Set Profile > Tanfield Chambers > London, England

Tanfield Chambers
Tanfield Chambers

Property litigation Tier 2

At Tanfield Chambers, members provide ‘leading expertise in residential property’, including landlord and tenant, enfranchisement, and service charge disputes. Noted for its ‘good strength at the junior level’, the set is also home to a number of ‘excellent silks’ with Andrew Butler, in particular, demonstrating a particularly strong year. He recently appeared in the Supreme Court in Wells v Devani which concerned section 18 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 and also acted in the Court of Appeal case of Jones and another v Oven and another which pertained to a covenant dispute between adjoining landowners. In a boost to the set, Nicholas Isaac QC recently took silk.

Leading Juniors

Michael Buckpitt - Tanfield ChambersA brilliant technical thinker who is also great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Fieldsend - Tanfield ChambersAdopts a thorough, belt and braces, gold-plated approach to litigation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rebecca Cattermole - Tanfield ChambersExtremely incisive and tenacious, but also user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Dovar - Tanfield ChambersVery down to earth, responsive and commercial in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Carl Fain - Tanfield ChambersBright, thinks on his feet and is a team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Marc Glover - Tanfield ChambersGives focused, commercial advice and always gets to the crux of a dispute.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amanda Gourlay - Tanfield ChambersShe has encyclopaedic knowledge of residential leasehold issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Muir - Tanfield ChambersA leading player in residential disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Upton - Tanfield ChambersA specialist in residential service charge law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ellodie Gibbons - Tanfield ChambersHighly experienced and shrewd when dealing with judges.
Ranked: Tier 4
Piers Harrison - Tanfield ChambersExceptionally able, approachable and user-friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mark Loveday - Tanfield ChambersHe is a very reliable junior.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Walsh - Tanfield ChambersA robust advocate, user-friendly and extremely helpful.
Ranked: Tier 4
Niraj Modha - Tanfield ChambersWhilst always meticulously prepared, he is also extremely good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Silks

Philip Rainey QC - Tanfield ChambersExcellent, particularly on complex real property issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Bretherton QC - Tanfield ChambersShe has an incredible ability to be able to review large documents and pick out key information at breakneck speed.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Heather QC - Tanfield ChambersHe will make himself available whenever he possibly can to assist on new or ongoing matters.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

A top property set’, which was historically better known as a ‘tour de force for leasehold enfranchisement’, landlord and tenant, and service charges work, Tanfield Chambers’ commercial real estate experience is ‘considerable and growing’, and the set is now ‘used extensively by City firms for a broad range of property litigation’ matters. Solicitors also note that the set is ‘making a name for themselves in the right to light arena’. And when it comes to residential property instructions, ‘from silks down to the juniors, the fact they deal with residential work on a regularly basis really shows’.The ‘very collegiate set’ has members with ‘high technical standards’. ‘Their strength in depth is a real asset as they have a vast range of counsel from the junior to senior end. There is always someone that is available to take on matters.’ In recent news, Nicholas Isaac took silk in 2019. Eamonn Kelly is the set’s CEO. The senior practice managers are Alex Southern, the ‘personable and likeable’ Billy Forecast (‘has an uncanny ability to choose the right counsel for each piece of work both from a technical and budget perspective’), and Richard Powell, who ‘is a great addition to clerks’ room’. Senior practice manager Zoe Bluck has moved to The 36 Group. Offices in: London

Tanfield Chambers is a specialist property set and a ‘force to be reckoned with’ in real estate litigation. Operating from its own, member-owned premises just outside Gray’s Inn, Tanfield adopts a flexible and ‘unfussy’ approach, and is committed to excellent client care. All members, from its silks to its ‘junior juniors’, pride themselves on being open, friendly and approachable, and are supported by a responsive and helpful practice management team.

Types of work undertaken: The core of Tanfield’s work is real estate litigation, including commercial landlord and tenant, mortgages and securities, contractual sale of land, development agreements, overage, agricultural law, easements, public rights of way, restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, party walls, rights of light, trusts of land, service charges, residential landlord and tenant, leasehold enfranchisement, right to manage and social housing. The work extends into professional negligence, commercial and ADR and administrative law. Under the wing of its main specialism, Tanfield has a thriving private client and matrimonial finance practice and specialists in the Court of Protection.

Members of chambers write and lecture widely on real property issues and related topics. Recent/forthcoming publications include Service Charges and Management: Law and Practice, (4th ed); The Law and Practice of Party Walls; Megarry’s Manual of the Law of Real Property (9th ed) and Residential Possession Proceedings (10th ed).

The majority of members accept direct access instructions in appropriate cases.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers director Eamonn Kelly
Members of Chambers RAINEY QC, Philip (1990)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL QC, Iain (2012)
Members of Chambers BRETHERTON QC, Kerry (2016)
Members of Chambers HEATHER QC, Christopher (2017)
Members of Chambers CONRATH, Philip (1972)
Members of Chambers GUY, David (1972)
Members of Chambers MONKCOM, Stephen (1974)
Members of Chambers STADDON, Paul (1976)
Members of Chambers DENCER, Mark (1978)
Members of Chambers BOYD, Kerstin (1979)
Members of Chambers CONEY, Christopher (1979)
Members of Chambers CHEVES, Simon (1980)
Members of Chambers JOSEPH, Charles (1980)
Members of Chambers REID, Sebastian (1982)
Members of Chambers BAILEY, Michael (1986)
Members of Chambers LOVEDAY, Mark (1986)
Members of Chambers BAMFORD, Christopher (1987)
Members of Chambers BUCK, John (1987)
Members of Chambers BUCKPITT, Michael (1988)
Members of Chambers MAYNARD, Christopher (1988)
Members of Chambers WILSON, Gerald (1989)
Members of Chambers ALIKER, Phillip (1990)
Members of Chambers JONES, Gareth (1992)
Members of Chambers BUTLER, Andrew (1993)
Members of Chambers ISAAC, Nicholas (1993)
Members of Chambers MACLAREN, Catriona (1993)
Members of Chambers GALLAGHER, Stan (1994)
Members of Chambers JONES, Karen (1995)
Members of Chambers BOWKER, Robert (1995)
Members of Chambers DOVAR, Daniel (1997)
Members of Chambers FIELDSEND, James (1997)
Members of Chambers HARRISON, Piers (1997)
Members of Chambers POLLI, Timothy (1997)
Members of Chambers MUIR, Nicola (1998)
Members of Chambers HORMAECHE, Alex (1998)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Martina (1998)
Members of Chambers CARR, Adrian (1999)
Members of Chambers GIBBONS, Ellodie (1999)
Members of Chambers GLOVER, Marc (1999)
Members of Chambers CATTERMOLE, Rebecca (1999)
Members of Chambers FAIN, Carl (2001)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Olivia (2001)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Laura (2001)
Members of Chambers CARPENTER-LEITCH, Tom (2002)
Members of Chambers HAMMOND, Tim (2003)
Members of Chambers GOURLAY, Amanda (2004)
Members of Chambers UPTON, Jonathan (2004)
Members of Chambers de CORDOVA, Gemma (2006)
Members of Chambers LEAR, Estelle (2006)
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