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Falcon Chambers 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 telecommunications cases. Barristers at Falcon Chambers have been involved in Fearn v Trustees of the Tate Gallery, as well as a number of high-value disputes regarding large residential developments. One source comments: "The advice they give is always spot on, always first class."
Client service: "The clerks are very easy to deal with and quick to respond to any query." "The clerking service is excellent - they are all extremely helpful and responsive." Jonathan Stannard is the senior clerk.
Adam Rosenthal QC
Widely recognised new silk, whose main areas of focus include landlord and tenant litigation, restrictive covenants and insolvency issues.
Strengths: "Unflappable and great on his feet. He makes clients feel completely secure." "Adam is extremely diligent, considered and approachable." "He's been a go-to barrister for many years."
Recent work: Acted for WHSmith in a business lease renewal dispute regarding the terms of lease and the rent.
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.
Strengths: "The pre-eminent junior for leasehold enfranchisement matters." "If he doesn't know the answer there probably isn't one." "Technically very good and considers every angle."
Recent work: Acted for Whitehall Court in a dispute with The Crown Estate regarding the construction of the valuation provisions of the Leasehold Reform Act 1993.
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.
Strengths: "Very good and clear advice on real property issues. His advice is commercial and proportionate."
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.
Strengths: "A highly academic barrister who does not shy away from giving a direct opinion." "He has a wealth of knowledge in telecommunication matters and is always willing to provide a detailed analysis of the legal issues."
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 and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Her impressive practice has seen her acting unled against silks on numerous occasions.
Strengths: "She is really friendly, very pragmatic and results-driven." "Her drafting is excellent and her advice is practical and sensible." "She's just absolutely phenomenal. She's the whole package: she's sharp, knows all her stuff. Just cuts through it all and gets to the heart of it."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the applicant in Lady Wackett v Docklock Limited, a possession claim regarding unregistered land outside a car sales lot in east London.
Caroline Shea QC
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.
Strengths: "Extremely proactive and user-friendly approach. Very popular with clients." "Very good on her feet." "Gives sound advice in a pragmatic fashion."
Recent work: Acted in SHB Realisations v Cribbs Mall Nominee (No 1), a dispute relating to relief from forfeiture. Following the administration of BHS, the retailer closed an anchor store in breach of a keep open covenant but could not find an assignee for the lease, and the landlord forfeited.
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. She is able to advise clients on a host of issues, including service charge disputes.
Strengths: "She knows her stuff and is really forensic. She gets into details and is a sharp practitioner." "She's very knowledgeable, has a measured and calm style and gives very good advice."
Recent work: Instructed in Kingsley v Kingsley, a claim for an order for the sale of a jointly owned farm.
Widely acknowledged as an exceptionally promising property junior with a sophisticated practice. Her caseload includes landlord and tenant, mortgage and real property work. She is also experienced in possession disputes.
Strengths: "She has a brain the size of a planet." "Cecily is very easy to deal with, she is very calm and collected but ferocious and fiery before a judge." "Very diligent, approachable and clear in her advice."
Recent work: Acted in Lawrence Group v Tirrell, a mortgage possession case in which the principal issue was that the parties had entered into a development agreement which prevented a sale for a period longer than the term of the mortgage.
Regularly practises a broad range of agricultural, commercial and residential property law, including matters with professional negligence, insolvency and planning aspects.
Strengths: "Provides sharp and tactically good advice." "All over the detail and also really responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Elmbirch Properties in a dispute with tenants regarding the liability for service charges following the discovery of rot.
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. He has acted before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He is excellent on his feet and the judges tend to warm to him. He is very approachable."
Recent work: Acting in Procter v Procter, a High Court dispute surrounding a £7.5 million agricultural estate in Yorkshire.
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. She works across commercial and development cases as well as agricultural matters.
Strengths: "She is willing to really engage with the case, and she's approachable." "She's incredibly user-friendly and very diligent."
Recent work: Acted for Beaumont Business Centres in a dispute with Florala Properties regarding an injunction and damages for interference with a right to light.
Has a practice which spans all facets of property litigation, including agricultural land disputes, and particular experience with regard to development agreements, rent review and leasehold enfranchisement. Her expertise is enhanced by her appointment as deputy district judge.
