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UK Bar: Real Estate 2016

This year 51 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Jonathan Gaunt QC Falcon Chambers
Timothy Fancourt QC Falcon Chambers
John Male QC Landmark Chambers
Nicholas Dowding QC Falcon Chambers
Jonathan Karas QC Falcon Chambers
Timothy Dutton QC Maitland Chambers
John McGhee QC Maitland Chambers
Joanne Wicks QC Wilberforce Chambers
Leading Juniors
Wayne Clark Falcon Chambers
Nicholas Taggart Landmark Chambers
Mark Sefton Falcon Chambers
Alan Johns Maitland Chambers
Anthony Radevsky Falcon Chambers


Falcon Chambers leads our research with an “outstanding” nine silks featured from the set. Jonathan Gaunt QC is a “highly distinguished player” at the bar whose “trailblazing” work in real estate has led to him becoming our highest-rated silk in this year’s research. Timothy Fancourt QC is praised for his “sharp intellect” and “great flair” in advising clients on matter relating to the enforceability of leasehold obligations, development agreements and authorised guarantee agreements. Nicholas Dowding QC is a commercial property disputes “genius” whose “careful handling impresses clients time and time again”. Jonathan Karas QC is a “top-drawer advocate” according to peers while Stephen Jourdan QC is lauded for his “meticulous attention to detail” and “great flair”. Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC boasts a wide-ranging practice covering rent review work, development agreements and restrictive covenants, and is commended by peer for his “intuitive” handling of complex mattes. Janet Bignell QC is cited as a “reassuring adviser” and is particularly noted for her “dedication to clients’ needs”. Described as a “seasoned expert”, Jonathan Small QC’s work in complex property disputes both in England and abroad has led him to become a “dominant figure” at the bar. Derek Wood CBE QC is an “all-time great” who specialises in all aspects of commercial and residential property law.

Maitland Chambers received seven inclusions for its silks this year. Timothy Dutton QC acts in both contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in a range of property related matters. He is a “great strategist” with an “impressive depth of knowledge” according to peers. John McGhee QC is recognised for his “world-class” property disputes work, impressing clients with his “ability to get to the heart of an issue”. The “meticulous” Christopher Pymont QC is lauded for his property litigation work, which often sees him working both before courts in the Caribbean and Singapore. Edwin Johnson QC is a “leading light” at the real estate bar where he advises clients ranging from individuals and small companies to large estates and global corporations. Mark Wonnacott QC has litigated for clients including Sainsbury’s, Siemens and SunLife on a range of property matters, and is described as a “guru of property law”. Michael Driscoll QC specialises in property development and rent review disputes, and is “always in high demand”. Andrew Walker QC is a “true star” who is praised as a “high-flyer” and a “trusted adviser”.

Wilberforce Chambers receives high praise in this year’s research, with six names recommended for inclusion. Joanne Wicks QC is an “outstanding talent” at the bar whose broad practice allows her to offer clients “creative solutions”. Martin Hutchings QC advises and represents clients on both contentious and non-contentious property matters, impressing with his “resolute focus”. He has particular experience in commercial landlord and tenant matters including business tenancies, dilapidations, insolvency-related lease issues, and consent for alienation. “Client favourite” Jonathan Seitler QC represents clients in property litigation and property-related professional negligence matters and is a “breath of fresh air”. John Furber QC is commended for his “sharp mind” and “quick and decisive” nature which has garnered him a “brilliant reputation” among clients. Michael Barnes QC is a “dean of the real estate bar” and receives “tremendous respect” in the field. He has represented clients in matters in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands and is noted for his “technical abilities”. Rupert Reed QC is a “superb” property development, management and finance barrister, with an “enviable client list”.

Landmark Chambers boasts four names in this year’s listings, including John Male QC, who specialises in property law, planning and compulsory purchase. With experience of all aspects of property litigation, he’s a “first choice” for many. David Holland QC “brilliantly” represents clients ranging from individual householders to the largest property developers and landowners on all types of property dispute. Katharine Holland QC is a “seasoned expert” with a “well-reputed name” at the bar, while Tim Morshead QC is noted for his “diligent and focused approach”.

Leslie Blohm QC at St John’s Chambers is admired for his “deep understanding” of contracts for the sale of land, development and overage agreements, commercial landlord and tenant disputes and town and village green applications.

Kings Chambers is represented by Lesley Anderson QC. Her “leading expertise” in commercial property disputes has led her to earn a “fearsome reputation” among peers and makes her a “first choice” for many.

Michael Humphries QC at Francis Taylor Building specialises in all aspects of property development law, but is particularly recommended for his major infrastructure planning and compulsory purchase work.

Head of Enterprise Chambers, Zia Bhaloo QC is a “major player” at the real estate bar whose ability to “quickly grasp complex issues” is commended by clients. She boasts an “excellent reputation” in matters relating to property insolvency and social housing.

4 New Square’s David Halpern QC is a “revered” property disputes specialist, impressing with his “poise” and “business-oriented approach”.


An impressive nine Falcon Chambers juniors are recommended in this chapter, cementing the set’s status as a “top destination” for real estate matters. Wayne Clark specialises in all aspects of property and real estate law, and is described as a “true all-rounder” by peers. Mark Sefton has been involved in some of the most significant real estate disputes in recent years, and his ability to “understand complex matters with ease” makes him a “true asset to colleagues”. Anthony Radevsky boasts an “astute legal mind” and his “delicate handling” make him “highly sought after” by instructing silks. Stephanie Tozer has a particular specialty in land registry, and her “technical expertise” helps to “set her apart from the rest of the field”. Emily Windsor focuses her work on commercial property disputes and agriculture matters, and is recommended for her “sensible advice”. Adam Rosenthal’s practice encompasses all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant-related litigation and advice, while Gary Cowen “knows his stuff inside out”. Edward Peters offers clients a “high-quality service” and “always delivers” in property litigation matters. Oliver Radley-Gardner is a property and landlord and tenant-related litigation and advisory work specialist who “always gives 110 per cent”.

Landmark Chambers also sees four of its junior members recommended for their real estate work. Nicholas Taggart is “very effective” in real estate litigation, and is particularly noted for his “innovative solutions”. Myriam Stacey is “consummate expert” on commercial and residential landlord and tenant, leasehold enfranchisement, general property litigation and associated professional negligence. Tom Weekes is a property litigation specialist with a court-based practice, and is lauded for his “personable approach” and “quick mind”. Camilla Lamont has a broad practice covering real property and related chancery work and landlord and tenant, both commercial and residential.

Maitland Chambers received three recommendations for its junior members. Alan Johns is recommended for his “fabulous work” on property disputes, assisting clients with landlord and tenant and real property to enfranchisement and professional negligence. Michael Pryor is primarily involved in litigation and advisory work related to real estate, especially commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. Philomena Harrison is a “vastly experienced” property litigator who is highlighted for her “solutions-oriented approach”.

Wilberforce Chambers has two of its junior members featured. The “pragmatic” Julian Greenhill is an “excellent problem-solver” whose property work is “of the highest quality”, according to peers. Jonathan Davey garners “huge respect” at the bar, where he specialises in large-scare and high-value litigation cases.

Christopher Jones from St John’s Chambers is described as “accessible and easy to work with” and commended for his commercial and agricultural landlord and tenant disputes work.

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