Gavin McLeod > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS

Work Department

St Philips Business & Property Group


Gavin is an established junior who specialises in Chancery proceedings, especially real property (including as regards TOLATA, mortgages, and landlord and tenant), trusts, contentious probate/inheritance disputes, and related matters. Beyond this, he undertakes contract, commercial and tort cases raising various issues. These often include questions which overlap with his core areas of practice, such as regards fiduciary duties and nuisance or negligence in the context of property ownership. He is also instructed in matters concerning professional negligence, including notably allegations against solicitors undertaking real estate and private client work. Recent reported and cited cases have included Beriwala v Woodstone Properties (Birmingham) Ltd [2021] EWHC 609 (Ch), concerning the judicial discretion not to hand down a draft judgment upon the settlement of the parties; and Gavriel v Davis [2019] EWHC 2446 (Ch), dealing with the test for the summary determination of Part 8 proceedings in the context of a claim for remuneration by an executor.


Called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn), July 2010, with scholarship for the Bar year. Worked as a civil servant before pupillage.
Recent publication: The Traditional Concept Hits the Bunker: Easements after Regency Villas Title Ltd v Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd, Conveyancer and Property Lawyer (2019) 3, 250-273.


Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association.


Graduated with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Nottingham, followed by the University of Cambridge LLM.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Chancery, probate, and tax

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Gavin McLeodSt Philips Chambers ‘Gavin is extremely diligent, and he will properly consider everything and do a thorough and well-considered job. He is also very bright and wonderfully personable. He is an excellent and user-friendly barrister all round.’ 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Gavin McLeodSt Philips Chambers ‘Gavin is meticulous in his drafting and has a thorough working knowledge of property related issues and the law surrounding these. He is impressive on his feet, unflustered and thoroughly prepared for the advocacy in respect of which he is instructed. He is extremely personable and enjoys a good working relationship with clients from all walks of life. He is conscientious and goes the extra mile to consider the position before him and advise clients on how best to proceed.’