Richard has experience in both residential and commercial property disputes. Areas of experience include,
He has advised in and conducted trials in a wide range of property matters.
General property disputes:
Areas of experience include easements, estoppels, adverse possession and restrictive covenants. Recent examples include,
a case in which the assignee of the reversion seeking to forfeit long residential leases where the tenants had divided and sublet part of the flat, and the tenants argued there was a waiver or constructive notice disentitling him to do so,
a case of an alleged forged signature on a mortgage deed was forged,
a case in which a property was transferred and the transfer was procured by undue influence.
Residential property disputes, He has a wide range of experience in this field in the context of social housing, private lettings and long leases. He regularly appears on behalf of social landlords and their tenants in possession claims and claims for injunctions. Recent cases include,
claims concerning anti-social behaviour,
housing disrepair claims,
advising in relation to the right to enfranchise a leasehold,
acting in cases of unlawful eviction.
Commercial property dispute, In particular he has advised in and act for parties in disputes affecting commercial property such as easements and dilapidations and in matters arising under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Recent cases include,
a case in which the landlord refused to renew the lease as he proposed to change the use of the commercial premises on termination of the tenancy,
a dilapidations claim where the disrepair led to the subsequent tenant claiming a rent-free period and where there was no expert evidence as to the diminution of the reversion, also there were arguments about service charges etc,
a case in which a landlord purported to be able to charge tenants from fuel charges in a manner not provided for in the lease,
a case in which a lease was forfeit by an administrator and was linked to monies owed by the administrator to the lessee for other services.
He has also acted in trusts of land claims in both the High and county court, as to which see Richard’s Estates, trusts and tax CV.
PUBLIC ACCESS: Richard is able to accept work directly under the public access scheme.
PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS: Richard regularly delivers seminars on trusts and property law.
Before joining Chambers he taught trainee legal executives degree level land law in preparation for the ILEX course.
Member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for the Midlands’ Region.
Deputy District Judge in the North Eastern Region.
MEng (Hons) Electronic (Communications) Engineering, University of Sheffield
PGDip (Law), De Montfort University