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Specialist in property, Chancery and commercial litigation (especially landlord and tenant, mortgages, partnership, real property) and sports law; cases include: Wilander & Novacek v International Tennis Federation (No 1) [1997] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 195 (validity of anti-doping rules and procedures), Wilander & Novacek v International Tennis Federation (No 2) [1997] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 293; Petr Korda v ITF Limited (trading as the International Tennis Federation) The Times 4 February 1999 Court of Appeal, The Independent 21 April 1999 (anti-doping rules and ability to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport); Foreman & Anor v O’Driscoll & Partners (a firm) [2000] Lloyd’s Rep PN 720 (professional negligence); R v Council for Licensed Conveyancers ex parte West [2000] EGCS 71 (judicial review of disciplinary process); Ipswich Borough Council v Duke; Ipswich Borough Council v Moore [2001] The Times 25 October (ownership of river bed/extinguishment of rights by statute/public right of navigation); HSBC Plc v McDonalds [2001] 3 EGLR 19 (rent review); Pound v Ashford Borough Council, [2004] IP & CR 2 (extent of compensation payable under Local Land Charges Act); Hawsbrook Leisure Ltd v Reece-Jones Partnership [2004] 2 EGLR 61 (Ch) (whether non-profit company limited by guarantee carrying on a business for the purposes of Landlord & Tenant Act 1954); Scottish & Newcastle v Raguz [2004] L & TR 11 (whether covenant implied by s24 one of the indemnity or guarantee and VAT issues); Scottish & Newcastle v Raguz (No 2) [2004] EWHC 1835 (test to be applied on application to strike out for want of disclosure; Leeds Rugby v Iestyn Harris of Bradford Bulls [2005] EWHC 1591 (preliminary issues on restraint of trade); Kilmartin v Safeway [2006] EGLR (application of RICS Code of Measuring Practice); Scottish & Newcastle v Raguz (No 3) [2008] 1 WLR 2494 (notices under L&TA 1987 and scope of indemnities); Greatorex v Newman [2008] EWCA Civ 1318 (inferences to be drawn when construing an easement); Geronimo (1) British Waterways Board (2) v Moore [2008] EWHC 3140 (Ch) (issues of title and adverse possession); Moore v British Waterways [2010] EWCA Civ 42 (public rights of navigation); EDF v BOH Limited [2011] EWCA Civ 19 (effect of severance of reversion on merger and s25 notices); Moore v British Waterways [2013] 3 WLR 43 (riparian rights); Phillips v Goddard [2015] 1 WLR 741 (service charge consultation); Jones v CRT [2015] EWHC 534 (human rights – correct approach to article 8 claims); Port of London Authority v Mandoza [2017] UKUT 146 (adverse possession of river bed); Leigh Ravenscroft v CRT [2017] EWHC 1874 (Ch) (Meaning of statue to determine scope of CRT jurisdiction).


Qualified 1991; silk 2010; various articles published in ‘Sports Law Administration and Practice’; chapter on selection disputes in ‘Sport: Law & Practice’ (3rd ed.).


Chancery Bar Association; Bar Sports Law Group; Editorial Board of Sports Law Administration and Practice; Property Bar Association.


University of East Anglia (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Christopher Stoner KCSerle Court ‘One of the best property litigation silks in the business, Chris is a truly outstanding technical lawyer and a brilliant advocate.

Serle Court offers a number of approachable specialists, providing detailed expertise to the often convoluted issues centering around covenants, land registration, trusts and easements. Rupert Reed KC is representing a offshore property developer in Aurium Estate London Ultra Prime Ltd v Mishcon de Reya LLP; with the developer bringing the negligence claim against the real property team of the legal firm for its failure to advise on the litigation risk inherent in a plan to demolish a building and build around a hold-out tenant, the case is worth close to £50 million and one of the most anticipated of 2022. Christopher Stoner KC  epresented the defendant in Horsford v Horsford, a High Court case involving a complex proprietary estoppel counterclaim relating to a family dispute over shares in a farm; Christopher also has niche expertise in water related property matters and the law of canals. Andrew Francis , along with party walls and restrictive covenants, has particular experience in right to light matters, advising on issues which affect sites both domestically and abroad.