Set Profile > Falcon Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Stephen Jourdan QC
Falcon Chambers

Agriculture Tier 1

Hailed as ‘the leading set for agricultural litigation’, Falcon Chambers runs a notably broad caseload which includes land ownership, partnership disputes, proprietary estoppel, boundary issues and restrictive covenants. Caroline Shea QC and Catherine Taskis were recently involved in the Court of Appeal case of Kingsley v Kingsley; a farming partnership dispute which arose following the death of one partner and gained significance due to its clarification of the compatibility between TOLATA and Article 1 of the Human Rights Convention. Elsewhere, Stephen Jourdan QC successfully acted for the defendants in the High Court case of Windsor-Clive v Rees. The matter arose in connection with a proposed development and subsequent injunction sought by neighbouring farm owners. Members are also well-versed when it comes to development, shooting, hunting, mine and mineral rights.

Leading Silks

Stephen Jourdan QC - Falcon ChambersNobody knows more than him in agriculture.
Ranked: Tier 1
Caroline Shea QC - Falcon ChambersCaroline finds the angles and strategies in a case that other counsel miss. She doesn't get lost in the detail, her thoroughness focuses the detail to the clients' advantage. She has excellent rapport with clients who feel comfortable and confident in discussing the case fully with her. She is a forceful and effective advocate. The complete barrister!
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Karas QC - Falcon ChambersHe has excellent expertise, efficiency and personable nature.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Catherine Taskis QC - Falcon ChambersShe is an excellent practitioner in this area - very quick to pick up and grasp the issues, and excellent technical knowledge.
Oliver Radley-Gardner QC - Falcon ChambersOne of the market’s best for agricultural matters.

Leading Juniors

Edward Peters - Falcon ChambersStrengths - very bright, dedicated and hard working and very good with the clients. My go to barrister where the stakes are high.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emily Windsor - Falcon ChambersHer client skills are second to none. She has the ability to put clients at ease and convey the legal and commercial issues effectively, demonstrating very sound judgement. When it comes to advocacy and negotiation, Emily is "an iron fist in a velvet glove" - she is assured, determined and tenacious and a superb advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ciara Fairley - Falcon ChambersShe is a talented advocate who fights hard for her client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jamie Sutherland - Falcon ChambersInsightful knowledge of agricultural holdings and is very good at cutting through complex issues and putting in a simple way with modern comparators. This is a very niche area and his knowledge and capability in this area instils confidence from the outset.
Ranked: Tier 3
Greville Healey - Falcon ChambersHe is clearly a formidable practitioner. Among his specialisms are arbitrations over agricultural holdings and injunctions relating to land.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph Ollech - Falcon ChambersAlways a pleasure to instruct - hard-working and bright, with an appetite for getting under the surface of a case. He has expertise in riparian and coastal land, as well as mooring rights.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property litigation Tier 1

Hailed as ‘the strongest set for property litigation’, Falcon Chambers is home to ‘unparalleled strength and depth’. Its members are active on all property litigation fronts with distinguished expertise in compulsory purchases, easements, restrictive covenants, mines and minerals, enfranchisement, Land Registry issues and telecoms matters. Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC recently appeared in the high-profile case of Fearn v Trustees of the Tate Gallery, a Court of Appeal matter where neighbouring flat owners sought an injunction on the grounds that a viewing platform at the Tate Modern overlooked their property. Elsewhere, Emily Windsor and Stephen Jourdan QC acted on Trustees of the Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust v Millgate; the matter is currently on appeal to the Supreme Court and is being closely monitored due to its consideration of whether a restrictive covenant can be retrospectively modified on the grounds of public interest. Further strengthening the set at the top end, both Gary Cowen and Adam Rosenthal took silk in 2020.

