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Edwin Johnson QC

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Maitland Chambers (Chambers of Christopher Pymont QC)


Edwin was called to the Bar in 1987 and joined 9 Old Square in 1988. He joined Maitland Chambers on its merger with 9 Old Square in 2004. Edwin was appointed Standing Counsel to the Rent Assessment Panel in 2000, was ‘Chambers and Partners Real Estate Junior of the Year’ in 2005, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006 and has been nominated twice for ‘Chambers and Partners Real Estate Silk of the Year’. Clients range from individuals and small companies through to large estates, global corporations, public authorities and nation states. Edwin has particular experience of acting for public authorities in relation to their property holdings, including the complex area of service charges in leases of public authority housing stock. Edwin appears regularly in courts and tribunals at all levels. He was successful in the Supreme Court in Hosebay, which followed four successful House of Lords cases: Boss Holdings, 26 Cadogan Square, Atlantic Telecasters and Shalson. Experience: (1) Property: Merie Bin Mahfouz Company v Barrie House [2014] UKUT 390 (LC); Kutchukian v Free Grammar School of John Lyon [2013] EWCA Civ 90; Kim v Chasewood Park [2013] EWCA Civ 239; Hosebay v Day [2010] EWCA Civ 748 (whether properties are houses within the meaning of section 2.1 of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967); Hotgroup plc v Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2010] EWHC 1241 (Ch) (whether service of a break notice effective); Earl Cadogan v Atlantic Telecasters Ltd [2008] UKHL 71 (whether hope value included in valuation of price on leasehold enfranchisement); Howard de Walden Estates Ltd v Aggio; 26 Cadogan Square Ltd v Earl Cadogan [2008] UKHL 44 (whether a tenant of a flat and other premises not included in the flat was a qualifying tenant of the flat for the purposes of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993); Boss Holdings Ltd v Grosvenor West End Properties [2008] UKHL 5 (whether a property was a house within the meaning of section 2.1 of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967); Warborough v Central Midlands Estates [2006] PLSCS 139 (validity of a notice in a rent review); St George’s Investment Co v Gemini Consulting [2005] 1 EGLR 5 (setting aside of award in rent review arbitration for misconduct); Fattal v John Lyon’s Charity [2005] All ER 466 (valuation of price on leasehold enfranchisement)); Shalson v John Lyon’s Charity [2004] I AC 802 (disregard of improvements on leasehold enfranchisement); Muscat v Smith [2003)1 WLR 2853, (exercise of right of set off against assignee of reversion). (2) Professional negligence: Malmesbury v Strutt & Parker [2007] EWHC 999 (QB) (claim in surveyor’s negligence in relation to the grant of leases of premises for use as airport car parks); Mortlake v Lambert Smith Hampton [2005] 3 EGLR 149 (claim in valuation negligence in relation to wasps rugby ground); Rind v Theodore Goddard [2008] EWHC 459 (Ch) (whether claim in solicitor’s negligence could be made by beneficiary of estate suffering a tax loss); Edwin’s most recent case in this area was a multi-million pound claim arising out of the management of the property portfolios of a series of life funds (3) Insolvency: John Thomas v Ken Thomas Limited [2006] EWCA Civ 1504 (rights of forfeiture in respect of arrears of rent compromised by a company voluntary arrangement); current work includes acting in a dispute over the termination of a development agreement and forfeiture of a lease in a case involving an insolvent developer of a major development site (4) Commercial/chancery: Extra MSA Services v Accor [2011] EWHC 775 (Ch); Shell UK Ltd v Total UK Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 180 (recoverability of damages in respect of economic loss); Malmesbury v Strutt & Parker [2008] EWHC 424 (QB) (the impact of exaggeration of a claim on costs/taking conduct in a mediation into account in relation to costs); Patel v Brent London Borough Council (No 2) [2005] EWCA Civ 644 (dispute over status and expenditure of a section 106 contribution). Current work includes advising on site assembly issues in relation to a flagship central London development, acting in an applications for the discharge of a covenant in relation to a substantial development site, and advice in relation to the guarantee obligations of a hotel chain.


Qualified 1987.


Lincoln’s Inn; Chancery Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Property Bar Association.


Christ Church College, Oxford (BA).

London Bar

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland ChambersUser friendly.

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Property litigation and agriculture

Within: Property litigation – Leading silks

Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland ChambersHe is technically very able and has a good eye for detail.

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