of law.
Strengths: "Tim is marvellously sharp, and is always calm and collected. On his feet he is whip-smart and a force to be reckoned with."
Recent work: Represented the owner of a fishery in an appeal to the Supreme Court resisting an attempt in the Court of Appeal to limit the extent of the fishery.

Olivier Kalfon
Regularly handles contentious property matters including residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. He often advises on property-related insolvency.
Strengths: "A strong advocate and a respected adviser who is always calm and considered."

Philomena Harrison
Widely acknowledged as a prominent property junior with experience in break option disputes and property-related professional negligence. Commercial easement disputes form another major focus of her practice. She works closely with investment funds and banks.
Strengths: "Easy to work with and no-nonsense in her outlook." "She has a very strong court presence."
Recent work: Acted for Samuel Smith in proceedings in the Leeds District Registry to fix the price for the freehold interest of a licensed working men's club.

Adam Smith
Specialises in real estate litigation, concentrating on leasehold enfranchisement, commercial lease renewals and service charge disputes. He also has experience in cases concerning sporting profits a prendre and gas storage.
Strengths: "He's very good on paper and always offers commercial views." "Adam has a very good manner and his knowledge of the law is extremely impressive."
Recent work: Acted in Amin v Amin, a case concerning the management and sale of a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties.

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Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Wilberforce maintains a formidable practice in real property disputes, and has barristers who are regularly instructed on high-value and complex work including development proposals and mortage fraud claims, as well as possession orders and injunctive relief. Members are highly regarded for their expertise, with a source commenting: "Wilberforce barristers remain at the top of their game, and are supported by efficient and proactive clerking." Another source calls them "technically excellent and very commercial."

Client service: "The clerks are really helpful and very responsive." Mark Rushton is head clerk.

SILKS

Jonathan Seitler QC
Continues to be considered one of the top property litigation silks at the Bar. He frequently handles a broad caseload of high-profile, complex real estate disputes. He also serves as deputy head of Wilberforce Chambers.
Strengths: "Thoroughly intelligent, good at debating difficult points of law and inventive." "He is good at coming up with innovative solutions."
Recent work: Acted for the chef Gordon Ramsay in a ten-day trial in which he sought to be released as a personal guarantor on the grounds that his father-in-law had fraudulently forged his signature on several leases by using a 'ghostwriter' signature machine.

Joanne Wicks QC
Has a fine reputation as a top real estate QC, and has a practice centred around property transactions and professional negligence. She has recently seen an increase in arbitration and expert determination work.
Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable, very bright, client-friendly and responsive." "She's a joy to work with, really approachable and excellent at problem solving."
Recent work: Acted for Bryant Homes in an important case concerning overage and the risks of trying to use restrictive covenants as a form of security for payment.

Martin Hutchings QC
Noted for his impressive property practice spanning contentious and non-contentious matters and professional liability. His areas of specialism include landlord and tenant matters, dilapidations and lease issues. He is also regularly instructed in relation to restrictive covenants and development agreements.
Strengths: "Very good with clients, technically able and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the successful appellant in a case in the Court of Appeal concerning a restrictive covenant building scheme in Gerrards Cross.

Michael Barnes QC
Well known for his work in administrative and property law. His primary focus is on cases concerning estoppel, laws of natural justice, and landlord and tenant disputes. In addition to his domestic work he has acted on cases in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "Highly intellectual and is excellent on the strategy."

James Ayliffe QC
Much praised for his approach to property cases and his effectiveness as a communicator. He is the editor of a leading landlord and tenant practitioner text and he regularly handles high-value property disputes including cases relating to real estate finance deals.
Strengths: "A very safe pair of hands and exceptionally intelligent, he is the man for brain teasers at the interface of property and insolvency law."
Recent work: Provided expert evidence on English real estate law in Dutch proceedings regarding the enforceability of an EUR18 million contract for the sale and purchase of an office building in Utrecht.

John Furber QC
Particularly adept at handling landlord and tenant disputes, and is an expert on development and commercial property cases. His practice also incorporates matters relating to easements and restricted covenants. He also edits a leading textbook on landlord and tenant law.
Strengths: "Very good and very thorough, he gives very considered opinions and doesn't miss a trick." "John's advice, both orally and in writing, is excellent: focused, to the point and commendably concise."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant in litigation relating to insurance, service charges and rates allegedly due pursuant to a lease of 100 spaces in a car park in London SW1.

Jonathan Davey QC
Has extensive experience of working in the Court of Appeal. He is an expert in real property and landlord and tenant disputes for clients including governmental departments and corporate entities.
Strengths: "A delight to work with, he is very happy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in when needs be."
Recent work: Appeared in a landlord and tenant dispute regarding high-value residential property in Belgravia, in London.

Mark Wonnacott QC
An established property silk with a practice involving complex property litigation, who regularly handles landlord and tenant and dilapidations cases. He has appeared at all levels of the domestic courts up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is a go-to QC, technically excellent, always within reach, sharp but approachable, and he has a calm demeanour which puts clients at ease." "More accessible than most QCs, he is very responsive and doesn't stand on ceremony. He is decisive, clear-thinking and technically off the charts, he knows everything inside-out."

JUNIORS

Julian Greenhill
A major player at the Property Bar known for his expertise in handling real property and landlord and tenant cases, among his wider chancery and commercial law practice.
Strengths: "Julian is a very high-quality barrister who is always extremely thorough, dependable and user-friendly." "He is phenomenally efficient and has a very good knowledge of the law."
Recent work: Acted for the landlord of a series of ten Hilton-operated hotels in a claim for specific performance of obligations to maintain the hotels in accordance with the company's Brand Operating Standards.

Tiffany Scott
Has a highly visible practice in the property litigation sector. She has become known for her work in the full spectrum of real estate cases and has handled matters relating to rights of light, trespass and adverse possession. In addition, she also regularly tackles development disputes, and has contributed to and edited a number of prominent texts on real estate law.
Strengths: "A great advocate who is very good at dealing with complex legal issues." "Responsive, thorough and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Represented a developer turning an office block into flats in proceedings to terminate an agreement for the sale of the proposed flats to a housing association.

Zoe Barton
Has a practice that combines property, trusts and estates with other chancery work. She is known for taking on cases with elements of fraud, and for acting for high-street retailers. Barton is further noted for her work in property-related professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "Zoe does not shy away from difficult issues and gives her opinion without fear or favour. She has a discerning eye for the important points in a case." "Sharp, concise and very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for a wife defending a claim for possession of a family home, brought by a company who provided a facility to a company which her husband guaranteed after being petitioned for bankruptcy.

Benjamin Faulkner
Focuses on high-profile, complex property litigation. He is noted for his user-friendly approach and attention to detail. His expertise extends to tenancy agreements and property statutes. He also handles cases related to town and village greens as well as land registration issues.
Strengths: "Very commercially minded, extremely well liked by clients and good at offering a range of strategic options." "Helpful, approachable and knowledgeable, he's very engaged in his cases."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel in a bitter dispute between neighbours involving difficult points of adverse possession, in which he managed to broker a settlement at mediation.

Harriet Holmes
Frequently appears in the High Court and County Courts, taking on a diverse range of matters, including adverse possession, enfranchisement and party wall issues. She is noted for her dedication to her clients and her work in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "Extremely hard-working, very thorough, very good-humoured and enjoyable to work with." "She provides high-quality and cost-effective advice."
Recent work: Represented the successful appellant in a party wall appeal heard over three days.

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Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Enterprise Chambers offers a strong landlord and tenant litigation practice with a national reach and a strong junior bench. The set regularly handles a broad range of real estate disputes including cases arising from development proposals and property-related professional negligence. Recently, the set has been increasingly instructed in relation to the enforceability of leases and mortgage agreements. Sources praise the set's skill at "matching up the right barrister with the right case for the right client."

Client service: "The clerks give you a straight answer on availability and timings, and when we've had issues on fees they've always been open to discussing them." Antony Armstrong is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Zia Bhaloo QC
A well-established property silk with a long-standing reputation as one of the top landlord and tenant barristers. She also has niche expertise in telecoms work, and the interface between landlord and tenant and insolvency work. Zia is the current chair of the Property Bar Association, as well as an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough, she picks up on points everyone else has missed and gets results." "Extremely knowledgeable and very effective at putting clients at ease and at explaining complex matters in understandable terms."
Recent work: Acted for Wentworth Club in a claim for breach of covenants and trespass brought against it by the Wentworth Estate Roads Committee.

JUNIORS

Kavan Gunaratna
Lauded for his user-friendly and positive approach to insolvency and property litigation. His practice takes in business tenancy litigation, service charge disputes and property claims for clients including house builders and rail and infrastructure companies.
Strengths: "He is very good technically and his cross-examination skills are fantastic."
Recent work: Acted for the owner of the Point West Building in West London in a dispute over £4 million of incurred service charges and circa £8.5 million of further proposed service charge expenditure.

Caroline Hutton
Known for her specialist real property and agriculture practice, as well as her pragmatic approach to cases. She is also a trained mediator and arbitrator. Her work sees her tackling complex rural and agricultural issues, as well as landlord and tenant disputes, professional negligence and restrictive covenants work.
Strengths: "A tough, able and forthright advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the landlord charitable trustees in Smith v Ovington Fuel Trust.

Edward Francis
Has a versatile property practice and regularly handles cases concerning easements, mortgages, and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. He also handles property issues arising from professional negligence and insolvency proceedings.
Strengths: "A terrific barrister, who is very helpful and responsive." "He is exceptional at cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of the developer of a failed hotel development in a case concerning claims by investors to purchasers' liens over the site of the proposed hotel and the recovery of deposits paid by them.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Selborne Chambers is regularly instructed in the full range of property law cases, and is particularly known for handling matters with fraud, insolvency and professional negligence aspects. It has particular expertise in residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes, and has members who "punch above their weight and make the effort to be accessible and outgoing." Barristers here regularly appear in the higher courts and are routinely involved in matters concerning various international jurisdictions.

Client service: "The barristers and clerks are always very accessible and they bend over backwards for their clients." Paul Bunting and Darren Madle are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Romie Tager QC
A veteran of numerous significant, high-profile property cases who is in demand from a host of leading instructing solicitors. He is noted for his forthright style.
Strengths: "Romie's in a class of his own." "He thinks outside the box."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant, Ms Harb, in a case concerning an oral agreement between her and HRH Prince Abdul Aziz for the transfer of two properties in Chelsea.

Mark Warwick QC
A highly respected silk whose work regularly consists of high-profile and highly complex real property litigation. He also handles property-related professional discipline matters. Warwick is the head of Selborne Chambers.
Strengths: "He is quick to grasp the technical details of our matters, he's incredibly responsive and he turns around our work in no time at all. Mark also has a very engaging and highly professional manner when advising clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case against the Bank of Cyprus concerning a forged mortgage, which raised an important point of law regarding subrogation and unjust enrichment.

Ian Clarke QC
A recent silk noted for his exceptional client service, who handles property work alongside his private client and professional negligence matters. He has a strong reputation for cases concerning mortgages and land registration matters.
Strengths: "Ian is direct, to the point and incredibly knowledgeable." "He is responsive, user-friendly and has excellent knowledge of the workings of the First-tier Tribunal."
Recent work: Acted for a group of claimants taking proceedings against the leaseholder and current occupier of a prestigious golf club following the liquidation of the operating company.

