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Real Estate

Cornerstone Barristers has substantial experience in the real estate sector combined with a unique expertise in property, planning and housing matters.

Our barristers also bring property expertise together with specialist knowledge across associated areas of law, such as planning, highways, commons and village greens, and housing, ensuring all perspectives are considered.

As well as being able to advise and represent clients in relation to pure land law problems, this distinctive combination of our property, planning and housing experience enables us to provide cross-sectoral strategic and legal advice to clients in relation to development, management and realisation issues.

We can advise on all aspects of real estate, from complex residential developments to nationally significant commercial, industrial and retail projects. We act for a broad range of clients, including property investors, owners and managers of property, landowners, developers and landlords.

We also have in-depth experience of acting for local authorities and registered providers in complex property matters.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Easements
  • Freehold covenants
  • Rights of light
  • Co-ownership and trusts of land
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Nuisance and trespass
  • Party walls
  • Village greens and commons
  • Contracts for the sale of land
  • Professional negligence relating to land
  • Rectification claims
  • Mortgage, charges and subrogation
  • Service charges and rent charges
  • LTA 1954 disputes
  • Rent reviews
  • Dilapidations
  • Alterations and repairs
  • Leasehold covenants
  • Enfranchisement
  • Forfeiture
  • Possession claims
  • Options, rights of pre-emption and break clauses
  • Overage disputes
  • Right to manage


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