Property and construction in Regional Bar
Exeter-based KBG Chambers' members advise and appear in tribunals and courts, supplemented by the family team in trusts of land work. The set handles niche local matters, such as homelessness, manorial law and the Cornish stannary law which regulates tin mining, as well as mainstream areas of litigation that provide instructions from across the country. 'An imaginative and creative barrister who looks beyond the obvious to identify compelling argument', Rawdon Crozier leads the civil group and has particular experience in service charge litigation.
Magdalen Chambers' commercial, property, and Chancery team handles national cases as well as those on the Western Circuit. Russell James specialises in housing and homelessness work, acting often for clients with disabilities, as well as taking on landlord and tenant, as well as boundaries and easements work. Natasha Bellinger has particular expertise in social housing, specialising in possession claims, injunctions, and committals. She uses her practice in personal injury and environmental law to take on cross-discipline matters, such as occupier's liability. Also of note, the set recently introduced a direct access platform.
Members of Pump Court Chambers advise and represent clients in litigation before the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and Adjudicator to the Land Registry. Cases include possession proceedings, conveyancing disputes and village green inquiries. Stephen Jones heads the property team and is experienced in commercial lease cases. He is also frequently instructed in tenancy matters and edits the landlord and tenant section of The Green Book and Butterworths Civil Court Precedents.
St John's Chambers members appear in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the new Property and Business Courts in Bristol. Leslie Blohm QC acted for the respondents in Toms v Rubery, a forfeiture action against a public house, and Haddock v Churston Golf Club, on whether a burdensome obligation is compulsory. Charles Auld ran a successful appeal against the Church of England's claim to adverse possession of a burial vault. John Sharples appeared in a case on an informal alteration of boundaries and rights of way. Christopher Jones handles litigation and landlord and tenant disputes, with expertise in agricultural issues. Rebecca Taylor has wide experience of construction disputes.
Guildhall Chambers' Ewan Paton sits as a part-time judge and takes on litigation from easements to disputes over multimillion-pound developments. Deputy district judge William Batstone handles agricultural and rural property disputes, such as representing a farmer's widow who had been served notice to quit. A fellow deputy district judge, Matthew Wales leads the team and appears in neighbour disputes on rights of way and construction of developments. Michael Selway has expertise in adverse possession, tenancy, and Chancery work, acting in a rare case on the Housing (Wales) Act. George Newsom has retired.
3PB offers a specialist construction team, which comprises of FIDIC adjudicators and members qualified in the construction profession. The set also provides private client expertise for matters such as insolvency where LPA receivers are instructed. Clients include developers, insurers and individuals instructing through direct access. Matthew Cannings heads the property and estates team and undertakes landlord and tenant work and neighbour disputes, often involving time in court. Antonietta Grasso acts for landlords and tenants, including vulnerable clients, in judicial reviews, handling boundary, trespass, and property damage disputes. Paul Newman is well known for undertaking a wide range of construction disputes across the region. Robert Weatherley is considered a go-to for various property-related commercial disputes.