Gary Blaker QC
Earns praise for his approachability and practical work style. Easements, mortgages and boundaries are some of his areas of specialism, alongside the full range of commercial and residential landlord and tenant work.
Strengths: "Gary's work ethic is phenomenal, and he's responsive, clear and concise." "He's really good at explaining some pretty tactical, sensitive and complex issues."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a claim for £1.3 million arising out of the fraudulent sale of a property in West London.

JUNIORS

Stuart Hornett
Concentrates on real property matters, and has a particular focus on landlord and tenant disputes. His practice also takes in general commercial litigation and chancery disputes. Hornett is frequently instructed on behalf of local authorities, plcs and pension funds.
Strengths: "Stuart is phenomenally bright and he is able to pick up the detail of complicated matters in record time." "Quick-witted, extremely commercial and someone with an unrivalled experience of handling cases relating to land contracts in particular."
Recent work: Instructed by the owners of the adjoining property to a proposed development in London in a matter concerning a breach of freehold covenants and the right to light.

Justin Kitson
Has a great deal of expertise in property-related professional negligence, and regularly handles high-value property disputes generally. His recent cases have involved easements, sales contracts and restrictive covenants, as well as conveyancing disputes and dilapidations matters.
Strengths: "He is on the ball, responsive, good with clients and someone who produces work in a timely manner." "He is an erudite barrister who is very user-friendly and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Advised Go Outdoors, the second defendants, with regard to a proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claim arising from the acquisition of retail park premises.

Camilla Chorfi
Known for her diverse property practice, she has made a name for herself with her impressive advocacy and advisory work. She regularly appears in the High Court, and is noted for her focus on cases concerning freehold covenants, the Rent Act and insolvency. She is also experienced in handling land registration matters and disputes under the Trusts of Land Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Strengths: "Excellent, responsive, user-friendly and a very powerful advocate, she gets to the heart of the case immediately." "Camilla is a very technically able lawyer."
Recent work: Instructed by the defendants in a forfeiture action with an associated dilapidations claim of around £400,000.

Richard Clegg
A property specialist with a focus on commercial litigation and arbitration. He handles both residential and commercial land property issues, as well as cases concerning easements and restrictive covenants. His recent work has involved a significant number of cases relating to the Law of Property Act 1925 and land registration law.
Strengths: "Richard is a very technical barrister with a really good eye for detail." "He's very practical and commercial."
Recent work: Instructed by the landowner in a case concerning a Rolls-Royce and Bentley business in Chelsea.

Nicholas Trompeter
Applauded for his clear and concise advice, he handles top-level property work as part of a wider commercial chancery practice that is heavy on professional liability and asset recovery work. He also represents both landlords and tenants in opposed and non-opposed lease renewals.
Strengths: "He is very responsive, commercially astute and highly personable. Knowledgeable on his subject matter, he is able to cut through to the key issues in a case."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the defendant in a dispute concerning an alleged agreement for the sale and purchase of a valuable freehold site in Uxbridge.

Neil Mendoza
Acknowledged for his commitment to his clients and his never-say-die attitude, he is a respected commercial litigator who has expertise in land and property matters. He exhibits great talent for commercial landlord and tenant property litigation, and is also often called upon by mortgage lenders to take charge of complex repossessions. Mendoza is highly experienced in professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors.
Strengths: "He is a very good, down-to-earth barrister."
Recent work: Acted for Cargiant as claimants in a terminal dilapidations case.

Paul De La Piquerie
Particularly strong on residential and commercial property landlord and tenant disputes, but undertakes a wide range of property-related disputes. He has appeared in a number of reported cases and notched up a notable run of victories in the past year or so.
Strengths: "Extremely articulate and produces impressive work." "He makes coherent submissions and is a very persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Keelwin Ltd v Wong Kei Restaurants, successfully representing the landlord of a popular Soho restaurant in a case concerning the return of a rent deposit at the end of a tenancy.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Tanfield Chambers is an established leader in enfranchisement work and is highly respected for its wider real estate litigation practice. The set has related expertise in areas such as property damage, professional negligence and social housing, and is a real favourite of leading solicitors in the market. Its members are regularly instructed on behalf of high-profile landowners and developers, and are recognised for being "well organised, personable and willing to go the extra mile to please."

Client service: "The very flexible, very helpful clerks accommodate you if you need anything and are willing to listen on fees." Zoe Bluck, Richard Powell and Billy Forecast are the senior practice managers.

SILKS

Christopher Heather QC
Handles cases concerning easements, boundaries, industrial estates and restaurants, amongst others. He is especially noted for his professional negligence and enfranchisement work, and he frequently works with leading instructing solicitors.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and excellent in court." "He is very knowledgeable and very user-friendly."
Recent work: Advised the claimant on how to obtain possession of a high-value freehold property in one of London's best streets where occupation had been obtained by means of a sophisticated international fraud.

Philip Rainey QC
Continues to be regarded as one of the Bar's finest property silks, and has an excellent reputation for his enfranchisement work. His practice is also centred around expert determination, fraud claims and easements. He serves as head of Tanfield Chambers.
Strengths: "Bright, good all round and empathetic." "A brilliant lawyer who is very commercial and extremely good on the technical side."
Recent work: Successfully represented the appellant buy-to-let landlord in an important case concerning the liability of flat owners who sub-let their flats. The case looked at liability for disrepair occurring in common parts of buildings over which they have no control.

JUNIORS

James Fieldsend
Offers pragmatic advice to his clients regarding service charge disputes and leasehold enfranchisement. He also handles matters relating to boundaries and easements. Fieldsend is a published author, who is known for his work applying human rights conventions to property disputes.
Strengths: "The quality of his work is exceptionally high; he is fantastic on his feet, great on paper and brilliant with his clients."
Recent work: Appeared for the successful respondent in defending a claim for damages following the termination of a licence for the claimant to occupy his mother's home.

Nicholas Isaac
An authority on the full range of issues arising in disputes involving party walls. His real estate practice also incorporates easement and boundary matters. He has also authored an important legal textbook on the subject of party walls.
Strengths: "He's making a name for himself as the go-to party wall person."
Recent work: Acted for Farrs Developments in a judicial review of a Magistrates' Court refusal to state a case concerning an attempt by the surveyor to enforce a party wall award.

Michael Buckpitt
A prominent property junior, with a practice that focuses on landlord and tenant law. He is further noted for his dedication to leasehold enfranchisement and his close relationship with London Estates. Buckpitt represents developer clients in relation to commercial property matters.
Strengths: "Robust, straightforward and down-to-earth." "A very experienced junior who inspires confidence."
Recent work: Defended Taylor Wimpey in injunction proceedings in the High Court where the claimant asserted a right of way over what was previously MoD land.

Nicola Muir
Focuses her practice on residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes, and has significant experience in the Court of Appeal. She is known for her work on leasehold enfranchisement and service charge cases.
Strengths: "She offers clear, concise and commercially aware advice, and is fantastic to work with."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute concerning the premium to be paid on a lease extension where the main issue was the construction of a rent review provision.

Timothy Polli
Noted for his expertise spanning contract and commercial law, as well as his professional negligence work and his handling of development disputes. He also has a strong practice in matters relating to mortgage law and other securities over land.
Strengths: "He is really intelligent, great on his feet, easy to deal with and very popular with clients." "He has an analytical brain, and is very commercial - and he finds solutions for clients."
Recent work: Represented Bank of Cyprus in a trial relating to the bank's claim for an order for sale by way of enforcement of the unpaid vendor's lien.

Mark Loveday
Maintains a diverse commercial and residential property litigation practice. He has acted on multiple dilapidations cases, as well as contentious rent reviews and forfeitures. Recently, he has been instructed in several high-value residential leasehold enfranchisement and service charge matters.
Strengths: "Very solution-oriented, he deals with things quickly and is good on his feet." "He gets to grips with the issues and gives clear advice enabling the client to make a decision and go forward."
Recent work: Acted in an appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to enfranchisement of a house under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.

Daniel Dovar
Has a diverse commercial and residential property practice, specialising in contentious landlord and tenant matters. He is frequently sought out by clients for guidance on leasehold disputes, as well as conveyancing disputes and professional negligence matters. Dovar also has significant niche expertise in work relating to hotels and shopping centres.
Strengths: "He has a thorough knowledge of the law and is practical in his approach - he homes in on the issues immediately."
Recent work: Appeared in an appeal against a cost order following the dismissal of a claim for an injunction to restore lift services to an apartment in South Kensington.

Ellodie Gibbons
A widely respected property junior known for advising on commercial and residential landlord disputes. Her practice includes service and administration charge issues, right to manage cases and enfranchisement claims. She has co-authored a significant text on leasehold enfranchisement and regularly speaks at conferences on the topic.
Strengths: "She's extremely good on her feet, persuasive and good at taking the court along with her." "Ellodie is a gifted lawyer who takes a practical, common-sense approach."
Recent work: Defended the landlord in a claim for a new lease of a flat in Chelsea beneficially owned by Cary Grant’s third wife until her death in 2015.

Rebecca Cattermole
An established social housing junior with a growing reputation for residential and commercial real estate work. She is highly experienced in matters involving service charge disputes and dilapidations, and is very strong on the interrelationship of human rights with landlord and tenant law.
Strengths: "Picks things up incredibly quickly and her technical analysis is amazing." "She is excellent at dealing with matters thoroughly and efficiently."
Recent work: Acted in McDonald v McDonald in the Supreme Court, a case determining that a court, when entertaining a claim for possession by a private sector owner against a residential occupier, was not required to consider the proportionality of evicting the occupier under Article 8 of the ECHR.

Amanda Gourlay
Particularly recognised for her expertise in the field of service charges, Amanda is regularly instructed by lessees on a public access basis. She also regularly handles the full range of landlord and tenant law matters, as well as those relating to trusts of land and co-ownership disputes.
Strengths: "She's very user-friendly, very sound and very proactive."
Recent work: Represented the lessees of 150 apartments in a prestigious and high-value development in Canary Wharf on their application to appoint a manager under Section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.

Andrew Butler
A well-reputed real estate barrister, who focuses on commercial and professional negligence disputes. He is noted for his work in property damage, service charge and joint venture claims. He also receives instruction as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "He is good in conference and he inspires confidence in the client."
Recent work: Successfully represented the tenant in a dispute concerning the effect of insuring covenants in residential leases.

Carl Fain
A talented property barrister with expertise in business tenancy renewals, service charge disputes and dilapidation claims. His practice also takes in landlord and tenant matters, mortgage-related claims and property-related professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "Very bright, gets on well with clients and is a terrier in court." "He's extremely knowledgeable, doesn't balk at any points and is ready with the answers."
Recent work: Acted for the tenant in a lease extension case before the First-tier Tribunal involving a high-value flat in Chelsea.

Marc Glover
Garners praise for his user-friendly approach. He regularly handles cases involving easements, boundary disputes and property development. Glover has recently handled cases in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "A real fighter, who is bright, prepares well and knows how to get the best out of judges."
Recent work: Acted in Santander v Bouquet and Pyramid. The case involved representing the guarantors in a claim brought by a mortgagee for possession actions concerning a £17 million debt against overseas guarantee companies.

Jonathan Upton
Highly regarded for his service charge work and his expertise in mixed-use development matters. His clients include multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and developers.
Strengths: "Very switched-on and technically very bright." "He's very attuned to the client's interests and goals."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the nominee purchaser in a collective enfranchisement claim considering a number of important issues regarding the service of notices under the 1993 Act.

Michael Walsh
Acts for landlords, developers, local government bodies and large institutional lenders in a broad range of property-related cases. He regularly handles matters concerning development issues, agricultural land and commercial property, and often acts in urgent hearings concerning the repossession of land.
Strengths: "Clear-thinking, responsive, personable and efficient." He offers practical advice and he is good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for BHS to recover possession of a large former store which was being occupied by groups of squatters.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A firmly established set that covers a broad range of residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Barristers are regularly instructed in a variety of property matters including residential lease and breach of covenant cases. Sources say members are "very efficient and approachable."

Client service: "Hardwicke clerks are friendly, approachable and helpful." Deborah Anderson is the practice director.

SILKS

John de Waal QC
A prominent real estate litigation silk who frequently works with insurers on contentious real estate mandates. He is renowned for his leading advisory practice working with clients on a range of construction and property issues. De Waal has particular strength in property-related professional negligence issues.
Strengths: "Ruthlessly commercial, client-focused and supportive."
Recent work: Instructed by the building owner in a complex party wall dispute in Central London County Court involving commercial properties in Chelsea.

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
Regularly works with property developers and owners on significant professional negligence litigation matters, as well as disputes arising from real estate transactions. She frequently appears in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Brie impresses clients with her commercial and robust advice."
Recent work: Acted in Reiner & Wismayer v Triplark, a heated dispute relating to a substantial estate of mansion blocks in North London.

JUNIORS

Jamal Demachkie
Recognised for his work in commercial and property law. His practice concentrates on commercial disputes, chancery litigation and landlord and tenant claims. He is also an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Very approachable, user-friendly and good at communicating with lay clients in a way they can understand." "Impressive in both his pleadings and on his feet."
Recent work: Represented the successful landlord in Nemcova v Fairfield, a high-profile decision on Airbnb-style lettings.

Daniel Gatty
Handles a wide range of property matters, and has a strong focus on professional negligence disputes arising from real estate issues. He is also known for his work in cases involving land registration, secured lending and mortgages. He is an accredited mediator and sits as a judge of the First-tier Tribunal.
Strengths: "He is a go-to person for tricky matters, who is always able to find pragmatic and practical solutions." "Daniel delivers excellent service and maintains a very high standard of quality."
Recent work: Acted for Aviva Life & Pensions in a high-value dispute under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 over rent and other terms of new leases of prestigious London offices.

Monty Palfrey
A highly popular choice for a wide variety of commercial and residential property mandates. He regularly represents clients in court in numerous landlord and tenant, easement and boundary disputes. Palfrey has noted expertise in cases involving pubs and restaurants.
Strengths: "Monty Palfrey is an excellent courtroom lawyer who is very quick on his feet. You can call upon him at short notice and he will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in." "He is technically strong and very knowledgeable of all aspects of property litigation."
Recent work: Advised and acted for a landlord in the successful recovery of over £2.4 million for major works to a mixed-use block.

John Clargo
Recently joined the set from 3PB. He accepts instructions on the full range of landlord and tenant and property-related professional negligence matters. He predominantly acts for landlords on residential work, and also accepts instructions from landlords and tenants on commercial matters.
Strengths: "His paperwork is very thorough and he pays careful attention to detail." "He does a great job, his skeleton arguments are sensible and he takes the right points."
Recent work: Acted for Wellington Pub Company in a dispute over a lease on a Central London bar.

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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Radcliffe Chambers is a versatile property set that handles significant real estate disputes at all levels of court, both domestically and in overseas jurisdictions. Barristers here also regularly undertake non-contentious drafting and transactional work, and receive instructions from chartered surveyors, architects and structural engineers.

Client service: "The clerks are very efficient and very reliable." Keith Nagle and John Clark are the joint senior clerks.

JUNIORS

Mark West
Demonstrates strength across the full spread of contentious property work. Leasehold enfranchisement, restrictive covenants and easements are among his areas of expertise. His recent work has seen him acting for clients in matters relating to agricultural land law. West also sits as a deputy judge of the Upper Tribunal.
Strengths: "An incredibly bright barrister able to home in on the nub of a problem and identify it quickly."

Simon Williams
Acts for property professionals, private individuals and companies in a range of real estate disputes, and is acknowledged for his advisory work and expertise in professional negligence cases. He regularly appears at all level of domestic courts and tribunals, and is experienced in alternative dispute resolution.
Strengths: "An extremely impressive barrister with a friendly and highly professional attitude, whose strengths are his attention to detail, his commitment to clients and his strong sense of the commercial realities of a case."
Recent work: Appeared for the defendant in a boundary dispute involving two commercial premises in East London with significant development potential.

Marie-Claire Bleasdale
A highly experienced property junior whose practice includes advising on cases involving conveyancing and real property issues. She is frequently instructed in landlord and tenant disputes, and has recently acted in several auction contract disputes.
Strengths: "She has huge experience and is extremely good at what she does."
Recent work: Acted for a tenant seeking a renewal tenancy where the landlord had opposed renewal under Section 30 of the Landlord and Tenant Act.

Edward Hicks
Demonstrates strength in a range of disputes concerning property law. He has experience of representing clients in high-value residential landlord and tenant matters.
Strengths: "His attention to detail is exceptional; he leaves no stone unturned."

William Moffett
Predominantly focuses on matters concerning beneficial ownership of land, options and easements. He also possesses expertise in landlord and tenant cases. Notable recent cases have included matters concerning restrictive covenants and option agreements.
Strengths: "He has great technical ability and he is excellent at putting clients at ease."

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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Serle Court has a well-established real estate practice, with its barristers undertaking a broad array of contentious and non-contentious property matters. The set is known particularly for its strength in rights of light and restrictive covenants, and members have further expertise in the law relating to waterways. Sources praise the individuals here for the "modern commercial approach" they take when interacting with both clients and solicitors.

Client service: "The clerks are incredibly approachable. They respond promptly and the service is provided as promised." Steve Whitaker is head clerk.

SILKS

Christopher Stoner QC
Has garnered recognition for his expertise in water and canal law, and is known as one of the leading silks practising riparian rights. His practice also takes in service charge and landlord and tenant disputes. He accepts instructions on behalf of public authorities and private individuals.
Strengths: "Clever, hard-working and hugely impressive." "An excellent team player, who is great with clients and really good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the Port of London in a case concerning whether a squatter can obtain title to the bed of a river by mooring a vessel, which rests on the river bed when the tide is out, for the period of five years.

Rupert Reed QC
Well known for his extensive property practice, he regularly undertakes disputes concerning the management and development of commercial properties. He is particularly known for his work on financial and joint venture disputes relating to commercial property for clients in the retail and leisure sectors.
Strengths: "Always contactable and extremely approachable, he's a lawyer whose analytical skills are amazing." "He's very good at getting his head around very complex problems and working with the more difficult clients."

JUNIORS

Andrew Bruce
Has a high-quality property practice, with an emphasis on landlord and tenant law and property litigation. He also has substantial expertise in property-related professional negligence work.
Strengths: "Excellent, incisive, knowledgeable and commercially astute." "Very good on his feet, he's unflappable and very measured in his approach."
Recent work: Represented the film producer Eric Fellner in the High Court in his defence of a claim for specific performance of a contract relating to the sale of his home at Pyrton Manor in Oxfordshire.

Thomas Braithwaite
Noted for having a diverse practice that spans franchise rights, development rights and negligence claims amongst other matters. He is regularly instructed by major bodies such as The Crown Estate in relation to manorial rights and land registration issues.
Strengths: "Intelligent and unflappable." "He's a powerful opponent and a very, very bright man."
Recent work: Worked with the Crown Estate Commissioners as interveners in a Supreme Court appeal concerning fishing rights in Norfolk.

Andrew Francis
Has a fine reputation at the Bar for his dedicated property litigation practice. He is acknowledged for his work in restricted covenants and rights of light, and is also recognised for his knowledge of party wall law. He has authored a number of significant texts on property law.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable, approachable, helpful and always willing to go out of his way to assist."
Recent work: Appeared in an important case on the right to light and specifically the effect of lease terms on the ability to claim rights of light on a major development in Reading city centre.

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Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zia Bhaloo QC 
A well-established property silk with a long-standing reputation as one of the top landlord and tenant barristers. She also has niche expertise in telecoms work, and the interface between landlord and tenant and insolvency work. Zia is the current chair of the Property Bar Association, as well as an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough, she picks up on points everyone else has missed and gets results." "Extremely knowledgeable and very effective at putting clients at ease and at explaining complex matters in understandable terms."
Recent work: Acted for Wentworth Club in a claim for breach of covenants and trespass brought against it by the Wentworth Estate Roads Committee.

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Timothy Fancourt QC

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Fancourt QC 
His practice encompasses leasehold obligations and development agreements, commercial leases and appeals, and he has further expertise in protest and occupation matters. He is well reputed for his proven track record of handling high-profile matters.
Strengths: "A top-class property silk, Tim is incredibly user-friendly, bright, engaged and detailed." "He's a superb advocate on his feet, who we also go to from an early stage for his written advice and ability to speak to clients."
Recent work: Advised a property developer in a rectification claim against Marks & Spencer and a negligence claim against previous solicitors. The case settled with M&S conceding the claim and agreeing rectification of the lease.

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Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC 
Acts as the joint head of chambers and is widely respected in the market. His areas of expertise include rent review, easements and restricted covenants.
Strengths: "A leading silk, Guy is great at seeing the wood for the trees and directing matters and tactics. In court he is thorough and precise and he identifies the key issues to focus on." "A leading authority on rent review who provides clear, concise and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Marks & Spencer v BNP Paribas Securities Trust in the Supreme Court. The case concerned whether it was appropriate to imply a term into a break clause providing for the landlord to repay rent referable to the period after the break date.

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Jonathan Gaunt QC

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Gaunt QC 
Regularly represents clients in matters concerning enfranchisement, rent review and enforcement of covenants.
Strengths: "He's terribly good at writing opinions, is very quick at turning around papers and is ruthless in court." "He is obviously very knowledgeable; when it comes to easements he wrote the book."
Recent work: Acted for Generator Developments in a case against LIDL supermarket concerning whether a constructive trust was created following a failed joint venture for the acquisition of land for development.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edwin Johnson QC 
Receives praise from the market for his skill as an advocate. His practice is predominantly focused on professional negligence claims arising from real estate at all levels of court and tribunal.
Strengths: "He is very good both on his feet and on paper, and he really cuts through to the heart of the matter." "Tremendously knowledgeable, extremely responsive and first-rate with clients."