Rising stars

Toby Boncey - Falcon ChambersToby is very focussed on detail. He really knows the law inside out and you have complete confidence in his advice. He is a gentle and steady advocate, not brash or loud, comes across confidently in the court room. He is very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tricia Hemans - Falcon ChambersAn up-and coming-name for mortgage, enfranchisement and property-related family disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC - Falcon Chambers Guy is a superb advocate and a great speaker. I thought his submissions at trial were outstanding and he kept the judge in the palm of his hand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Jourdan QC - Falcon ChambersA walking brain. Always full of novel and clever ideas and arguments to improve the client's position.
Ranked: Tier 1
Janet Bignell QC - Falcon ChambersJanet gives robust advice and is able to get to grips with the detail of a complex matter very quickly. She handles clients with ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Karas QC - Falcon ChambersHe has an ability to slice through volumes of paper to identify the real issues in a case; he is authoritative and commanding in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Caroline Shea QC - Falcon ChambersDefinitely one of the brightest barristers out there.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Sefton QC - Falcon ChambersHe is a very helpful; a notable QC.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Stephanie Tozer QC - Falcon ChambersProvides good commercial advice at short notice and good with clients.

2020 Silks

Gary Cowen QC - Falcon ChambersGary is technically excellent and his advice is clear. He is commercially aware, friendly and extremely helpful when it comes to explaining strategies to clients. He is happy to ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure the clients fully understand and agree with the course of action, always promoting a calm, structured and methodical approach.

Adam Rosenthal QC - Falcon Chambers ‘Impressive, a standout counsel. He has worked tenaciously on very high profile cases with us and has always exceeded expectations so we value his ability to create persuasive arguments, deal with advice with great commerciality and be sensitive to client objectives.

2021 Silks

Oliver Radley-Gardner QC - Falcon ChambersHe really is brilliant, resourceful and grounded; is a real whizz at telecoms.
Catherine Taskis QC - Falcon ChambersShe is extremely impressive, both in writing and on her feet.

Leading Juniors

Wayne Clark - Falcon ChambersExcellent on Landlord and Tenant matters, particularly the Telecoms Code.
Ranked: Tier 1
Martin Dray - Falcon ChambersAn effective advocate for commercial tenant cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Anthony Radevsky - Falcon ChambersHe has a strong track record and is highly rated in this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emily Windsor - Falcon ChambersShe is a real go-to senior junior, especially for landlord and tenant matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nathaniel Duckworth - Falcon ChambersA true expert when it comes to landlord and tenant disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Greville Healey - Falcon Chambers Very bright indeed. Excellent with the clients - they feel very confident with him. Able to give clear and commercial advice in lay terms, while also being technically very strong. Very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Letman - Falcon ChambersA go-to name for enfranchisement, contested service charge and major disrepair claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Peters - Falcon ChambersHe has a very good manner with clients and can deal with difficult conversations with diplomacy and tact.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tamsin Cox - Falcon ChambersShe has a textbook knowledge on rent reviews. She is responsive, technically excellent and has a real "can do" and team-orientated approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Elizabeth Fitzgerald - Falcon ChambersElizabeth is an outstanding technical lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joseph Ollech - Falcon ChambersHis written work is excellent, and he has much better forensic aptitude than many others at the property bar.
Ranked: Tier 3
Phil Sissons - Falcon ChambersAn expert in both commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Camilla Chorfi - Falcon ChambersMs Chorfi is a reliable, tenacious and extremely bright advocate. She is able to get to grips with complex issues quickly and is very user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Cecily Crampin - Falcon Chambers Cecily is very clever, well organised and always well prepared. She is approachable, a team player and easy to work with. We have had a number of notable successes for one particular client who is very impressed with her.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kester Lees - Falcon ChambersHis advice is clear and concise; translating complex concepts into simple, easy to understand advice. He is very responsive and strategic in his approach. He gained the trust and confidence of our lay client extremely quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4

Ciara Fairley - Falcon Chambers ‘A highly analytical mind. Exceptional at cutting through enormous amounts of factual evidence. Great with clients. Very approachable and easy to work with.

Ranked: Tier 5

Professional negligence

Leading Juniors

Camilla Chorfi - Falcon ChambersShe is great at getting into the complex detail of a case.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

In recent news for specialist property set Falcon Chambers, Martin Dray was appointed a Deputy Master of the Chancery Division; Janet Bignell QC appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge; Gary Cowen QC and Adam Rosenthal QC took silk in March 2020.



