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Wilberforce Chambers

Real Estate Litigation

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Wilberforce Chambers has "a very good reputation at all levels." Sources appreciate that "the Wilberforce barristers are very approachable and happy to be a member of the client team." Barristers here act in a wide range of property matters, including both residential and commercial landlord and tenant cases, development disputes, title disputes and agricultural property cases. Members appear frequently in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, including in high-profile cases such as Alexander Devine v Housing Solutions, concerning whether a developer who had knowingly constructed houses in breach of restrictive covenant could rely on the public interest in those houses being occupied to justify modifying the covenant, and Cornerstone v Ashloch, a case determining the rights telecoms operators have under the new telecoms code.

Client service:


"The clerking is fantastic and they go out of their way to make things work and try to help you. Mark Rushton, head practice manager, is exceptional." "The clerking service is very good. Fraser Geddes, senior practice manager, and Ben Rippengale, practice manager, are very responsive, unfailingly polite and professional." Visitors to the set appreciate the warm welcome, with head receptionist Karen Edwards and receptionists Hannah Guyver and Hollie Tither being described as "worth their weight in gold."

Strengths:

Benjamin Faulkner
Benjamin Faulkner focuses on high-profile, complex property litigation. He is noted for his user-friendly approach and attention to detail. His expertise extends to tenancy agreements and property statutes. He also handles cases related to town and village greens as well as land registration issues. He regularly takes on cases acting as sole counsel.
"He is a go-to barrister on opposed lease renewals. He's an excellent advocate adept at charming judges, and he's client-friendly and commercial in his approach, yet with a fantastic attention to detail on the technical aspects."
Recent work: Acted in Duncan Investments v GKN Aerospace, a case concerning the issue of whether a tenant's break option had been validly exercised.

Charlotte Black
Charlotte Black is a skilled junior and former solicitor who operates a broad practice in landlord and tenant and other property litigation. She is chiefly recognised for her expertise in dilapidations claims. She has acted in cases before the Supreme Court and High Court.

Strengths:

Emer Murphy
Emer Murphy is a respected junior attracting notable instructions in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. She also acts in development disputes and property contract cases, among other matters.
"She delivers her opinion in clear and client-friendly terms." "She impresses clients straight away, is great to work with and her advice is commercial."
Recent work: Acted in 11-13 Randolph Crescent Limited v Dr Duval, a Supreme Court case stemming from a landlord and tenant dispute over one tenant's ability to carry out refurbishment works in their flat.

Strengths:

Harriet Holmes
Harriet Holmes frequently appears in the High Court and county courts, taking on a diverse range of matters including adverse possession, enfranchisement and party wall issues. She has particular knowledge of niche areas of law including mines and minerals and telecoms. She is noted for her dedication to her clients.
"She puts in the hours to get the answers and she is really good at standing up and giving her opinion." "She has a great attention to detail and is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Natural Resources Body for Wales in a dispute over the ownership of mudstone across 40 titles covering hundreds of acres of forestry land. The court's decision considered the application of the principles of adverse possession to sub-strata.

Strengths:

James Ayliffe QC
James Ayliffe QC is much praised for his approach to property cases. He is the editor of a leading landlord and tenant practitioner text and he regularly handles high-value property disputes including cases relating to real estate finance deals. He is able to act in cases spanning a range of jurisdictions.
"A fantastic mind. He brings together the financial and real estate worlds seamlessly."
Recent work: Acted for Cummins, an American engineering company, in a dispute over the alleged breach of a conditional contract for the sale and purchase of land for a manufacturing facility.

Strengths:

James McCreath
James McCreath acts in a broad range of real estate matters, such as forfeiture and sale agreement disputes. He works at all levels of court, including recently the Supreme Court. He has significant expertise in restrictive covenant cases.
"An extremely impressive barrister with excellent judgement and grasp of legal issues." "Good with clients of all types. He explains matters in simple and clear terms."
Recent work: Acted for Housing Solutions in Alexander Devine v Housing Solutions, a Supreme Court appeal concerned with the modification of restrictive covenants under Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925.

Strengths:

Joanne Wicks QC
Joanne Wicks QC has a fine reputation as a top real estate QC, and has a practice centred on commercial and residential property transactions and professional negligence. She regularly appears in the Supreme Court. She also undertakes arbitration and expert determination work.
"She's extremely approachable and goes over and above. Clients warm to her willingness to listen to their point. She also champions juniors and women in the profession." "She makes heavyweight work and issues seemingly uncomplicated and light." "An excellent landlord and tenant silk with a forensic mind and unrivalled attention to detail."
Recent work: Instructed by TFS Stores, a tenant, in an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the process by which business tenants agree to give up the security of tenure they would otherwise have under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

John Furber QC
John Furber QC is particularly adept at handling landlord and tenant disputes, and an expert on development and commercial property cases. His practice also incorporates matters relating to easements and restricted covenants. He also edits a leading textbook on landlord and tenant law.

Strengths:

Jonathan Chew
Jonathan Chew has a robust real estate litigation practice and is highly experienced in the High Court. He frequently handles high-value landlord and tenant disputes. He is also able to handle complex cases involving property-related fraud.
"He is very commercial, approachable and a good team member." "An outstanding junior barrister capable of running litigation himself and of being led by the most senior QCs on cases of the highest profile and complexity."
Recent work: Acted for Lodha Developers in a dispute over the termination of sale of a Grosvenor Square penthouse and other apartments which were meant to be purchased as part of a major redevelopment. The case concerned whether Covid-19 and lockdown were reasons that justified the buyer not completing the sale.

