Rupert Cohen > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Rupert has a successful property practice allied with a specialist knowledge of costs law. He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s B Panel) in 2020 and is an ADR Accredited Mediator.

He is described in the directories as “Able to get to the root of a technical and novel point with ease, precision and clarity.” “He is proactive and strategic in ways that set him apart. When I work with Rupert, I always feel like we’re one step ahead of our opponent.” “very bright and is always a pleasure to work with.” “very knowledgeable and results-oriented.” “Provides clear commercial advice and is excellent to work with.” (Chambers & Partners, 2019). “One of the leading juniors at the Bar in costs.” (Legal 500, 2019). “exceptionally clever and a joy to work with. He’s well ahead of his year of call and his advice is always on time, to the point and concise’”(Chambers & Partners2018) and “An exceptional barrister with abilities that far surpass his year of call” (Legal 500, 2017).

Recent cases

  • Acting for the successful appellant before the Court of Appeal in Lejonvarn v Burgess [2020] EWCA Civ 114 concerning the application of indemnity costs as punishment for the pursuit of a weak claim.
  • Acting for the successful claimant before Lane J in Fuseon Ltd v Senior Courts Costs Office [2020] EWHC 126 (Admin) to set-aside a decision of a Master on the basis of unjustness and errors of law.
  • Acting for the successful appellant before the Court of Appeal in Global Assets Advisory Services Ltd v Grandlane Developments Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1764 concerning the interpretation of CPR Part 36 and 44.
  • Acting for the successful objectors to an application to modify/discharge restrictive covenants pursuant to s.84 LPA 1925 before the Upper Tribunal in Willis v Rollins [2019] UKUT 315 (LC).
  • Acting for the successful respondent concerning the scope of a solicitor’s retainer before Stewart J in Blyth v Nelsons Solicitors Ltd [2019] EWHC 2063 (QB).
  • Acting for the successful appellant (led by Nick Bacon QC) in West v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWCA Civ 1220 concerning the new test of proportionality.
  • Acting for the Lord Chancellor (the successful applicant) in Somaia, Re [2019] EWHC 1227 (QB) concerning the scope of s.17 Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.
  • Acting for a major high street bank in the FTT (Property Chamber) Land Registration Division in a case concerning allegations of forgery and undue influence.
  • Acting in a 3 day trial before HHJ Petts in Cardiff County Court concerning an allegation of negligent misrepresentation in a Sellers Property Information Form.
  • Successfully defending a claim for a declaration as to the proper construction of a rent charge (expedited appeal to Chancery List in CLCC to be heard in June 2018).
  • Acting for the LAA in a judicial review before Mrs Justice McGowan in R (Ezeugo) v Director of Legal Aid Casework [2018] EWHC 691 (Admin).
  • Advising a major London university on the existence of a prescriptive easement over land intended for substantial redevelopment.
  • Representing the Home Secretary in an application for wasted costs against civil servants before McCloskey J in Awuah v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKFTT 555 (IAC); [2017] 4 Costs L.R. 615
  • Acting in the seminal case Willow Court Management Co v Alexander [2016] UKUT 290 (LC) [2016] L. & T.R. 34 before the Deputy Chamber President of the Upper Tribunal (Martin Rodger QC) concerning the proper interpretation of Rule 13 of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Property Chamber) Rules 2013.


  • Property Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
  • CADR Mediator
  • CFLA


  • ADR Group Accredited Mediator
  • First class degree (Christ Church, Oxford) – 2009
  • Distinction (GDL) – 2010
  • Very Competent (BPTC) – 2011
  • Academic scholar at Christ Church, Oxford
  • Hardwicke, Denning and Bowen scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Rupert CohenLandmark Chambers ‘Rupert has an extremely solid background and knowledge base in the area of legal costs.’

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Rupert CohenLandmark ChambersRupert has intelligence, charm and strategic nous in equal measure. He inspires supreme confidence in his clients, especially when it comes to real property disputes.

Landmark Chambers had another outstanding year and solidified themselves as a leading set for property litigation; boasting a wealth of experience from the more general landlord-tenant and real property issues, to the more specialist insolvency-related litigation, right to mange cases and Covid-19 rent arrears matters. The senior ranks were strengthened by Toby Watkin KC and Galina Ward KC taking silk, the only new property litigation silks in 2022. Tom Weekes KC acted for the appellants before the  Supreme Court in the high-profile Fearn v Trustees of the Tate Gallery case concerning the Tate Modern’s viewing gallery. Toby Watkin KC has acted for the real estate company in Annington Property Ltd v Ministry of Defence, one of the largest and most complex series of rent review arbitrations ever conducted. The sets strength in depth was illustrated in Firstport Property Services v Settlers Court RTM; where juniors Simon Allison, Kimberley Ziya and Rupert Cohen successfully represented the appellant in a landmark Supreme Court decision, shifting the law surrounding the right to manage with significant consequences for the government’s legislative proposals to the existing scheme. Justin Bates has developed an impressive specialism in leasehold disputes and the addition of Andy Creer from Gatehouse Chambers adds further telecoms expertise.