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Landmark Chambers

Real Estate Litigation

20 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Landmark Chambers is described as "highly professional and full of very intelligent and specialist barristers." It provides expertise in a host of areas, including core real property disputes as well as telecommunications and licensing cases. Landmark members regularly appear in the higher courts and continue to be instructed in high-profile and complex disputes. Rights of light, enfranchisement, overage disputes and trespass all feature in the set's recent caseload. A source states: "The set has substantial depth and strength." Another interviewee says: "Landmark is on the cutting edge of legal development."

Client service:

"The clerking service is the best around. In particular, practice director Mark Ball excels in client care. Landmark's service levels lead the way." "The clerks are very good at suggesting members of the chambers that might be able to assist where necessary." "They understand our practice and know what we want and how to help." "Mark Ball is always very quick to assist and always responsive. For an urgent matter he will pull out all the stops to help you out." "Practice manager Connor McGilly is friendly and easy to talk to." "Practice managers Richard Bolton and Harry Feldman are very good and very efficient."

Strengths:

Camilla Lamont
Camilla Lamont is a well-respected property barrister with expertise pertaining to service charge litigation, mixed-use schemes and commercial property disputes. She is also known for her work in environmental litigation, in particular in relation to nuisance claims.
"She gives clear, concise advice for the client to reassure and help them understand the positives and risks." "Camilla seems to really enjoy the underlying law and discussing different angles with others."
Recent work: Acted for Next Holdings in relation to the lease renewal of a retail park store. The case raised questions of how COVID-19 impacts rent valuation and lease clauses.

Strengths:

David Holland QC
David Holland is a skilled property litigator who is known for working closely with property developers, individual householders and landowners. His expertise extends to property-related professional negligence. He is regularly instructed in relation to significant matters in the appellate courts.
"A very knowledgeable and experienced property barrister whose immediate grasp of a case and attention to detail is very impressive." 
Recent work: Acted in a five-day trial concerning whether the residents of a substantial residential block have a collective right to park.

Strengths:

Evie Barden
Evie Barden has a broad practice covering numerous aspects of property litigation. She has strong experience in landlord and tenant issues, including service charge and rent arrears disputes. She is praised by clients for her insightful and concise advice.
"She is excellent all round. She is prompt, commercial and provides detailed and insightful advice." "Recently she has advised on some unusual legal practices and provided very clear and sensible advice and solutions." "I am never afraid to put her advice in front of clients. She is very professional and client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Farton Holdings, as landlord, in its challenge to the approval of the All Saints CVA on the basis that it was unfairly prejudiced by depriving it of the right to recover unpaid rent from All Saints' guarantor.

Strengths:

Galina Ward QC
Galina Ward QC handles property litigation as part of a broad practice that also encompasses public law, immigration and ratings cases. She is known for her work in social housing as well as commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes. Ward also works in claims brought under the Electronic Communications Code. She has a strong practice representing government entities in property-related tax matters.
"She is very approachable, very thorough and creative. She uses out-of-the-box thinking."
Recent work: Continued to act for the many residential leaseholders of Limehouse West in relation to an application to the First-tier Tribunal for variation of the residential leases.

Strengths:

James Hanham
James Hanham is a well-regarded real estate expert acting in high-value commercial landlord and tenant disputes, as well as a variety of development, easement and property-related professional negligence cases. He attracts significant praise for his clear advice.
"James impresses in the landlord and tenant sphere. He is a very solid performer." "He holds his own with any silk and is superb on his feet and a great strategist."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Hackney and Berkeley Homes in a claim for an injunction and possession order against climate activists and protesters who were in occupation of the 'Happy Man Tree' in Woodberry Down, Hackney.

Strengths:

John Male QC
John Male QC has extensive experience dealing with a host of cases through ADR processes, such as mediation and arbitration. He has extensive knowledge of landlord and tenant property litigation.
"He is friendly, helpful, approachable and bright."

