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Leading Silks

Caroline Shea QC - Falcon ChambersPragmatic is the word that immediately comes to mind with Caroline. She is challenging to the whole team to deliver the best outcome for clients. She will not rest until she has every detail mastered. She is an excellent advocate and outstanding in terms of her ability to advise clients on complex issues but also in explaining the commercial realities and risks they face. Absolutely a team player with whom it is always a pleasure to work.
Jonathan Karas QC - Falcon ChambersVery intelligent, provides excellent clear, commercial advice and doesn't sit on the fence.
George Laurence QC - New Square ChambersEncyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of the relevant law (the interface between property law and public law in fields such as highways, village greens and open spaces). Warm and engaging personality. Humility. Gravitas. A reassuring demeanour and cool head.

2021 Silks

Catherine Taskis QC - Falcon ChambersGood commercial as well as legal brain, very approachable and good with all manner of clients. Quick to see pragmatic solutions but happy to roll up sleeves if required.

Leading Juniors

Edward Peters - Falcon ChambersEd is one of the cleverest barristers that I have instructed. His written style is outstanding. His understated advocacy (very much in the style of David Neuberger) is very effective.
Emily Windsor - Falcon ChambersApproachable and easy to work with. Emily is razor-sharp and gives robust advice - she is the go-to barrister in agricultural disputes.
Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersAshley is, in a word, excellent and is rightly regarded as a top planning specialist at the Bar. Ashley's encyclopedic knowledge of the law is hugely impressive, but that is combined with an ability to deliver advice in a way that is tailored to the needs of each individual client. Ashley is my go-to for any planning matters. A real team player.
Samuel Laughton - Ten Old SquareSam is experienced and has a deep knowledge of the legal principles affecting disputes over land. Sam is also able to be pragmatic and friendly and wears his technical knowledge lightly.
Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor BuildingNed is an experienced and knowledgeable barrister, who clearly cares deeply about environmental issues and will always go the extra mile. He is strategic and tactical and his experience shines through in conferences with clients.
Simon Adamyk - New Square ChambersA forensic legal mind, totally across the detail on even the most complex of cases. Always makes well-founded points. Well respected by judges.
Juan Lopez - 39 Essex ChambersRobust. Well-organised. Great presentation.

Rising Stars

Gavin Bennison - Falcon ChambersFor a junior of this level of call, incredible maturity, good in conference, and very good on paper. Also able in court.

Agriculture in London Bar

Falcon Chambers

Falcon Chambers remains a top choice for agricultural work, offering significant senior and junior expertise on a diverse range of issues, including high-value cases, issues of historical law, and regular high-level representations. Specialist expertise includes partnership law, proprietary estoppel, boundaries issues, restrictive covenants, shooting and hunting rights and development rights, alongside a notable telecoms offering, an area of strength for new Silk Oliver Radley-Gardner QC. Stephen Jourdan QC led on Earl of Plymouth v Rees, a Court of Appeal case relating to a landlord’s rights of entry to agricultural land to carry out surveys, including installing unmanned bat detectors, against the wishes of a tenant in advance of a planned development on the land. Caroline Shea QC has broad expertise across agricultural tenancies, succession and easement and covenant cases. Jonathan Karas QC remains a highly respected figure, regularly leading other QCs, and combines property and agricultural expertise, particularly in high-value transactional disputes, development, and farming cases. Catherine Taskis QC took silk in 2021, and has litigation experience at all levels in cases involving agricultural holdings, succession, notices to quit and farming partnerships.

Testimonials

Set

Pre-eminent Chambers with quality from top to bottom.

Leaders in agriculture and enormous strength in depth across all real property litigation. Have shown ability to adapt to emerging work areas such as telecommunications.

Falcon continues to be at the forefront when it comes to talented barristers in chancery matters with an agricultural twist.

Falcon chambers has a reputation for the property knowledge of all its barristers. As a firm we use Falcon Chambers for all property matters which includes Agricultural.

Clerking

John Stannard is outstanding.

Courteous, helpful and timely. Quickly identified the most appropriate barrister when I made enquiries.

James Clarke is helpful and always on hand.

Good service.

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building handles a wide array of agricultural matters, with particular strength in public law-related cases. Areas of strength include common land, town and village green applications, rights of way, and easements. Members regularly appear as advocates and inspectors at village green inspections, a particular strength for Morag Ellis QC, who represented the Welsh Government in Cefn yr Hendy, Llantrisant and Cowbridge Sports Ground, successfully resisting the registration of development land as a town or village green after a public inquiry. Richard Honey QC is noted for his strength in environmental law, and represented the successful claimant in the Foscote Hill Farm judicial review of the grant of planning permission for the relocation of a farm business, including a new dwelling and agricultural buildings. Ned Westaway, unled, represented DEFRA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency in MacDonald v Animal Plant And Health Agency, a case garnering much media attention concerning the refusal of the owner of an alpaca named Geronimo to destroy it after it tested positive for bovine tuberculosis twice.

Testimonials

Clerking

Billy Brett is my main contact and he’s very efficient and helpful.

New Square Chambers

New Square Chambers is best known for its members' leading work on public access to land cases, including town and village green cases, alongside issues relating to highways law. George Laurence QC led on NHS Property Services Limited v Surrey County Council and Jones before the Court of Appeal, challenging the registration of hospital land in Surrey as a town green, with Simon Adamyk also involved. Paul Wilmshurst combines agricultural and real estate expertise, representing in cases relating to land access and development. Alexander Learmonth QC took silk in 2021, and is particularly known for his work on succession and agricultural estates.

Testimonials

Set

The set has substantial in-depth expertise in a number of areas, including agriculture, property disputes (both public and private) and administrative law. New Square Chambers can field individuals with expertise in any aspect of those areas. Members of Chambers have appeared in this field at all levels of the hierarchy, from public inquiries to County Court to High Court to Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court and Privy Council. They offer a remarkable pool of knowledge and expertise.

Clerking

The clerks have outstanding knowledge of practice and procedure and are always available.

The clerks’ room provided a first-class support service to George Laurence whilst he was working in Newcastle.