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Irwin Mitchell

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James Pavey

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Irwin Mitchell

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Property practice group, Gatwick.


Director and partner in Thomas Eggar LLP’s property practice group, specialising in public and private law property dispute resolution. Sector focus: rural business and estates; high-net-worth individuals; and institutional landowners. Public law work: judicial review and statutory appeals; public inquiries and informal hearings; highways and public rights of way, town and village greens, environmental and planning. Private law work: adverse possession and boundary disputes; restrictive covenants; easements and profits-à-prendre; landlord and tenant; trespass and nuisance; commons; land registry rectification and indemnity. His reported cases include: R(oao Trail Riders Fellowship) v Dorset County Council – Administrative Court [2013] 1 All ER 209; R(oao Norfolk County Council & Devon County Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2011] BLGR 64 – Administrative Court; R(oao Breckland District Council & Ors) v Electoral Commission Boundary Committee for England [2009] PTSR 1611 – Court of Appeal; R(oao Winchester College & Humphrey Feeds Ltd) v Hampshire County Council [2009] 1 WLR 138 – Court of Appeal.


Trained Knights Solicitors; qualified 2001, assistant solicitor 2001-04, partner 2004-11; partner Thomas Eggar LLP 2011 to present. Current directorships: Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board (Director/Trustee). Publications of note: various articles in Estates Gazette and Solicitors Journal.


French and Italian (conversational).


Law Society; City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society; Cambridge University Land Society (former president); Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board (director/trustee); Country Land and Business Association (Policy Committee; Legal, Parliamentary and Property Rights committee; Kent committee; Access and Rights of Way Working Group); Code of Good Shooting Practice Steering committee.


Maidstone Grammar School; St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (MA (Hons)); College of Law (Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course).


Shooting, fly fishing, beagling, Travellers’ Club, Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

London: Real estate


Within: Planning

Carl Dyer leads the team at Irwin Mitchell, which specialises in the promotion of mixed-use regeneration schemes involving former brownfield land, often in the context of the redevelopment of former industrial land or education campuses. Associate Rachel Lee handles private and the public sector planning issues, with expertise advising on obtaining planning permission for development projects including large mixed-use urban regeneration schemes, town centre projects, and retail housing, commercial and industrial developments. James Pavey and partner Emily Williams are contentious planning specialists, leading a strong specialist planning litigation sub-team. Pavey also has particular expertise in rural planning, including heritage buildings and farm diversification schemes.

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Irwin Mitchell's agriculture and estate practice 'has emerged as a leader in this field in the South East', with clients singling out practice head James Pavey for his ability to combine 'a fantastic eye for detail, strong strategic and tactical nous, and a passion for client care'. The practice, which is formed of the merged teams from legacy firms Thomas Eggar and Berkeley Law, comprises  specialists who act for private, commercial and institutional clients in the rural sector, including 38 landed and agricultural estates on the full range of agricultural matters, from high-value tax planning advice to routine property management work. Recent highlights include acting for Denbies Wine Estate on the sale of development land forming part of a large rural estate; and advising a registered charity on the sale of a 15th century listed house in 22 acres of parkland, which involved handling planning issues related to its listed status and compliance with the Charities Act regarding the surveyor's report. Pavey's expertise encompasses public and private law advice on behalf of rural landholdings, high-net-worth individuals and institutional landowners. Also recommended are Iain MacLeod, who acts for large estates as well as smaller estates and farms; James Letchford, who relocated to the firm's Gatwick office in 2017 and acts for landowners in development matters; Andrew Parry, who has significant expertise in lifetime and post-death tax and succession planning; and senior associate Nicola Gooch, who handles rural planning and environmental matters.

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