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Property Litigation

Property litigation and advice constitutes a core offering from Ten Old Square, which is listed as a Leading Set for Property Litigation in the Legal 500 2023 with Sam Laughton (Band 1), Jonathan Gavaghan (Band 4) and James Poole (Rising Star) all ranked as leading juniors.

Work undertaken ranges from ‘pure’ real estate disputes (such as rights of way, restrictive covenants, proprietary estoppel and disputes over beneficial ownership) to landlord and tenant disputes (whether commercial, agricultural or residential, and including rent review, dilapidations and leasehold enfranchisement), and through to the many disputes involving land that arise from Chambers’ other specialties such as trusts, wills, partnership and commercial/business law.

Landlord & Tenant

Our barristers have significant experience acting for both landlords and tenants in both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters, and are ranked by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 in this area. Our clients include high street chains, property investors, local authorities, housing associations, pubcos, charities, companies, letting agencies and private individuals and families.

Our expertise includes advising and acting in matters involving:

  • Possession of both commercial and residential properties (including in relation to the coronavirus legislation).
  • Claims against trespassers and licensees.
  • Dilapidations and disrepair.
  • Licensed premises (including pubs).
  • Forfeiture and relief from forfeiture.
  • Unlawful eviction.
  • Renewal and termination of 1954 Act tenancies.
  • Leasehold enfranchisement.
  • Service charges.
  • Rent Act tenancies and statutory tenancies.
  • Agricultural tenancies.
  • Almshouses.

Manorial Rights

A particular expertise is the little-known but important area of manorial rights which has grown in significance in recent years with increasing interest in minerals exploitation and renewable energy.

All aspects of manorial rights are covered including lordship title, registration issues, valuation and probate, transmission of manors, manorial waste, foreshore and coastal manors, mineral rights, the treatment of manorial rights under the Commons Registration Act 1965 and the Commons Act 2006, and issues involving the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall.

Contact our Property Clerks

Contact our experienced Clerks to find out which Property barristers would be ideal for you. They have many years of experience and will ensure that you receive a premium service and advise on the suitability, availability and cost of instructing specialist Counsel.

Call +44 (0)20 7405 0758

"Ten Old Square is an 'excellent set for property disputes' where the barristers are 'extremely helpful and responsive'."

Legal 500

"Ten Old Square attracts praise for its 'good variety of experience' and 'very rounded and practical advice provided by counsel'. It is a strong Chancery set with noteworthy expertise in partnership, trusts, probate and property disputes."

Legal 500

"A set that always seems to offer counsel at the right level of expertise, who meet deadlines and successfully manage client expectation."

Legal 500

"A good landlord and tenant set."

Legal 500

"The barristers represent good value for money."

Legal 500

Our Property Barristers’ Experience

Ten Old Square has a long and distinguished pedigree in this area.  Three current judges of the Land Registration Division of the First Tier Tribunal are former members of Ten Old Square.

Our Property barristers’ lay clients include developers, investment companies, local authorities, large commercial landlords and tenants including well-known shops and restaurant chains, as well as farmers and private landowners.

Property: Frequently Asked Questions

How many members of Ten Old Square practice in Property?

A majority of members include Property as one of their specialisms, and Chambers can offer barristers at all levels of seniority, from Silk to Junior Tenant.

Do you cover all areas of Property work?

Yes, members of Ten Old Square can advise and represent clients in every possible facet of Property law. As well as the more mainstream areas listed above, we have specialists in mortgages, manorial rights, minerals, reverter of sites, and chancel repair liability.

What about professional negligence in the Property sphere?

We have great experience in representing claimants in professional negligence actions against professionals such as solicitors and surveyors arising out of property transactions and disputes.

Do you only deal in high-value disputes?

No, since we can offer barristers at all levels of call, we can assist in more modest matters as well as the high-value disputes of concern to commercial and wealthy clients.

Why instruct Ten Old Square?

Members of Chambers (and their clerks) pride themselves on their approachable manner, as well as their determination to provide the highest quality advice and advocacy in the Property field.

Areas of Property Expertise

  • Large commercial landlord and tenant disputes
  • Rent review arbitrations
  • Residential landlord and tenant matters
  • Dilapidations claims
  • High-value leasehold enfranchisement
  • Agricultural holdings and tenancies
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Trusts of land
  • Beneficial interest
  • Rights of co-habitees
  • Easements and highways
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Boundary disputes
  • Mortgages
  • Conveyancing
  • Registered land
  • Overage and planning agreements
  • Options and rights of pre-emption
  • Property-related insolvency law
  • Professional negligence, particularly of solicitors and surveyors
  • Town and country planning
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Building disputes
  • Property taxation, in particular stamp duty land tax
  • Manorial rights
  • Mines and minerals
  • Rent acts
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