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Tanfield Chambers
Tanfield Chambers

London Bar > Property litigation Tier 2

Tanfield Chambers is a focused property set with strong expertise across residential landlord and tenant work, real property, and commercial real estate disputes, alongside specialist areas such as party walls. Head of chambers Philip Rainey QC and Ellodie Gibbons represented the landlord in Sequent Nominees Ltd (Formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd) v Hautford Ltd before the Supreme Court, securing a ruling preventing a tenant from obtaining planning permission without the landlord's permission. Another major case for Rainey QC was the successful in the Court of Appeal in enfranchisement case LM Homes v Queen Court Freehold Company Ltd, which also featured Carl Fain on the counsel team for the tenants. Kerry Bretherton QC is representing the hotel in Poste Hotels v Cousins, a High Court case relating to rights of way, arguing that the hotel owner had acquired by prescription a right of way over the cul-de-sac giving access to the laundry, which had been repeatedly blocked by the opponent's car, which both parties have sought permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. Christopher Heather QC continues to represent the restaurant chain in the Performance Retail (General Partner) Ltd v Wagamama Ltd case relating to interpretations of a lease agreement.

Rising stars

Edward Blakeney  - Tanfield ChambersEd is excellent; a star of the future. Unflappable, hard working, willing to get stuck in, clever and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Philip Rainey QC - Tanfield ChambersPhilip is an extremely good advocate. He has a very persuasive and effective style. He is very technical and breadth of his legal knowledge is extremely impressive. He finds solutions to very difficult issues particularly on complex enfranchisement matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Bretherton QC - Tanfield ChambersKerry is incredibly knowledgeable and can put complex law into lay terms for clients to understand. She is calm and confident when advocating. She is realistic in managing the client's expectations and instills confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Heather QC - Tanfield ChambersA very calm and highly effective advocate. Technically excellent but also commercial in his approach. A pleasure to work with and great to have on your team. An increasingly well known "go to" QC for high value and complex enfranchisement work - at the very top of the list.
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Polli QC - Tanfield ChambersHighly intelligent but understated, forensic and considered. Always looks at every angle which makes him one of my top counsel of choice - the client is exceedingly well informed and he does not fight battles for the sake of it but picks the one which will succeed. Very good on his feet and persistent in a calm way. Very accessible and gives clients a lot of confidence. A quality counsel.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Butler QCTanfield Chambers 'Incredibly impressive on the detail - commercial in his approach, with superb drafting skills. He gets on very well with clients. Robust and calls it as he sees it - he doesn't sit on the fence but gives clear, definitive and reasoned advice.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

