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Leading Silks

Stephen Jourdan QC - Falcon ChambersNobody knows more than him in agriculture.
Caroline Shea QC - Falcon ChambersCaroline finds the angles and strategies in a case that other counsel miss. She doesn't get lost in the detail, her thoroughness focuses the detail to the clients' advantage. She has excellent rapport with clients who feel comfortable and confident in discussing the case fully with her. She is a forceful and effective advocate. The complete barrister!
Jonathan Karas QC - Falcon ChambersHe has excellent expertise, efficiency and personable nature.
George Laurence QC - New Square ChambersHe has almost single-handedly made the modern law on village greens.
Douglas Edwards QC - Francis Taylor BuildingHe is clear and concise in his advice and happy to answer all questions. He is an excellent advocate who presents and explains complicated issues very clearly.
Mark Wonnacott QC  - Wilberforce Chambers ‘He is regularly entrusted with agricultural tenancy and rights of way disputes.

2021 Silks

Richard Honey QC - Francis Taylor BuildingAn expert in village green, countryside laws and protected habitats.
Alexander Learmonth QC - New Square ChambersAn industrious and persuasive trial advocate both orally and in writing.
Oliver Radley-Gardner QC - Falcon ChambersOne of the market’s best for agricultural matters.
Catherine Taskis QC - Falcon ChambersShe is an excellent practitioner in this area - very quick to pick up and grasp the issues, and excellent technical knowledge.

Leading Juniors

Rebecca Cattermole - Tanfield ChambersExperienced, dedicated and knowledgeable in the agricultural field.
Edward Peters - Falcon ChambersStrengths - very bright, dedicated and hard working and very good with the clients. My go to barrister where the stakes are high.
Nigel Thomas - Maitland ChambersA master of his craft, his knowledge is encyclopaedic. He is impressive on his feet and has a good presentation and delivery.
Nathan Wells - Radcliffe ChambersProduces very clear thorough advice that clients can understand.
Emily Windsor - Falcon ChambersHer client skills are second to none. She has the ability to put clients at ease and convey the legal and commercial issues effectively, demonstrating very sound judgement. When it comes to advocacy and negotiation, Emily is "an iron fist in a velvet glove" - she is assured, determined and tenacious and a superb advocate.
Dr Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersAshley has a detailed knowledge of common land law which, combined with his similarly excellent knowledge of property and planning law, leads to the ability to provide excellent holistic advice.
Ciara Fairley - Falcon ChambersShe is a talented advocate who fights hard for her client.
Samuel Laughton - Ten Old SquareHe is super diligent and thorough in preparation.
Lucy McCormick - Henderson ChambersHer experience includes overage, grazing rights, rights of way, wayleaves, and ownership disputes.
Paul Wilmshurst - New Square ChambersMeticulous, thoughtful and with an open mind to new legal angles.
George Mallet - Henderson ChambersVery approachable and reliable offering sound advice.
Jamie Sutherland - Falcon ChambersInsightful knowledge of agricultural holdings and is very good at cutting through complex issues and putting in a simple way with modern comparators. This is a very niche area and his knowledge and capability in this area instils confidence from the outset.
Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor BuildingA star performer. He is very approachable and gets on well with clients.
Ross Crail - New Square ChambersShe is an outstanding black-letter lawyer who brings interest and enthusiasm to her work.
Greville Healey - Falcon ChambersHe is clearly a formidable practitioner. Among his specialisms are arbitrations over agricultural holdings and injunctions relating to land.
Harriet Holmes  - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Her written advocacy is excellent and she is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom.
Juan Lopez - 39 Essex ChambersVery knowledgeable, concise, proactive and user friendly.
Joseph Ollech - Falcon ChambersAlways a pleasure to instruct - hard-working and bright, with an appetite for getting under the surface of a case. He has expertise in riparian and coastal land, as well as mooring rights.

Agriculture in London Bar

Falcon Chambers

Hailed as ‘the leading set for agricultural litigation’, Falcon Chambers runs a notably broad caseload which includes land ownership, partnership disputes, proprietary estoppel, boundary issues and restrictive covenants. Caroline Shea QC and Catherine Taskis were recently involved in the Court of Appeal case of Kingsley v Kingsley; a farming partnership dispute which arose following the death of one partner and gained significance due to its clarification of the compatibility between TOLATA and Article 1 of the Human Rights Convention. Elsewhere, Stephen Jourdan QC successfully acted for the defendants in the High Court case of Windsor-Clive v Rees. The matter arose in connection with a proposed development and subsequent injunction sought by neighbouring farm owners. Members are also well-versed when it comes to development, shooting, hunting, mine and mineral rights.

Francis Taylor Building

The ‘excellent’ and ‘user friendly’ members of Francis Taylor Building are experts in town and village greens, rights of way and a broad array of other countryside matters including the Highways Act 1980, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and cattle grids. In the matter of Lancashire CC v Environment Secretary, Douglas Edwards QC has successfully obtained permission on behalf of the claimant to appeal to the Supreme Court; the matter holds significance as it considers the principle of registering land used for education purposes as a town green.

New Square Chambers

Members of New Square Chambers are ‘always helpful and go above and beyond’, leveraging their ‘renowned expertise’ in town and village greens, access to the countryside, common land, rights of way and the law of highways. In the case of Roxlena Limited v Cumbria County Council, George Laurence QC is representing the appellant/claimant in seeking permission from the Supreme Court to appeal a modification order under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which would provide 44 new footpaths crisscrossing the client’s land.