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Stephen Jourdan QC

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Jourdan QC 
Has an extremely wide property and agricultural law practice and also handles property-related insolvency, partnership and professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "He is very commercial, pays fantastic attention to detail and deals with cases involving very complex valuation issues and economic theories." "He's extremely well organised, very bright and a strong advocate."
Recent work: Successfully appeared in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the right of a landlord which is not a public authority to recover possession from a tenant under Article 8 of the ECHR.

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Jonathan Karas QC

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Karas QC 
Has a practice that is predominantly centred around land law. He specialises in the crossover of planning, agriculture and property law, and is an expert in right to light.
Strengths: "An incisive, forceful advocate and a skilled tactician who leaves no stone unturned." "Hugely responsive and he gets to the heart of a matter and finds very good practical solutions which help to structure transactions effectively."
Recent work: Successfully represented United Utilities in claims brought by Manchester Ship Canal.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Male QC 
Has extensive experience of dealing with rent reviews and business tenancies, and is noted for his skill as an arbitrator. He is highly sought after for his knowledge of landlord and tenant property litigation.
Strengths: "He is very good at giving you a clear, well thought-through answer, and his focus on the detail is very reassuring for clients." "For real estate dispute resolution or property litigation he is undoubtedly up with the very best."

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John McGhee QC 
A leading property silk, whose practice takes in property-related professional negligence matters as well as general real estate cases. He is admired for his tactical approach and his knowledge of equitable remedies including rectification and specific performance in a real estate context.
Strengths: "He has a razor-sharp intellect and is able to relay complex arguments in an accessible manner." "Exceptionally user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented Chil in a dispute over the termination of a joint venture agreement for the purchase and development of a hotel.

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Philip Rainey QC

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Rainey QC 
Continues to be regarded as one of the Bar's finest property silks, and has an excellent reputation for his enfranchisement work. His practice is also centred around expert determination, fraud claims and easements. He serves as head of Tanfield Chambers.
Strengths: "Bright, good all round and empathetic." "A brilliant lawyer who is very commercial and extremely good on the technical side."
Recent work: Successfully represented the appellant buy-to-let landlord in an important case concerning the liability of flat owners who sub-let their flats. The case looked at liability for disrepair occurring in common parts of buildings over which they have no control.

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kirk Reynolds QC 
Maintains his standing as a leading property silk, and operates across the full range of property law matters.
Strengths: "Outstanding knowledge of dilapidations - he is a leading QC in this field." "Straight-talking, innovative and someone who works tirelessly in the client's interests."

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Jonathan Seitler QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Seitler QC 
Continues to be considered one of the top property litigation silks at the Bar. He frequently handles a broad caseload of high-profile, complex real estate disputes. He also serves as deputy head of Wilberforce Chambers.
Strengths: "Thoroughly intelligent, good at debating difficult points of law and inventive." "He is good at coming up with innovative solutions."
Recent work: Acted for the chef Gordon Ramsay in a ten-day trial in which he sought to be released as a personal guarantor on the grounds that his father-in-law had fraudulently forged his signature on several leases by using a 'ghostwriter' signature machine.

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Jonathan Small QC

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Small QC 
Focuses on a variety of legal matters linked to development, and regularly handles overage, rights of way and purchase disputes.
Strengths: "Approachable and provides advice in an easily digestible format."  

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joanne Wicks QC 
Has a fine reputation as a top real estate QC, and has a practice centred around property transactions and professional negligence. She has recently seen an increase in arbitration and expert determination work.
Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable, very bright, client-friendly and responsive." "She's a joy to work with, really approachable and excellent at problem solving."
Recent work: Acted for Bryant Homes in an important case concerning overage and the risks of trying to use restrictive covenants as a form of security for payment.

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Mark Wonnacott QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Wonnacott QC
An established property silk with a practice involving complex property litigation, who regularly handles landlord and tenant and dilapidations cases. He has appeared at all levels of the domestic courts up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is a go-to QC, technically excellent, always within reach, sharp but approachable, and he has a calm demeanour which puts clients at ease." "More accessible than most QCs, he is very responsive and doesn't stand on ceremony. He is decisive, clear-thinking and technically off the charts, he knows everything inside-out."

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Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ranjit Bhose QC of Cornerstone Barristers 
Represents landlords from both the public and private sectors. He is known for his work in property-related professional negligence and service charge cases.
Strengths: "Excellent at service charge and residential landlord and tenant work."
Recent work: Acted for Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea in a claim for forfeiture of premises let to a charitable unincorporated association.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Holland QC 
A skilled property litigator, who is known for working closely with property developers, individual householders and landowners. His expertise extends to property-related professional negligence. He is regularly instructed in relation to significant matters in the appellate courts.
Strengths: "David Holland is a seriously smooth silk" and "an extremely talented advocate who is ruthless in cross-examination. Very user-friendly and extremely charismatic, he has a wicked sense of humour."
Recent work: Acted for the successful landlord in a Court of Appeal case which overturned the decision of a first instance judge that he did not have the necessary intention to occupy under the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act.

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Katharine Holland QC

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Katharine Holland QC 
Garners praise for her broad practice and her user-friendly approach. She has a strong track record of acting in high-profile cases including disputes relating to landmarks and football clubs. She also acts as an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Katharine's skill at getting to the heart of the dispute never ceases to impress and her work ethic and ability to work seamlessly with the client's team are second to none."
Recent work: Appeared for the landlord in a High Court case concerning a claim for damages for breach of covenant for quiet enjoyment in connection with redevelopment works being undertaken to the Timothy Taylor Gallery building.

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Martin Hutchings QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Hutchings QC 
Noted for his impressive property practice spanning contentious and non-contentious matters and professional liability. His areas of specialism include landlord and tenant matters, dilapidations and lease issues. He is also regularly instructed in relation to restrictive covenants and development agreements.
Strengths: "Very good with clients, technically able and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the successful appellant in a case in the Court of Appeal concerning a restrictive covenant building scheme in Gerrards Cross.

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George Laurence QC

New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Laurence QC of New Square Chambers 
Handles a range of real property law issues, but is particularly highly regarded for his work on rights of way and village greens. He has also acted on cases concerning rights of navigation.
Strengths: "He's calm, considered and very forceful when he needs to be in cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted in a case concerning whether a public right of way can be acquired by prescriptive public use of a track which crosses a railway line on the level.

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Timothy Morshead QC

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Morshead QC 
An accomplished property silk, with a practice which incorporates chancery and public law litigation. He is notable for his ability to expertly analyse and advise on the interpretation of leases and overage agreements. He regularly appears at all level of court from tribunals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "A phenomenal barrister in whatever he does." "Perfectly suited to highly complex, technical cases."
Recent work: Appeared in a high-profile case concerning the literal versus purpose approach to the interpretation of contracts.

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Christopher Pymont QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Pymont QC 
Head of Maitland Chambers, who counts restrictive covenants, break clauses and leases as just some of his areas of expertise.
Strengths: "Pragmatic, proactive and brilliant, he is a go-to adviser for heavy property-related disputes, and a real team player." "He has a marvellous bedside manner with clients; he is  measured and very charming, and he never inflates expectations."
Recent work: Acted in the Supreme Court case of FHR v Mankarious.  This was a successful claim for constructive trust over a fee paid to a fiduciary agent in breach of trust.

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Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

A

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
Regularly works with property developers and owners on significant professional negligence litigation matters, as well as disputes arising from real estate transactions. She frequently appears in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Brie impresses clients with her commercial and robust advice."
Recent work: Acted in Reiner & Wismayer v Triplark, a heated dispute relating to a substantial estate of mansion blocks in North London.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Walker QC 
Handles real estate-related litigation, arbitrations and expert determinations. His recent work has seen him dealing with planning obligations, contract disputes and rent review.  He was recently elected vice-chairman of the Bar for 2017.
Strengths: "He has a great eye for detail, and he's analytical with a commercial spin."

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Warwick QC 
A highly respected silk whose work regularly consists of high-profile and highly complex real property litigation. He also handles property-related professional discipline matters. Warwick is the head of Selborne Chambers.  
Strengths: "He is quick to grasp the technical details of our matters, he's incredibly responsive and he turns around our work in no time at all. Mark also has a very engaging and highly professional manner when advising clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case against the Bank of Cyprus concerning a forged mortgage, which raised an important point of law regarding subrogation and unjust enrichment.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Ayliffe QC 
Much praised for his approach to property cases and his effectiveness as a communicator. He is the editor of a leading landlord and tenant practitioner text and he regularly handles high-value property disputes including cases relating to real estate finance deals.
Strengths: "A very safe pair of hands and exceptionally intelligent, he is the man for brain teasers at the interface of property and insolvency law."
Recent work: Provided expert evidence on English real estate law in Dutch proceedings regarding the enforceability of an EUR18 million contract for the sale and purchase of an office building in Utrecht.

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Michael Barnes QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Barnes QC 
Well known for his work in administrative and property law. His primary focus is on cases concerning estoppel, laws of natural justice, and landlord and tenant disputes. In addition to his domestic work he has acted on cases in the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "Highly intellectual and is excellent on the strategy."

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Michael Driscoll QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Driscoll QC 
Regularly handles a plethora of real estate matters, and is particularly known for advising building societies and banks on cases concerning negligence and breach of trust. His expertise extends to telecommunications, rent review and property development matters.
Strengths: "He's a heavyweight and absolutely brilliant."

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Timothy C Dutton QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Dutton QC 
Receives much praise for his client-friendly approach, and his knowledge of property-related disputes. His work concentrates on enfranchisements, equitable remedies and contractual disputes. He is further noted for his wider commercial chancery practice.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who is very personable with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Friends Life in relation to a service charge dispute with its landlord.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Elvin QC 
A highly capable property silk, with particular expertise in public law, planning and environmental law. The cases he undertakes range from compulsory purchase and compensation matters to those involving highways and human rights. He is known for his extensive work in the Court of Appeal, High Court and ECHR. He is also the general editor of the Planning Encyclopaedia.
Strengths: "He's very, very clever and highly motivated to do the best for the client." "A formidable performer."
Recent work: Appeared in High Court proceedings regarding overage payments for additional development.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Furber QC 
Particularly adept at handling landlord and tenant disputes, and is an expert on development and commercial property cases. His practice also incorporates matters relating to easements and restricted covenants. He also edits a leading textbook on landlord and tenant law.
Strengths: "Very good and very thorough, he gives very considered opinions and doesn't miss a trick." "John's advice, both orally and in writing, is excellent: focused, to the point and commendably concise."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant in litigation relating to insurance, service charges and rates allegedly due pursuant to a lease of 100 spaces in a car park in London SW1.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Halpern QC of 4 New Square 
Displays excellence in both professional negligence and property litigation. His practice has a particular emphasis on property law and the principles of valuation. He also sits as a part-time deputy judge in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "David is amazing; he is a fount of legal knowledge and his ability to pinpoint issues and form an early view is invaluable." "Very intelligent, pragmatic and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for a widow, whose late husband owned convenience stores with a combined value of circa £20 million, in disputes over ownership and rights.

