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Selborne Chambers

Real Estate Litigation

14 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Selborne Chambers is noted for its broad skills in property litigation, providing expertise in areas ranging from development and dilapidations claims to possession disputes. Members are active in the Supreme Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. One source remarks: "The quality of barristers makes me return to using them again and again." Another adds: "It feels like we are in a partnership."

Client service:

Paul Bunting and Darren Madle are the senior clerks. "The clerking service is excellent and, in particular, senior clerk Paul Bunting is very knowledgeable, responsive and commercial." "They are extremely rapid with responses for quotes and they are really good with flexibility. They make arrangements to give the best service."

Strengths:

Gary Blaker QC
Gary Blaker QC earns praise for his approachability and practical work style. Easements, mortgages and boundaries are some of his areas of specialism, alongside the full range of commercial and residential landlord and tenant work. He is also well versed in real estate-related claims in professional negligence and civil fraud.
"His advice on tricky and complex matters is very clear and easy to follow and he's very good at getting to the nub of the problem. He's also incredibly easy and pleasant to deal with and very approachable."

Strengths:

Henry Webb
Henry Webb acts in a range of property cases, such as those concerning leaseholder disputes, easements and breaches of trust. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
"Henry is very responsive, has excellent analytical skills, instils confidence in clients and is a very strong advocate." 
Recent work: Acted for a tenant in a dispute over the rectification of a lease to remove onerous repair obligations and defend a claim for service charges for a flat in the City of London.

Strengths:

Ian Clarke QC
Ian Clarke QC is noted for his exceptional client service. He handles property work alongside his private client and professional negligence matters. He has a strong reputation for cases concerning mortgages and land registration matters. He acts for clients including international corporations, commercial landowners and investors.
"Ian is fantastic. He is a really good advocate, really on top of the details and not afraid to ask the difficult questions."

Strengths:

Isabel Petrie
Isabel Petrie is a talented up-and-coming junior with broad experience, which includes the likes of recovery, fraud and nuisance-related property cases. She has experience acting on both the landlord and tenant sides of claims.
"Isabel is very bright and her advice is considered and robust." "She is totally on it and gets to the heart of the matter quickly. She is a good all-rounder, gets on well with clients and has a commercial approach."
Recent work: Acted for the landlord in London Trocedero v Sugarloaf Restaurants, a 1954 Act lease renewal and counterclaim for service charges, specific performance and damages.

Strengths:

Jonathan McNae
Jonathan McNae garners praise for his performance in front of judges. He acts in commercial and residential property cases, including those regarding restrictive covenants and possession actions.
"I always feel more reassured after I talk to him and he is good at pitching the case at the right level to the judges."  "Easy to communicate with and always available – our go-to counsel as a sounding board in property disputes."
Recent work: Acted for a developer of a block of flats in two disputes with the owners of neighbouring properties over rights of light.

Strengths:

Justin Kitson
Justin Kitson has a great deal of expertise in property-related professional negligence and regularly handles high-value property disputes more generally. His experience includes cases that have involved easements, sales contracts and restrictive covenants, as well as conveyancing disputes and dilapidations matters.
"Justin is a very bright, hard-working barrister who has an excellent grasp of matters which are legally complex. He is always a pleasure to deal with, turning matters around quickly and picking up and dealing with technical points. He is a great team player."

Strengths:

Mark Warwick QC
Mark Warwick QC is head of chambers and a highly respected silk whose work regularly consists of high-profile and complex real property litigation. He also handles property-related professional discipline matters. He is a leading expert on break clauses.
"Mark is calm and measured and is also very approachable and user-friendly. He is very good in consultation with clients." "His knowledge of property law is huge. He is a machine! You can give him a complex set of papers and he will get back the next day with solutions and ideas."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute involving rights over a private road which serves new houses worth approximately £70 million just south of the V&A.

Strengths:

Neil Mendoza
Neil Mendoza is a respected commercial litigator who has expertise in land and property matters. He exhibits great talent for commercial landlord and tenant property litigation, and is also often called upon by mortgage lenders to take charge of complex repossessions. Mendoza is highly experienced in professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors.
"He is robust, thorough, direct and supportive. He has got a very fast turnaround and he delivers on time." "He is one of the best trial advocates."

Strengths:

Nicholas Trompeter QC
Nicholas Trompeter QC is applauded for his impressive knowledge and handles top-level property work as part of a wider commercial chancery practice. He also represents both landlords and tenants in opposed and non-opposed lease renewals.
"He simplifies things for concise advice and to steer clients through complex issues. He has great clarity of thought." "He is a very highly regarded land registration specialist." "He is extremely technical and hard-working. He goes over and beyond."
Recent work: Instructed by Criterion Buildings in a service charge dispute worth approximately £2.2 million.

Strengths:

Paul De La Piquerie
Paul De La Piquerie is particularly strong on residential and commercial property landlord and tenant disputes, but undertakes a wide range of property-related disputes. He has appeared in a number of reported cases and notched up a notable run of victories in recent years.
"He is a go-to on urgent injunctions and he is very willing to go the extra mile to help clients." "He is able to turn things around very quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a high-value boundary dispute involving rural premises which concerns the correct construction of the conveyances and the appropriateness and calculation of equitable damages in lieu of injunctive relief.

Strengths:

Richard Clegg
A property specialist with a focus on commercial litigation and arbitration. He handles both residential and commercial land property issues, as well as cases concerning easements and restrictive covenants. He has acted in a number of cases relating to the Law of Property Act 1925 and land registration law.
"He always impresses."
Recent work: Acted for the owner of a portfolio of commercial premises in a dispute over whether a lease had been terminated early by operation of a break notice.

Strengths:

Romie Tager QC
Romie Tager QC is a veteran of numerous significant, high-profile property cases who is well respected by a host of leading instructing solicitors. He has expertise in a range of commercial and property matters and has complementary expertise in professional negligence matters.
"He is exceptionally experienced and has a great eye for detail."

Strengths:

Simon McLoughlin
Simon McLoughlin regularly acts in landlord and tenant and real estate matters, including those with aspects of company and insolvency law. He is frequently instructed as sole counsel in complex disputes.
"He is a very safe pair of hands and he is impressive before judges." "He gets on top of technical cases and cuts through everything. He is very user-friendly with clients."
Recent work: Instructed by The Royal Parks and the Secretary of State in a dispute over ownership of the Serpentine Boathouse at Hyde Park.

Strengths:

Stuart Hornett
Stuart Hornett concentrates on real property matters, and has a particular focus on landlord and tenant disputes. His practice also takes in general commercial litigation and chancery disputes.
"He is very responsive and commercial."

Real Estate Litigation

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Gary Blaker QC
Band 3
Ian Clarke QC
Band 2
Mark Warwick QC
Band 2
Nicholas Trompeter QC
New Silks
Romie Tager QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Henry Webb
Band 5

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