23 Essex Street members undertake both local and national litigation, as well as mediation and arbitration, with a team that combines work on property and business issues. Brad Pomfret specialises in commercial and residential mortgage disputes, acting for lenders. Stephen Pritchett has a wealth of experience in property-related disputes. Recent instructions of note include SHB Realisations Limited v Cribbs Mall Nominee Limited.
Property and construction in Regional Bar
9 St John Street
9 St John Street's business and property group places emphasis on client needs. The majority of its work lies in litigation and interim remedies, such as injunctions. Richard Price acted in Smith v Watson, a case on the ownership of part of the River South Tyne after post-flooding works were carried out. He focuses on real estate litigation, wills and probate, and negligence of solicitors and surveyors.
St John's Buildings
'Excellent all round' as he has 'never failed to get a good result', Philip Byrne of St John's Buildings is particularly adept at 'unpicking matters that have become unnecessarily complex or confused, cutting through them and getting them where they need to be,' according to clients. Byrne is regularly instructed in matters pertaining to rights over land, boundary disputes, landlord and tenant, enforcement of covenants, professional negligence arising from property transactions, as well as construction disputes and TOLATA claims.
Lesley Anderson QC heads the business and property group at Kings Chambers and recently acted in an appeal against the decision that an airfield owner could gain planning permission for residential development. Paul Chaisty QC worked on the administration of My Local, involving 140 convenience stores, and claims for the possession of multimillion-pound residential properties. Nigel Clayton represented a range of lenders in defended mortgage possession cases over the past year, including nine consolidated high-value claims. Richard Lander undertakes real estate litigation for clients from large organisations to individuals, acting in a case involving fraudulent misrepresentations made during the sale of multimillion-pound commercial property. 'A brilliant advocate with superb technical knowledge', Andrew Singer QC is the go-to silk for construction-related disputes in the North.
Exchange Chambers provides a range of expertise in the property sector, including on cross-discipline matters such as probate. A specialist construction department advises on contracts and appears in the Technology and Construction Court. Neil Cadwallader takes on Chancery and commercial work in development disputes. Andrew Williams is instructed in property litigation, representing investors and leaseholders as well as an individual in an adverse possession claim. Lawrence McDonald handles work on boundaries, restrictive covenants, and rights to light, plus landlord and tenant issues. Paul Burns advises providers of social housing and local government and represented Wirral Council in a case regarding an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.