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Gatehouse Chambers

Real Estate Litigation

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Gatehouse Chambers is home to accomplished barristers with strong experience in real estate litigation, who tackle a full assortment of cases including telecommunications, construction and professional negligence-related claims. Barristers at the set have recently been instructed in complex cases relating to trespassers, as well as land registration disputes. One interviewee remarks: "Whoever we have used there has been really good and very approachable. They get results. It is very easy to contact the barristers directly and if things are kicking off they'll take care of matters wherever they are."

Client service:

"The clerking is always helpful and they always give you the information you want and manage expectations in terms of turnaround." "I have always found the clerks to be very attentive, efficient and helpful." James Duncan-Hartill is the senior practice manager with responsibility for the property team.

Strengths:

Andy Creer
Centres her practice on real property, commercial landlord and tenant matters and lease renewals. Her work covers issues such as property damage and land registration.
"Methodical, down to earth and a very good advocate." "She has a very good grasp of complex detail but can also see the bigger picture." "She is incredibly knowledgeable, very approachable and responsive."
Recent work: Acted in a complex claim for adverse possession of a market stall in which there was limited factual evidence of the previous arrangements.

Strengths:

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 absolutely inspires confidence in clients and instructing solicitors alike." "A tenacious advocate and also a great mediator."
Recent work: Acted for Dooba Investments in a dispute with Mayer Parry Recycling after a site that was leased as a car crushing plant was vacated without decommissioning.

Strengths:

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.
"He provides clear and easy to understand written advice which greatly assists in resolving disputes. He goes above and beyond to turn around work on time." "If you ever have a leasehold dispute, he's certainly one to go to."
Recent work: Acted in Simpson v Dean, a dispute between former partners surrounding the ownership of properties in Berkshire.

Strengths:

Emily Betts
Well-regarded junior who is recognised for her work particularly in landlord and tenant matters. She tends to represent corporate landlords and other commercial interests, with recent cases involving issues of occupation and development, among others.
"Very quick to grasp the issues in dispute and very user-friendly in approach." "So responsive and quick to help. A great advocate." "She's very thorough, approachable, really good with the client and her written work has been great."
Recent work: Instructed in Derhalli v Derhalli, a dispute between a formerly married couple regarding possession of a £7 million house in Kensington.

Strengths:

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. He has recently appeared before the High Court.
"Prepared to spend time explaining difficult issues to clients." "Very commercially minded and easily builds a rapport with clients. A fantastic advocate." "A real team player. Prepared to roll his sleeves up and fight the client’s corner. Thorough in preparation, committed in his advice and a good advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Countrywide Property Holdings in a dispute with Rueben & Morgan over the sale of a site with development planning permission for student accommodation.

Strengths:

John Clargo
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.
"Provides clear and practical advice."
Recent work: Instructed in Smith v Line, a highly publicised dispute surrounding the spread of Japanese knotweed on beachfront land in Cornwall.

Strengths:

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. His clients tend to be property developers and commercial property owners, as well as insurers.
"Very much a team player, responsive and good to deal with. He picks up good points and gives clear commercial advice." "He is a very reassuring presence, calm and most importantly no-nonsense." "He is not afraid to back difficult positions and is extremely flexible with his working practices to accommodate the most demanding of clients."
Recent work: Acting for Regal in a dispute with Birmingham City Council for deferred purchase price and an injunction to remove a development of two towers on Broad Street.

Strengths:

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.
"He is approachable and deeply knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted for Punch Partnership in defence of a misrepresentation and breach of contract claim relating to the grant and subsequent performance of a pub operator agreement.

Real Estate Litigation Department

Gatehouse Chambers

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1 Lady Hale Gate

Gray's Inn

London

London

Greater London

UK

WC1X 8BS

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
Band 2
John de Waal QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Daniel Gatty
Band 3
Emily Betts
Band 5
Jamal Demachkie
Band 3