James FieldsendTanfield ChambersVery knowledgeable and thorough whilst also being incredibly approachable. Working with him feels very much like a team effort and the attention to detail and precision they bring to each case is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael BuckpittTanfield Chambers 'Michael is a go-to barrister. He is extremely user friendly, nothing is too much trouble for him and he goes the extra mile. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and someone who you always want in your corner.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel DovarTanfield ChambersVery able, knowledgeable, personable, commercial and reliable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Carl Fain - Tanfield ChambersCarl is an exceptional barrister who is able to very quickly grasp the key elements of a dispute and provide clear and succinct advice. He is also very commercial and particularly persuasive on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marc Glover - Tanfield ChambersMarc is extremely sharp and focused and brilliant with clients. I have no hesitation in instructing him on tricky matters. Marc cuts to the important issues quickly providing excellent strategic advice. On his feet he has a heavyweight presence. An all-round magnificent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ellodie Gibbons - Tanfield ChambersGreat technical ability but down to earth, and able to explain issues easily to lay clients. She also has great client inter-personal skills, is able to cut straight through to the issues and is commercial too.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Piers Harrison - Tanfield ChambersPiers is highly skilled, and intellectual but very personable. He comes over excellently with the client. He is never dry or boring, whatever the subject matter. Piers' other strength is his extremely sharp mind. He has a highly inquisitive and brilliant side to him born out of a natural academic sense of curiosity. That makes him ideal for creative, sound legal argument. He is excellent on his feet and on paper and his enthusiasm shines through. He is without doubt one of the leading minds in his area.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Loveday - Tanfield ChambersMark is an approachable, user friendly barrister who is able to work at a number of different levels. His range of knowledge and experience in relation to enfranchisement and also service charge matters is impressive. He comes over very well with clients and is also highly responsive and sharp. On his feet Mark is excellent. Mark is an exceptional character and a great wit, as well as an intellect. In court or tribunal he is a skilled advocate and handles witnesses with a disarming ease. His management of evidence is exemplary and his judicial experience shines through. Mark is an all round professional and at the top of his game. In short, everything and more you would want a barrister in this niche area to be.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicola Muir - Tanfield ChambersNicola has an excellent grasp of technical enfranchisement matters and arguments (particularly in terms of valuation) and consistently obtains exceptional results which makes her the preferred counsel of several of our clients. Nicola provides straight-forward yet accomplished advice which is a hugely beneficial to both her instructing solicitors and their clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Upton - Tanfield ChambersJonathan is quietly confident and learned, a strong intellect and someone who has really established his own name as a leading practitioner in restrictive covenant and residential law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael WalshTanfield Chambers 'Michael is operating well above his level. He provides brilliant advice that commits to what approach should be taken, which instructing solicitors and lawyers love. Michael is very professional, works brilliantly with all members of the team, and rigorous in his analysis of the law, but also very tactically astute as to how to take the advantage in cases.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3



They have real strength in residential landlord and tenant including leaseholds. The volume and quality of their commercial property and real property work has improved.

This set is incredible and I only have good things to say about them, we always receive a very high level of service from both barristers and clerks. I would always come to Tanfield for residential matters and am keen to use them more on the commercial real estate disputes I am dealing with.

Tanfield Chambers are very easy to work with and our firm has an excellent working relationship with Counsel and clerks alike. The advice and advocacy from the chambers is exemplary and they are noted for making Counsel available to assist with matters at short notice when required.

Without exception every barrister i have instructed within Tanfield has been first class. They are all extremely easy to work with and nothing is ever too much of a problem.


‘I work mainly with Alex Southern who is brilliant and always finds the right counsel for the job – he knows his set and their skills very well – he also seems to know which counsel will work best for particular cases.’

‘Richard Powell is a star. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘The clerks are incredibly helpful, know the barristers well and recommend the right person for the job at the right level and fee. Billy Forecast is always my first choice of clerk.’

Excellent. So helpful and accommodating.

Clerks are all good, I have never had cause to complain. What I like is that in any question of fees or availability they are very responsive and clearly have a modern relationship with their counsel. I have also found them accommodating where needs have been pressing or a client’s situation has meant that out of hours availability has been needed. Their speed of response is excellent.

London Bar > Agriculture

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

Leading Juniors

Kerstin Boyd - Tanfield ChambersKerstin is conscientious and provides realistic advice from the outset. A junior who will always go the extra mile to ensure the best case is presented.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gwyn Evans - Tanfield ChambersGwyn is details-orientated and able to distil complex information in a clear and concise way. A barrister who inspires confidence easily.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gerald Wilson - Tanfield ChambersGerald is exceptionally strong with tax issues, and he puts clients at ease, explaining each case at the right level of complexity for each client.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Social housing

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 4
Sam Madge-Wyld - Tanfield ChambersSam has broad expertise in all matters relating to social housing. Sam is capable of spotting the important points in cases that might otherwise seem unwinnable.
Ranked: Tier 4

