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  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersA top-quality silk.
    • Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersA fantastic advocate and a real team player.

Leading Juniors

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    • Paul Burns - Exchange ChambersProfessional, extremely knowledgeable and excellent on his feet.
    • Neil Cadwallader - Exchange ChambersA very knowledgeable and able advocate.
    • Nigel Clayton - Kings ChambersA first-rate mind that has the ear of clients and the court.
    • Wilson Horne - Kings ChambersVery sound on the law and also tenacious in court.
    • Richard Lander - Kings ChambersCompletely reliable and always thoroughly prepared.
    • Lawrence McDonald - Exchange ChambersAn assured voice in the court room and a lateral thinker on his feet.
    • Andrew Williams - Exchange ChambersHe has a strong understanding of the law.
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23 Essex Street is home to Brad Pomfret, who is predominantly instructed on behalf of lenders in claims against securities. He recently obtained a summary judgment for £4.5 million for a bridging lender against a borrower, who claimed the original loan was entered into under duress.

9 St John Street is home to Richard Price, who is particularly prevalent in right of way disputes and landlord and tenant claims and appears for different stakeholders in these cases.

Doughty Street ChambersJohn Hobson specialises in homelessness and housing proceedings, acting for tenants in  possession claims, disrepair claims, unlawful eviction, and rent arrears.

Exchange Chambers is praised by clients for the wide range of 'very knowledgeable, experienced and capable' counsel within its property team, one of the largest in the region. Members are instructed on a wide range of matters including unlawful evictions, possession claims and boundary and easement disputes. In a recent highlight, Andrew Williams represented the claimant in a case concerning the interpretation of option agreements, throughout both the initial trial and appeals process.

Kings Chambers fields a large team of specialist property barristers, who are instructed on a wide range of matters with a particular focus on commercial property issues such as option agreements and restrictive covenants. Nigel Clayton acts for the claimant in Little Angels (Nantwich) v Elim Trust, an application for the specific performance of an option agreement, acting unled against a silk.

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