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Tanfield Chambers

London Bar > Property litigation Tier 2

Tanfield Chambers are well established as experts in a variety of specialist fields such as landlord and tenant, commercial real estate and real property. The last year has seen the set grow in key areas such as the Electronics Communications Code, building safety, fire safety and secured lending work. Philip Rainey KC is part of the counsel team for the Ministry of Defence in Annington Property Ltd v Secretary of State for Defence in a judicial review of test claims to enfranchise houses previously entered into a sale and leaseback with Annington. Mark Loveday acted for the defendant in FirstPort Property Services v Settlers Court, the first right to manage case to reach the Supreme Court. James Fieldsend was involved in Alberti v Cadogan Estates, a prominent leasehold enfranchisement matter concerning the extent to which a tenant improvement – which caused one flat to be turned into five flats by 1971 – should be considered for enfranchisement valuation purposes.

Leading Silks

Philip Rainey KCTanfield Chambers ‘Philip has a very technical brain, and can digest information at lightning speed.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Polli KCTanfield Chambers ‘Tim is amazing. His written submissions in particular are beguiling and are so persuasive. Reading his work is a joy. He is so easy to work with and quite obviously cares about all of the matters he takes on.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Butler KCTanfield Chambers ‘Andrew is excellent in all respects. His legal and tactical advice is confident and direct and he is not afraid of nailing his colours to the mast when it comes to making tough calls on strategy. His pleadings are excellent and his skills as a trial advocate go from strength to strength.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Heather KCTanfield Chambers ‘His advocacy is first-rate, and his judgement first-class. A top notch silk held in the highest regard. A real team player – willing to make himself available when needed.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Isaac KCTanfield Chambers ‘Nick is very good at controlling the lay client and getting to the heart of the issues. He has an air of confidence which is important for clients.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Michael BuckpittTanfield Chambers ‘Michael is phenomenal both as an advocate and in his written work. He is a tenacious advocate and whilst always courteous to his opponent, he leaves them with no place to go.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel DovarTanfield Chambers ‘Daniel gives quick, clear, accurate and decisive strategic advice. He has a wide breadth of experience in landlord and and tenant matters, particularly with tribunal work.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark LovedayTanfield Chambers ‘What Mark doesn't know about service charges is not worth knowing; he is the oracle. He is incredibly hardworking, responsive and is considered and commercial in his approach. He is a tenacious advocate and a pleasure to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Carl FainTanfield Chambers ‘Highly effective and very user-friendly.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Piers HarrisonTanfield Chambers ‘Knows his stuff. Gets to the issues very quickly. Clear commercial advice. Effective advocate. Straight forward and pleasant to deal with.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Sam Madge-WyldTanfield Chambers ‘Sam is incredibly knowledgeable and has an encyclopedic knowledge of residential landlord and tenant law.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Katie Gray – Tanfield Chambers ‘She is always very responsive and reliable. The written advice she delivered to us is almost akin to a piece of fine art, always a joy to read through.’
Ranked: Tier 5


‘The clerks are always helpful and quick to respond. They are reasonable when discussing fees.’

‘Clerks are all excellent. In particular I would single out Alex Southern.’

‘The clerks at Tanfield are very quick to respond with details of availability and provide assured assistance when preparing for a hearing.’

‘The clerks are always courteous, helpful and of great assistance when dealing with emergency listings.’

‘Tanfield is renowned for its property offering and in particular we use them for their enfranchisement offering as well as substantial and complex property disputes.’

‘Tanfield are excellent and their conferences and training are market leading.’

‘Tanfield Chambers is easily one of the best sets for leasehold enfranchisement and property litigation. They have a depth and range of counsel available to suit any matter upon which we require assistance.’

‘Tanfield Chambers has always been approachable, reliable and able to deliver quality barristers for each of the matters we have sought to instruct them on and they have a full spectrum of experience for what we have needed.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Professional negligence

Leading Silks

Andrew Butler KCTanfield Chambers ‘Andrew gives confident and robust advice. He is clear and definitive in his advice to clients explaining very clearly where he thinks they have a good or bad case. This makes it easy for clients to make decisions as to how to proceed.’
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Social housing

Leading Juniors

Sam Madge-WyldTanfield Chambers 'Sam is extremely knowledgeable, and brings careful thought to his cases. His advocacy is measured, clear and thorough, presenting a clear route for the court.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Head of Chambers: Philip Rainey KC
Chief Executive: Walter Womersley
Tenants: 50

THE CHAMBERS Tanfield is a leading property set handling all aspects of property work.  Recognised by the legal directories for its excellence in residential landlord and tenant work, real property and commercial real estate disputes, Tanfield is said to “lead the field” as a result of its “impressive barristers” and “outstanding strength in depth” as well as its “outstanding professionalism” and “excellent” client service.

WORK UNDERTAKEN Tanfield focuses on all sectors of the property market including residential and commercial property, agriculture and rural affairs, infrastructure including telecommunications, natural resources and the environment as well as development.  Members also cover general commercial as well as a wide range of private client disputes.

Members have specialist expertise in established areas such as service charges, enfranchisement, boundary and party wall disputes, rights to light and insolvency related property litigation as well as emerging areas such as telecommunications and building safety.