John Stannard and Joanne Meah deserve a special mention for their client focused approach.

Clerks work to find a solution, especially when timescales are tight. John Davitt in particular is very good to work with.

Excellent. John Stannard is a joy to work with and his team are exceptionally responsive, friendly and helpful.

I very much rate the clerks at Falcon Chambers, in particular Joanne Meah. She is responsive, helpful and always tries to help match the right barrister to the right case for the right fee (which she invariably does).

Joanne Meah is a first rate clerk. She goes out of her way to assist, she is responsive and client friendly.

John Stannard is a very helpful and efficient senior clerk. Top billing goes to Edith Robertson the Chambers director. Joanne Meah has been a first class addition to the team.

First class clerks room. Also special mention to Billie and the reception team who are always polite, charming and helpful.

John Stannard is an excellent Senior Clerk – responsive to deadlines and sensitive to client issues. Joanne Meah is also very well regarded. The other members of staff within chambers are also very helpful and user-friendly: Billie-Jean Marcelle is an ever-polite receptionist and takes care of clients; Karen Richards is an understanding fees clerk who is keen to work with us to resolve any issues and Candi Percival has worked tirelessly throughout the lockdown period to ensure that Chambers keeps up its marketing efforts despite the impact of COVID-19.

The clerks are extremely proactive (Sam Kennett and Joanne Meah deserve special mention). They stand head and shoulders above other clerking teams and cannot be more helpful.

The clerks are friendly, approachable and nothing is too much trouble for them.


A very professional and able set.

Falcon Chambers are clearly the leaders in their field. All counsel I have worked with are at the top of the game and that is reflected across the chambers.

Falcon chambers are undoubtedly in the first rank for property litigation. Members of chambers are all of the highest calibre.

Falcon Chambers is an excellent place to go to if you have property issues – they are all very polite and extremely talented, including the clerks.

Falcon Chambers is one of the pre-eminent sets for property related disputes fielding a number of barristers at different levels of PQE.

Falcon is still the best set for property law. Their availability is very good and the clerks are very helpful. They provide very good training.

In terms of technical expertise they are very advanced.

Falcon is the pre-eminent set for real property disputes, standing head and shoulders above the others.

I regard Falcon Chambers as my go-to set for all property-related matters.

I would assess that Falcon Chambers remain the leading property set. The recent series of Zoom webinars have been excellent.

The set is extremely strong and surprisingly reasonably priced compared to other property litigation sets. Its reputation remains second to none.


Chambers specialises in litigation and advice on all aspects of the law of property and matters relating to it. Falcon Chambers is regarded as one of the leading sets for property litigation and commercial property, as well as landlord and tenant and agricultural law.

The set: Members of chambers work principally in the litigation of the many aspects of real property and property-related law, and also in advisory and drafting work in the same fields. All kinds of property are dealt with: commercial, residential, agricultural, leisure, marine, retail and other more specialised areas.

Members aim to give the same degree of commitment to clients irrespective of their identity, size or financial power. Members of chambers strive to give down-to-earth, straightforward and commercially astute legal advice to clients.

A number of members are authors or editors of leading textbooks in their specialist fields, including Woodfall on Landlord and Tenant, Megarry on the Rent Acts, Muir Watt and Moss on Agricultural Holdings, Megarry & Wade Law of Real Property, Gale on Easements, Fisher and Lightwood Law of Mortgage, The Electronic Communications Code and Property Law, Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement, Registered Land and Commonhold.

Chambers organises the Blundell Lectures every year. All members belong to the Chancery Bar Association, the Property Bar Association and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association. Joanne Moss is a past chairman of the Agricultural Law Association.  Emily Windsor is a past chair of the Young Bar and a past member of the Bar Standards Board.

Types of work undertaken: All members are expert in landlord and tenant law, including commercial property, rent review, residential landlord and tenant, and agricultural holdings, tenancies and production controls.