Strengths:

Justin Bates
Justin Bates is a strong property junior with a wealth of experience in tribunal hearings. He is often instructed to take on rent charge enforcements and is particularly good at residential leasehold property disputes.
"He is very much in demand, extremely friendly, a good speaker and he can convey complex concepts. He is well received by clients." "His advocacy is a model of incisive concision."
Recent work: Acted in No. 1 West India Quay v East Tower Apartments. The case related to a dispute over electricity consumption and the power of the Upper Tribunals to deviate from High Court decisions.

Strengths:

Katharine Holland QC
Katharine Holland QC garners praise for her broad practice and her excellent teamwork. She has a strong track record of acting in high-profile cases including disputes relating to landmarks and football clubs. She also acts as an accredited mediator. She is noted as an expert in the law relating to protests.
"A fantastic advocate." "Katharine always goes the extra mile. She is responsive, quick and fierce on her feet." "She gives clients a super, fabulous service."

Strengths:

Katie Helmore
Katie Helmore is recognised for her versatile property practice which covers a wide scope of property law issues. She has specialist knowledge of both aviation and protester injunctions. Helmore regularly appears in the First-tier Tribunal and Lands Chamber on matters relating to service charges and enfranchisement.
"She has an amazing knack of cutting through and really getting to the fundamental points that a client needs to hear and understand." "Her advice was technically detailed with a layer of commerciality." "An excellent junior who always impresses our clients."
Recent work: Instructed by CGW Snooker in a claim under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 concerning the validity of a termination notice and the application of the Act where a tenant is out of occupation allegedly by reason of the premises being unfit for occupation following a flooding incident.

Strengths:

Katrina Yates
Katrina Yates garners praise for her diligent approach and her expertise when it comes to Land Registry matters. Other areas of focus include landlord and tenant disputes and real property cases as well as related aspects of planning law. She acts for private individuals, central and local government departments and retail companies and other large corporations.
"She will always guide you on how best to approach an opponent in order to maximise the strengths and avoid the weaknesses of your case." "She is user-friendly and a strong advocate."
Recent work: Instructed by The Chief Land Registrar in a High Court case concerning the interpretation of vertical boundaries to registered leases.

Strengths:

Miriam Seitler
Miriam Seitler is noted as a rising star in the real estate litigation sector. Her practice covers all aspects of property litigation, including telecoms and leasehold enfranchisement.
"She is very bright, helpful, responsive and good with clients." "She is succinct, with great written and oral advocacy." "She is thoughtful in her approach."

Strengths:

Myriam Stacey QC
Myriam Stacey QC covers a broad range of real estate litigation issues, and has a diverse skill set, handling matters relating to service charges, conveyancing, restrictive covenants, adverse possession and telecoms equipment. She is also known for her work on proprietary estoppel and constructive trust disputes.
"Myriam is extremely sharp, commercial and practical. She has her eye on the overall picture rather than advising on issues in isolation." "She is always engaging and gives commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for The Manchester Ship Canal Company in a commercial dispute over its tidal waterway and whether a developer had acquired prescriptive rights of drainage in the waterway.

Strengths:

Nicholas Taggart
Nicholas Taggart is a leading property junior who is regularly sought out for his expertise in landlord and tenant cases, and for issues arising from commercial property disputes such as rent reviews and dilapidations. He has niche expertise in property-related utilities and telecommunications matters. His vast practice also covers property-related professional negligence matters.
"He is very diligent and knows his law inside and out." "A sharp mind and a sharp wit." "He is friendly, helpful, approachable, bright and a fantastic advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Essar Oil in a lease renewal case under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 concerning an underground oil pipe running under Crown tidal foreshore.

Strengths:

Rupert Cohen
Rupert Cohen is a well-respected junior with a notable landlord and tenant practice. He is also an accredited mediator, with particular expertise in the mediation of TOLATA cases. He is noted for expertise in disputes surrounding restrictive covenants and easements.
"He is very good at thinking strategically as well as on the technicality of law. He is fantastic on his feet." "Rupert is calm and very polished. He is diplomatic with clients."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant in the High Court in a case concerning the interpretation of a deed of grant which granted an easement in the form of a right of way in favour of the defendant. It is the first case in which the High Court has given guidance on what constitutes a 'private motor vehicle' in the context of a right of way.