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Christopher Stoner QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Stoner QC 
Has garnered recognition for his expertise in water and canal law, and is known as one of the leading silks practising riparian rights. His practice also takes in service charge and landlord and tenant disputes. He accepts instructions on behalf of public authorities and private individuals.
Strengths: "Clever, hard-working and hugely impressive." "An excellent team player, who is great with clients and really good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the Port of London in a case concerning whether a squatter can obtain title to the bed of a river by mooring a vessel, which rests on the river bed when the tide is out, for the period of five years.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Romie Tager QC 
A veteran of numerous significant, high-profile property cases who is in demand from a host of leading instructing solicitors. He is noted for his forthright style.
Strengths: "Romie's in a class of his own." "He thinks outside the box."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant, Ms Harb, in a case concerning an oral agreement between her and HRH Prince Abdul Aziz for the transfer of two properties in Chelsea.

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Band 4

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Janet Bignell QC 
Regularly instructed in high-value development disputes. Her practice has a strong focus on landlord and tenant law, but she handles the full range of real estate disputes, including leasehold and contractual issues.
Strengths: "Terrier-like and a very tough cross-examiner who takes no prisoners." "She has a fierce intellect combined with an unassuming manner, and gets to grips with matters quickly, proving calm and measured in her dealings with clients."
Recent work: Successfully obtained a High Court injunction to protect an important development site near the Olympic Park.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gary Blaker QC 
Earns praise for his approachability and practical work style. Easements, mortgages and boundaries are some of his areas of specialism, alongside the full range of commercial and residential landlord and tenant work.
Strengths: "Gary's work ethic is phenomenal, and he's responsive, clear and concise." "He's really good at explaining some pretty tactical, sensitive and complex issues."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in a claim for £1.3 million arising out of the fraudulent sale of a property in West London.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Clarke QC 
A recent silk noted for his exceptional client service, who handles property work alongside his private client and professional negligence matters. He has a strong reputation for cases concerning mortgages and land registration matters.
Strengths: "Ian is direct, to the point and incredibly knowledgeable." "He is responsive, user-friendly and has excellent knowledge of the workings of the First-tier Tribunal."
Recent work: Acted for a group of claimants taking proceedings against the leaseholder and current occupier of a prestigious golf club following the liquidation of the operating company.

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Jonathan Davey QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Davey QC 
Has extensive experience of working in the Court of Appeal. He is an expert in real property and landlord and tenant disputes for clients including governmental departments and corporate entities.
Strengths: "A delight to work with, he is very happy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in when needs be."
Recent work: Appeared in a landlord and tenant dispute regarding high-value residential property in Belgravia, in London.

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John de Waal QC

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Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John de Waal QC 
A prominent real estate litigation silk who frequently works with insurers on contentious real estate mandates. He is renowned for his leading advisory practice working with clients on a range of construction and property issues. De Waal has particular strength in property-related professional negligence issues.
Strengths: "Ruthlessly commercial, client-focused and supportive." 
Recent work: Instructed by the building owner in a complex party wall dispute in Central London County Court involving commercial properties in Chelsea.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Grant QC 
A respected property silk with a focus on landlord and tenant matters. His practice specialises in chancery litigation and he regularly appears in the Court of Appeal. He is a general editor of Lender Claims, a leading text in the area.
Strengths: "He is a strong advocate who has a charismatic court presence and a good rapport with judges."
Recent work: Instructed by Bank of Scotland in an undue influence claim with complex issues relating to notice.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rupert Reed QC
Well known for his extensive property practice, he regularly undertakes disputes concerning the management and development of commercial properties. He is particularly known for his work on financial and joint venture disputes relating to commercial property for clients in the retail and leisure sectors.
Strengths: "Always contactable and extremely approachable, he's a lawyer whose analytical skills are amazing."  "He's very good at getting his head around very complex problems and working with the more difficult clients."

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Caroline Shea QC 
Handles commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, many of which are complex in nature. She also has a great deal of expertise in the appellate courts.
Strengths: "A real fighter and excellent on partnership and estoppel claims."
Recent work: Acted in Publity v Chesterhill, successfully defending a claim that a tenancy had been granted to the German company claimant. The case involved a multimillion-pound family house at the heart of the defendant's property portfolio.

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Malcolm Sheehan QC

A

Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Malcolm Sheehan QC of Henderson Chambers 
Recognised for his expertise at the Property Bar and sits as a part-time judge in the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. His clients include developers and local authorities. He has extensive experience of acting in the Court of Appeal and Chancery courts.
Strengths: "A gifted QC who impresses both on paper and in the courtroom."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State in a terminal dilapidations case relating to four large London office blocks valued at over £5 million.

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Amanda Tipples QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amanda Tipples QC 
Covers a broad range of property and commercial chancery litigation and is a regular choice for clients faced with very knotty problems. She also has significant expertise in cases with an international element.
Strengths: "She's fantastic, very able and terribly clever." "She's brilliant with clients, very calm and collected."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a complex family partnership dispute relating to agricultural tenancies.

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Band 4

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Weekes QC 
A specialist in property litigation including real property disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and property-related human rights and professional negligence cases. He has also authored important texts on notices and rights of light.
Strengths: "Combines great tactics, sharp arguments and a winning smile in a quite brilliant way." "Thoughtful and quite creative in the way he approaches cases."
Recent work: Represented a mother in a high-profile dispute with her daughter concerning the ownership of a flat in Kensington.

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New Silk

Christopher Heather QC

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Heather QC 
Handles cases concerning easements, boundaries, industrial estates and restaurants, amongst others. He is especially noted for his professional negligence and enfranchisement work, and he frequently works with leading instructing solicitors.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and excellent in court." "He is very knowledgeable and very user-friendly."
Recent work: Advised the claimant on how to obtain possession of a high-value freehold property in one of London's best streets where occupation had been obtained by means of a sophisticated international fraud.

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Band 1

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Wayne Clark 
Handles a good deal of commercial property disputes, and is an expert on business tenancies. He also advises on development, joint venture agreements and overage provisions.
Strengths: "He is a go-to person for heavyweight technical advice on 1954 lease renewals." "Very practical, very commercial, very sensible and incredibly responsive."

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9 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Denehan of 9 Stone Buildings 
Devotes his practice to real property cases, taking on both contentious and non-contentious matters. His work typically includes property valuation, rights of way and conveyancing issues. Recently, he has handled a number of significant nuisance cases.
Strengths: "Edward is an outstanding property specialist with a pragmatic approach to getting the right outcome." "Great with clients, easy to deal with and a great advocate, he has very strong cross-examination skills."
Recent work: Appeared in a case in the Chancery Division concerning the liability of an aerodrome operator for noise nuisance caused by helicopter pilot training.

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Band 1

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Radevsky 
Has a practice that combines property law with real estate-related professional negligence. He is noted for his expertise in leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: "The guru when it comes to enfranchisement issues, he is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of the 1993 Act." "First-rate; the leading authority on leasehold enfranchisement and a clear and authoritative lawyer."
Recent work: Appeared in Jewelcraft v Pressland in the Court of Appeal, a decision on whether a shop with a flat above is a house according to the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.

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Band 1

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Rosenthal
Widely recognised as a high-level junior in his field. His main areas of focus include landlord and tenant litigation, restrictive covenants and insolvency issues. 
Strengths: "He's very effective at creating nuanced, sophisticated and compelling legal arguments." "Absolutely fantastic, he is really pragmatic and knows property law inside-out."
Recent work: Acted for the NHS as tenant in a trial about whether a lease had been terminated by exercising the break clause.

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Band 1

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Sefton 
Widely acknowledged as one of the leading juniors in his field. His practice concentrates on property-related insolvency, as well as commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes.
Strengths: "Razor-sharp and always commercial, his 1954 Act expertise is second to none." "He is very bright and can digest very complex points and look at how things are going to play out."

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Band 1

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Myriam Stacey 
Covers a broad range of real estate litigation issues, and has a diverse skill set, handling matters relating to service charges, conveyancing, restrictive covenants and adverse possession. She is also known for her work on proprietary estoppel and constructive trust disputes.
Strengths: "Very user-friendly, responsive and bright." "Exceptionally bright and a very good advocate, Myriam is able to grasp the commercial reality of a situation with ease and is great with clients."
Recent work: Represented the landowner in a dispute involving a manager appointed on behalf of a residents' association. The case raised issues of injunctive relief, disability discrimination and damages, and related to a mixed-use estate in Canary Wharf.

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Band 1

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Taggart 
A leading property junior, who is regularly sought out for his expertise in landlord and tenant cases, and for issues arising from commercial property disputes such as rent reviews and dilapidations. He has niche expertise in property-related utilities and telecommunications matters.
Strengths: "Hilarious and great fun to work with, he really knows his stuff and always thinks outside the box." "He's bright, sharp and very commercial."
Recent work: Defended Wentworth Golf Course from an attempt by the owners of private roads to stop the PGA Tournament from being held next year in a case touching on restrictive covenants, trespass, nuisance and estoppel issues.

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Band 1

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephanie Tozer 
Handles a plethora of property-related disputes, and is recognised for her skill in handling residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.
Strengths: "She's incredibly bright, has a fantastic eye for detail and can grasp huge amounts of information very quickly." "Crystal-clear in her knowledge of the law, she applies it to a situation and thinks outside of the box."
Recent work: Acted for GLA in a case relating to an area of land which was key to the substantial regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula.

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Band 1

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emily Windsor 
Has a practice which spans all facets of property litigation, and particular experience with regard to development agreements, rent review and leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: "She is user-friendly, clearly on top of the legal issues and good at spotting and avoiding potential pitfalls." "Emily is an exceptionally talented barrister and is a go-to counsel for property litigation advice. Not only is she particularly thorough, astute and able to easily distil complicated matters, she is also super with clients, providing commercial and realistic advice."  
Recent work: Acted for the landlord in lease renewal proceedings in Central London County Court.

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Band 2

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Bruce 
Has a high-quality property practice, with an emphasis on landlord and tenant law and property litigation. He also has substantial expertise in property-related professional negligence work.  
Strengths: "Excellent, incisive, knowledgeable and commercially astute." "Very good on his feet, he's unflappable and very measured in his approach."
Recent work: Represented the film producer Eric Fellner in the High Court in his defence of a claim for specific performance of a contract relating to the sale of his home at Pyrton Manor in Oxfordshire.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Camilla Chorfi 
Known for her diverse property practice, she has made a name for herself with her impressive advocacy and advisory work. She regularly appears in the High Court, and is noted for her focus on cases concerning freehold covenants, the Rent Act and insolvency. She is also experienced in handling land registration matters and disputes under the Trusts of Land Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Strengths: "Excellent, responsive, user-friendly and a very powerful advocate, she gets to the heart of the case immediately." "Camilla is a very technically able lawyer."
Recent work: Instructed by the defendants in a forfeiture action with an associated dilapidations claim of around £400,000.

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gary Cowen 
Frequently advises on complex litigation, and has a great deal of experience in the Court of Appeal. Real estate forms the core of his chancery practice and he has notable experience in restrictive covenants and leasehold enfranchisement.
Strengths: "Very user-friendly, practical and commercial." "A good advocate, able to think on his feet during complex contested hearings."

