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Property Overview

Chambers has a well-deserved reputation in property litigation, being recognised as one of the leading sets in London by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Members of Chambers of all levels of seniority regularly advise on both contentious and non-contentious property matters. Members represent a wide variety of clients including individuals, companies and public authorities in the High Court, the County Courts, the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), the Upper Tribunal (Lands), the Upper Tribunal (Tax & Chancery) and the Appellate Courts, as well as in arbitration.

Real Property issues dealt with on a regular basis include easements, restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, rights of light, mortgages and charges, registration of title, conveyancing disputes, co-ownership and beneficial interests, licences, options, overage and adverse possession.

Members also deal with the full spectrum of both commercial and residential landlord & tenant matters, including 1954 Act renewals, service charge disputes, consents, assignments, breaches of covenant, forfeiture, break notices, dilapidations and possession actions.

Individual specialisms within Chambers include restrictive covenants, rights of light, land registration, injunctive relief and the law relating to water and waterways.


Chambers & Partners 2018

Serle Court has a well-established real estate practice, with its barristers undertaking a broad array of contentious and non-contentious property matters. The set is known particularly for its strength in rights of light and restrictive covenants, and members have further expertise in the law relating to waterways. Sources praise the individuals here for the "modern commercial approach" they take when interacting with both clients and solicitors.   

Client service:  "The clerks are incredibly approachable. They respond promptly and the service is provided as promised." Steve Whitaker is head clerk. 


Rupert Reed QC
Well known for his extensive property practice, he regularly undertakes disputes concerning the management and development of commercial properties. He is particularly known for his work on financial and joint venture disputes relating to commercial property for clients in the retail and leisure sectors.
Strengths: "Always contactable and extremely approachable, he's a lawyer whose analytical skills are amazing."  "He's very good at getting his head around very complex problems and working with the more difficult clients."

Christopher Stoner QC 
Has garnered recognition for his expertise in water and canal law, and is known as one of the leading silks practising riparian rights. His practice also takes in service charge and landlord and tenant disputes. He accepts instructions on behalf of public authorities and private individuals. 
Strengths: "Clever, hard-working and hugely impressive." "An excellent team player, who is great with clients and really good on his feet." 


Thomas Braithwaite
Noted for having a diverse practice that spans franchise rights, development rights and negligence claims amongst other matters. He is regularly instructed by major bodies such as The Crown Estate in relation to manorial rights and land registration issues. 
Strengths: "Intelligent and unflappable." "He's a powerful opponent and a very, very bright man." 

Andrew Bruce 
Has a high-quality property practice, with an emphasis on landlord and tenant law and property litigation. He also has substantial expertise in property-related professional negligence work.  
Strengths: "Excellent, incisive, knowledgeable and commercially astute." "Very good on his feet, he's unflappable and very measured in his approach." 

Andrew Francis 
Has a fine reputation at the Bar for his dedicated property litigation practice. He is acknowledged for his work in restricted covenants and rights of light, and is also recognised for his knowledge of party wall law. He has authored a number of significant texts on property law. 
Strengths: "Very knowledgeable, approachable, helpful and always willing to go out of his way to assist."

Legal 500 2017

Christopher Stoner QC - ‘A hugely talented lawyer with an enormous capacity for hard work’

Frank Hinks QC - ‘A go-to silk for big-ticket work’

Philip Jones QC - ‘He is affable without compromising his technical knowledge and very good at quickly gettting on top of complex cases’ 

Andrew Bruce - ‘He is very clam and authoritative, and sets clients at ease'

Jonathan Fowles - ‘Exceptionally thorough, very bright and technically superb’ 

Thomas Braithwaite - ‘He has a calm and powerful advocacy technique and outstanding analytic skills’ 

Andrew Francis - ‘Highly recommended for rights of light issues’



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Notable Cases

Hennessey v. Kent [2017] UKUT 243 (LC)

Represented successful Applicant on application to Upper Tribunal (before Deputy... more

Calhaem v. Gentil [2016] EWLandRA 2015 0272

Represented applicant on successful adverse possession claim in respect of... more

Schmid v. Fellner (2016) EWHC Ch [Soole J]

Represented Eric Fellner (producer of Bridget Jones’ Diary) in the... more

Poon Tip v Lawrence [2017] UKFTT 0547

Successful application to strike out parts of the respondent's case... more

Godden v Godden [2015] EWHC 2633 (Ch)

Appeared on behalf of the claimant at trial on her claim... more

Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Ltd [2015] 3 WLR 1814

Acted for the successful claimant in a case concerning the... more

Loose v Lynn Shellfish Ltd [2016] UKSC 14; [2016] 2WLR 1126

Acted for the Crown Estate as intervenors before the Supreme... more

Re 3 Aylmer Drive, Stanmore [2014]