Strengths: "A wise, authoritative and reassuring presence on all things landlord and tenant." "She's the iron fist in the velvet glove."
Recent work: 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.
Gary Cowen QC
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: "Gary is technically excellent and his advice is clear. He is commercially aware, friendly and extremely helpful when it comes to explaining strategies to clients."
Recent work: Instructed in Berkeley Square Investments Limited v Berkeley Square Holdings Limited, a dispute regarding the modification of a covenant in an office lease for re-purposing the venue as a private members' club.
His practice is centred on rights of way and right to light issues, as well as landlord and tenant law. Clients appreciate his ability to handle complex matters and he receives consistent praise for his practical advice. He is also well versed in the Electronic Communications Code.
Strengths: "A real team player who is incredibly popular with clients." "An outstanding all-round barrister who is very strong technically and a really good advocate." "He's got a good grasp of landlord and tenant work and also telecommunications."
Recent work: Acted for Edinburgh Woollen Mill in a dilapidation dispute concerning damages affecting commercial premises.
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. He has experience of appearing in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "Continues to impress clients with his thorough preparation, commercial acumen, encyclopedic knowledge of cases and classy presentation." "Technically excellent, highly intelligent and a pleasure to work with." "Unquestionably one of the top-tier property QCs in the country."
Recent work: Continued to act for the Trustees of the Tate Gallery in a dispute with residents of a nearby block of flats who claimed that the viewing platform infringed on their privacy rights.
Janet Bignell QC
Regularly handles high-value development disputes and complex commercial landlord and tenant cases. Her recent work has included obtaining injunctive relief for well-known clients, including a pre-emptive injunction to protect Ineos from activity by anti-fracking protesters. She continues to attract instructions from impressed City solicitors.
Strengths: "Janet provides advice on difficult detailed technical points and has the ability to explain them clearly." "She is hugely experienced and technically knowledgeable." "Extremely user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Preston City Council in a dispute arising out of its forfeiture of a commercial lease at the Guild Hall in Preston.
Jonathan Gaunt QC
Regularly represents clients in matters concerning enfranchisement, 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.
Strengths: "He gives authoritative, clear advice on difficult issues, and he has an excellent command of his brief." "Takes a very clinical approach to legal aspects which are often complex." "He commands great authority and gets on well with clients, providing very clear advice and guidance."
Recent work: Acted for Baynard in a dispute concerning its entitlement to build three towers of flats in Hong Kong.
Jonathan Karas QC
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.
Strengths: "A skilled tactician who leaves no stone unturned." "A master of detail and able to manage large-scale litigation on complex issues." "He gives clear advice which is legally thorough and commercially sensible. "
Recent work: Continued to advise the Covent Garden Market Authority in a dispute regarding the traffic issues arising out of the redevelopment of the New Covent Garden Market.
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: "Easy to work with, great with clients and tactically very adept." "He approaches each case with a sense of humour and calmness. He is very detailed in his approach, leaving no stone unturned."
Recent work: Instructed in The Seend Lye Trust v MacDonald, a rights of way dispute regarding a history village open space and the trustees' ability to grant an alternative right over a different route.
Talented junior who handles all aspects of landlord and tenant and property law, including leasehold enfranchisement, adverse possession and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "He is a brilliant junior - intelligent, thoughtful, client-friendly and clear in his communication. His drafting is well structured and his arguments very coherent." "He's very thorough, knowledgeable and very good with clients."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the claimants in a contested summary judgment application regarding the contract for sale of a London development site.
Kirk Reynolds QC
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 particular expertise in areas including dilapidations and rent review.
Strengths: "His advice was well researched, considered and very concise and clear." "He is fantastic and very highly regarded."
Mark Sefton QC
A skilled advocate whose practice concentrates on property-related insolvency, as well as commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes. He excels in complex issues of valuation.
Strengths: "He's a great combination of incredibly bright and fantastically good on the technical side as well as being great at the client facing in conferences." "Mark is outstandingly clever and considered and a tenacious fighter when he needs to be." "He really thinks laterally about things."
Recent work: Acted for Bermondsey Exchange Freeholders in a dispute concerning the use of a flat in a private residential development as an Airbnb.
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. He is adept in all aspects of the landlord and tenant law.
