Andrew Francis


Year of Call: 1977

"The restrictive covenant king." "He is the guru of rights of light." "He has thorough knowledge of the law, offers practical suggestions and deals with instructions very quickly." 

Chambers & Partners, 2022

Practice Overview

Andrew’s practice has an emphasis on real property law. He is recognised as a leading authority on the law of restrictive covenants affecting freehold land, and on the law of rights of light. He has been instructed in many of the major cases in these areas of law in the last three decades. He is the author, and also the co-author of text books on covenants, rights of light and private rights of way.

News & Events

  • News

    #SerleShare - Bath Rugby Judgment in the Court of Appeal

    The judgment of the Court of Appeal in Bath Rugby v Greenwood, handed down on 21st December 2021, gives us clear... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    Landowner Litigation: Practical Points in Land Law for Property Litigators

    Location: Lecture Theatre, Ashworth Centre, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn Read More

  • Very knowledgeable, approachable, helpful and always willing to go out of his way to assist.

    Chambers & Partners
  • His advice is concise and helpful.” “He’s incredibly knowledgeable and very able.

    Chambers & Partners

Education & Qualifications

Oxford University (Keble College) 1973-1976. First Class Honours in Jurisprudence 1976. M.A. (1998).

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Property Bar Association

Pyramus & Thisbe Club (Party Wall Surveyors Society)

Former member of Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee

Appointed to the Independent Scientific and Technical Advice Register (ISTA) (Ministry of Defence)

Former member of Law Commission’s Advisory Board on Rights of Light Remedies Reform

A Master of the Bench of Lincoln’s Inn

Associate Tenant at Trinity Chambers, Leeds.

VAT Number

333297652

Notes

Specialist in Rights of Light, Restrictive Covenants, Party Walls, boundaries, easements, registered land, adverse possession, contracts for the sale of land and land development agreements to secure clawback, or overage.

He advises and conducts litigation in all such matters in the High Court, the County Court, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber  and in the appellate courts such as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Authorised by the Bar Standards Board to accept instructions under the Public Access rules.

In the Press

'Bath Rugby win at home,' New Law Journal, February 2022. 

'What is it worth', New Law Journal, October 2021.

'Avoiding the stigma of cynical breach', New Law Journal, November 2020.

'On the Case: Lessons for developers from Supreme Court’s Alexander Devine ruling.'  Estates Gazette podcast, November 2020.

'On the Case: Rights of light in Beaumont v Florala' Estates Gazette Podcast, March 2020

News & Events

  • News

    #SerleShare - Bath Rugby Judgment in the Court of Appeal

    The judgment of the Court of Appeal in Bath Rugby v Greenwood, handed down on 21st December 2021, gives us clear... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    Landowner Litigation: Practical Points in Land Law for Property Litigators

    Location: Lecture Theatre, Ashworth Centre, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn Read More