St Philips Chambers

Real Estate Litigation Department

Midlands (Bar)
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St Philips Chambers is a highly regarded set with an impressive reputation for property litigation matters. These include boundary disputes and easements, possession claims, and disputes regarding restrictive covenants. Members of the set frequently act for regional and national clients, including commercial landlords and tenants, developers, local authorities and private individuals. Tenants at the set frequently appear in the higher courts.

Client service: "Business and property senior clerk Justin Luckman and first junior clerk Arron Snipe are both professional, polite and prompt at dealing with queries and responses."

Anthony Verduyn

Widely lauded for the depth of his knowledge of property law. He acts in a variety of cases ranging from leasehold disputes to possession claims and allegations of professional negligence. He has extensive experience of appearing at the High Court, including opposite QCs. In addition to serving as an advocate he sits as a part-time judge in the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.
Strengths: "He has a formidable technical knowledge." "His particular strengths are his calm nature and innovative thinking which he uses to unpick complex and often unique property disputes in a way that reassures and inspires confidence in his client."
Recent work: Acted for Birmingham City Council to secure forfeiture of a 120-year lease for 37 acres of land which will be redeveloped.

Gavin McLeod

Assists clients with a range of contentious real property matters. His work includes acting in landlord and tenant cases, easement and boundary disputes and land registration litigation.
Strengths: "Outstandingly smart." "He is confident, enthusiastic and genuinely takes ownership of the dispute." "His written work is very well prepared, punchy and put together."
Recent work: Successfully represented the respondent in a claim for rectification of the register. The applicant alleged that they were entitled to be registered as proprietor of the respondent's land owing to a supposed mistake in the historical conveyancing documents.

John Brennan

Experienced in commercial property and chancery matters. His broad practice includes acting for private clients on easements and proprietary estoppel claims, as well as developers in relation to development matters. He has appeared before the High Court and the County Court as well as the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry.
Strengths: "He is incredibly intellectual and he really knows his stuff." "He speaks the language of the clients very well."
Recent work: Acted for Persimmon Homes in a possession action which was defended on the basis of adverse possession.

John Randall QC

An exceptionally well-recognised silk whose property expertise comes highly recommended. His substantial experience includes handling rights of way disputes for landlords and developers. He is also proficient at taking on instructions relating to option agreements, restrictive covenants and rent reviews. He is well regarded for his work concerning easements. As part of his wide-ranging practice he also covers cases relating to professional negligence and sports law.
Strengths: "He is undoubtedly the top property litigation silk outside London." "He possesses keen commercial awareness and is good with clients."