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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 ChambersNobody knows more than him in agriculture.

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.

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Jourdan QCFalcon ChambersA walking brain. Always full of novel and clever ideas and arguments to improve the client’s position.

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.