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Chambers of Susan Hunter

101 VICTORIA STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6PU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 923 4700
Fax:
Fax 0117 929 4821
DX:
743350 BRISTOL 36
Email:
Web:
www.stjohnschambers.co.uk

Leslie Blohm QC

Tel:
Work 0117 923 4700
Email:
Web:
www.stjohnschambers.co.uk
St John's Chambers (Chambers of Susan Hunter)

Work Department

Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Commercial, Court of Protection, Inquests & Public Inquiries, Professional Negligence, Public & Administrative Law, Real Estate, Town and Village Greens, Tax, Wills & Trusts

Position

Chancery and commercial practitioner with a strong emphasis on property and landlord and tenant law. Real property: extensive expertise in a wide variety of property issues, acting for a range of clients from private individuals to substantial corporations, sits as Village Green inspector. Regularly acts in relation to property disputes involving overlaps into other specialist areas of law, such as partnership, insolvency and company law. Specific areas of expertise include: sale of land, restrictive covenants, mortgages, licences, easements, commons, ‘village greens’, boundary disputes, torts relating to land. Reported cases: Davies v Davies [2014] EWCA Civ 568, [2016] EWCA Civ 653 ‘Cowshed Cinderella’ (farming estoppel case); Bradbury v Taylor [2012] EWCA Civ 1208 (Proprietary estoppel); Drake v Fripp [2011] EWCA Civ 1279 (boundaries); Odey v Barber [2008] Ch 165 (non-solicited permission); Bakewell Management v Brandwood & ors (HL [2004] AC 519) (rights of way and illegality; Cardwell v Walker (2004) 2 P+CR 9 (positive burdens and easements); Freund v Charles Scott Developments CA [2002] 2 P+CR 31 (enforcement of options to purchase land); Bettison v Penter [2001] 1 AC 27 (assignability of rights of common). Landlord and tenant: rent reviews, dilapidations claims, commercial lease construction. Reported cases: Dame Margaret Hungerford v Beazeley [1993] 2EGLR 143 (dilapidations); Gloucester City Council v Brown [1998] 1EGLR 95 (rent review), White v Wessex RFCA [2005] 3EGLR 983; [2006] 1EGLR 55 (grant of new business tenancy); Mason v Boscawen [2009] 1 ALL ER 1006 (VAT as rent). Equity and trusts, wills and probate, including administration of estates and trusts, construction issues and claims under the Inheritance Act and Trusts of Land Act; Mayby v Howard [2002] ALL ER (D) 114 (wills; forgery). Commercial litigation: Trustees of Stokes Pension Fund v Western Power [2005] 1 WLR 3595 (costs – part 36 offers).

Career

Called 1982; recorder 2003; QC 2006; deputy High Court judge (Chancery) 2008; articles: ‘Wills and the Administration of Justice Act 1982 – A Quiet Revolution’ (1983) NLJ 1108. 'The 'By Right Doctarine' and Village Green Applications [2014] EDNV 40.

Member

Chancery Bar Association; Property Bar Association; PEBA.

Education

Christ’s Hospital; Keble College, Oxford University (1981 MA); Hardwicke and Jenkins Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn (1982).


Regional Bar: Western Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Within: Leading Silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John's Chambers ‘ His unflappable manner reassures both solicitor and client. ’

Within: Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

St John's Chambers is home to a large team of commercial practitioners who are instructed in a wide range of cases including professional negligence and breach of contract claims. The set also reports a substantial increase in the number of wills and trusts-related instructions received in the past year, with the set being praised by solicitors as 'the go-to chambers outside London' for this area of work. In one representative instruction of note, Leslie Blohm QC and Natasha Dzameh recently acted for the parents of a millionaire who died intestate, and where his wife was alleged to have forfeited her claim by unlawfully killing the deceased.

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Property

Within: Leading Silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John's Chambers ‘ A go-to barrister for thorny property matters, particularly those with a rural edge. ’

Within: Property

St John's Chambers property group is home to a large number of specialist members, who are experienced in commercial, agricultural, and residential property cases. In a recent highlight, Leslie Blohm QC and John Sharples recently acted for the respondent in the easements case of Haddock v Churston Golf Club.

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