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  1. Property litigation – Leading sets
  2. Property litigation – Leading silks
  3. Property litigation – New silks
  4. Property litigation – Leading juniors

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Property prices have kept the market buoyant, with some work filtering into contentious trusts and probate and agricultural disputes. Observers do however note a recent decline in boundary disputes, and those that have taken place have generally been overshadowed by a strong flow of landlord and tenant, development and restrictive covenant work. Insolvency-driven property disputes and land registry matters also remain active.

Falcon Chambersremains the obvious choice for any matter involving the law relating to land, where barristers provide a wealth of experience across a myriad of issues’. Several members appeared in the Supreme Court case of Marks & Spencer v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Co. (Jersey). Steven Francis ‘runs a good ship’ in the clerks’ room.

The barristers at Landmark Chambers are ‘universally well trained, commercial and good at explaining the strengths and weaknesses of cases’. A number of Court of Appeal cases appear on chambers’ recent workload, including Jewelcraft v Pressland and Magnic v Ul-Hassan. The practice management in chambers is also praised: ‘nothing is too much trouble for the brilliant clerks’.

Maitland Chambers is ‘a first-class set, full of talented, hungry juniors and accomplished silks’. Recent notable instructions include acting for Tottenham and Chelsea Football Clubs in connection with the redevelopment of their stadiums.

At Tanfield Chambers, ‘members go out of their way to be accessible to clients and the clerking is exceptional’. The set has ‘one of the strongest property practices of any chambers in the country’, and is particularly well regarded for residential matters. Philip Rainey QC led Timothy Polli in the Supreme Court case Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus.

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘a well-known property set with some excellent barristers‘. In an inter-chambers landlord and tenant action, Jonathan Seitler QC and Joanne Wicks QC appeared in Joseph at Old Bond Street v Stella McCartney. Work highlights also included Secretary of State for Defence v Nicholas – a test case defining whether the Crown exemption in landlord and tenant legislation is compatible with the European Court of Human Rights.

Enterprise Chambers houses ‘bright, hardworking and personable’ barristers, and is rated as ‘excellent at the junior end’. At silk level, Zia Bhaloo QC led in the Supreme Court case Lynn Shellfish v Loose.

At Radcliffe Chambers, the ‘very down to earth’ members ‘give clear and authoritative opinions’, and ‘the clerks are a pleasure to deal with’. The set is notorious in the traditional Chancery field, and excels in agricultural property disputes, landlord and tenant issues, easements, covenants and overseas matters.

Selborne Chambers is ‘a keen and hungry set, and a pleasure to deal with in terms of clear fee proposals, turnaround times, impressive clerking and quality advice’. Mark Warwick QC acted for the claimant in Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus, concerning a forged mortgage.

At Hardwicke, John de Waal QC appeared in Supreme Court case ParkingEye v Beavis, which was the first time the court reviewed the law on penalties since 1915. The practice managers are praised as ‘very approachable and realistic with fees’.

The Chancery practice is ‘first class’ at New Square Chambers. Notable recent cases include boundary dispute Parmar v Upton and Marley v Rawlings, which was heard in the Supreme Court.

Serle Court is a strong, modern set’ with ‘an extremely efficient clerks’ room’. Recent cases include Lynn Shellfish v Loose, in which Thomas Braithwaite acted as principal counsel for the Crown Estate.

Henderson Chambersalways has a suitable barrister for the case at hand, and the clerks are courteous and efficient’. Members have specialist expertise in Party Wall Act claims, care homes matters and housing stock transfers.

At Ten Old Square, members act for large commercial landlords, developers, investment companies and local authorities. The clerks are ‘very responsive’.

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