Represented the objectors on an application to modify a restrictive... more

Phillips v Francis [2015] 1 WLR 741

Decision by Court of Appeal as to the correct approach... more

Lictor Anstalt v Mir Steel UK [2014] EWHC 3316 (Ch)

Successful claim on behalf of  the owners of a steel... more

Singh v Singh

Daniel Lightman represented Jasminder Singh, the Chairman and Chief Executive... more

CR v MZ [2014] WTLR 233

A sham trust/forgery case relating to the ownership of a... more

Moore v British Waterways Board [2013] 3 WLR 43

An important decision which, in upholding an aspect of the... more

Port of London Authority v Muggoch & Other

Land Adjudication proceedings on the issue of whether the Port... more

BOH Limited & Another v Eastern Power Networks (formerly EDF Energy Networks (EPN) plc) [2011] 2 EGLR 105

Issues arising from a split reversion, including on the continuation... more

Perkins v McIver [2012] EWCA (Civ) 735


Ullah v Ullah [2013] EWHC 296 (Ch)

Andrew Bruce successfully represented the Defendants in a substantial High... more

Portsmouth Holdings Ltd v JL Homes Ltd Anor Ch D, 4 October 2012

A mortgagee brought possession proceedings against a corporate mortgagor and... more

Sand Martin Heights Residents Co Ltd v Graham Southend County Court, August 2011

The claimant, a residents' management company, brought proceedings against the... more

Pamela Thornhill & ors v Nationwide Metal Recylcing [2011] EWCA Civ 919

Sucessfully defended a first instance judgment which determined that his... more

Company Developments (Finance) Ltd v Coffee Club Restaurants Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 766

The case concerned the construction of guarantee obligations in a... more

Oceania Heights v Wilard Clarke Enterprises

A case on appeal from the Bahamas on the question... more

Greatorex v Newman [2009]

What inferences could properly be drawn by the trial judge... more

Scottish & Newcastle v Raguz [2008] 1 WLR 2494

Whether valid notice served pursuant to section 17 of the... more

Kilmartin SCI (Hulton House) v Safeway Stores [2006] 1 EGLR 59

First judicial consideration of the RICS Code of Measuring Practice. more

Cawdron v Merchant Taylors’ School [2009] EWHC 1722 (Ch)

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Odogwu v Vastguide Ltd [2008] All ER (D) 267

This case concerned the current live issue of whether the... more

Crown Estate Commissioners v (1) Roberts (2) Trelleck Estate Limited [2008] P & CR 255 Lewison J

The Crown Estate Commissioners brought the claim to establish the... more

Lexi Holdings plc (in administration) v Pooni [2008] All ER (D) 292

The Claimant was the registered proprietor of No Man's Land... more

RHJ v Patten [2008] EWCA Civ 151

The Court of Appeal held that a term in a... more

Roberts v Swangrove Estates Ltd and Others [2008] Ch 439 and [2008] 2 WLR 1111

At first instance, the Crown obtained title to the bed... more

Roberts v Swangrove Estates Ltd and Others [2007] EWHC 513 (Ch); Lindsay J

Successful claim by the Crown Estate Commissioners to adverse possession... more

Younger v Lansdowne Tutors and others [2006] EWHC 1647 (QB, Simon J)

Claim under an alleged finder's fee agreement to the proceeds... more

Littman v Aspen Oil (Broking) Ltd [2005] EWCA Civ. 1579

Case concerned a lease of commercial premises in London. The... more

Scribes West v Relsa Anstalt (No 3) [2005] 1 WLR 1847

The registered proprietor of land assigned it, subject to and... more

Earl of Macclesfield v Parker 24 July 2003 Lewison J. 2004 C.A.

The Earl brought a claim to live in Shirburn Castle... more

Driver v Yorke and another 7 April 2003, Ch D, HHJ Bowsher QC

This was a claim that the principle asset of the... more

National Trust v Ashbrook 1997 T.L.R.360

Acting for the National Trust in relation to its powers... more

Dugan - Chapman v Grosvenor Estate Belgravia [1997] 10 E.G 152

Acting for the Grosvenor Estate in relation to whether the... more

Mid-Glamorgan C.C. v Ogwr B.C. 1995 1 W.L.R 313

Effect of compulsory purchase for an abandoned purpose on common... more

Westway Homes v Moore (1991) 31 EG 57

The exercise of a land option more

Crown Estate Commissioners v Morgan 1990 EGCS 150

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Westminster C.C v Duke of Westminster 1991 4 AER 136 Harman J

Whether 600+ flats had to be retained for occupation by... more

Crown Estate Commissioners v Dorset C.C. [1990] Ch 297 Millet J

Whether the Plaintiffs was precluded by issue estoppel from advancing... more

Reed v Madon [1989] Ch 408 Morritt J

Claim by three Muslim sisters to get a stranger removed... more

Kerr v Morris 1987 Ch 90

The effect of restraint of trade/public policy on a medical... more

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