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Serle Court

Real Estate Litigation

5 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Serle Court is a set with strong expertise across a wide range of real estate disputes, with recent experience in areas including waterways, restrictive covenants, service charges and trespassing. Members are experienced in both chancery and commercial cases. Barristers at the set act for high net worth individuals, investment and development companies and hotel groups, among other clients. One satisfied solicitor comments: "I have used a lot of their barristers and they are all exceptional."

Client service:

"The clerking team is exceptional. They always get back to you very quickly with recommendations." "I have found the clerks responsive and helpful." Steven Whitaker is the head clerk.

Strengths:

Andrew Bruce
Has a high-quality property practice, with an emphasis on landlord and tenant law and property litigation. He also has substantial expertise in property-related professional negligence work.
"He is very responsive, gives clear and succinct advice and is good with clients." "He's just a brilliant barrister. His written opinion is very clear, he doesn't sit on the fence and will tell you how it is but does so in a very user-friendly manner."
Recent work: Acted for the Port of London Authority in the long-running battle regarding the charging of premiums for moorings at Chelsea Reach.

Strengths:

Andrew Francis
Has a fine reputation at the Bar for his dedicated property litigation practice. He is acknowledged for his work in restrictive covenants and rights to light, and is also recognised for his knowledge of party wall law. He has authored a number of significant texts on property law.
"Very helpful, good with clients and very easy to pick up the phone and have a chat to." "As well as being hugely knowledgeable, he was responsive and delivered commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted in a successful application to modify covenants over land at Northwood to allow a block of flats.

Strengths:

Christopher Stoner QC
Has garnered recognition for his expertise in water and canal law, and is known as one of the leading silks practising riparian rights. His practice also takes in service charge and landlord and tenant disputes. He accepts instructions on behalf of public authorities and private individuals.
"He is an excellent barrister, great with clients, bright and quick on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for Peter Horsford after he had been sued by his mother for approximately £2.5 million for her partnership share in a farm, which she had promised him for his entire life. Peter counterclaimed for a proprietary estoppel.

Strengths:

Rupert Reed QC
Well known for his extensive property practice, he regularly undertakes disputes concerning the management and development of commercial properties. He is particularly known for his work on financial and joint venture disputes relating to commercial property for clients in the retail and leisure sectors. He undertakes work for wealthy Middle Eastern clients, concerning property in London.
"Super bright and able to focus on the key points of the case in question." "He's very easy to work with, his advice is always very prompt and he has excellent organisational skills and is a very strong advocate in court." "His written work is excellent. He is very diligent and thinks quickly on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the purchaser of a Fulham property who fell victim to a vendor identity fraud in a claim against the conveyancers who acted for the vendor.

Strengths:

Thomas Braithwaite
Noted for having a diverse practice that spans franchise rights, development rights and negligence claims among other matters. He is regularly instructed by major bodies such as The Crown Estate in relation to manorial rights and land registration issues, and has appeared before the Supreme Court.
"Straightforward and good with clients." "He is a real expert in the field and the advice he gives is incredibly incisive - there's an overlay of the commercial to it, which is really helpful from counsel."
Recent work: Acted for the Crown Estate Commissioners in a case concerning the scope of the doctrine of accretion and diluvion in the context of the first registration of land comprising the foreshore in Norfolk.

Real Estate Litigation Department

Serle Court

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Department location

6 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Christopher Stoner QC
Band 3
Rupert Reed QC
Band 4

Juniors

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Andrew Bruce
Band 3
Andrew Francis
Band 2
Thomas Braithwaite
Band 3