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Property

Our team of property barristers covers all aspects of property law, including real property and commercial and residential landlord and tenant. We regularly appear before the higher courts and specialist tribunals on behalf of major landowners, developers and landlords. We have in depth experience of acting for local authorities and registered providers in complex property matters, as well as for private companies and individuals.

By linking in our planning and public law expertise, we offer a comprehensive service to private developers and planning authorities in relation to large housing and infrastructure projects. We are well placed to resolve complex problems requiring expertise ranging across property, town and country planning, highways, commons and village greens, and housing law.

We are also experienced in property mediation and arbitration, often resolving complex property disputes at an early stage to their client's advantage.

We pride ourselves on providing user-friendly legal and strategic advice that helps clients reach commercial and practical solutions to legal difficulties.

Our barristers combine property expertise with specialist knowledge across associated areas of law such as town and country planning, highways, commons and village greens, and housing, to ensure all perspectives of a matter are considered.

Some examples of property issues on which our barristers advise include:

  • Rights of way, restrictive covenants, rights to light, commons and village greens, adverse possession claims and ransom strips.
  • Options and contracts for the sale of land, boundary disputes and property-related fraud.
  • Commercial landlord and tenant issues such as dilapidations and damages claims, forfeiture and surrender, rent reviews, claims for new tenancies under the LTA 1954.
  • Leasehold and tenancy issues including service charge disputes, enfranchisement, rights of first refusal and appointment of managers.
  • Advisory work including the interpretations of leases, transfers and development agreements.
  • Insolvency in a property or landlord and tenant context.
  • Nuisance, trespass (including mass trespass) and property related professional negligence.
  • Rating and valuation issues, acting on behalf of local authorities, government departments and private organisations.

Publications

Corporate Liability: Work related deaths and criminal prosecutions
Cornerstone on anti-social behaviour: The new law
Cornerstone on Councillors' conduct
Cornerstone on Planning Court
Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016
Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy