Kerry Bretherton QC > Tanfield Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Tanfield Chambers
Tanfield Chambers

Work Department

Commercial and residential property litigation and real property work


Kerry’ s work Is in the field of commercial and residential property transactions and real property work and she retains her specialism in housing (previously ranked In Band 1). Her work includes all aspects of housing management and property law Including but not limited to: all aspects of development Including affordable housing; possession Including adverse possession; restrictive covenants; public and private rights of way; commercial and residential L&T Including tenancy renewal, dilapidations and service charges. Kerry has frequently acted in high profile appeals In the Supreme Court and in the Court of Appeal on matters ranging from mortgage possession McDonald v McDonald (Supreme Court) to housing Haile (Supreme Court) and land registration Gold Harp (Court of Appeal) and commercial L&T London & Quadrant Housing Trust v Prestige Properties (Court of Appeal). Kerry has provided policy advice to central and local government, including high profile work as A Panel Government Counsel prior to her appointment to silk. Kerry accepts direct access work. Kerry has been described as “extremely strong in terms of her oral advocacy,” and

  • …excellent on her feet..Her “written work is exceptional,”.



Called: 1992; Lincoln’s Inn, elected to Bar Council 2009,appointed to Attorney General’s A Panel : 2012-2016. Appointed Panel Counsel for the Equality & Human Rights Commission: 2011. Appointed as Queen Counsel: 2016


Property Bar Association; ALBA.


Avonbourne School; Bournemouth College; University of Birmingham (BA English and History 2(2)); CPE law conversion course; BVC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Kerry Bretherton QCTanfield 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.

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.