No5 Barristers' Chambers

Real Estate Litigation Department

Midlands (Bar)
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No5 Chambers is a highly regarded set that offers capabilities in a variety of real estate disputes. Its barristers advise on matters including adverse possession claims, beneficial interest disputes and restrictive covenants. The barristers have experience handling matters for developers, private individuals, agricultural landowners and tenants, and a wide range of other local and national businesses. One solicitor describes the set as "my first choice for the reliability of counsel, ease of access and promptness of response."

Client service: "The set provides an exceptional clerking service and they go massively out of their way. Instructions are acknowledged almost immediately, and they do the utmost to ensure we get who we need. They go way beyond what other clerks will do for instructing solicitors and provide the whole package." "Danny Griffiths, practice director for the business and property group, takes an interest in you and you are not just a person on the end of the phone."

David Mitchell

Has a strong chancery practice with particular expertise in real estate disputes. In addition to his experience in contentious probate matters, his practice includes acting on possession orders, restrictive covenants and professional negligence claims. He appears in both tribunals and courtroom trials.
Strengths: "He is personable and friendly, and his drafting is very good." "He is accessible and on the ball."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Savage v Savage and Smith, a proprietary estoppel claim regarding agricultural property.

David Taylor

Highly respected junior and First-tier Property Tribunal judge with broad experience acting for landlords in tenancy disputes and representing developers in matters including contentious rights of way and boundary disputes. He also handles restrictive covenants and high-value professional negligence claims. Proprietary estoppel disputes are an additional area of expertise.
Strengths: "He is a QC in junior's clothing." "He is assiduously prepared, and his documents are friendly and persuasive to the reader." "He is technically careful and reliable."
Recent work: Represented the successful applicant in an application to modify a restrictive covenant to permit the development of a barn into residential accommodation.