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Tanfield Chambers
Tanfield Chambers


Landlord and tenant (commercial, residential, and enfranchisement) real property and associated professional negligence. Cases include: Octagon Overseas Ltd v Coates [2017] UKUT 190 (LC) (management orders); Snowball Assets Ltd v Huntsmore House Freehold Limited [2015] UKUT 0338 (LC) (enfranchisement, development rights); Law Society v Shah [2015] 1 WLR 2094 (solicitors, discipline, jurisdiction of court); Merie Bin Mahfouz Company (UK) Ltd v Barrie House (Freehold Ltd) [2014] UKUT 0390 (LC) (collective enfranchisement, leases back, telecoms); Hauser v Howard De Walden Estates Ltd [2013] UKUT 597 (LC) (flying freeholds, enfranchisement, relativity); Rey-Ordieres v Lewisham LBC [2013] UKUT 14 (LC) (service charges, PFI); Beech v Kennerley [2012] EWCA Civ 158 (abandonment of easements); Barrie House Freehold Ltd v Merie Bin Mahfouz Company (UK) Limited [2012] EWHC Ch (enfranchisement, easements, injunctions); Hilmi Associates Limited v 20 Pembridge Villas Freehold Limited [2010] EWCA Civ 314 (enfranchisement, companies, notices).

Sub-editor of Service Charges and Management: Law and Practice.


Silk 2017; Called 1995; Middle Temple Thorne Scholar; Girton College, Cambridge and Hewett Comprehensive School, Norwich.


Chancery Bar Association, Property Bar Association, ALEP, Professional Negligence Bar Association.


Running, swimming and photography.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Christopher Heather QCTanfield 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.

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.