Firm Profile > Judge & Priestley LLP > Bromley, England

Judge & Priestley LLP

Debt recovery Tier 1

Judge & Priestley LLP have 'a great depth of experience' in debt recovery, enforcement actions and also provide a subrogated recovery service for insurance companies. The firm serves a broad client roster including local authorities, utilities companies, financial and professional service providers and leading insurers. The practice has a niche specialisation in residential and local authority debt recover, in such areas as recovery of community infrastructure levies. Key figures in this sizable group include Mark Oakley for service charge recovery, Rachel Addai for local authority and insolvency-related matters, and Uday Patel for commercial debt claims.


Judge & Priestley have a great depth of experience within their teams in respect of leasehold issues and service charges. There is very good communication from the team. They respond very quickly when we have urgent cases that require assistance.

I find Judge & Priestley to be a very reliable law firm, they are always on hand to give me advice and guidance with any questions or queries I may have. They are always speedy with their responses and often follow up after the advice has been given which is appreciated.

Mark Oakley provides excellent support, has excellent skills and knowledge when it comes to complex leasehold cases. Any legal advice requested is provided on time , is very clear and covers the topic in depth with clear explanations of the case law. ‘

Uday Patel is fantastic, his level of knowledge on our industry is outstanding and I know I can trust the advice he gives me.’


Social housing Tier 2

Judge & Priestley LLP's practice has undergone significant expansion, with it adding two new solicitors to the team in March 2019. The firm has a strong track record in contentious housing management matters, including possession claims, and cases concerning anti-social behavior and nuisance. In a notable development, following a competitive tender process, the firm was appointed to act for the London Borough of Southwark on disrepair cases. The firm also advises the same client on housing management and property litigation (including leasehold matters). Social housing head Nitika Singh is recommended for complex housing management litigation, including cases concerning homelessness, allocations and succession. Mark Oakley leads the property litigation practice.


Team is especially knowledgeable about the processes involved in recovering leasehold service charges‘.


Key clients

London Borough of Southwark

Barnet Homes

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Lambeth

Wandle Homes

Birmingham City Council

Phoenix Community Housing Association

Private Housing Solutions

Let 2 Barnet

Open Door Homes

Founded in 1889 with an office in Bromley and Beckenham, this practice has always looked to move with the times, while not forgetting that expert service and value for money never go out of fashion. It prides itself on providing high-quality, value-for-money legal services for businesses, local authorities, housing associations and individuals alike, who value trusted independent and expert advice.

The firm: Judge & Priestley is one of the leading providers of legal services in the London Borough of Bromley and more widely across the South East. Supported by ongoing investment in the latest technologies and its skilled workforce, it is developing an increasingly national presence in areas of key competency and specialism. The practice has long-standing commercial clients of all sizes across many business areas and in the public sector, and a thriving practice delivering support and legal advice to private individuals.

The firm’s commitment to quality and high levels of service has been recognised by several independent external bodies. The practice has been awarded the Law Society’s rigorous Practice Management Standard Lexcel. It also holds the ‘Investors in People’ award, which confirms the commitment to staff training and development. The firm takes security of client data very seriously and was awarded the ISO27001 IT data security standard in 2016.

Types of work undertaken: The property litigation and housing management teams have long been recognized in the Legal 500 for their expertise in Social Housing matters and advise on a range of contentious property matters. The housing management team has been acting, predominantly for landlords, for over 20 years. Clients include leading London local authorities and housing associations such as LB Southwark, LB Havering, Barnet Homes and Wandle Housing Association etc. along with developers and private landlords. The team advise on all aspects of leasehold management and a variety of other litigious matters including disrepair claims, possession proceedings, squatters, unauthorised occupiers, adverse possession claims, and nuisance-related matters.

J&P Credit Solutions, the specialist debt recovery department of the practice, has grown significantly in recent years. The department has an excellent reputation in the industry in key specialist areas including local authority debt recovery, utilities collections and subrogated insurance losses arising from road traffic claims for example. The team has over 20 years’ experience in acting for local authorities and represents an ever growing number of London boroughs and Midlands authorities, assisting and supporting a variety of debt recovery strategies including residential charges, home care charges, service charges, deceased debtor, CIL and sundry debts. The insurance team has also been recovering debts for insurance clients for over 20 years, and clients include several leading national insurers. The department has considerably expanded its bulk pre-legal capabilities as it looks to enhance its growing reputation in general commercial and consumer debt collections. It already works for many national and international businesses in the utilities, finance and other business sectors, providing efficient value-for-money solutions and working closely to align debt recovery processes with clients’ internal systems and workflows.

Judge & Priestley has one of the largest residential conveyancing teams in the SE London area with experienced partners for both professional property investors and private clients, and a separate team providing specialist advice on lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement.

The private client team focuses on wills, trusts and probate with a particular emphasis on contested probate, inheritance tax planning, elderly client services and trusts involving foreign jurisdictions.

The family team offers a full range of services covering family, children and divorce law and the private dispute resolution team assists individuals and businesses with all manner of disputes including employment law, contract disputes, insolvency and bankruptcy and professional negligence for example.

The commercial property team covers a range of work for businesses, including site acquisition, development, purchasing and selling or leasing commercial property. The company commercial team provides a broad spectrum of advice including business start-ups and structure, employment, sale and purchase of companies, partnership and shareholder agreements, management buy-outs and formation of limited liability partnerships.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Steven Taylor
Company commercial Neil Cuffe
Debt recovery Robert Davis
Debt recovery Mark Younger
Dispute resolution Mark Oakley
Employment and dispute resolution Paul Stevens
Family Kelly Sharman
Insolvency and bankruptcy Rachel Addai
Private client David Chandra
Commercial/property development Steven Taylor
Residential conveyancing Madelaine Henwood
Social housing management Nitika Singh
Social housing management Pamela Bachu
Number of UK partners : 15
Number of other UK fee-earners : 94
Number of consultants : 1
Total number of staff : 220