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
Head 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 BUTLER QC, Andrew (2018)
Members of Chambers POLLI QC, Timothy (2018)
Members of Chambers ISAAC QC, Nicholas (2019)
Members of Chambers GUY, David (1972)
Members of Chambers MONKCOM, Stephen (1974)
Members of Chambers DENCER, Mark (1978)
Members of Chambers BOYD, Kerstin (1979)
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 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 FRAME, Stuart (1997)
Members of Chambers MUIR, Nicola (1998)
Members of Chambers HORMAECHE, Alex (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 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)
Members of Chambers WALSH, Michael (2006)
Members of Chambers EVANS, Gwyn (2007)
Members of Chambers JABBARI, Sara (2007)
Members of Chambers MADGE-WYLD, Sam (2008)
Members of Chambers DOLIVEUX, Diane (2011)
Members of Chambers ALFORD, Richard (2011)
Members of Chambers HAMERTON-STOVE, James (2012)
Members of Chambers GRANBY, Richard (2012)
Members of Chambers GRAY, Katie (2013)
Members of Chambers CUNNINGHAM, Robyn (2014)
Members of Chambers BEETSON, Will (2015)
Members of Chambers CASTLE, James (2015)
Members of Chambers SHERIDAN, Chloe (2015)
Members of Chambers BLAKENEY, Edward (2017)
Members of Chambers HAYDEN-COOK, Mitchell (2016)
Members of Chambers EDMONDS, Ceri (2017)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Richard Alford  photo Richard Alford Employment; general commercial litigation; company law
 Phillip Aliker  photo Phillip Aliker His practice comprises multi-jurisdictional commercial contractual disputes for corporations and governments of…
 Michael Bailey  photo Michael Bailey Michael qualified in 1986 and has always had a wide ranging common…
 Christopher Bamford  photo Christopher Bamford Christopher’s practice focuses on personal injury and employment, as well as gaming…
 Will Beetson  photo Will Beetson Having established a busy practice at another leading set, Will was recruited…
 Edward Blakeney  photo Edward Blakeney Edward joined Chambers in September 2018, having been supervised by Timothy Polli QC, Mark…
 Robert Bowker  photo Robert Bowker Robert Bowker has nearly 20 years’ experience in property-related work. He was…
 Kerstin Boyd  photo Kerstin Boyd Kerstin has three principal areas of practice: private client, clinical negligence and…
 Kerry Bretherton photo Kerry Bretherton Kerry’ s work Is in the field of commercial and residential property…
 John Buck  photo John Buck Junior Counsel
 Michael Buckpitt  photo Michael Buckpitt Property litigation in particular: Real property – all issues concerning real property…
 Andrew Butler  photo Andrew Butler All aspects of commercial and property litigation, with a particular emphasis on…
 Tom Carpenter-Leitch  photo Tom Carpenter-Leitch Tom has built up a niche area of expertise within Insolvency law,…
 Adrian Carr  photo Adrian Carr Adrian has broad experience in all aspects of landlord & tenant, real…
 James Castle  photo James Castle James Castle accepts instructions in all areas of property law, with a…
 Rebecca Cattermole  photo Rebecca Cattermole All aspects of commercial and residential property litigation (including agriculture and housing).…
 Christopher Coney  photo Christopher Coney In addition to general common law and Chancery work, all areas of…
 Robyn Cunningham  photo Robyn Cunningham Robyn Cunningham completed pupillage at Tanfield Chambers under the supervision of Adrian Carr, Piers…
 Mark Dencer  photo Mark Dencer Mark Dencer is Counsel of choice for a variety of London and…
 Diane Doliveux  photo Diane Doliveux Diane joined Tanfield in September 2015 on successful completion of her pupillage.…
 Daniel Dovar  photo Daniel Dovar Specialising in real property and leasehold law with an emphasis on landlord…
 Ceri Edmonds  photo Ceri Edmonds Ceri Edmonds joined Chambers in September 2019 on successful completion of her…
 Gwyn Evans  photo Gwyn Evans A member of the private client team at Tanfield Chambers, Gwyn specialises…
 Carl Ian Fain  photo Carl Ian Fain Property and chancery practice with a focus on landlord and tenant. Work…
 James Fieldsend  photo James Fieldsend Landlord and tenant (both commercial and resldential): property ownership (legal and equitable);leasehold…
