Property and construction in Regional Bar
The team at Exchange Chambers is experienced in planning and highways, rights of way and registration disputes, complemented by expertise in wills and probate, insolvency and trusts. Sixteen members are appointed by the Attorney General and a number of members also undertake property arbitration. William Hanbury frequently advises on professional negligence, such as errors in conveyancing, as well as working on a range of litigation including landlord and tenant, easements and boundary disputes.
Kings Chambers Geraint Wheatley successfully acted for the appellant in Thorpe v Frank, an appeal from the Upper Tribunal to the Court of Appeal concerning the law of adverse possession. The case is now one of the leading authority relating to the fundamental nature of the acts required to constitute the taking and retention of possession. Wheatley's practice focuses on the commercial sector, including transactional work such as options and title, while he also significant experience in landlord and tenant disputes, mortgages, banking, possession proceedings, and title rectification.
Elizabeth Darlington at Parklane Plowden specialises in property work with a trusts element, such as TOLATA claims, undue influence, and Inheritance Act claims. She acted in Sivil v Gough, a complex set aside of a property purchase involving capacity issues which resulted in a bare trust. Sean Kelly handles partnership property, conveyancing disputes and negligence, and commercial landlord and tenant. He recently appeared in a right-to-manage case and represented the tenant in a contested renewal.
Trinity Chambers' 'exceptionally well-rounded' Alice Richardson has 'real depth of knowledge in residential property law', with particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters and leasehold issues. She recently obtained permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal in Barton v Houldsworth Village Man Co Ltd, an appeal related to requests made to lessee-owned property management companies under section 116 of the Companies Act 2006.
Enterprise Chambers' real estate practice has seen a growth in work relating to development projects and enforceability of leases and mortgage agreements. Christopher Buckingham appeared in the well-known early neutral evaluation case Lomax v Lomax, as well as acting in a complicated possession claim after an inheritance. Dominic Crossley acts both for individuals and property developers, with particular expertise of the First-tier Tribunal's Land Registration Division. Bruce Walker specialises in commercial property but also undertakes wills and probate work. He has acted for clients in high-value claims, including a £2m proprietary estoppel claim and a family land trust dispute worth £7m.