Mr Andrew Williams > Exchange Chambers > Liverpool, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

Work Department

Property law


Andrew has a very specialised Real Estate litigation practice.  Unusually for a barrister outside London, he practises exclusively in the field of property law. Accordingly he has extensive experience of almost every type of property dispute.

The Legal 500 describes Andrew as being “formidable in court” and Chambers and Partners states that he has an “encyclopaedic knowledge of property litigation”.

He has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels all the way up to the House of Lords/Supreme Court.

As a former university lecturer in land law and with over 25 years’ experience at the Chancery bar, he is frequently involved in complex property litigation. He has appeared in numerous reported decisions and his articles on property law topics have been published extensively, mainly in specialist journals.

Andrew’s practice extends to:

  • All aspects of commercial & residential Landlord and Tenant: e.g. dilapidations, business tenancies, forfeiture, service charges, leasehold enfranchisement, agricultural tenancies
  • Proprietary estoppel, adverse possession, restrictive covenants, mortgages, sale of land, beneficial interest disputes
  • Solicitors negligence claims arising out of property transactions
  • Nuisance, boundary disputes, easements, possession claims
  • Property-based estates disputes and partnership disputes
  • Overage, options and land development disputes
  • Real estate litigation of all types


Called 1994


  • Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association (former committee member)
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association


  • Inns of Court School of Law (1993-94) (Entrance Scholar)
  • Birmingham University (1990-93)
  • Liverpool Blue Coat School (1983-90)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Property and construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew WilliamsExchange Chambers ‘Andrew is exceptionally bright, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of property law. Not only does he have a sharp intellect and an ability to think on his feet without ever giving the impression of being caught off guard or flustered, he is also extremely personable and engaging.’

At Exchange Chambers, the team’s workload includes public and private rights of way, highways and planning cases, disputes concerning registered land and conveyancing, and easements and boundaries issues. Andrew Williams specialises in real estate litigation; David Fearon and Simon Whitfield are key contacts in the group for construction and engineering disputes; and Lawrence McDonald is sought after for his expertise in handling disputes concerning rights to light, adverse possession, boundaries, and restrictive covenants. Brynmor Adams is also a key name and his practice mainly focuses on residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew WilliamsExchange Chambers ‘Andrew is exceptionally bright, and one of his strengths, if not his greatest, is his ability to simplify and take people through what are often complicated areas of law, without being condescending, aloof, or arrogant. Not only does he have a sharp intellect and an ability to think on his feet without ever giving the impression of being caught off guard or flustered, he is also extremely personable and engaging, both in and out of court.’

Exchange Chambers ‘is a good set for Chancery work’, and its members have substantial expertise in traditional Chancery law, including real property, wills, trusts, and the administration of estates, probate, and mortgages. Andrew Williams has a property-based Chancery practice, and both Scott Redpath and George Rowell are skilled in tax law mandates. Andrew Vinson exclusively acts in Chancery and commercial work, and the set is also home to John Waiting, who has expertise in trust litigation. Graham Sellers joined the team from Atlantic Chambers in June 2023.