They also provide expertise in the more general areas of property law, including easements, restrictive covenants, mortgages, conveyancing, co-ownership and trusts of land, options, rights of pre-emption, the Telecommunications Code, mining and mineral rights.

Members are frequently instructed in cases where property rights and principles of insolvency law meet, and where claims for negligence arise against solicitors and surveyors. Some members specialise in the fields of town and country planning, compulsory purchase, EU competition law, and building and engineering disputes.

Chambers is frequently involved in advisory and litigious work in other jurisdictions, particularly in other common law countries in the Commonwealth.

Members of chambers appear in appeals to the Privy Council and have appeared or advised in relation to disputes in Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Brunei, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Jordan, Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak), Mauritius, Northern Ireland, the Seychelles, Singapore, Scotland and Ukraine.

Even in member’s specialist fields, a good deal of their work is concerned with contract law and statutory interpretation. Their activities in commercial property matters have given them considerable expertise in arbitration law and practice, and in work involving valuers and the principles of valuation. Chambers has strong links with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Though litigation is the core of member’s work, they have always carried out a substantial volume of advisory work. Some of this work is connected with actual or prospective litigation, but much is purely advisory.

Chambers accepts work through the Bar Council’s Licensed Access scheme in appropriate cases. Members also accept appointments as arbitrators, legal assessors or experts.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers director Edith A Robertson
Senior clerk Johnathan Stannard
Joint Head of Chambers FETHERSTONHAUGH QC, Guy (1983)
Joint Head of Chambers JOURDAN QC, Stephen (1989)
Members of Chambers WOOD CBE QC, Derek (1964)
Members of Chambers GAUNT QC, Jonathan (1972)
Members of Chambers REYNOLDS QC, Kirk (1974)
Members of Chambers KARAS QC, Jonathan (1986)
Members of Chambers SMALL QC, Jonathan (1990)
Members of Chambers BIGNELL QC, Janet (1992)
Members of Chambers SHEA QC, Caroline (1994)
Members of Chambers SEFTON QC, Mark (1996)
Members of Chambers TOZER QC, Stephanie (1996)
Members of Chambers COWEN QC, Gary (1990)
Members of Chambers ROSENTHAL, QC Adam (1999)
Members of Chambers RADEVSKY, Anthony (1978)
Members of Chambers CLARK, Wayne (1982)
Members of Chambers DENYER-GREEN, Barry (1972)
Members of Chambers LETMAN, Paul (1987)
Members of Chambers DRAY, Martin (1992)
Members of Chambers TANNEY, Anthony (1994)
Members of Chambers TASKIS, Catherine (1995)
Members of Chambers WINDSOR, Emily (1995)
Members of Chambers PETERS, Edward (1998)
Members of Chambers FITZGERALD, Elizabeth (2001)
Members of Chambers HEALEY, Greville (2002)
Members of Chambers DUCKWORTH, Nathaniel (2002)
Members of Chambers RADLEY-GARDNER, Oliver (2003)
Members of Chambers COX, Tamsin (2005)
Members of Chambers SISSONS, Philip (2005)
Members of Chambers OLLECH, Joseph (2006)
Members of Chambers CHORFI, Camilla (2008)
Members of Chambers CRAMPIN, Cecily (2008)
Members of Chambers SUTHERLAND, Jamie (2010)
Members of Chambers LEES, Kester (2010)
Members of Chambers FAIRLEY, Ciara (2011)
Members of Chambers BONCEY, Toby (2013)
Members of Chambers HEMANS, Tricia (2013)
Members of Chambers PETRENKO, Julia (2013)
Members of Chambers TIPLER, James (2013)
Members of Chambers GALTREY, Mark (2015)
Members of Chambers BENNISON, Gavin (2015)
Members of Chambers DODDS, Imogen (2017)
Members of Chambers ROTHWELL, Thomas (2017)
Members of Chambers SCHOFIELD, Fern (2018)
Members of Chambers RANSON, Michael (2019)
Members of Chambers SHAH, Kavish (2019)
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