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Martin Dray 
A highly sought-after junior, with a specialism in high-profile property cases. He covers a range of matters including boundary disputes, lease renewals and adverse possession disputes. He also sits as a judge in the First-tier Tribunal.
Strengths: "Provides very clear and detailed technical advice." 
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a claim for rectification of the register of title arising from the fraudulent sale of the claimant's property, in a three-day hearing in the Chancery Division.

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Nathaniel Duckworth

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nathaniel Duckworth 
An expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He is an expert in everything from boundary disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: "Nathaniel is very confident in court, proactive, someone with a great eye for detail and a man who delivers on time." "Technically shrewd and very industrious."

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James Fieldsend

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Fieldsend 
Offers pragmatic advice to his clients regarding service charge disputes and leasehold enfranchisement. He also handles matters relating to boundaries and easements. Fieldsend is a published author, who is known for his work applying human rights conventions to property disputes.
Strengths: "The quality of his work is exceptionally high; he is fantastic on his feet, great on paper and brilliant with his clients."
Recent work: Appeared for the successful respondent in defending a claim for damages following the termination of a licence for the claimant to occupy his mother's home.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Francis 
Has a fine reputation at the Bar for his dedicated property litigation practice. He is acknowledged for his work in restricted covenants and rights of light, and is also recognised for his knowledge of party wall law. He has authored a number of significant texts on property law.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable, approachable, helpful and always willing to go out of his way to assist."
Recent work: Appeared in an important case on the right to light and specifically the effect of lease terms on the ability to claim rights of light on a major development in Reading city centre.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Greenhill 
A major player at the Property Bar known for his expertise in handling real property and landlord and tenant cases, among his wider chancery and commercial law practice.
Strengths: "Julian is a very high-quality barrister who is always extremely thorough, dependable and user-friendly." "He is phenomenally efficient and has a very good knowledge of the law."
Recent work: Acted for the landlord of a series of ten Hilton-operated hotels in a claim for specific performance of obligations to maintain the hotels in accordance with the company's Brand Operating Standards.

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Harpum
Receives plaudits for his extensive knowledge of property law and his ability to handle complex matters. His areas of focus include conveyancing law, land registration, and landlord and tenant law.  
Strengths: "He is skilled at untangling issues and grasping complex legal principles." "He is extremely capable and has exceptional technical ability."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of appellant fishermen in a case concerning the extent of ancient fishing rights.

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Greville Healey 
His practice is centred around rights of way and rights of light issues, as well as landlord and tenant law. Clients appreciate his ability to handle complex matters.
Strengths: "His abilities are well beyond those which would be expected of a barrister of his call. He never fails to impress." "A first-rate and tenacious advocate - incredibly user-friendly and fantastic with clients in conference."
Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal in an important recent decision regarding rights of light and the issue of injunctions and damages in lieu.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stuart Hornett 
Concentrates on real property matters, and has a particular focus on landlord and tenant disputes. His practice also takes in general commercial litigation and chancery disputes. Hornett is frequently instructed on behalf of local authorities, plcs and pension funds.
Strengths: "Stuart is phenomenally bright and he is able to pick up the detail of complicated matters in record time." "Quick-witted, extremely commercial and someone with an unrivalled experience of handling cases relating to land contracts in particular."
Recent work: Instructed by the owners of the adjoining property to a proposed development in London in a matter concerning a breach of freehold covenants and the right to light.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Kitson 
Has a great deal of expertise in property-related professional negligence, and regularly handles high-value property disputes generally. His recent cases have involved easements, sales contracts and restrictive covenants, as well as conveyancing disputes and dilapidations matters.
Strengths: "He is on the ball, responsive, good with clients and someone who produces work in a timely manner." "He is an erudite barrister who is very user-friendly and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Advised Go Outdoors, the second defendants, with regard to a proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claim arising from the acquisition of retail park premises.

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Band 2

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Camilla Lamont 
A well-respected property barrister with expertise pertaining to service charge litigation, mixed-use schemes and commercial property disputes. She is also known for her work in environmental litigation, in particular in relation to nuisance claims.
Strengths: "She absolutely lives and breathes the case and thinks through every issue." "She is very user-friendly, easy to deal with and gives very clear advice."
Recent work: Represented Berkeley Homes in fast-tracked proceedings in the Chancery Division against Golden Eagles, the former occupier of the site of the proposed West End Gate Development at Paddington Green.

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Letman
Specialises in real estate litigation, covering the full range of property matters. He is an expert in restrictive covenants, environmental issues and professional negligence cases. Letman is also respected for his work as a Land Drainage and Agricultural Tribunal judge.
Strengths: "Extremely knowledgeable and happy to turn things around quickly." "The way he interacts with clients is excellent and his knowledge of the law is brilliant."
Recent work: Represented a homeowner in a bitterly fought boundary dispute relating to land surrounding a substantial Essex mansion

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Peters 
Has cultivated a reputation as a property litigation specialist, and is praised by peers for his intelligent approach to cases. His practice takes in dilapidations, covenants and possession claims.
Strengths: "His grasp of property law is second to none and his advocacy skills, in particular in cross-examination, are excellent." "Very detailed, clear and absolutely meticulous in his advice, written work and advocacy."
Recent work: Instructed by Derbyshire County Council in a substantial claim against the Secretary for Health in the Chancery Division, relating to service charges in a large London office block.

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Polli 
Noted for his expertise spanning contract and commercial law, as well as his professional negligence work and his handling of development disputes. He also has a strong practice in matters relating to mortgage law and other securities over land.
Strengths: "He is really intelligent, great on his feet, easy to deal with and very popular with clients." "He has an analytical brain, and is very commercial - and he finds solutions for clients."
Recent work: Represented Bank of Cyprus in a trial relating to the bank's claim for an order for sale by way of enforcement of the unpaid vendor's lien.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Pryor 
A highly praised senior junior, with a dedicated real estate litigation practice. He has devoted much of his time to enfranchisement work as well as property-related professional negligence. He regularly appears before tribunals and in all levels of court up to the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He rolls up his sleeves and cuts through the detail to find what's important." "He's very on the ball, he's good with clients and he knows his stuff backwards."
Recent work: Acted in a substantial collective enfranchisement matter where the applicant sought to acquire flats on the basis that they have common parts within them.

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Oliver Radley-Gardner

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Radley-Gardner 
Acknowledged for his diverse property practice that incorporates proprietary estoppel, negligence issues, and landlord and tenant litigation. He also has a burgeoning reputation in telecoms.
Strengths: "Has a sharp intellect and is very personable." "His pleadings are a joy to read and his intellect shines through in both his written work and in his manner with clients."  
Recent work: Appeared for the defendants in Heathcliffe Properties v Dodhia & Another, a case concerning contempt of court, partnership dissolution and sentencing.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tiffany Scott 
Has a highly visible practice in the property litigation sector. She has become known for her work in the full spectrum of real estate cases and has handled matters relating to rights of light, trespass and adverse possession. In addition, she also regularly tackles development disputes, and has contributed to and edited a number of prominent texts on real estate law.
Strengths: "A great advocate who is very good at dealing with complex legal issues." "Responsive, thorough and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Represented a developer turning an office block into flats in proceedings to terminate an agreement for the sale of the proposed flats to a housing association.

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Band 2

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Tanney 
Continues to be sought out for his exemplary work across a range of real property matters. His specialisms include rent review, rights of way and land registration. He is also known to take on cases related to easements and professional negligence.
Strengths: "His advice is very to the point."

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Watkin 
Advises landowners, local authorities and developers on restrictive covenant and enforcement issues. He also has experience in property-related telecommunications and professional negligence disputes.
Strengths: "He is very personable, gets into the nitty-gritty of matters and delivers an incredibly good service."
Recent work: Junior counsel for the claimant in a multimillion-pound property dispute relating to the sale of a £26 million development site in West London.

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Band 3

Arden Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Bates of Arden Chambers 
Has a strong reputation as a leading property junior. His experience at tribunal is well noted, and he is often instructed to take on rent charge enforcements and general property litigation. He is particularly good at residential leasehold property disputes.
Strengths: "A walking encyclopaedia of service charge and leasehold law." "Very diligent and thorough."
Recent work: Acted for the Residential Landlords Association in a test case brought by Leeds City Council in which the council was seeking to widen the circumstances in which landlords are liable for council tax.

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Thomas Braithwaite

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Braithwaite 
Noted for having a diverse practice that spans franchise rights, development rights and negligence claims amongst other matters. He is regularly instructed by major bodies such as The Crown Estate in relation to manorial rights and land registration issues.
Strengths: "Intelligent and unflappable." "He's a powerful opponent and a very, very bright man."
Recent work: Worked with the Crown Estate Commissioners as interveners in a Supreme Court appeal concerning fishing rights in Norfolk.

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Band 3

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Buckpitt 
A prominent property junior, with a practice that focuses on landlord and tenant law. He is further noted for his dedication to leasehold enfranchisement and his close relationship with London Estates. Buckpitt represents developer clients in relation to commercial property matters.
Strengths: "Robust, straightforward and down-to-earth." "A very experienced junior who inspires confidence."
Recent work: Defended Taylor Wimpey in injunction proceedings in the High Court where the claimant asserted a right of way over what was previously MoD land.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Calland 
Has a commercial chancery practice with an impressive property law focus. His practice covers the full gamut of real estate issues, with an emphasis on complex cases where property overlaps with other areas of law.
Strengths: "Tim is marvellously sharp, and is always calm and collected. On his feet he is whip-smart and a force to be reckoned with."
Recent work: Represented the owner of a fishery in an appeal to the Supreme Court resisting an attempt in the Court of Appeal to limit the extent of the fishery.

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Elizabeth Fitzgerald

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Fitzgerald 
Advises her clients on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. She is also adept at handling compulsory purchase orders and professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "Clever and hard-working." "She can talk even the crustiest of judges around."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the Hilton Hotel Group in relation to a large commercial dispute with its landlord, concerning the enforcement of trading covenants.

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Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Gatty 
Handles a wide range of property matters, and has a strong focus on professional negligence disputes arising from real estate issues. He is also known for his work in cases involving land registration, secured lending and mortgages. He is an accredited mediator and sits as a judge of the First-tier Tribunal.
Strengths: "He is a go-to person for tricky matters, who is always able to find pragmatic and practical solutions." "Daniel delivers excellent service and maintains a very high standard of quality."
Recent work: Acted for Aviva Life & Pensions in a high-value dispute under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 over rent and other terms of new leases of prestigious London offices.

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Band 3

Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kavan Gunaratna 
Lauded for his user-friendly and positive approach to insolvency and property litigation. His practice takes in business tenancy litigation, service charge disputes and property claims for clients including house builders and rail and infrastructure companies.
Strengths: "He is very good technically and his cross-examination skills are fantastic."
Recent work: Acted for the owner of the Point West Building in West London in a dispute over £4 million of incurred service charges and circa £8.5 million of further proposed service charge expenditure.

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Band 3

Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Caroline Hutton 
Known for her specialist real property and agriculture practice, as well as her pragmatic approach to cases. She is also a trained mediator and arbitrator. Her work sees her tackling complex rural and agricultural issues, as well as landlord and tenant disputes, professional negligence and restrictive covenants work.
Strengths: "A tough, able and forthright advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the landlord charitable trustees in Smith v Ovington Fuel Trust.

