UK Bar: Real Estate 2019

This year 42 silks and 32 juniors are recognised for their superb 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
Silks
1. Jonathan Seitler QC  Wilberforce Chambers
2. Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC  Falcon Chambers 
3. Janet Bignell QC  Falcon Chambers
4. David Holland QC  Landmark Chambers
Juniors
1. Wayne Clark  Falcon Chambers
2. Oliver Radley-Gardner  Falcon Chambers 

Silks

Wilberforce Chambers performs extremely well in this year’s research with 10 silks recognised for their work in the field.
Jonathan Seitler QC is “an exceptional property barrister”, say peers who consider him a leading name for property disputes, as well as property-related professional negligence matters.
Joanne Wicks QC is highly regarded in the real estate legal space. She is “at the top of the tree” according to peers who consider her a “great agricultural lawyer”.
Julian Greenhill QC enjoys an “excellent reputation” in the market as a “superstar” say peers who commend his impressive work on litigating complex real estate disputes.
Mark Wonnacott QC “knows property law inside out” according to market sources. He is recognised as an excellent property litigator who is also well versed in land law matters.
Michael Barnes QC is recognised for his brilliant real estate practice. He is highly praised by peers who remark that he is “the finest technical lawyer” with great “individual style”.
Jonathan Davey QC continues to impress market commentators who note that he “looks at difficult issues with an open mind” and has “superb intellectual skills”.
Martin Hutchings QC is a very strong real estate lawyer who always “fights his client’s corner”. He is particularly noted for his strong work on landlord and tenant matters.
Tiffany Scott QC has an “excellent reputation” in the field of real estate law. She is a top-tier property litigator with “superb attention to detail”.

Falcon Chambers also achieves 10 listings in this chapter.
Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC is one of the foremost real estate silks at the bar. He is “very highly regarded for his excellent work in development agreements, rent review, and restrictive covenants.
Janet Bignell QC is praised for being “extremely analytical” and stands out for her in-depth knowledge of various matters within the field, including landlord and tenant disputes.
Jonathan Gaunt QC is “very highly regarded,” and described by peers as an “encyclopaedia” on real estate law. He has considerable experience in rent review, break clauses, and landlord and tenant issues.
Jonathan Karas QC is recognised for his brilliant real estate practice. He is “great at thinking outside the box” according to peers, and regularly deals with matters relating to valuation and planning.
Mark Sefton QC is a key name in the field of real estate law who is well known for his adept handling of insolvency-related property issues, as well as landlord and tenant matters.
Stephen Jourdan QC has “excellent litigation instinct” say peers who note they “have great respect for Stephen” and commend his impressive work on valuation issues.
Caroline Shea QC is a “fabulous” real estate silk who is considered an expert in cases involving forfeiture, restrictive covenants and development agreements.

Landmark Chambers sees six silks recognised in this chapter.  
David Holland QC is “an excellent advocate,” who “brings enormous energy to a case”. He frequently advises and represents a range of clients such as landowners and individual householders.
John Male QC has “excellent knowledge” of the field, and is praised by one peer as “the most respected arbitrator” in the market. He is an expert in valuation matters, and has considerable experience of a wide range of property-related disputes.
Tim Morshead QC has an “impressive” real estate practice, and wins praise for his “very analytical mind”. He has in-depth knowledge of planning issues, as well as valuation and rates.
Zia Bhaloo QC is “very highly regarded” in the real estate legal space, and is praised as an “excellent cross-examiner”. She has expertise in several areas including social housing and development.

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC of Hardwicke is an exceptional property silk with expertise in several areas including development. She is “absolutely fantastic,” and considered a “top name” in the field.

George Laurence QC of New Square Chambers draws high praise from sources who say, “His knowledge of highway law is second to none,” and note that he is “at the top of his game”.

Christopher Stoner QC of Serle Court Chambers is “a very effective silk” with a “persuasive courtroom manner”. He is an expert on landlord and tenant matters, and is instructed by a range of clients including developers and public authorities.

Philip Rainey QC of Tanfield Chambers is recognised for his exceptional work in real estate law – particularly residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters. He is recognised by peers as “great for enfranchisement” matters.

John Randall QC of St Philips Chambers is “one of the finest silks in the country”. Peers say: “He has the ability to put the client at ease and explain things in a simple way.”

Edwin Johnson QC of Maitland Chambers is an experienced real estate silk with “a wonderful courtroom manner and a great litigation instinct”, according to sources. 

Juniors

Falcon Chambers performs extremely well this year, with an impressive 13 juniors listed for their work in the field.
Wayne Clark is an “excellent property junior” with “great all-round knowledge” of the field. He has particular expertise in mortgages, landlord and tenant issues, and receivership matters.
Oliver Radley-Gardner is an expert in real estate matters such as easements, enfranchisement, and breach of covenant. Peers “rate him very highly” and praise him for being “extremely commercially minded”.
Martin Dray is “extremely knowledgeable” and “very well respected” in the field. His practice encompasses a range of matters including conveyancing and land registration.
Gary Cowen is an “excellent” real estate barrister, recognised by peers as “highly knowledgeable” when it comes to mortgage and leasehold enfranchisement issues.
Anthony Radevsky “knows all there is to know about enfranchisement” say sources who further praise his work on landlord and tenant matters, as well as restrictive covenants.
Greville Healey focuses his practice on a range of matters including land agreements, developments, and easements. He is “very clever” and “can get on top of the material very quickly”.
Tamsin Cox is “superb” and has “excellent knowledge of the field”. Her practice covers various issues, including insolvency, forfeiture and deposit schemes.
Adam Rosenthal is “robust in court” and a “very determined litigator” according to peers who praise his work on mortgages, easements and conveyancing matters.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald is “incredibly bright, always good and a tough fighter” according to sources who commend her considerable experience in landlord and tenant matters as well as land development disputes.
Kester Lees stands out for his work on trusts and mortgages, adverse possession, and easements. He is recognised as “utterly charming” and someone who “definitely deserves to be on the list”.

Wilberforce Chambers sees five juniors listed in this chapter.
Zoë Barton is “a real expert and leader in the field” of real estate law. She is “quick-thinking” and has “superb knowledge and expertise”.
Jonathan Chew is recognised for his superb real estate practice, and is “definitely one to watch”. He is strong in many areas of the sector, particularly property investment fraud.
Benjamin Faulkner “gives marvellous support as a junior” and “really knows his stuff”, say peers. He has considerable experience of property-related professional negligence and contractual disputes.
Emer Murphy is “an outstanding junior with spectacular attention to detail”. She has “fearsome intellect” and “leaves no stone unturned to get the right answer”.
Charlotte Black draws high praise from peers who consider her “extremely bright and on the ball” and is highlighted as a superb real estate litigator.

Nicholas Taggart of Landmark Chambers is “very knowledgeable” and an “innovative thinker”. His “advisory work is bang on” and he is a “go-to on transactional matters” say peers.
Myriam Stacey is “a robust and analytical advocate” who “really knows what she’s doing” and is “subtle and very effective in court”, according to sources.
Camilla Lamont is “very commercial and thorough in her advice” when it comes to commercial and residential property litigation. One source effuses: “She thinks around the issue and provides creative solutions.”

Michael Buckpitt of Tanfield Chambers is “incredibly hard-working” and has in-depth knowledge of easements, sale of land disputes, and landlord and tenant matters.

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