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UK Bar 2022
London (Bar) Real Estate Litigation
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35 Ranked Lawyers

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Falcon Chambers, noted by clients as "renowned for the quality of its barristers," is a leading specialist real estate litigation set, with an impressive bench of both silks and juniors appearing in high-profile cases. Members are able to provide expertise in the full range of real estate areas, including landlord and tenant disputes, rights of light, complex easement litigation and agriculture and telecommunications cases. Barristers at Falcon Chambers have been involved in Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Trust v Housing Solutions, a Supreme Court case concerning Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 which gives the Upper Tribunal the power to modify restrictive covenants affecting land, as well as a number of high-value disputes regarding large development projects. One source comments: "They remain the premier property set."

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"John Stannard, senior clerk, is very helpful and user-friendly." "Joanne Meah, first junior clerk, is absolutely excellent." "The clerking is responsive and accommodating." "The clerks are excellent, especially John Davitt. In an emergency, we have sometimes had to instruct counsel the afternoon before a hearing the following morning and John has spared no effort in covering us." Newsletters and lectures are among the set's information-sharing initiatives.

Wayne Clark
Wayne Clark handles a good deal of commercial property disputes and is an expert on business tenancies. He has extensive experience advising on issues such as valuation, possession and restrictive covenant matters. He is also noted for his knowledge of the telecoms code.
"He was impressive, thorough and provided us with some very helpful and incisive input to move things to a successful commercial outcome." "He has excellent all-round expertise in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954." "A counsel with wide and vast experience and a strong reputation in telecommunications."

Acted for Pizza Express in a lease renewal dispute with a landlord intending to insert and run his own restaurant in the commercial premises. This was a significant matter as it involved consideration of the S. Franses v Cavendish ruling.

Guy Fetherstonhaugh KC
Guy Fetherstonhaugh KC acts as the joint head of chambers and is widely respected in the market. His areas of expertise include enfranchisement, easements and restricted covenants. He has experience of appearing in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
"His advice is both excellent and accessible." "He is about as perfect a KC as you can imagine! He goes from strength to strength." "He provides very structured, commercial advice."

Acted for Affinity Water in a claim for trespass related to a water main laid 70 years ago. This was the first considered challenge to the decision in Re Salvin.

Jonathan Gaunt KC
Jonathan Gaunt KC regularly represents clients in matters concerning rights of access, rent review and enforcement of covenants. He enjoys acting in tricky cases where legal definitions are scrutinised. He is held in high esteem by his instructing solicitors.
"He is a very safe pair of hands and very experienced in court." "When dealing with clients, his advice is very clear and it is top-drawer."

Acted for APRA in a right of access dispute related to locked barriers across private estate roads. The case involved several complex principles, including implied easements, the construction of an express grant and lost modern grant.

Greville Healey
Greville Healey has expertise in a wide range of real estate matters, including rights of way and right to light issues, rent reviews, lease renewals and restrictive covenants. He is appreciated for his ability to handle complex matters and he receives praise for his excellent client handling.
"He is very good technically, with a broad knowledge across all areas of property litigation." "He is very good at tricky issues. He's an excellent barrister."

Represented WH Smith in a four-day trial concerning the terms of a renewal of lease. The case raised questions related to the effects of COVID-19 and lockdown on the terms of the new tenancy.

Stephen Jourdan KC
Stephen Jourdan KC has an extremely broad property practice dealing with commercial and residential matters and handles property-related insolvency, partnership and professional negligence claims. He is also lauded for his deep knowledge of enfranchisement matters.
"One of the most sensible property barristers I have worked with." "A top-flight advocate, well known and respected in the higher courts."

Acted for Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Trust in a dispute over the modification of a restrictive covenant to prevent building on land adjacent to a hospice. The case concerned Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 which gives the Upper Tribunal the power to modify restrictive covenants affecting land.

Jonathan Karas KC
Jonathan Karas KC has a practice that is predominantly centred on commercial landlord and tenant law. He is also adept at handling cases with planning and agricultural law aspects and is an expert in right to light disputes. He is particularly active in land cases relating to infrastructure works.
"Jonathan is impressive at pulling the details out from the case." "He is a go-to person for property."

Acted for United Utilities in High Court litigation concerning the entitlement of sewage undertakers to discharge waste water. The case was part of the long-running Manchester Ship Canal Company v United Utilities case. 

