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Chambers of Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Stephen Jourdan QC
Falcon Chambers
FALCON COURT
LONDON
EC4Y 1AA
England

Position

All aspects of property and agricultural litigation, including insolvency, telecoms professional negligence and partnership, with considerable experience of leading in heavy valuation cases.

Career

Qualified as a solicitor 1987; called 1989; Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division); QC 2009; Recorder (Civil); Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber – Land Registration). Publications: ‘Adverse Possession’; consultant editor for ‘Boundaries’ title in ‘Halsbury’s Laws’ (5th edition).

Education

Trinity College, Cambridge (1984 MA Law, first).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Agriculture

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Jourdan QCFalcon Chambers

Falcon Chambers remains a top choice for agricultural work, offering significant senior and junior expertise on a diverse range of issues, including high-value cases, issues of historical law, and regular high-level representations. Specialist expertise includes partnership law, proprietary estoppel, boundaries issues, restrictive covenants, shooting and hunting rights and development rights, alongside a notable telecoms offering, an area of strength for new Silk Oliver Radley-Gardner QC. Stephen Jourdan QC led on Earl of Plymouth v Rees, a Court of Appeal case relating to a landlord’s rights of entry to agricultural land to carry out surveys, including installing unmanned bat detectors, against the wishes of a tenant in advance of a planned development on the land. Caroline Shea QC has broad expertise across agricultural tenancies, succession and easement and covenant cases. Jonathan Karas QC remains a highly respected figure, regularly leading other QCs, and combines property and agricultural expertise, particularly in high-value transactional disputes, development, and farming cases. Catherine Taskis QC took silk in 2021, and has litigation experience at all levels in cases involving agricultural holdings, succession, notices to quit and farming partnerships.

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Jourdan QCFalcon ChambersStephen has an incisive legal mind which can unpick a complex issue ridiculously quickly. He has both an eye for detail (and is willing to get into it) and a feel for how the court is likely to decide a technical legal point. He is ruthless in cross-examination, especially of expert witnesses.

Falcon Chambers offers broad expertise at junior and senior level across the full range of property litigation matters, with members involved in a number of top cases during 2020, including high-profile and legally significant proceedings relating to rights to light, nuisance, rent obligations during Covid-19, and and telecoms issues. Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Elizabeth Fitzgerald represented the management of the Tate Modern in the high-profile Fearn v Trustees of the Tate Gallery case, relating to the gallery’s viewing platform, with the case resulting in a ruling that nuisance did not extend to overlooking. Stephen Jourdan QC and Emily Windsor  were involved in Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust v Housing Solutions, the first case concerning the public interest requirement on applications to discharge restrictive covenants to reach the Supreme Court. Gary Cowen QC, Fetherstonhaugh QC and Fitzgerald have also been involved in several precedent-setting cases relating to retail tenants and their obligations to pay rent during the Covid-19 pandemic. The set’s senior expertise was bolstered by Oliver Radley-Gardner QC and Catherine Taskis QC taking silk during 2021; Taskis has a notable specialism in agricultural property disputes, and Radley-Gardner has expertise in telecoms, mortgage, and adverse possession cases.