Strengths:

Jonathan Davey QC
Jonathan Davey QC has extensive experience of working in the Court of Appeal. He is an expert in real property and landlord and tenant disputes for clients including government departments and corporate entities. He is editor of Butterworths Property Law Handbook.
"His ability to read the judge and pivot his approach on the fly is deeply impressive." "He puts clients at ease." "Excellent advocacy and thinking on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed by HM Revenue and Customs on a case concerned with the tax consequences of investments by high net worth individuals in the conversion and development of a hotel near Luton Airport.

Strengths:

Jonathan Seitler QC
Jonathan Seitler QC continues to be considered one of the top property litigation silks at the Bar. He frequently handles a broad caseload of high-profile, complex real estate disputes. He is particularly prized for his superior level of expertise in tricky appellate cases and is often at the forefront of establishing new points of law in the area.
"Jonathan is one of the most approachable experts at the Bar and deals with the most demanding clients." "He is full of bright ideas and is excellent at arguing difficult points. Importantly, clients trust his judgement." "He has got a very good legal mind, but also commercial acumen."
Recent work: Instructed by Cornerstone in a case to determine what rights telecoms operators have under the new telecoms code during the term of a telecoms lease.

Strengths:

Julian Greenhill QC
Julian Greenhill QC is a major player at the property Bar known for his expertise in handling real property and landlord and tenant cases, among his wider chancery and commercial law practice. He is noted by market sources for his excellent advocacy and client skills.
"He is very keen to understand all aspects of the case, even the non-legal aspects like the commercial and technical issues." "He is particularly approachable, accessible and reliable. He is also an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Acted in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Fishbourne Developments v Stephens, a dispute over whether an option to purchase farmland had been triggered.

Strengths:

Mark Wonnacott QC
Mark Wonnacott QC is an established property silk with a practice involving complex property litigation, who regularly handles landlord and tenant and dilapidations cases. He has appeared at all levels of the domestic courts up to the Supreme Court. He is lauded particularly for his commercial property practice, among other aspects.
"Everyone feels in very safe hands when he is involved in a dispute. When the unexpected happens in a case, you get the feeling he had it planned out that way all along. He doesn't think two steps ahead, more like twenty." "Mark is a fearsome cross-examiner and a clear and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Natural Resources Body for Wales in the first mines and minerals case to consider how the principles of adverse possession are applied to sub-strata.

Strengths:

Martin Hutchings QC
Martin Hutchings QC is noted for his impressive property practice spanning contentious and non-contentious matters and professional liability. His areas of specialism include landlord and tenant matters, dilapidations and lease issues. He is also regularly instructed in relation to restrictive covenants and development agreements.
"He's a very quick worker who understands the commercial points in disputes and delivers advice and advocacy in a calm and reassuring manner." "Highly effective and incredibly user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Housing Solutions in the first Supreme Court case to deal with the modification of covenants under Section 84(1) LPA 1925.

Strengths:

Simon Atkinson
Simon Atkinson is regularly instructed in high-value real estate cases. He handles everything from disputes regarding property titles, to rights of way cases and possession claims.
"He reviews documents and understands points very quickly." "He is very accessible and happy to debate issues."
Recent work: Acted for Her Royal Highness Princess Aljawharah in an ongoing dispute over a high-value property in London. The claimant is alleged to have paused proceedings pending the outcome of litigation in other jurisdictions.

Strengths:

Tiffany Scott QC
Tiffany Scott QC has a highly visible practice in the property litigation sector. She has become known for her work in the full spectrum of real estate cases and has handled matters relating to rights of light, trespass and adverse possession. In addition, she also regularly tackles development disputes, and has contributed to and edited a number of prominent texts on real estate law.
"She has a knack for cutting through the wider noise and getting straight to the nub of the issue to come up with a strategic way forward." "Her attention to detail, thoroughness and cross-examination were amazing. Her written work was incredible too."
Recent work: Acted for London & Quadrant in proceedings to obtain possession of a development site in London from Morrisons on grounds that L&Q wish to develop the site to provide 215 new homes.

Strengths:

Tom Roscoe
Tom Roscoe has a strong property practice with a particular focus on commercial matters. He has impressive experience advising clients in the public and private sectors on trespass and adverse possession issues.
"Tom has been impressively adaptable during more testing times. He has a strong commercial awareness and quickly gets to grips with the complex nature of the dispute." "He was approachable and very good on the issues technically and strategically." "Excellent written and oral advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State and HS2 in injunction proceedings to restrain unlawful protest action.

Strengths:

Zoe Barton QC
Zoe Barton QC has a practice that combines property, trusts and estates with other chancery work. She is known for taking on cases with elements of fraud, and for acting for high street retailers. Barton is further noted for her work in property-related professional negligence claims.
"She provides excellent client service and advises in a client-friendly way." "Outstanding analysis and advocacy." "Brilliant tactically."
Recent work: Acted for Gatsby Charitable Foundation in a claim connected to an exclusivity agreement for the purchase of a £28 million property.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


James Ayliffe QC
Band 3
Joanne Wicks QC
Star Individuals
John Furber QC
Band 3
Jonathan Davey QC
Band 4
Jonathan Seitler QC
Band 1
Julian Greenhill QC
Band 3

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