Strengths:

Simon Allison
Simon Allison is an experienced junior with an extensive landlord and tenant practice. He regularly handles complex leasehold management cases, among a host of other property disputes. He is praised for his commerciality.
"He is an excellent, commercially focused barrister with an ability to explain complex legal terminology to demanding clients." "In a league of his own in the landlord and tenant context."
Recent work: Acted for Aviva Investors Ground Rent in a second appeal of the effect of Section 27A(6) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 on residential long leases containing a provision permitting a landlord to vary the initial fixed percentage service charge contribution payable by a lessee.

Strengths:

Thomas Jefferies
Thomas Jefferies is a talented property litigation junior renowned for his work in enfranchisement, planning-related and both residential and commercial landlord and tenant cases. His practice also extends to mediation and property-related professional negligence claims.
"He is very practical."
Recent work: Acted in a collective enfranchisement claim for a block in Park Lane under the 1993 Act. The landlords disputed the claim on various grounds, one of which depended on whether two newly constructed sets of premises which remained uninhabitable shells were 'flats' for the purposes of the Act.

Strengths:

Timothy Morshead QC
Timothy Morshead QC is an accomplished property silk with a practice that incorporates chancery and public law litigation. He is notable for his ability to expertly analyse and advise on the interpretation of leases and overage agreements. He regularly appears at all levels of court from tribunals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He also acts in arbitrations and expert determinations and as a mediator.
"He excels in the appellate court." "He is one of the absolute top barristers of the property litigation sector, renowned for his High Court ability and phenomenal record in the Supreme Court. His advocacy style is perfect for persuading senior judges. He is able to deploy his deep knowledge of the law to make persuasive submissions." 
Recent work: Acted in Point West GR v Bassi, a Court of Appeal case related to service charges and the proper conduct of appeals in the Property Chamber and Upper Tribunal.

Strengths:

Toby Watkin QC
Toby Watkin QC advises landowners, local authorities and developers on restrictive covenant, trespass and enforcement issues. He also has experience in property-related telecommunications and professional negligence disputes.
"Toby is a dream to work with. He is very calm and good with clients, experts and witnesses." "His pleadings and written work are very accomplished." "A real team player who gives robust advice, and he is superb on his feet, particularly in cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the Cadogan Estate to successfully resist an application by a tenant on the King's Road for relief from forfeiture. The lease had been terminated by the landlord for unlawful subletting.

Strengths:

Tom Weekes QC
Tom Weekes QC is a specialist in property litigation including real property disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and property-related human rights and professional negligence cases. He has also authored important texts on notices and rights of light.
"He is clear, helpful and excellent on his feet. He presents things step by step and lays it out really well." "He is a leading specialist in restrictive covenants and he is user-friendly and very bright."
Recent work: Acted in an application to the Upper Tribunal for the modification of a restrictive covenant prohibiting the building of a house of more than one storey to permit a three storey house.

Strengths:

Zia Bhaloo QC
Zia Bhaloo QC is a well-established property silk with a longstanding reputation as a top landlord and tenant barrister. She also has niche expertise in telecoms work, and the interface between landlord and tenant and insolvency work. She also takes on cases concerning development, with her experience extending to appearances in the Supreme Court.
"She adds huge gravitas to the litigation team." "The best cross-examiner I have ever seen." "She is very knowledgeable, but also user-friendly and pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted in an appeal concerning the Point West Apartments on the Cromwell Road. This service charge case involved a point of principle about jurisdiction.

Real Estate Litigation

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


David Holland QC
Band 1
Galina Ward QC
New Silks
John Male QC
Band 3
Katharine Holland QC
Band 2
Myriam Stacey QC
New Silks
Timothy Morshead QC
Band 1

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