Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Real Estate Litigation - Northern (Bar)
Lawrence McDonald is a former solicitor and an accomplished real estate litigator. He has acted in easement disputes, service charge matters and restrictive covenant cases, among others.
Strengths: "He is thorough, creative and excellent at cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for a defendant in a case concerning a castle in North Wales used as a wedding events venue. The landlord claimed that the lease had been surrendered or alternatively sought to terminate the lease to use it for their own holiday let business.
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Lawrence has been a property litigator for the whole of his professional career. He acts for companies, individuals, office holders and public bodies before courts and tribunals of all levels in England and Wales. Lawrence has also appeared in the courts of the Isle of Man and in arbitrations. In addition to court work he has an extensive advisory practice and he regularly represents clients in mediation.
Lawrence acts in disputes in all areas of real property law including mortgages disputes, development and overage agreements, boundary disputes, easements, prescriptive rights, adverse possession, restrictive covenants, specific performance, rectification, trespass and rights to light.
His landlord and tenant experience includes disputes about leasehold covenants, forfeiture and relief from forfeiture, dilapidations, possession claims, termination and renewal of business tenancies, break clauses, options, telecommunications leases and the Electronic Communications Code.
Lawrence acts for many institutional landlords in claims before the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal relating to the recovery of service charges under long residential leases and other claims before the Tribunal such as applications for enfranchisement or the Right to Manage. He also acts for tenants in such claims.
University College London, LL.B.(Hons), Called 1996 (Inner Temple). Admitted as a solicitor and practised as a property litigator at firms including Linklaters and Nabarros before returning to practice at the Bar.
Property Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, Northern Chancery Bar Association (Committee member), Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association