Anthony Radevsky
Anthony Radevsky is best known for his market-leading expertise in leasehold enfranchisement. His practice includes a wide range of landlord and tenant cases, including high-profile commercial disputes.
"He is one of the leading experts in enfranchisement." "He is very personable, easy to work with and good to put in front of clients." "He is regularly instructed in complex, high-value claims."

Acted for Daejan Properties and Brickfield Properties in a collective enfranchisement claim.

Emily Windsor
Emily Windsor has a practice which spans all facets of property litigation, including agricultural land disputes, and has particular experience with regard to development agreements and rent review. Her expertise is enhanced by her appointment as deputy district judge.
"Her advice has been bulletproof." "She is absolutely fantastic, really responsive and she gives really clear advice."

Continued to be instructed in Trustees of the Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust v Millgate, a dispute over a breach of restrictive covenant arising from the building of a housing estate.

Janet Bignell KC
Janet Bignell KC regularly handles high-value development disputes and complex commercial landlord and tenant cases.  Her recent work has included advising clients on rights of way matters and contentious sale contract issues. She serves as a deputy High Court judge. She continues to attract instructions from impressed City solicitors.
"She takes a detailed and thorough approach to complex matters." "She becomes one of the team which is what clients want." "She analytically assesses the issues in a thoughtful and constructive way."

Represented Corum in a dispute arising out of a freehold sale and leaseback transaction and a development funding agreement. There was a claim for payment of a retention claim and a counterclaim for implied rights of way.

Camilla Chorfi
Camilla Chorfi is known for her diverse property practice and has made a name for herself with her impressive advocacy and advisory work. She regularly appears in the High Court in landlord and tenant matters and insolvency-related property cases, among others. She is also experienced in handling land registration matters and title disputes.
"Her work is consistently excellent and she quickly gets to grips with details and demonstrates impressive technical knowledge of property law." "She is very good at immersing herself in the detail."

Appeared in the first remote civil appeal to the Court of Appeal, acting for an appellant in an application for the removal of a charge registered against her home.

Martin Dray
Martin Dray is a highly sought-after junior with a specialism in high-profile property cases. He covers a range of matters including covenant disputes, lease renewals and adverse possession disputes. He also sits as a judge in the First-tier Tribunal. He is adept in all aspects of landlord and tenant law.
"He is excellent at unravelling knotty issues and bringing clarity to a legal case." "One of the best juniors on options and overages."

Acted for Bath Rugby in a dispute regarding the enforceability of a 1922 restrictive covenant affecting the home ground of Bath Rugby, the Recreation Ground.

Nathaniel Duckworth
Nathaniel Duckworth is an expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He excels in everything from service charge liability disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants.
"He is technically good and he's one of a very modern breed of barrister who is easy to deal with, very responsive and immensely approachable and commercially minded." "He is incredibly bright and responsive and brilliant with solicitors and clients alike."

Acted for Sugarloaf Restaurants, the tenant of a nightclub in the Trocadero Centre in Piccadilly in lease renewal proceedings under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and a counterclaim for damages for breach of the landlord’s repairing covenant and the covenant for quiet enjoyment. 

Paul Letman
Paul Letman specialises in real estate litigation, covering the full range of property matters. He is an expert in restrictive covenants, contract disputes, leasehold matters and rights of way cases. He has vast experience in appearing in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.
"He is very astute and at the top of his game in residential leasehold and leasehold reform matters." "He is very professional and very focused in submissions."

Acted for Sandylands Developments in a right of way dispute between neighbouring estate owners. The case concerned issues related to the establishment of prescriptive rights in an agricultural setting.

Joseph Ollech
Joseph Ollech has a robust real estate litigation practice and wide experience of disputes arising under the 1954 Act. He is instructed in cases concerning restrictive covenants, easements, riparian rights claims and boundary disputes, and is also an expert in property-related company and insolvency law.
"He is forensic in his search for answers and delicate and subtle in his written work." "He is very good to work with and a passionate advocate." 

Acted for a consortium of shopping centre investors in a Court of Appeal case concerning the proper requirements that must be met for a tenancy to be contracted out of the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Edward Peters
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 easements, overage and valuation issues and possession claims. He has experience in agricultural law proceedings and he has acted before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
"The measure and quality of his advice is outstanding." "He is extremely bright, knows his field in considerable depth and is very pragmatic." "He is technically brilliant and gives pragmatic advice that makes the client feel at ease."

