UK Bar: Real Estate 2018

This year we highlight 59 barristers who are recognised for their standout work handling contentious and transactional matters on behalf of landlords, tenants, commercial developers and multinational companies in a range of sector-related disputes. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jonathan Seitler QC Wilberforce Chambers
2. Jonathan Karas QC Falcon Chambers
3. Joanne Wicks QC Wilberforce Chambers
4. Mark Wonnacott QC Wilberforce Chambers
5. Martin Hutchings QC Wilberforce Chambers
1. Greville Healey Falcon Chambers
2. Stephanie Tozer Falcon Chambers
3. Wayne Clark Falcon Chambers


WILBERFORCE CHAMBERS impresses in this year’s research with nine silks nominated.
Jonathan Seitler QC is described as an “excellent, first-rate silk” by interviewees. He is very highly regarded by respondents in our research for his property litigation and domestic arbitration-focused practice.
Joanne Wicks QC is one of the most highly regarded names in our research this year. Respondents note, “She’s absolutely excellent” and describe her as “a court opponent I would treat with the utmost caution and respect”.
Mark Wonnacott QC is a well-respected name in the field described as “a fantastic advocate” who respondents note “makes his point extremely well”. In addition to his commercial property practice, he is noted for his specialist expertise in niche areas of land law.
Sources are “impressed” by Martin Hutchings QC’s “accessibility, openness, ease of working relationship, and ability to go the extra mile”. He is recognised for his particular expertise in commercial landlord and tenant issues, with one respondent stating that “if you want to win a landlord and tenant case, go and see him”.
Jonathan Davey QC’s “track record speaks for itself” when it comes to property matters according to one respondent. He has a “high attention to detail and excellent communication skills so that complex legal points are easy to understand”.
Julian Greenhill QC is a standout name in the field according to respondents who commend his excellent work handling complex property litigation matters.

Eight silks from FALCON CHAMBERS are nominated this year for their exceptional work in the field.  
Jonathan Karas QC has over 30 years’ experience in the space and is one of the highest rated silks in our research this year. Sources describe him as “very clever, very quick, hardworking and experienced”. He “knows all there is to know” when it comes to real estate law.
The “very bright and thorough” Timothy Fancourt QC is rated highly by respondents. His practice, described as “very good indeed”, covers areas including leasehold obligations and land development disputes.
Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC is “one of the very, very best; a standout in an outstanding group”, according to respondents. His practice encompasses rent review work, restrictive covenants and easements, among other areas.
The “incredibly meticulous” Stephen Jourdan QC is a well-regarded name in the real estate arena. He focuses his top-tier practice on a wide range of property and agricultural litigation matters. 
Jonathan Gaunt QC has a wide-ranging practice that includes areas such as rent review, break clauses and easements. Sources call him “an encyclopaedia on land law” and “rate him very, very highly”.

LANDMARK CHAMBERS sees six silks highlighted for their outstanding work across the real estate sector.
David Holland QC’s “bravura performance” in court has earned him much recognition by sources. He boasts a wealth of expertise in all areas of property litigation for which interviewees have described him as “great on detail-heavy matters”.
Sources speak highly of John Male QC, a distinguished silk who has over 40 years’ experience in the field. He draws high praise for his “tremendous expertise in dispute resolution in relation to arbitration in particular”.
Tim Morshead QC is recognised by peers for his high-level work, most notably before the Supreme Court. His wide-ranging practice covers areas such as land registration and tenant litigation and arbitration.
Katharine Holland QC is highly regarded among peers who consider her “very bright and always on the ball” when handling property litigation matters.

MAITLAND CHAMBERS excels in the real estate space and sees five silks nominated this year.
Timothy Dutton QC is “an impressive advocate” who respondents state “has real gravitas”. His practice covers areas such as landlord and tenant disputes and property litigation.
The “very diligent” Edwin Johnson QC is a highly distinguished silk, described by sources as someone who “covers every blade of grass”. His “incredibly impressive” practice involves chancery, property, and commercial litigation.

ENTERPRISE CHAMBERSZia Bhaloo QC is a widely respected silk whose wide-ranging practice spans property insolvency and development issues. According to sources she stands out as “a big name in the field”.

At HARDWICKE, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC has an exceptional reputation in the real estate field and is described by sources as “a big name in property litigation”.

The “impressive” Philip Rainey QC at TANFIELD CHAMBERS has a wealth of expertise in property litigation, including areas such as commercial and residential landlord and tenant law.

At ST JOHN’S CHAMBERS, Leslie Blohm QC is a highly respected silk with over 30 years’ experience in real estate law. He is well versed in handling contracts for development of land, and town and village green matters.


FALCON CHAMBERS sees 11 juniors nominated in in this chapter.
Greville Healey stands out for his impressive expertise in the areas of adverse possession, beneficial ownership and property contracts. He is described by sources as “great on the law” with an “approachable and pragmatic” manner.
Stephanie Tozer is an outstanding junior and someone who is able to “quickly and accurately assimilate and then analyse relevant papers” as well as “an impressive ability to recall minor details”.
“A silk in all but name”, Wayne Clark is a widely respected junior, whose practice covers joint venture agreements and advising on business tenancies. He is highlighted for his “absolutely stellar” work most notably in relation to landlord and tenant matters.
Kester Lees’ first-rate practice covers a range of sector-related areas including agricultural and residential landlord and tenant law. Sources describe him as “an extremely good junior”.
Adam Rosenthal is described by sources as “very smart and practically minded”, and wins praise from one respondent as someone “in the immediate running for silk”. His wide-ranging practice covers landlord and tenant and real property litigation.
Oliver Radley-Gardner has “an ability to break down problems that is genuinely remarkable”. His highly respected practice incorporates areas such as agricultural law, and commercial and residential property law.

LANDMARK CHAMBERS sees an impressive five juniors nominated this year.
Nicholas Taggart is described as “very knowledgeable” and wins praise for his “commercial approach”, with one source describing him as “the top property junior going”.
Toby Watkin is described by peers as “an excellent advocate” who is “at the heart of property litigation matters”. He appears frequently in the High Court and his practice covers areas such as real property disputes and property related professional negligence.
Myriam Stacey is a prominent junior whose practice focuses on property litigation and commercial chancery litigation. Peers describe her as a “bright” and “excellent” barrister.

HARDWICKE’s Jamal Demachkie is highly respected by opponents and is noted by sources as a junior to look out for when it comes to land and real property matters. 

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