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Chambers of Alan Boyle QC

6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON, WC2A 3QS, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7242 6105
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Fax 020 7405 4004
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1025 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.serlecourt.co.uk

Andrew Francis

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Work 020 7400 7157
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Serle Court (Chambers of Alan Boyle QC)

Position

Barrister with a practice which specialises in real property advice and litigation. He is the author of three textbooks in this field. The specialist areas of his practice are rights of light, party walls and restrictive covenants. He is one of the very few experts at the Bar who can deal with the complexities of the law of light and is consulted by surveyors who specialise in that area of law. He has advised on the rights of light issues affecting many sites in London and other major cities, and abroad such as in Gibraltar. His rights of light experience is married to his expertise in party wall cases. His other property specialism, restrictive covenants, consists of work where the meaning and enforceability of covenants is in issue. Most recent cases of note are: Scott v Winter [2015] (injunction to retain breach of restrictive covenant); Kirkby v Heaney [2016] Court of Appeal (possessory title claim under Land Registration Act 2002) and Re Waggott’s Application [2017] (application to discharge restrictive covenant in Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). He also has a practice in disputes concerning deceased persons’ estates, and this leads to his work in probate and family provision claims.  His experience in this field of law is demonstrated by his authorship of the only loose-leaf book on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He also practises at Zenith Chambers in Leeds.

Career

Called 1977, Lincoln’s Inn. Master of the Bench, Lincoln’s Inn 2009. Regular speaker on real property and probate matters at professional conferences and seminars. Publications: author ‘Restrictive Covenants and Freehold Land – a Practitioner’s Guide’ (Jordans 4th edition March 2013, 5th edition due early 2018); joint author ‘Rights of Light – The Modern Law’ (Jordans, 3rd edition January 2015) with Stephen Bickford-Smith and Tom Weekes; joint author ‘Private Rights of Way’ (Jordans 1st edition 2012) ‘Inheritance Act Claims – Law Practice and Procedure’ (Jordans 2003 looseleaf); joint author ‘Contentious Probate Claims’ (Sweet & Maxwell 2004) with Hedley Marten.

Member

Chancery Bar Association; Property Bar Association; Pyramus & Thisbe Club.

Education

City of London Freemen’s School. Keble College, Oxford (1976 BA Hons Law (1st); 1999 MA).


London Bar

Private client: trusts and probate

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Andrew Francis - Serle CourtA highly rated junior.

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Property litigation and agriculture

Within: Property litigation – Leading juniors

Andrew Francis - Serle CourtHe has expertise in covenants and rights of light.

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