Landmark Chambers

Real Estate Litigation Department

London (Bar)
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Landmark Chambers is described as one of the "premier property sets" and fields a skilled group of senior and junior 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. An interviewee remarks: "I have a very positive impression. They've obviously got very specialist expertise in planning and property." Another source says: "Landmark is exceptional in property litigation."

Client service: "The clerks are very responsive and will go out of their way to help you. You don't have to chase them for anything and they're always willing to work with you." "The clerks are always attentive and responsive, understand their subject matter well when recommending counsel and are very user-friendly." Mark Ball is the practice director for the property team.

Camilla Lamont

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.
Strengths: "Undoubtedly one of the best senior juniors. Delightful to work with and intellectually impressive." "An excellent advocate, responsive, turns papers around quickly, very thorough and good to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for Debenhams to resist a challenge to its company voluntary arrangement issued in the High Court by a group of landlords funded by Sports Direct.

David Holland QC

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.
Strengths: "David always brings high energy levels to the table as well as being approachable and providing clear advice." "He is someone who instils huge confidence in clients. He has that ability to speak to clients on their level but at the same time be able to get straight to the point with his legal advice in a no-nonsense way." "In terms of gravitas he's the best I've come across."
Recent work: Acted in Rileys Sports Bars v CGW Snooker, a dispute regarding whether the landlord's forfeiture of a snooker club was lawful.

Galina Ward

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.
Strengths: "Very personable and bright." "Excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the Manchester Ship Canal Company in an appeal regarding the extent of the court's jurisdiction to relieve against forfeiture.

John Male QC

Has extensive experience of dealing with rent reviews and business tenancies, and is noted for his skill as an arbitrator. He is highly sought after for his knowledge of landlord and tenant property litigation.
Strengths: "He's very well regarded as a senior silk to go to and he is trusted if you've got warring parties." "A very safe and steady pair of hands."

Justin Bates

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.
Strengths: "Clients are very fond of him and like using him." "Simply excellent." "Very solid on service charges."
Recent work: Acted for the leaseholder in London Borough of Southwark v Baharier, a dispute over the Council's powers to replace the heating system in a flat and re-charge the costs to the leaseholder.

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.
Strengths: "Very bright, innovative and passionate about what she does." "Katharine always goes the extra mile. She is responsive, quick and fierce on her feet." "She goes after every point with everything she's got and she has a real determination to win."
Recent work: Acted for the Manchester Ship Canal Company in a Supreme Court case regarding a licence to discharge surface water from the Ellesmere Port car plant into the Manchester Ship Canal.

Katie Helmore

Recognised for her versatile property practice that 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.
Strengths: "Responsive and a real team player with a strong commercial focus." "An excellent junior who always impresses our clients."
Recent work: Acted for Zurich Assurance, London City Tour and Julia Travel as freeholders in a possession claim regarding a group of trespassers who had entered a jointly owned industrial estate.

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.
Strengths: "Commercial with great attention to detail." "Hard-working and user-friendly, and a strong advocate." "Excellent to work with and very approachable. She is forceful when necessary, but also pragmatic."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Halfords in a business renewal claim regarding a retail unit in Sheffield.

Luke Wilcox

Up-and-coming junior developing a substantial practice handling business rates disputes. Clients praise him for his commercial acumen. He has recently appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Luke is responsive and has developed an enviable reputation in the industry already." "Highly efficient, easy to work with and effective at court." "Luke has great knowledge and is developing into a top junior."
Recent work: Acted for the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a dispute with Derby City Council over the level of rating liability for NHS Foundation Trusts.

Myriam Stacey

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.
Strengths: "Extremely hard-working and very thorough in her advice." "Myriam is always engaging and gives commercial and incisive advice." "An excellent and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in Tolworth Tower Investment Ltd v Marks & Spencer Plc, a dispute regarding the use of a service road at a supermarket in Surbiton and whether ancillary rights could be implied under the leases and whether an easement could be claimed.

Nicholas Taggart

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.
Strengths: "Good with clients and experts. Thorough, supportive and very easy to work with." "He gets the commerciality of client issues and he gets under the skin of every aspect of a knotty legal dispute." "Absolute first choice for complex written opinions."
Recent work: Acted for Cumberland House as landlord in a dispute with a tenant and contractor regarding responsibility for damage caused by a leaking roof. The case concerned whether the landlord could be responsible for the breach of his repairing covenant when the damage was caused by an error by the independent contractor.

Rupert Cohen

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.
Strengths: "Direct, commercial and a joy to work with." "He has such a phenomenal way with words and on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the objectors in an application to modify a restrictive covenant in order to demolish an existing property and build a major care home.

Simon Allison

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 clear and concise advice.
Strengths: "Excellent in dealing with technical issues while also remaining commercial." "Simon is practical and always focuses on the client's ultimate goal."
Recent work: Acted for FirstPort Property Services in a case concerning whether owners of flats in a block that had acquired the right to manage were liable to pay service charges for services provided to the wider estate.

Thomas Jefferies

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.
Strengths: "He's very good, accessible and always quick to come back. A strong advocate and quite clever at thinking out of the box."
Recent work: Acted in a collective enfranchisement dispute concerning whether a single notice could be served for a group of buildings considered structurally detached.

Timothy Morshead QC

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.
Strengths: "Very thorough and gives sensible tactical advice on tricky legal situations." "Ferociously bright. His analysis of legal arguments is always several moves ahead of everyone else."
Recent work: Acted in the Regency Villas case, which concerned what rights constitute an easement.

Toby Watkin

Advises landowners, local authorities and developers on restrictive covenant and enforcement issues. He also has experience in property-related telecommunications and professional negligence disputes. He has particular expertise in overage agreement disputes.
Strengths: "A robust and confident advocate with an impressive intellect and good bedside manner - he's an excellent all-rounder." "A real team player who gives robust advice and is superb on his feet, particularly in cross-examination." "He's not afraid to say it how he sees it, and he gives practical advice and guidance."
Recent work: Acted for Ansco Arena, the owners of the O2 Arena, in obtaining an injunction to prevent future trespassing at the arena and require trespassers to remove a YouTube video.

Tom Weekes QC

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. Clients appreciate his clarity and commerciality.
Strengths: "Tom is ultra-reliable and gives prompt, focused and intelligent advice." "He's got a certain gravitas but he doesn't stand on ceremony." "Extremely approachable and commercial, offering practical solutions and advice."
Recent work: Acted for Bella Italia Restaurants in a dispute with Stane Park concerning whether the client had rescinded an agreement for a lease.

Zia Bhaloo QC

A well-established property silk with a long-standing 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.
Strengths: "Clever, commercial and great with clients." "A first-class option for property insolvency. Very knowledgeable but also user-friendly and pragmatic." "A masterful tactician who consistently delivers and with considerable aplomb."
Recent work: Acted for the Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company in a dispute surrounding its proposal to charge a premium to the owners of 61 houseboats moored at Chelsea Reach.