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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.’

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.

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)
Richard Alford photo Richard AlfordEmployment; general commercial litigation; company law
Phillip Aliker photo Phillip AlikerHis practice comprises multi-jurisdictional commercial contractual disputes for corporations and governments of…
Michael Bailey photo Michael BaileyMichael qualified in 1986 and has always had a wide ranging common…
Christopher Bamford photo Christopher BamfordChristopher’s practice focuses on personal injury and employment, as well as gaming…
Will Beetson photo Will BeetsonHaving established a busy practice at another leading set, Will was recruited…
Edward Blakeney photo Edward BlakeneyEdward joined Chambers in September 2018, having been supervised by Timothy Polli QC, Mark…
Robert Bowker photo Robert BowkerRobert Bowker has nearly 20 years’ experience in property-related work. He was…
Kerstin Boyd photo Kerstin BoydKerstin has three principal areas of practice: private client, clinical negligence and…
Kerry Bretherton photo Kerry BrethertonKerry’ s work Is in the field of commercial and residential property…
John Buck photo John BuckJunior Counsel
Michael Buckpitt photo Michael BuckpittProperty litigation in particular: Real property – all issues concerning real property…
Andrew Butler photo Andrew ButlerAll aspects of commercial and property litigation, with a particular emphasis on…
Tom Carpenter-Leitch photo Tom Carpenter-LeitchTom has built up a niche area of expertise within Insolvency law,…
Adrian Carr photo Adrian CarrAdrian has broad experience in all aspects of landlord & tenant, real…
James Castle photo James CastleJames Castle accepts instructions in all areas of property law, with a…
Rebecca Cattermole photo Rebecca CattermoleAll aspects of commercial and residential property litigation (including agriculture and housing).…
Christopher Coney photo Christopher ConeyIn addition to general common law and Chancery work, all areas of…
Robyn Cunningham photo Robyn CunninghamRobyn Cunningham completed pupillage at Tanfield Chambers under the supervision of Adrian Carr, Piers…
Mark Dencer photo Mark DencerMark Dencer is Counsel of choice for a variety of London and…
Diane Doliveux photo Diane DoliveuxDiane joined Tanfield in September 2015 on successful completion of her pupillage.…
Daniel Dovar photo Daniel DovarSpecialising in real property and leasehold law with an emphasis on landlord…
Ceri Edmonds photo Ceri EdmondsCeri Edmonds joined Chambers in September 2019 on successful completion of her…
Gwyn Evans photo Gwyn EvansA member of the private client team at Tanfield Chambers, Gwyn specialises…
Carl Ian Fain photo Carl Ian FainProperty and chancery practice with a focus on landlord and tenant. Work…
James Fieldsend photo James FieldsendLandlord and tenant (both commercial and resldential): property ownership (legal and equitable);leasehold…
Stuart Frame photo Stuart FrameStuart Frame has a Real Property practice based on neighbouring land disputes…
Stan Gallagher photo Stan GallagherPractice is exclusively in the field of real property and related areas,…
Ellodie Gibbons photo Ellodie GibbonsProperty litigation (including property-related professional negligence). Particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, right…
Marc Glover photo Marc GloverAll aspects of property, commercial and company litigation.  Within property, a particular…
Amanda Gourlay photo Amanda GourlayAll areas of landlord and tenant, with particular emphasis on residential and…
Richard Granby photo Richard GranbyRichard Granby’s practice encompasses all of Chambers’ core practice areas spanning the…
Katie Gray photo Katie GrayHaving completed pupillage in Chambers, Katie became a junior tenant in 2014…
David Guy photo David GuyEvery type of commercial and common law case in the High Court…
James Hamerton-Stove photo James Hamerton-StoveJames has a busy practice in the full range of Chambers’ work.…
Tim Mark Hammond photo Tim Mark HammondProperty – litigation; property – landlord and tenant.
Piers Harrison photo Piers HarrisonPiers’s practice covers all areas of property law. He has a particular…
Mitchell Hayden-Cook photo Mitchell Hayden-CookMitchell Hayden-Cook commenced his third-six pupillage at Tanfield in September 2018, having…
Christopher Heather photo Christopher HeatherLandlord and tenant (commercial, residential, and enfranchisement) real property and associated professional…
Alejandra Hormaeche photo Alejandra Hormaeche
Nicholas Isaac photo Nicholas IsaacAs a property litigator with extensive experience in all aspects of property…
Sara Jabbari photo Sara JabbariSara Jabbari joined Chambers in 2011 and developed a specialist property practice…
Gareth Jones photo Gareth JonesGareth is an associate tenant at Tanfield and  focuses his practice on…
Karen Jones photo Karen JonesAs former chief legal adviser to the Country Land and Business Association…
Charles Joseph photo Charles JosephCommercial and business law; real property and related areas; arbitration; bankruptcy and…
Estelle Lear photo Estelle LearEstelle has experience in all areas of family law and has appeared…
Mark Loveday photo Mark LovedayProperty law, with a particular emphasis on enfranchisement, service charges and management,…
Catriona MacLaren photo Catriona MacLarenCatriona’s practice divides between private client and employment law.  Private Client Within…
Sam Madge-Wyld photo Sam Madge-WyldAll aspects of residential and commercial landlord and tenant and real property…
Christopher Maynard photo Christopher MaynardSpecialist advice and advocacy, principally in the field of property litigation, for…
Iain Mitchell photo Iain MitchellIain G Mitchell QC was called to the Scottish Bar in 1976,…
Stephen Monkcom photo Stephen MonkcomStephen has been included as an expert in licensing, particularly betting, gaming…
Nicola Muir photo Nicola MuirAll aspects of residential and commercial property litigation including landlord and tenant…
Olivia Murphy photo Olivia MurphyOlivia Murphy has been a specialist Family practitioner since pupillage. She has…
Timothy Polli photo Timothy PolliReal property disputes concerning boundaries, adverse possession, easements and restrictive covenants (for…
Philip Rainey photo Philip RaineyAll aspects of commercial and residential property litigation (including social housing); also…
Sebastian Reid photo Sebastian ReidCivil common law with occasional forays into matrimonial finance and children. Main…
Chloe Sheridan photo Chloe SheridanChloe Sheridan is developing a broad property and commercial practice. In March…
Jonathan Upton photo Jonathan UptonJonathan specialises in property disputes.  He has been recognised as a Leading…
Michael Walsh photo Michael WalshMichael’s practice encompasses all aspects of the law of property and associated…
Gerald Wilson photo Gerald WilsonGerald Wilson specialises in family and property law, focusing on matrimonial finance,…
Gemma de Cordova photo Gemma de CordovaProperty litigation (commercial and residential); business and commercial; general chancery; mediation. Gemma…