Andrew Bruce > Chambers of Alan Boyle QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Alan Boyle QC
Serle Court
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Andrew is a leading senior junior in real estate litigation and has been described as “an exceptional talent in the property sphere”. Andrew regularly advises land-owners, developers, land-promoters and public authorities and has a particular expertise in land covenants, easements and registration matters.  Andrew has a strong commercial/chancery background and is regarded as “an amazing advocate who is approachable and easy to deal with”.  In addition to his broad property-based practice, Andrew has developed an outstanding reputation in art law and cultural property matters.  As well as acting in claims against auction houses in respect of negligent advice or misattribution, he has also advised in connection with claims about the manuscripts of Sir Malcolm Arnold, the sculptures of Henry Moore, numerous religious artefacts and various loans secured on collections of cars and wine. Andrew also regularly acts in high-value commercial litigation and is a “skilful advocate” who is “effective in digging under the surface to uncover the real issues”.


Called to the Bar in 1992 (Harmsworth Exhibitioner and Benefactors’ Scholar of the Middle Temple). Joined Serle Court from 3 Paper Buildings, Temple in 1999. Appointed Deputy District Judge in 2004 and Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (Land Registration) in 2008.  In 2019 Andrew was appointed to the pool of arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Art in The Hague.


Property Bar Association (Committee member 2003-09); Chancery Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.


Colfe’s School, London; Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA US; Jesus College, Oxford (1990 MA Jurisprudence).


Honorary Legal adviser at Swanley CAB (2001-2012). Past captain of Leigh Cricket Club. Married with three daughters.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

Within: Leading Juniors -

Andrew Bruce

Serle Court

Very clever and excellent in dealing with complex property issues.

Serle Court is ‘a very good set for property litigation work’ that directs specific focus towards easements, covenants, options, land registrations, and trusts. Christopher Stoner QC recently acted on behalf of approximately 100 owners of chalets in the Court of Appeal case of Phillips & Others v Francis, pertaining to service charge issues arising from a redevelopment. In another highlight instruction, Andrew Bruce acted in Humphrey v Rogers, a High Court matter relating to the conversion of a farm building into residential accommodation.

London Bar > Professional negligence

Within: Leading Juniors -

Andrew Bruce

Serle Court

Experienced in professional negligence cases.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Art and cultural property - Leading Juniors -

Andrew Bruce

Serle Court

He is very good on the technical law and incisive cross-examiner.