 Stuart Frame  photo Stuart Frame Stuart Frame has a Real Property practice based on neighbouring land disputes…
 Stan Gallagher  photo Stan Gallagher Practice is exclusively in the field of real property and related areas,…
 Ellodie Gibbons  photo Ellodie Gibbons Property litigation (including property-related professional negligence). Particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, right…
 Marc Glover  photo Marc Glover All aspects of property, commercial and company litigation.  Within property, a particular…
 Amanda Gourlay  photo Amanda Gourlay All areas of landlord and tenant, with particular emphasis on residential and…
 Richard Granby  photo Richard Granby Richard Granby’s practice encompasses all of Chambers’ core practice areas spanning the…
 Katie Gray  photo Katie Gray Having completed pupillage in Chambers, Katie became a junior tenant in 2014…
 David Guy  photo David Guy Every type of commercial and common law case in the High Court…
 James Hamerton-Stove  photo James Hamerton-Stove James has a busy practice in the full range of Chambers’ work.…
 Tim Mark Hammond  photo Tim Mark Hammond Property – litigation; property – landlord and tenant.
 Piers Harrison  photo Piers Harrison Piers’s practice covers all areas of property law. He has a particular…
 Mitchell Hayden-Cook  photo Mitchell Hayden-Cook Mitchell Hayden-Cook commenced his third-six pupillage at Tanfield in September 2018, having…
 Christopher Heather photo Christopher Heather Landlord and tenant (commercial, residential, and enfranchisement) real property and associated professional…
 Alejandra Hormaeche  photo Alejandra Hormaeche
 Nicholas Isaac  photo Nicholas Isaac As a property litigator with extensive experience in all aspects of property…
 Sara Jabbari  photo Sara Jabbari Sara Jabbari joined Chambers in 2011 and developed a specialist property practice…
 Karen Jones  photo Karen Jones As former chief legal adviser to the Country Land and Business Association…
 Gareth Jones  photo Gareth Jones Gareth is an associate tenant at Tanfield and  focuses his practice on…
 Charles Joseph  photo Charles Joseph Commercial and business law; real property and related areas; arbitration; bankruptcy and…
 Estelle Lear  photo Estelle Lear Estelle has experience in all areas of family law and has appeared…
 Mark Loveday  photo Mark Loveday Property law, with a particular emphasis on enfranchisement, service charges and management,…
 Catriona MacLaren  photo Catriona MacLaren Catriona’s practice divides between private client and employment law.  Private Client Within…
 Sam Madge-Wyld  photo Sam Madge-Wyld All aspects of residential and commercial landlord and tenant and real property…
 Christopher Maynard  photo Christopher Maynard Specialist advice and advocacy, principally in the field of property litigation, for…
 Iain Mitchell photo Iain Mitchell Iain G Mitchell QC was called to the Scottish Bar in 1976,…
 Stephen Monkcom  photo Stephen Monkcom Stephen has been included as an expert in licensing, particularly betting, gaming…
 Nicola Muir  photo Nicola Muir All aspects of residential and commercial property litigation including landlord and tenant…
 Olivia Murphy  photo Olivia Murphy Olivia Murphy has been a specialist Family practitioner since pupillage. She has…
 Timothy Polli  photo Timothy Polli Real property disputes concerning boundaries, adverse possession, easements and restrictive covenants (for…
 Philip Rainey photo Philip Rainey All aspects of commercial and residential property litigation (including social housing); also…
 Sebastian Reid  photo Sebastian Reid Civil common law with occasional forays into matrimonial finance and children. Main…
 Chloe Sheridan  photo Chloe Sheridan Chloe Sheridan is developing a broad property and commercial practice. In March…
 Jonathan Upton  photo Jonathan Upton Jonathan specialises in property disputes.  He has been recognised as a Leading…
 Michael Walsh  photo Michael Walsh Michael’s practice encompasses all aspects of the law of property and associated…
 Gerald Wilson  photo Gerald Wilson Gerald Wilson specialises in family and property law, focusing on matrimonial finance,…
 Gemma de Cordova  photo Gemma de Cordova Property litigation (commercial and residential); business and commercial; general chancery; mediation. Gemma…