As well as appearing in some of the most significant and precedent shaping cases, Tanfield’s members also write, edit and contribute to leading academic texts such as Landlord & Tenant Review, Service Charges and Management: Law and Practice; Commercial Property Litigation; Leasehold Enfranchisement: Law & Practice; Where is my boundary?; Business Premises: Possession & Lease Renewal, Defending Possession Proceedings; Boundaries & Easements and A practical guide to the Electronic Communications Code for property lawyers.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers RAINEY KC, Philip (1990)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL KC, Iain (2012)
Members of Chambers HEATHER KC, Christopher (2017)
Members of Chambers BUTLER KC, Andrew (2018)
Members of Chambers POLLI KC, Timothy (2018)
Members of Chambers ISAAC KC, Nicholas (2019)
Members of Chambers GUY, David (1972)
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 ALIKER, Phillip (1990)
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 CARR, Adrian (1999)
Members of Chambers GLOVER, Marc (1999)
Members of Chambers FAIN, Carl (2001)
Members of Chambers CARPENTER-LEITCH, Tom (2002)
Members of Chambers HAMMOND, Tim (2003)
Members of Chambers UPTON, Jonathan (2004)
Members of Chambers LEAR, Estelle (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 HAYDEN-COOK, Mitchell (2016)
Members of Chambers EDMONDS, Ceri (2017)
Members of Chambers GREEN, Mattie (2019)
Members of Chambers ROWAN, Hugh (2021)
Members of Chambers MILLER, Richard (2021)
Members of Chambers HIGGO, Annie (2022)
Members of Chambers MARTIN, Michael (2022)
Members of Chambers BURZIO, Christy (2010)
Photo Name Position Profile
Richard Alford photo Richard Alford Richard Alford has an established and growing practice focusing on property and…
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…
Robert Bowker photo Robert Bowker Robert Bowker has over 20 years’ experience in property-related work. Robert was…
Kerstin Boyd photo Kerstin Boyd Kerstin has three principal areas of practice: private client, clinical negligence and…
Kerry Bretherton photo Kerry Bretherton Kerry Bretherton KC practices in the field of Property, Property Development and…
Kerry Bretherton photo Kerry Bretherton Kerry Bretherton KC practices in the field of Property, Property Development and…
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 ‘Incredibly impressive on the detail – commercial in his approach, with superb…
Tom Carpenter-Leitch photo Tom Carpenter-Leitch Tom Carpenter-Leitch practices within most areas of property law, with a particular…
Adrian Carr photo Adrian Carr Adrian Carr has broad experience in all aspects of landlord & tenant,…
James Castle photo James Castle James accepts instructions in all areas of property law, and specialises in…
Rebecca Cattermole photo Rebecca Cattermole Rebecca specialises in real property and all aspects of landlord and tenant…
Robyn Cunningham photo Robyn Cunningham Robyn’s practice covers all areas of property litigation as well as probate…
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…
Carl Fain photo Carl Fain Carl Fain has a specialist property and chancery practice, with a focus…
James Fieldsend photo James Fieldsend James Fieldsend is a specialist property practitioner. James is ranked as a…
Stan Gallagher photo Stan Gallagher Practice is exclusively in the field of real property and related areas,…
Marc Glover photo Marc Glover Marc Glover has a successful chancery practice, covering the areas of property,…
Amanda Gourlay photo Amanda Gourlay Amanda Gourlay’s practice focuses on property matters. Amanda came to the Bar…
Richard Granby photo Richard Granby Richard Granby’s practice encompasses all of Chambers’ core practice areas spanning the…
Katie Gray photo Katie Gray Katie accepts instructions across all areas of property law, specialising in real…
Mattie Green photo Mattie Green Mattie joined chambers in September 2021 following the successful completion of her…
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 Hammond photo Tim Hammond Tim Hammond has a predominantly real property and landlord and tenant practice.…
Piers Harrison photo Piers Harrison “Extremely approachable, knowledgeable and quick on his feet.” Chambers and Partners 2018…
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…
Nicholas Isaac photo Nicholas Isaac Nick is described by Chambers and Partners as “Utterly brilliant… and incredibly knowledgeable” “a…
Sara Jabbari photo Sara Jabbari Sara has a busy practice spanning all areas of property and landlord…
Karen Jones photo Karen Jones As former chief legal adviser to the Country Land and Business Association…
Charles Joseph photo Charles Joseph Charles Joseph is a barrister specialising in most areas of modern chancery…
Estelle Lear photo Estelle Lear Estelle has experience in all areas of family law and has appeared…
Mark Loveday photo Mark Loveday Recently acknowledged by the Supreme Court as a “specialist” property counsel, Mark’s…
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,…
Iain Mitchell photo Iain Mitchell Iain G Mitchell QC, was called to the Scottish Bar in 1976,…
Nicola Muir photo Nicola Muir Nicola Muir specialises in all aspects of landlord and tenant and real…
Timothy Polli photo Timothy Polli Timothy Polli QC specialises in property law and the associated professional negligence,…
Philip Rainey photo Philip Rainey Philip is head of chambers, and took Silk in 2010 “…to the unequivocal delight…
Philip Rainey photo Philip Rainey Philip is head of chambers, and took Silk in 2010 “…to the unequivocal delight…
Sebastian Reid photo Sebastian Reid Sebastian Reid is an established member of Tanfield Chambers, practising mainly in…
Michael Walsh photo Michael Walsh Clients told Legal 500 2022: “Michael is operating well above his level. He…
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