Set Profile > Chambers of Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Stephen Jourdan QC > London, England
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Chambers of Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Stephen Jourdan QC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Agriculture Tier 1
The ‘pre-eminent set for agricultural work’, members of Falcon Chambers possess considerable experience in tenancies, development issues, the Agricultural Holdings 1986 Act, and proprietary estoppel in the context of farming families. Emily Windsor recently acted in Trustees of the Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Charity Trust v. Millgate, a leading piece of litigation concerning restrictive covenants which prevented the development of a rural site. In another set highlight, Caroline Shea QC appeared in the Court of Appeal in Moore v Moore which concerned the satisfaction of equity in a farm-related estoppel dispute.
Property litigation Tier 1
Falcon Chambers specialises in property litigation and associated areas and is hailed as the ‘pre-eminent set’ at the property Bar. Among its areas of expertise are enfranchisement, compulsory purchases, mineral rights, telecoms matters, and Land Registry issues. In a recent highlight, Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC acted in S. Frances Ltd v Cavendish, a Supreme Court case which reversed decades of Court of Appeal precedent concerning the extent to which a landlord’s intention to redevelop a property must be unconditional when opposing the grant of a new business tenancy. Elsewhere, Stephen Jourdan QC appeared in the Privy Council on appeal from the Court of Appeal of The Bahamas in Bannerman Town etc. Association v Eleuthera Properties. The matter concerned a complex title dispute of 2,000 acres of land in The Bahamas. The arrival of Camilla Chorfi from Selborne Chambers bolstered the set’s landlord and tenant offering.
For its ‘sheer strength and breadth of expertise’, Falcon Chambers is ‘the pre-eminent set’ for property litigation and agricultural work, while it also has an ‘excellent reputation’ in planning law, making it a go-to set for many instructing solicitors. In addition to offering ‘the best QCs in the business and very strong junior talent too’ they are also ‘phenomenally good value’. Stephanie Tozer took silk in 2019. The clerks’ room is led by senior clerk Johnathan Stannard, with first junior Joanne Mea and second junior James Clarke in support. Edith Robertson is chambers director. Offices in: London
Chambers of Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Stephen Jourdan QC > Firm Profile
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.
|Chambers director||Edith A Robertson|
|Senior clerk||Johnathan Stannard|
|Members of Chambers||WOOD CBE QC, Derek (1964)|
|Members of Chambers||GAUNT QC, Jonathan (1972)|
|Joint Head of Chambers||FETHERSTONHAUGH QC, Guy (1983)|
|Members of Chambers||REYNOLDS QC, Kirk (1974)|
|Members of Chambers||KARAS QC, Jonathan (1986)|
|Members of Chambers||SMALL QC, Jonathan (1990)|
|Joint Head of Chambers||JOURDAN QC, Stephen (1989)|
|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||MOSS, Joanne R (1976)|
|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||COWEN, Gary (1990)|
|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||ROSENTHAL, Adam (1999)|
|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)|
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