Property & Real Estate

”St John’s Chambers has a distinguished and highly specialised property law team. Commentators point to it as the “first choice” for contentious real estate work and admire its “range of capability” at both the silk and junior levels. Members frequently undertake cases relating to agriculture, planning and development. They act for a variety of clients including landowners, local authorities, investors and private individuals. Recent instructions have included Smith v Yarnold, a claim for specific performance of an option agreement relating to a purchase of residential property.”
Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation (2018)


Peers have described St John’s as one of the leading sets in the West for property work. Members of our property and real estate team have expertise in all areas of real property and landlord and tenant work.

Our team of 20 barristers have been described by peers as being ‘easy to work with’ and ‘committed to delivering quality advice on time’.

Members undertake both litigation and advisory work, and regularly appear in the County Court, High Court, District Registry or Land Registry, dealing with the following cases

  • Contracts for the sale of land
  • Commercial and agricultural
  • Land registration (including adverse possession)
  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Mobile home parks disputes
  • Mortgages (including equitable fraud)
  • Pitch fee reviews
  • Professional negligence relating to property matters
  • Registration of town or village greens
  • Residential landlord and tenant
  • Rights to Light
  • Right of Way
  • Traditional real property matters (easements, covenants, profits, trusts of land, boundary disputes)

The team handles work for a diverse roster of local authorities, developers and housing associations, among others, and its recent caseload includes commercial landlord and tenant disputes, and conflicts between neighbouring landowners over land interests.

“The clerks are very pragmatic and very helpful.” “They are really friendly and approachable.”
Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation (2018)

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.