9 St John Street

Real Estate Litigation Department

Northern (Bar)
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9 St John Street continues to offer expertise in a wide range of property disputes. Barristers from the set are often instructed by both landlords and tenants in high-value commercial cases, as well as complex residential disputes. The members of the set showcase strength in adverse possession claims, nuisance matters and a variety of covenant and easement issues.

Client service: "The clerks are helpful and recommend people that are suitable for the job." Tony Morrissey is the senior clerk.


James Fryer-Spedding

Experience covers the full range of real estate litigation issues and he also has expertise across the breadth of chancery law. His work in ownership disputes and land access matters is particularly noted. Sources praise his strong advocacy.
Strengths: "He is a persuasive advocate." "He cuts to the chase and gets the point across clearly and quickly." "He is calm and great with clients. He is very thoroughly prepared and a pleasure to deal with."
Recent work: Appeared in the First-tier Tribunal for the claimant in Heslam v Haandrikman, an adverse possession case.


Richard Price

Rises in the rankings this year due to his strong reputation and excellent case profile. He attracts instructions in a range real estate matters, from right of way-related disputes to flooding issues. He is also known to be a strong mediator.

Strengths: "He is very well liked by clients and able to talk to them at a level they understand." "His drafting is exceptional and he is good on his feet in court."
Recent work: Appeared in Smith v Watson, a case regarding the ownership of part of the River South Tyne where the usual riparian rights did not exist.