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Alistair Cantor

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2011
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Alistair specialises in commercial and regulatory, property and housing law. He undertakes a broad range of drafting, advisory and advocacy work for private litigants and public authorities.

He is a professional member of the Social Housing Lawyers Association and the Chancery Bar Association.

Alistair began his career at UBS Investment Bank, before being called to the Bar in 2011 and has since built a successful practice. He combines his legal acumen with sound commercial expertise when advising his clients.

He is presently instructed by the Dobbs Review, the ongoing high-profile independent review into the HBOS Reading fraud. He has a unique specialism in enforcement law, having regularly acted in enforcement proceedings concerning high value and foreign judgments.

Alistair is a mentor under the 'Mentoring for Underrepresented Groups at the Planning, Public Law and Property Bar' scheme.

Having obtained his undergraduate degree at University College London, Alistair earned his Graduate Diploma in Law with Distinction at the University of Law and was awarded the Buchanan Prize from Lincoln's Inn for Outstanding Performance on the BPTC.

Overview

Alistair is experienced in dealing with a wide variety of commercial disputes, and in personal and corporate insolvency. His expertise includes unfair prejudice petitions, director's duties under the Companies Act and a broad range of contractual claims. He has drafted statements of case and written submissions in complex actions proceeding in the Business and Property Courts.

He is presently instructed by the Dobbs Review, the independent review into the HBOS Reading Fraud instructed by Lloyds Banking Group.

He has significant experience in enforcement law. His work in this field has included complex enforcement actions against high value and unique assets, such as aircrafts and antiquities, and involving foreign judgments and instruments.

Examples of Alistair's past and ongoing work in this field includes:

• Representing the company concerned by a complex unfair prejudice petition with an international aspect.
• Drafting complex Points of Defence in an unfair prejudice petition raising numerous allegations including misappropriation of company assets and diversion of income.
• Drafting an unfair prejudice petition on behalf of a shareholder regarding a tech start-up, prompting an advantageous settlement at an early stage.
• Acting for the defendant to a claim for specific performance of an alleged oral agreement to grant a major shareholding in a valuable company.

Overview

Alistair has practised in property since the outset of his legal career and has gained wide-ranging experience in all types of disputes in the County Court, High Court, and Residential Property and Land Registration Chambers of the First-Tier Tribunal. His experience in the field includes: residential and commercial landlord and tenant; possession claims; civil fraud, misrepresentation and rescission; rent arrears and debt claims; forfeiture; co-ownership and ToLATA claims; service charge disputes; boundary disputes; nuisance; and dilapidations claims

His past work in this field includes:

• Mayor and Burgesses of the Brent London Borough Council and another v Malvern Mews Tenants Association Ltd [2020] All ER (D) 192 (Apr); [2020] EWHC 1024 (Ch): Alistair represented the successful respondent, a residents' association, in a High Court appeal against a 'negative declaration'. The case raised an important point as to the position of defendants to and evidential burdens in claims for negative declarations as to the absence of legal rights.
• Providing non-contentious advice to a major private landlord on its standard tenancy documents and procedures.
• Acting for the defendant to a dilapidations claim valued at c. £370,000.
• Advising on the use of the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

Overview

Alistair has garnered extensive experience within his practice in housing, acting for both landlords and tenants. He has a keen understanding of the challenges and pressures faced by housing litigants and has previously authored a Practice Note on priority need for Practical Law.

His expertise and past work encompasses:

• Local authority decision-making in the County Court and via judicial review, including proceedings on homelessness and allocation.
• Housing conditions claims, extending to proceedings under the Environmental Protection Act, disrepair and fitness for human habitation.
• Anti-social behaviour proceedings including applications for injunctions at the interim, final and committal stages.
• Possession claims, including those raising Equality Act and public law defences.
• Tenancy fraud and the right-to-buy and right-to-acquire.
• Licensing and enforcement under the Housing Act 2004 including applications for rent repayment orders and prosecutions in the magistrates' court.

• Professional member of Social Housing Lawyers Association (SHLA)
• Chancery Bar Association (ChBA)

News:

Cornerstone Barristers welcomes new tenant Alistair Cantor

12th January 2022

We are delighted to welcome Alistair Cantor to Cornerstone Barristers. Alistair specialises in commercial & regulatory litigation (including insolvency), local government work, property and housing law. Alistair comes to us with....