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Band 3

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Isaac 
An authority on the full range of issues arising in disputes involving party walls. His real estate practice also incorporates easement and boundary matters. He has also authored an important legal textbook on the subject of party walls.
Strengths: "He's making a name for himself as the go-to party wall person."
Recent work: Acted for Farrs Developments in a judicial review of a Magistrates' Court refusal to state a case concerning an attempt by the surveyor to enforce a party wall award.

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Band 3

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Jefferies 
A talented property litigation junior renowned for his work in enfranchisement, planning and commercial landlord and tenant cases. His practice also extends to mediation and he is well versed in handling planning inquiries and appeals. He is regularly instructed in property-related professional negligence claims.
Strengths: "He is very good at turning things around quickly and drafting detailed pleadings." "He's always very calm and has a good fighting spirit."
Recent work: Acted for a landlord in a £4 million claim against the guarantor of a lease of office premises in Stockport.

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Muir 
Focuses her practice on residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes, and has significant experience in the Court of Appeal. She is known for her work on leasehold enfranchisement and service charge cases.
Strengths: "She offers clear, concise and commercially aware advice, and is fantastic to work with."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute concerning the premium to be paid on a lease extension where the main issue was the construction of a rent review provision.

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Band 3

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joseph Ollech 
Has a robust real estate litigation practice and wide experience of disputes arising under the 1954 Act, the Rent Act and the Housing Act. He is particularly strong on restrictive covenants, easements, adverse possession claims and boundary disputes, and is also an expert in property-related company and insolvency law.
Strengths: "A very confident and competent advocate." "He is very clever, practical, sensible and very quickly grasps all the issues."
Recent work: Instructed in a set of four joint proceedings seeking to regain control of a large commercial and residential site in Gloucestershire.

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Band 3

5 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Rolfe of 5 Stone Buildings 
Represents defendants and claimants in professional negligence cases arising from property issues. He frequently handles cases relating to easements, acquisitions and restrictive covenants, as well as the full range of landlord and tenant disputes.
Strengths: "Displays fantastic attention and is very tenacious when needs be. He invariably gets it right." "Patrick is extremely user-friendly and an impressive advocate, who is excellent at managing clients' expectations."
Recent work: Acted for a developer in a case concerning the extent of an express right of way granted in 1851 over a private, unmade road on the Isle of Wight which has suffered from landslides and is reputedly unstable.

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Band 3

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Taskis 
Noted for her far-reaching expertise in both residential and commercial landlord and tenant real property law. Clients also seek her out for her specialism in agricultural law.
Strengths: "Her written advice is well presented and she is good with clients in conference." "She is extremely thorough and goes the extra mile for clients."
Recent work: Appeared in a £1.7 million landlord and tenant dispute relating to misrepresentations made on the letting of a dairy farm in the Bristol District Registry.

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Band 3

Nicholas Trompeter

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Trompeter 
Applauded for his clear and concise advice, he handles top-level property work as part of a wider commercial chancery practice that is heavy on professional liability and asset recovery work. He also represents both landlords and tenants in opposed and non-opposed lease renewals.
Strengths: "He is very responsive, commercially astute and highly personable. Knowledgeable on his subject matter, he is able to cut through to the key issues in a case."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the defendant in a dispute concerning an alleged agreement for the sale and purchase of a valuable freehold site in Uxbridge.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark West 
Demonstrates strength across the full spread of contentious property work. Leasehold enfranchisement, restrictive covenants and easements are among his areas of expertise. His recent work has seen him acting for clients in matters relating to agricultural land law. West also sits as a deputy judge of the Upper Tribunal.  
Strengths: "An incredibly bright barrister able to home in on the nub of a problem and identify it quickly."

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zoe Barton 
Has a practice that combines property, trusts and estates with other chancery work. She is known for taking on cases with elements of fraud, and for acting for high-street retailers. Barton is further noted for her work in property-related professional negligence claims. 
Strengths: "Zoe does not shy away from difficult issues and gives her opinion without fear or favour. She has a discerning eye for the important points in a case." "Sharp, concise and very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for a wife defending a claim for possession of a family home, brought by a company who provided a facility to a company which her husband guaranteed after being petitioned for bankruptcy.

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Stephen Bickford-Smith

Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Bickford-Smith 
Known for his focus on real property and construction disputes. He regularly takes on development agreement, boundary and easement law cases. He has also co-authored leading texts on party walls, the right to light and rights of way.
Strengths: "He is softly spoken, persuasive, measured and a very good advocate." "He is a very intelligent and charming chap."
Recent work: Appeared in Scott v Aimiuwu, a rights of light claim for injunctive relief and damages.

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Zachary Bredemear

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1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Zachary Bredemear of 1 Chancery Lane 
Has a significant property practice, with a specific focus on property-linked professional negligence cases. He often appears on behalf of developers acting against surveyors, architects and solicitors. Bredemear handles cases relating to mortgages, development issues and commercial landlord and tenant law.
Strengths: "He offers sound, practical advice that always gets the job done."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a trial concerning four disputed tenancy agreements relating to a property in Bayswater.

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Band 4

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Clargo 
Recently joined the set from 3PB. He accepts instructions on the full range of landlord and tenant and property-related professional negligence matters. He predominantly acts for landlords on residential work, and also accepts instructions from landlords and tenants on commercial matters.
Strengths: "His paperwork is very thorough and he pays careful attention to detail." "He does a great job, his skeleton arguments are sensible and he takes the right points."
Recent work: Acted for Wellington Pub Company in a dispute over a lease on a Central London bar.

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Band 4

Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Clegg 
A property specialist with a focus on commercial litigation and arbitration. He handles both residential and commercial land property issues, as well as cases concerning easements and restrictive covenants. His recent work has involved a significant number of cases relating to the Law of Property Act 1925 and land registration law. 
Strengths: "Richard is a very technical barrister with a really good eye for detail." "He's very practical and commercial."
Recent work: Instructed by the landowner in a case concerning a Rolls-Royce and Bentley business in Chelsea.

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Band 4

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tamsin Cox 
Predominantly focuses on landlord and tenant cases in both commercial and residential settings.
Strengths: "A personable, sensible and commercial barrister. Tamsin always understands the end goal and deals with matters in a refreshingly pragmatic way." "Provides reliable 1954 Act advice on interim rent and brings troublesome negotiations back on track."
Recent work: Appeared in a case to determine whether the landlord, tenant or sub-tenant was responsible for paying non-domestic rates for commercial property under the terms of the leases.

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Band 4

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Cecily Crampin 
Widely acknowledged as an exceptionally promising property junior, with a sophisticated practice. Her caseload includes landlord and tenant, mortgage and real property work.
Strengths: "Very impressive when it comes to valuation issues, very pragmatic and user-friendly." "Really cool under pressure, really calm, very assured and has all the answers."
Recent work: Instructed by The Crown Estate Commissioners in an application under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 concerning the share of premium payable to the freeholder and head leaseholder.

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Band 4

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamal Demachkie 
Recognised for his work in commercial and property law. His practice concentrates on commercial disputes, chancery litigation and landlord and tenant claims. He is also an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Very approachable, user-friendly and good at communicating with lay clients in a way they can understand." "Impressive in both his pleadings and on his feet."
Recent work: Represented the successful landlord in Nemcova v Fairfield, a high-profile decision on Airbnb-style lettings.

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Band 4

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Dovar 
Has a diverse commercial and residential property practice, specialising in contentious landlord and tenant matters. He is frequently sought out by clients for guidance on leasehold disputes, as well as conveyancing disputes and professional negligence matters. Dovar also has significant niche expertise in work relating to hotels and shopping centres.
Strengths: "He has a thorough knowledge of the law and is practical in his approach -  he homes in on the issues immediately."
Recent work: Appeared in an appeal against a cost order following the dismissal of a claim for an injunction to restore lift services to an apartment in South Kensington.

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Band 4

Ellodie Gibbons

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ellodie Gibbons 
A widely respected property junior known for advising on commercial and residential landlord disputes. Her practice includes service and administration charge issues, right to manage cases and enfranchisement claims. She has co-authored a significant text on leasehold enfranchisement and regularly speaks at conferences on the topic.
Strengths: "She's extremely good on her feet, persuasive and good at taking the court along with her." "Ellodie is a gifted lawyer who takes a practical, common-sense approach."
Recent work: Defended the landlord in a claim for a new lease of a flat in Chelsea beneficially owned by Cary Grant’s third wife until her death in 2015.

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Band 4

Philomena Harrison

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philomena Harrison 
Widely acknowledged as a prominent property junior with experience in break option disputes and property-related professional negligence. Commercial easement disputes form another major focus of her practice. She works closely with investment funds and banks.
Strengths: "Easy to work with and no-nonsense in her outlook." "She has a very strong court presence."  
Recent work: Acted for Samuel Smith in proceedings in the Leeds District Registry to fix the price for the freehold interest of a licensed working men's club.

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Band 4

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Olivier Kalfon 
Regularly handles contentious property matters including residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. He often advises on property-related insolvency.
Strengths: "A strong advocate and a respected adviser who is always calm and considered."

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Band 4

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Loveday 
Maintains a diverse commercial and residential property litigation practice. He has acted on multiple dilapidations cases, as well as contentious rent reviews and forfeitures. Recently, he has been instructed in several high-value residential leasehold enfranchisement and service charge matters.
Strengths: "Very solution-oriented, he deals with things quickly and is good on his feet." "He gets to grips with the issues and gives clear advice enabling the client to make a decision and go forward."  
Recent work: Acted in an appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to enfranchisement of a house under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967.

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Band 4

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Monty Palfrey 
A highly popular choice for a wide variety of commercial and residential property mandates. He regularly represents clients in court in numerous landlord and tenant, easement and boundary disputes. Palfrey has noted expertise in cases involving pubs and restaurants.
Strengths: "Monty Palfrey is an excellent courtroom lawyer who is very quick on his feet. You can call upon him at short notice and he will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in." "He is technically strong and very knowledgeable of all aspects of property litigation."
Recent work: Advised and acted for a landlord in the successful recovery of over £2.4 million for major works to a mixed-use block.

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Band 4

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Sissons 
Handles a range of real estate litigation matters including landlord and tenant issues, and is widely recognised for his formidable expertise in the High Court, County Courts and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Very able junior barrister who is calm and confident with clients." "His drafting is very clear and his pleadings are excellent."
Recent work: Represented the administrators of Lehman Brothers in opposing a claim by Canary Wharf Group arising under a former lease of a high-rise office block on Canary Wharf.

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Band 4

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Smith 
Specialises in real estate litigation, concentrating on leasehold enfranchisement, commercial lease renewals and service charge disputes. He also has experience in cases concerning sporting profits a prendre and gas storage.
Strengths: "He's very good on paper and always offers commercial views." "Adam has a very good manner and his knowledge of the law is extremely impressive."
Recent work: Acted in Amin v Amin, a case concerning the management and sale of a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties.

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Band 4

Jonathan Steinert

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Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Steinert of Henderson Chambers 
Has over 20 years' experience of handling the contentious and non-contentious elements of property law. His practice includes advising on construction issues.
Strengths: "He is very intelligent and engaging."

