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Maitland Chambers

Real Estate Litigation

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Maitland Chambers enjoys a strong reputation for property litigation. The set is home to accomplished silks and juniors who provide clients with the benefit of extensive expertise in areas including landlord and tenant law, telecommunications matters and development disputes. Maitland Chambers is well equipped to handle mortgage cases and other disputes with complex commercial elements. According to one source, "they have exceptional barristers in this area as well as a much wider reach and complementary offering."

Client service:

John Wiggs is the senior clerk and Luke Irons and Robert Penson are the deputy senior clerks. Maitland regularly puts on seminars and webinars on complex legal topics. "The clerks at Maitland Chambers are exceptional; they are very user-friendly and responsive. A special mention must go to their deputy senior clerk Robert Penson and his proactive and collaborative approach." One of the things that is very attractive is they recognise your name, and they push the boat out to make sure they give a good service." "The clerking team is amongst the best I have worked with."

Strengths:

Adam Smith
Adam Smith specialises in real estate litigation, concentrating on leasehold enfranchisement, commercial lease renewals and service charge disputes. He also has experience of mortgage matters.
"He is very user-friendly, very much a team player and he clearly knows his specialist areas. He is excellent both on his feet and with clients." "He has a keen eye for details of the case, is interested in the commercial awareness and his drafting of pleadings and correspondence is fantastic." "He is the engine room of the case."
Recent work: Acted in Folgender Holdings v Letraz Properties, a High Court case regarding the enforcement of an obligation to grant a mortgage over a large development site in Mayfair.

Strengths:

Andrew Walker QC
Andrew Walker QC handles real estate-related litigation, arbitrations and expert determinations. His recent work has seen him dealing with planning obligations, landlord and tenant disputes and business rates.
"He is fantastic - very pragmatic and commercial." "Andrew is exceptional in his ability to analyse issues and to advise on and explain the law. He is able to work with clients in an empathetic and commercial way."

Strengths:

Christopher Pymont QC
Christopher Pymont QC is the head of Maitland Chambers and counts restrictive covenants, break clauses and leases as just some of his areas of expertise. He has acted in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
"He is just exceptional. He is excellent and able to summarise matters."

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 protestors who were in occupation of the 'Happy Man Tree' in Woodberry Down, Hackney.

Strengths:

John McGhee QC
John McGhee QC is a leading property silk whose practice takes in property-related professional negligence matters as well as general real estate cases. He is admired for his tactical approach and his knowledge of equitable remedies including rectification and specific performance in a real estate context. Right to light is one area in which he has particular expertise.
"I am still dazzled by his bandwidth for urgent and interesting work." "Extremely bright and decisive with a clear communication style which fills clients with confidence." "John's ability to deliver detailed and authoritative advice in very short timescales is outstanding."
Recent work: Acted for 1GSQ in a claim for specific performance of contract to purchase a £100 million flat in London.

Strengths:

Michael Pryor
Michael Pryor is a highly praised senior junior with a dedicated real estate litigation practice. He has devoted much of his practice to enfranchisement work as well as property-related professional negligence. He regularly appears before tribunals and in all levels of court up to the Court of Appeal.
"He is extremely thorough in his preparation and has very good judgement as to the points to take and to leave. He has very good advocacy skills." "Michael is a strong all-round property barrister."
Recent work: Acted for Howard de Walden Estates in an enfranchisement case. The issue related to whether or not works were to be counted as improvements and whether they created several flats within a large house and mews house.

Strengths:

Paul Clarke
Paul Clarke is active in real estate litigation relating to both commercial and residential property. He has been involved in cases involving matters as diverse as trespassing, lease renewals and development disputes.
"He works on a case closely together as a team and agrees strategy. He is also incredibly user-friendly." "He gave concise, easy-to-follow and commercial advice. He was able to pull out points that had not previously been considered."
Recent work: Acted in a five-day trial concerning whether a restrictive covenant against 'nuisance and annoyance' prevents the development of the client's extension.

Strengths:

Philomena Harrison
Philomena Harrison is an experienced property junior with expertise in break option disputes and property-related professional negligence. Commercial easement disputes form another major focus of her practice. She works closely with investment funds and banks.
"Philomena is an impressive advocate with an eye for identifying the vital details in disputes." "She is extremely user-friendly; you can ask her questions without being embarrassed."
Recent work: Acted for Cine UK in a rent arrears dispute. The case tested the boundaries of defences to landlords' claims for arrears and relied on the rent cesser provision in the commercial lease of the client.

Strengths:

Thomas Grant QC
Thomas Grant QC is a respected property silk with a focus on landlord and tenant matters. His practice specialises in chancery litigation and he regularly appears in the Court of Appeal. He is a general editor of Lender Claims, a leading text in the area.
"One of those advocates you would want in your corner. He is extremely realistic and good with clients." "He has a great mixture of attention to detail and energy. He creates knockout subs and performs brilliantly on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed by Canary Riverside in a long-running dispute over the management and control of the Canary Riverside estate. The claim arose from an application for an injunction to preserve the confidentiality of certain documents relating to the conduct of the manager who was appointed by the First-tier Tribunal to manage the estate.

Strengths:

Timothy Dutton QC
Timothy Dutton QC receives much praise for his client-friendly approach and his knowledge of property-related disputes. His work concentrates on enfranchisements, equitable remedies and contractual disputes. He is further noted for his wider commercial chancery practice.
"He's an impressive tactician and he can tailor his excellent drafting skills to suit whatever the purpose is. He has an excellent style of advocacy and can convey complex issues succinctly and clearly." "He combines analytical insight with practical solutions."

Strengths:

Timothy Calland
Timothy Calland has a commercial chancery practice with an impressive property law focus. His practice covers the full gamut of real estate issues, with an emphasis on complex cases where property overlaps with other areas of law. He is experienced in matters such as fisheries and rights over the seashore.
"Tim grasps complex matters with ease." "He gets to grips with both the legal nuances of a case and the client's objectives and navigates a path to realise those objectives." "He is excellent on property disputes with a company law element."
Recent work: Represented Mecca Bingo in a hearing concerning four conjoined cases that all raise the question of whether national retail and leisure businesses can avoid paying rent during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Real Estate Litigation

Maitland Chambers

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7 Stone Buildings

Lincoln's Inn

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Greater London

UK

WC2A 3SZ

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Ranked Barristers

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Andrew Walker QC
Band 2
Christopher Pymont QC
Band 3
John McGhee QC
Band 1
Thomas Grant QC
Band 2
Timothy C Dutton QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


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