Andrew Bruce > Serle Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Serle Court


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 > Art and cultural property

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew BruceSerle CourtA tenacious advocate who also prepares carefully considering written opinions.

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew BruceSerle Court ‘Andrew is a first-class barrister and a stand out choice for complex property matters. His advice, both written and in conference, is not only clear but decisive, not sitting on the fence but giving practical and commercial options to resolving disputes in addition to the law.