Acted for a tenant farmer in a High Court appeal and subsequent arbitrations related to a dispute over the development of agricultural land.

Kirk Reynolds KC
Kirk Reynolds KC is a highly knowledgeable property silk who operates across the full range of property law matters. He has a wealth of experience in landlord and tenant cases and has expertise in areas including dilapidations and rent review.
"He is a safe pair of hands when it comes to tricky issues of property law." "He is a user-friendly counsel who is accessible and goes the extra mile."

Caroline Shea KC
Caroline Shea KC frequently 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. Her clients range from private individuals and family trusts to large corporates.
"She is an excellent all-round property specialist. She's quick to get to the heart of the matter and a very passionate advocate for her clients." "She is a top-flight advocate who is well known and respected." 

Cecily Crampin
Cecily Crampin is widely acknowledged as an exceptionally promising property junior with a sophisticated practice. Her caseload includes landlord and tenant, mortgage and real property work.
"Cecily is a solid advocate in both the tribunal and court." "My go-to for mortgage work; she is extremely thorough and bright."

Acted in a party wall appeal related to whether the join of a basement slab wall on one side of a boundary was a party wall under the Party Wall Act 1996.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Elizabeth Fitzgerald focuses her impressive practice on commercial property matters, including development disputes and leasehold issues. She is adept at handling real property claims including those relating to rights of light and other easements.
"She has an excellent legal and commercial view." "She is analytical and measured in her advice."

Represented Netflix Studios UK and Netflix in a claim for a declaration that Netflix validly rescinded its lease for misrepresentation or repudiatory breach of contract on premises used as a film studio.

Kester Lees
Kester Lees is a talented junior who handles all aspects of landlord and tenant and property law, including rectification of titles, adverse possession and insolvency matters. He has notable expertise in telecommunications.
"He has great technical knowledge which he combines with an insight into the commercial position to help to get the practical solution clients want and need." "He has a brain the size of a planet. He's a very good advocate and he is excellent on paper."

Acted for Hanover Capital in a case regarding the valuation of rent in a lease renewal of a telecommunications site following the new code coming into force.

Mark Sefton KC
Mark Sefton KC is a skilled advocate whose practice concentrates on commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, including high-value dilapidations cases. He excels in complex issues of valuation.
"He has a remarkable gift for predicting what judges will say and do." "He is truly a marvel. The speed with which he digests complex information and distils it into a detailed analysis is second to none."

Acted for Cadogan Estate in a leasehold enfranchisement dispute concerning the valuation assumptions for a house in Chelsea.

Anthony Tanney
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 also takes on cases related to easements and professional negligence.
"He provides very good, clear advice on real property issues. The advice is commercial and proportionate." "He provided thorough and useful written opinions."

Stephanie Tozer KC
Stephanie Tozer KC handles a plethora of property-related disputes, and is recognised for her skill in handling residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. She is also noted for her expertise in telecommunications matters. 
"An excellent advocate providing high-quality legal advice." "She takes care to give careful consideration to all angles of a case." "She has a meticulous attention to detail and is very responsive."

Acted for Pavilion Property Trustees and Pavilion Trustees in a case related to whether the conditions in an agreement to surrender for a Dreams bed store were met.

Gary Cowen KC
Gary Cowen KC 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, leasehold enfranchisement and business tenancies.
"He is very good at managing the client and is an excellent advocate." "He has a breadth and depth of knowledge and provides clear advice."

Acted for the fourth respondent in National Westminster Bank plc v Fox-Davies and others in the First-tier Tribunal. The case concerned an attempt by Fox-Davies to acquire the freehold title to a theatre building in Chelmsford by granting a reversionary lease of the building to an associated company which then collected rent from the occupier.

Tamsin Cox
Tamsin Cox predominantly focuses on landlord and tenant cases in both commercial and residential settings. She has expertise in disputes relating to easements, including rights of way and rights to light.
"She has very good technical knowledge, very good attention to detail, and good advocacy and written work." "She is knowledgeable, measured and good with clients."

Acted for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on a terminal dilapidation claim following the end of lease of premises.