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Band 4

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Williams 
Acts for property professionals, private individuals and companies in a range of real estate disputes, and is acknowledged for his advisory work and expertise in professional negligence cases. He regularly appears at all level of domestic courts and tribunals, and is experienced in alternative dispute resolution.
Strengths: "An extremely impressive barrister with a friendly and highly professional attitude, whose strengths are his attention to detail, his commitment to clients and his strong sense of the commercial realities of a case."
Recent work: Appeared for the defendant in a boundary dispute involving two commercial premises in East London with significant development potential.

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Band 5

Marie-Claire Bleasdale

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Marie-Claire Bleasdale 
A highly experienced property junior whose practice includes advising on cases involving conveyancing and real property issues. She is frequently instructed in landlord and tenant disputes, and has recently acted in several auction contract disputes.  
Strengths: "She has huge experience and is extremely good at what she does."
Recent work: Acted for a tenant seeking a renewal tenancy where the landlord had opposed renewal under Section 30 of the Landlord and Tenant Act.

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Butler 
A well-reputed real estate barrister, who focuses on commercial and professional negligence disputes. He is noted for his work in property damage, service charge and joint venture claims. He also receives instruction as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "He is good in conference and he inspires confidence in the client."
Recent work: Successfully represented the tenant in a dispute concerning the effect of insuring covenants in residential leases.

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Rebecca Cattermole

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rebecca Cattermole 
An established social housing junior with a growing reputation for residential and commercial real estate work. She is highly experienced in matters involving service charge disputes and dilapidations, and is very strong on the interrelationship of human rights with landlord and tenant law.
Strengths: "Picks things up incredibly quickly and her technical analysis is amazing." "She is excellent at dealing with matters thoroughly and efficiently."
Recent work: Acted in McDonald v McDonald in the Supreme Court, a case determining that a court, when entertaining a claim for possession by a private sector owner against a residential occupier, was not required to consider the proportionality of evicting the occupier under Article 8 of the ECHR.

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Paul De La Piquerie

Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul De La Piquerie
Particularly strong on residential and commercial property landlord and tenant disputes, but undertakes a wide range of property-related disputes. He has appeared in a number of reported cases and notched up a notable run of victories in the past year or so. 
Strengths: "Extremely articulate and produces impressive work." "He makes coherent submissions and is a very persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Keelwin Ltd v Wong Kei Restaurants, successfully representing the landlord of a popular Soho restaurant in a case concerning the return of a rent deposit at the end of a tenancy.

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Barry Denyer-Green

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Barry Denyer-Green 
A strong performer in compulsory purchase and compensation cases. He also has experience in the Lands Tribunal.
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable and resourceful, he is a mine of information on manorial mineral rights and an expert on compulsory purchase."

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Carl Fain 
A talented property barrister with expertise in business tenancy renewals, service charge disputes and dilapidation claims. His practice also takes in landlord and tenant matters, mortgage-related claims and property-related professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "Very bright, gets on well with clients and is a terrier in court." "He's extremely knowledgeable, doesn't balk at any points and is ready with the answers."
Recent work: Acted for the tenant in a lease extension case before the First-tier Tribunal involving a high-value flat in Chelsea.

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Damian Falkowski

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Damian Falkowski of 39 Essex Chambers 
A property specialist with expertise across a range of issues, who receives high praise for his advocacy. Particular areas of strength include planning and development litigation. He has also edited texts relating to estoppels and mortgages.
Strengths: "He is particularly user-friendly and always happy to roll up his sleeves and get involved."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Lambournes Surveyors in proceedings to require the defendant to remove a building obstructing a right of way.

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Benjamin Faulkner

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Faulkner 
Focuses on high-profile, complex property litigation. He is noted for his user-friendly approach and attention to detail. His expertise extends to tenancy agreements and property statutes. He also handles cases related to town and village greens as well as land registration issues.
Strengths: "Very commercially minded, extremely well liked by clients and good at offering a range of strategic options." "Helpful, approachable and knowledgeable, he's very engaged in his cases."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel in a bitter dispute between neighbours involving difficult points of adverse possession, in which he managed to broker a settlement at mediation.

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Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Francis 
Has a versatile property practice and regularly handles cases concerning easements, mortgages, and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. He also handles property issues arising from professional negligence and insolvency proceedings.
Strengths: "A terrific barrister, who is very helpful and responsive." "He is exceptional at cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of the developer of a failed hotel development in a case concerning claims by investors to purchasers' liens over the site of the proposed hotel and the recovery of deposits paid by them.

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Marc Glover 
Garners praise for his user-friendly approach. He regularly handles cases involving easements, boundary disputes and property development. Glover has recently handled cases in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "A real fighter, who is bright, prepares well and knows how to get the best out of judges."
Recent work: Acted in Santander v Bouquet and Pyramid. The case involved representing the guarantors in a claim brought by a mortgagee for possession actions concerning a £17 million debt against overseas guarantee companies.

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amanda Gourlay 
Particularly recognised for her expertise in the field of service charges, Amanda is regularly instructed by lessees on a public access basis. She also regularly handles the full range of landlord and tenant law matters, as well as those relating to trusts of land and co-ownership disputes.
Strengths: "She's very user-friendly, very sound and very proactive."
Recent work: Represented the lessees of 150 apartments in a prestigious and high-value development in Canary Wharf on their application to appoint a manager under Section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Katie Helmore 
Recognised for her versatile property practice that covers a wide scope of property law issues. She has specialist knowledge of both aviation and protester injunctions. Helmore regularly appears in the First-tier Tribunal and Lands Chamber on matters relating to service charges and enfranchisement.
Strengths: "She provides strong commercial advice that cuts through legal issues to get to the nub of the matter." "A very able, bright junior."
Recent work: Handled an urgent possession order relating to a large number of Travellers who had trespassed onto the claimant's wharf site.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Hicks 
Demonstrates strength in a range of disputes concerning property law. He has experience of representing clients in high-value residential landlord and tenant matters.
Strengths: "His attention to detail is exceptional; he leaves no stone unturned."

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Sebastian Kokelaar

Three Stone

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sebastian Kokelaar of Three Stone
A formidable property junior with expertise in commercial property and restricted covenants. His areas of focus also include landlord and tenant cases, as well as land registration and mortgage matters.
Strengths: "A smart, hard-working and approachable junior with a growing reputation." "He gets to grips with a case very quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Bridgehouse Bradford in a dispute with BAE Systems concerning an agreement to acquire two commercial sites for £100 million.

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Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kester Lees 
Talented junior who handles all aspects of landlord and tenant and property law, including leasehold enfranchisement, adverse possession and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "He has excellent technical knowledge, is very detail-oriented and offers very good commercially aware advice tailored to the client." "His advocacy skills are just fantastic and his opinions are solid."
Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant landlord in a two-day trial in Cambridge County Court concerning an uncontested lease renewal of two major car parks in Peterborough.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Mendoza
Acknowledged for his commitment to his clients and his never-say-die attitude, he is a respected commercial litigator who has expertise in land and property matters. He exhibits great talent for commercial landlord and tenant property litigation, and is also often called upon by mortgage lenders to take charge of complex repossessions. Mendoza is highly experienced in professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors.
Strengths: "He is a very good, down-to-earth barrister."
Recent work: Acted for Cargiant as claimants in a terminal dilapidations case.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Moffett 
Predominantly focuses on matters concerning beneficial ownership of land, options and easements. He also possesses expertise in landlord and tenant cases. Notable recent cases have included matters concerning restrictive covenants and option agreements.
Strengths: "He has great technical ability and he is excellent at putting clients at ease."

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Ely Place Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Russell Stone of Ely Place Chambers 
Known for his work in litigation arising from residential boundary disputes and commercial developments. He is also regularly instructed in matters relating to restrictive covenants, drainage rights and easements.
Strengths: "Russell has an encyclopaedic knowledge of property litigation matters, and is very client-friendly. His advice is comprehensive both in conference and in writing." "An advocate who is intellectually extremely bright and very well prepared."
Recent work: Acted in a claim concerning the construction of a large block of flats by the River Thames in Central London. The case sought to determine responsibility for very significant repairs to a podium beside the flats.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aaron Walder 
Highly capable property junior with experience across a diverse range of areas, who is an expert in agricultural matters, forfeiture and breach of covenant. He also handles enfranchisement, rights of light and development cases. His talents further extend to cases involving the interpretation of documents such as leases and transfers of land.
Strengths: "He is pragmatic and sensible."
Recent work: Acted in a case regarding purpose trusts, the role of charities and land registration. The matter concerned an after-school care centre on disused school premises.

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Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Walsh
Acts for landlords, developers, local government bodies and large institutional lenders in a broad range of property-related cases. He regularly handles matters concerning development issues, agricultural land and commercial property, and often acts in urgent hearings concerning the repossession of land.
Strengths: "Clear-thinking, responsive, personable and efficient." He offers practical advice and he is good on his feet."
Recent work:  Acted for BHS to recover possession of a large former store which was being occupied by groups of squatters.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Galina Ward 
Handles property litigation as part of a broad practice that also encompasses public law, immigration and ratings cases. She is known for her work in social housing as well as commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes. Ward also works on claims brought under the Electronic Communications Code.
Strengths: "She's obviously very bright and good with difficult clients."
Recent work: Successfully represented Limehouse West Management in a long-running service charge dispute.

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Landmark Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Katrina Yates 
Garners praise for her diligent approach and her expertise when it comes to land registry matters. Other areas of focus include landlord and tenant disputes and real property cases as well as related aspects of planning law.
Strengths: "She is witheringly bright, extremely determined and very good on her feet." "Very punchy, very bright and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Obtained a final injunction and a possession order on behalf of Highways England to remove a persistent squatter who was unlawfully occupying and obstructing the verge of the A11 trunk road at Barton Mill, Bury St Edmunds.

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Up and Coming

Falcon Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ciara Fairley 
Regularly practises a broad range of agricultural, commercial and residential property law, including matters with professional negligence, insolvency and planning aspects.
Strengths: "Great in conference, user-friendly and a good advocate who is a real safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court in McDonald v McDonald, a case concerning the impact of human rights claims in cases involving private individuals.

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Up and Coming

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Harriet Holmes
Frequently appears in the High Court and County Courts, taking on a diverse range of matters, including adverse possession, enfranchisement and party wall issues. She is noted for her dedication to her clients and her work in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "Extremely hard-working, very thorough, very good-humoured and enjoyable to work with." "She provides high-quality and cost-effective advice."
Recent work: Represented the successful appellant in a party wall appeal heard over three days.

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Up and Coming

Tanfield Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Upton 
Highly regarded for his service charge work and his expertise in mixed-use development matters. His clients include multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and developers.
Strengths: "Very switched-on and technically very bright." "He's very attuned to the client's interests and goals."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the nominee purchaser in a collective enfranchisement claim considering a number of important issues regarding the service of notices under the 1993 Act.

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Direct access enables barristers to be instructed without the involvement (and financial cost) of an intermediary such as a solicitor. It comes in two forms: licensed access and public access. More information can be found here.