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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 4 Practice Areas
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Chancery: Traditional
22 Years Ranked
3
Real Estate Litigation
10 Years Ranked
4
Local Government
4 Years Ranked
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Provided by George Laurence KC

Practice Areas

George is regarded as a leading practitioner in the country related to town and village greens. Of the eight cases on the subject which have reached the House of Lords or Supreme Court since 2000 (in which he appeared in all of them), the Supreme Court heard four in 2014 alone: Paddico, Betterment, Barkas and Newhaven.

He has been specialising in property access issues during his time as a Queen’s Counsel (and before that as a junior). These cases give rise to very acute conflicts of interest. Typically one party is claiming, or claiming to be entitled to do something on or over, another’s land very much against the latter’s will.

Professional Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

The Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association

Planning and Environment at Bar Association

Property Bar Association

Parliamentary Bar Association

Open Spaces Society

Personal

Awards

Rhodes Scholarship, Harmsworth Scholarship Middle Temple

Professional Appointments

A Bencher of the Middle Temple (1999)

Former Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder

A Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

A fellow of the Institute of Public Rights of Way Officers

Chambers Review

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UK Bar

Agriculture & Rural Affairs - London (Bar)
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Band 1

George Laurence KC
George Laurence KC is a public law and real property silk with a sterling reputation. His caseload includes issues of contested access, often over unusual types of land, such as railway lines and river banks. Sources recognise his longstanding experience handling very complex rights of way issues.

Strengths

"On rights of way and public access he is incredibly knowledgeable."

Recent work

Instructed in a statutory review of a decision of an inspector confirming a diversion order of a public footpath made under Section 119 of the Highways Act 1980.


Chancery: Traditional - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

George Laurence KC
George Laurence KC is noted for his unusually strong offshore expertise within a broader traditional chancery practice. He is regularly trusted with high-value matters, and frequently handles trusts, estates and probate matters. Laurence is especially well known for rights of way and village green cases.

Strengths

"He is an outstanding advocate."


Real Estate Litigation - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

George Laurence KC
George Laurence KC handles a range of real property law issues, but is particularly highly regarded for his work on rights of way and village greens. He has also acted on cases concerning rights of navigation.

Strengths

"He has an ability to seek out lateral solutions others might not spot."

Recent work

Successfully obtained an order to stop the deregistration of a 115-acre area of common land.


Local Government - London (Bar)
4
Band 4

George Laurence KC
George Laurence KC is a well-regarded silk who is noted for his expertise in cases involving novel points of law. He draws significant praise for his handling of cases concerning village greens and public rights of way. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of the public, landowners and local authorities.

Strengths

"He is incredibly knowledgeable, pleasant to deal with and has a great manner with clients."

Recent work

Acted in Hampshire County Council v Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs and successfully secured an order quashing a decision of the Secretary of State ordering deregistration of a 115-acre area of common land under paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the Commons Act 2006, on the basis that the Secretary of State erred in law in holding that an airport's runways and associated land can form part of the 'curtilage' of its terminal building.

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