Ciara Fairley
Ciara Fairley is instructed in a broad range of agricultural, commercial and residential property law. She has experience of cases with professional negligence and insolvency aspects and is regularly called on to act in complex cases with issues of valuation.
"She is a class act and very good to work with." 

Acted in a complex case involving a high-value property in Knightsbridge and concerning the question of whether the tenant signed a document extending the term of his lease. The landlord is currently serving a life sentence and the former tenant has been declared mentally incompetent.

Philip Sissons
Philip Sissons handles a range of real estate litigation matters including landlord and tenant issues. He is widely recognised for his formidable expertise in the High Court, County Courts and the Court of Appeal.
"He is thorough, dedicated and user-friendly." "He is adept at problem solving and is practical and provides sensible advice focused on getting issues resolved pragmatically." "He manages expectations well."

Acted for the defendant property developer in connection with a claim to recover a deposit paid under a contract for the sale of a luxury flat in a development on Marylebone Lane. 

Toby Boncey
Toby Boncey is forging a reputation as an expert property junior with authority beyond his year of call. His practice covers both commercial and residential property disputes, including enfranchisement, possession and valuation matters.
"He is a very good advocate." "He is very thorough, excellent with clients and good on his feet in cross-examinations." "He is very detailed and diligent."

Instructed by a nominee purchaser seeking to acquire a freehold by collective enfranchisement. The case raised issues concerning the interaction between the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act as the landlord was imprisoned for drug offences.

Barry Denyer-Green
Barry Denyer-Green is a strong performer in compulsory purchase and compensation cases. He also has experience in the Lands Tribunal. He covers a range of matters including restrictive covenants, easements and development agreements.
"The leading individual on compulsory purchase matters. He is delightful to deal with."

Tricia Hemans
Tricia Hemans is an impressive junior who is said to be approachable as well as possessing outstanding technical skill. She operates a broad practice, featuring commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, transactional disputes and other issues such as easements.
Acted for the trustees of The Phelan Group Retirement Benefits Scheme in a High Court case concerning when the right to enfranchise can be exercised under the Places of Worship (Enfranchisement) Act 1920.

Oliver Radley-Gardner KC
Oliver Radley-Gardner KC is acknowledged for his growing expertise in telecoms-related cases. His diverse property practice that incorporates landlord and tenant litigation, as well agricultural land disputes.
"He is first-class." "The go-to barrister for telecoms operators on the Electronic Communications Code." "An absolutely phenomenal barrister."

Acted for Vodafone in the renewal of a code agreement under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Adam Rosenthal KC
Adam Rosenthal KC is noted as an expert in property law. His main areas of focus include landlord and tenant litigation and restrictive covenants.
"He is user-friendly and exceptionally bright." "He has exceptional levels of knowledge and a client-focused attitude. He would go above and beyond to find a solution."

Acted for Boots in a dilapidations dispute concerning a large office block vacated by the client years ago.

Catherine Taskis KC
Catherine Taskis KC is noted for her far-reaching expertise in both residential and commercial landlord and tenant real property law. She is able to advise clients on a host of issues, including tenancy and service charge disputes. Clients also seek her out for her specialism in agricultural law.
"Catherine is simply fantastic. She is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned." "She is excellent."

Instructed by College Farm Trust to act in a business tenancy renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. The case involved a preliminary issue as to whether the tenancy was one to which the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 applied.

Mark Galtrey
Mark Galtrey is relied upon by clients for his property law advice. He has experience in Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 matters, including contested lease renewal cases, as well as enfranchisement and agricultural issues. He has a growing appellate practice.
"He is very approachable, knowledgeable and reassuring with clients." "He is very bright, responsive and easy to work with."

Acted in TFS Stores v Designer Retail Outlet Centres (Mansfield) General Partners, a Court of Appeal case that led to the interlocutory decision on the extent of the stay of possession proceedings under Practice Direction 51Z.

Julia Petrenko
Julia Petrenko has a broad practice handling commercial, residential and agricultural matters. She has experience in landlord and tenant issues, such as lease disputes, and has notable knowledge of cases involving injunctions and fraudulent property matters.
"Julia is thorough and good on paper and at trial." "She is very imaginative and has an eye for details. She dug out some killer points on the case."

Instructed by The Law Society in a trial related to its charging orders over a property where the freehold was registered jointly to two defendants. The case considered the scope of the doctrine of res judicata.

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