Strengths: "Highly responsive and masters the detail of a problem quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Corinium Gym Ventures in a claim for performance and damages following the wrongful rescission of a lease agreement.
An expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He excels in everything from boundary disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants.
Strengths: "Nat's work ethic, his knowledge of the case and his client manner is just exceptional." "He is a smart and capable barrister who earns the confidence of clients." "He's excellent as an advocate, very persuasive with the judge and reassuring with the client."
Recent work: Acted for the tenant in an appeal against the decision that damages for loss resulting from a flood were not recoverable as the tenant was away during the flood and had not been personally inconvenienced.
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-related cases and is well versed in agricultural holdings litigation.
Strengths: "His knowledge and ability to retain facts are phenomenal." "He is able to translate legal complexities into analogies." "Extremely bright, able and hard-working. A delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Cornerstone Telecommunications in the Court of Appeal in a dispute regarding whether a right to survey forms part of the rights in Paragraph 3 of the Electronic Communications Code.
Specialises in real estate litigation, covering the full range of property matters. He is an expert in restrictive covenants, environmental issues, leasehold matters and professional negligence cases. Letman is also respected for his work as a Land Drainage and Agricultural Tribunal judge.
Strengths: "He's knowledgeable and practical, and he gets on with it." "Superb technical advice with particular experience in complex residential landlord and tenant disputes."
Recent work: Acted in Adams v Sherwood and Others, a dispute regarding the removal of restrictive covenants blocking a housing development.
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: "Thorough, dedicated and very user-friendly." "An excellent advocate." "Very approachable and bright."
Recent work: Acted for landlord GMS Estates in a claim concerning the forfeiture of a commercial lease following the entry into a CVA by the tenant, Carpetright.
Stephanie Tozer QC
Handles a plethora of property-related disputes, and is recognised for her skill in handling residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Her clients include multiple multinational corporations.
Strengths: "Stephanie is extremely bright and commercial and her advice is always accessible." "Quick and responsible, Stephanie always takes care to give careful consideration to all angles of a case." "She is very astute, straight-talking and looks at the whole picture."
Recent work: Acted for 89 Holland Park in regard to a claim that the resident's management company unlawfully withheld consent to development plans on a site next door protected by restrictive covenants.
Stephen Jourdan QC
Has an extremely wide property and agricultural law practice and also handles property-related insolvency, partnership and professional negligence claims. He is also lauded for his deep knowledge of enfranchisement matters.
Strengths: "What's most impressive is his skill in the courtroom. He is a genius of the law - there is very little, if anything, he doesn’t know about when it comes to property law." "He has a very sharp intellect, is incredibly thorough and diligent and also very good to work with." "He's just brilliant on the technical side and brilliantly user-friendly and responsive."
Recent work: Acted in Horsford v Horsford, a proprietary estoppel and partnership dispute concerning a £5 million farm.
Predominantly focuses on landlord and tenant cases in both commercial and residential settings. She also acts in property-related insolvency matters.
Strengths: "She is very bright, gives clear and firm advice and is good with clients." "A very effective advocate who is concise, well prepared and doesn’t pull her punches." "Tamsin is very forensic and no stone is left unturned."
Recent work: Instructed in Zak v Witthayawattanarat, a lease forfeiture dispute surrounding the use of the ventilation system in a London restaurant.
Forging a reputation as an intelligent and thorough junior with authority beyond his year of call. His practice covers numerous issues including enfranchisement and possession claims.
Strengths: "Very thorough, excellent with clients, good on his feet in both cross-examination and legal argument." "Very responsive and on top of the detail."
Recent work: Acted for VEEE, a property developer, in an application to discharge or modify restrictive covenants preventing the development of a house on an end terrace plot.
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.
Strengths: "We've been impressed with the speed, depth and quality of the advice we have received."
Recent work: Acted for Bradford and Bingley as the lenders in a dispute surrounding a mortgage claim for possession of a property.
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. He is also noted for his knowledge of the telecoms code.
Strengths: "The leader in his field and yet entirely user-friendly, pragmatic and approachable." "He has the highest level of technical expertise in relation to his specialist areas of work." "A veteran of the Property Bar, Wayne is as good as most QCs."
Recent work: Acted for The Designer Retail Outlet Centres in a dispute concerning whether six retail units were exempt from the security of tenure provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.