Kings Chambers

Real Estate Litigation Department

Northern (Bar)
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Kings Chambers is an excellent all-round property set. It handles everything from cases pertaining to developments to possession and trespassing claims. Its first-class members act for local authorities, real estate businesses and individuals, among other clients. In the recent past, barristers at Kings Chambers have appeared in several impressive cases, including one regarding the development of the former police HQ in Salford. Sources say that the set provides "a good array of talent" across its ranks of silks and juniors, and instructing solicitors describe being "very happy with the advice and service provided."

Client service: "They are helpful and responsive and nice people to work with." "The clerks are speedy, efficient at all times and have a manner and a quality of service and advice which has given confidence to our client." Gary Young is the chief clerk for the property team.


Emily Duckworth

A well-regarded advocate in the courts and tribunals of the Northern Circuit. She handles a range of property cases including contract breaches, landlord and tenant disputes and litigation concerning trusts of land, negligence and trespass.       
Strengths: "She is very well prepared. She knows her case back to front."


Geraint Wheatley

Handles high-value property litigation for a multitude of clients, from landlords to developers and financial institutions. His cases span a broad range of topics, including possession proceedings, promotion agreements and dilapidations. He also provides sought-after advice to LPA receivers.

Strengths: "He has a measured skill as advocate." "He is very thorough, technically strong, pragmatic and also good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant, Mrs Thorpe, in Thorpe v Frank. This was an appeal from the Upper Tribunal concerning adverse possession and specifically the acts required to constitute the taking and retention of possession.


Jonathan Wright

Has a strong reputation for his commercial and chancery work. His experience includes mandates on mortgages, planning disputes and resisting possession proceedings. He regularly acts for local authorities, though his client base also encompasses high-profile clients from the financial sector.
Strengths: "His technical work is excellent."
Recent work: Represented Cheshire West and Chester Council in a dispute with Morris Homes regarding the obligations of the developer to pay part of their profits to the defendant local authority.


Lesley Anderson QC

Has an enviable reputation in the sector and is recognised as a skilled mediator and representative of her clients in court. She routinely advises local authorities on development-related issues. Since 2008 she has sat as a deputy judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
Strengths: "Lesley advises in a courteous, efficient, practical and speedy manner. She is an outstanding lawyer." "She is very easy to deal with, bright, tactically astute, and down to earth." "She's absolutely superb and extremely knowledgeable."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Stama Developments (Salford) Limited v Salford City Council, a £6.5 million claim for alleged breach of agreement for the grant of a development lease in connection with the former police HQ in Salford.


Matthew Hall

Highly regarded barrister who demonstrates prowess in the property sector. He handles a range of different real estate matters, including dilapidation and estoppel claims and easement and boundary issues.
Strengths: "He is very responsive and gives sound, practical advice. He is easy to work with." "He takes his points well and is always well prepared."


Nigel Clayton

Skilful senior junior commended for his expertise in mortgage matters. He frequently represents major mortgage providers and demonstrates experience in regulatory compliance under consumer credit legislation.

Strengths: "He has been excellent in both service and delivery. His preparation and performance in the courtroom absolutely made a difference to the outcome." "An expert in the complicated law of mortgages."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in TFG Security Limited v Shade. This was a mortgage possession case which also involved issues of compliance under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.


Paul Chaisty QC

A highly experienced barrister with expertise in a wide range of commercial property matters. He regularly acts in landlord and tenant disputes. His clients include housebuilders, hotel operators and private individuals. He has been a deputy High Court judge since 2006.
Strengths: "If he says what he thinks the law is, then you know he's got it right." "Good on his feet and a good advocate. It comes naturally to him."
Recent work: Acted in claims for the possession of multimillion-pound residential properties in Mayfair.


Richard Lander

First-class junior who demonstrates notable strength in real estate matters containing professional negligence, insolvency, probate and fraud elements. He has experience representing developers and appears before the property tribunal and High Court. He is also regularly called on to dispense advice at the pre-litigation stage.
Strengths: "He offers superb legal advice with commercial common sense at the forefront." "Clients like him because of his attention to detail and he gets respect from judges."
Recent work: Represented an individual in a dispute pertaining to the ownership of a number of residential properties. The High Court case concerned the legal status of the ultimate purchaser of the properties.


Wilson Horne

Highly respected barrister with a focus on issues surrounding developments. His extensive experience in the sector includes handling claims for damages. He is regularly instructed to represent developers and civil engineers in property disputes and regularly appears in the High Court.
Strengths: "He is very personable with the opponent, judge and witnesses. He has very good client-handling and court-handling skills." "An outstanding barrister - excellent advisory work and great in the courtroom."
Recent work: Acted for a civil engineering contractor in a five-day High Court trial concerning the enforcement of shooting rights against the client and a national developer who were using the relevant land for access to construct an onshore wind farm.