St John’s Chambers has ‘in depth knowledge’ of a wide range of property matters; practitioners’ workloads include boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, proprietary estoppel, rights of way, eviction cases, and trusts of lands matters.”

Legal 500  2018

Our highly skilled Real Estate team have specialist knowledge in applications brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA), charging orders, and disputes between mortgagees and co-owners. The team advises on both domestic and commercial property. In addition cases are regularly undertaken concerning trust disputes that involve third parties and interveners, and we are experienced in applying trust law in relation to property disputes.

Areas of expertise

  • Co-ownership claims between co-habiting partners, including the interpretation of transfers and trust deeds, quantifying the beneficiaries’ interests and orders for sale.
  • Co-ownership claims involving third parties (typically parents) who contribute to the property’s acquisition or improvement.
  • Third party interventions in divorce proceedings.
  • Proprietary estoppel claims to a beneficial interest or other form of equity arising from promises made by owners.
  • Claims for an equitable account based on unequal contributions / expenditure following termination of the relationship.
  • Applications for charging orders and their enforcement.
  • Disputes between mortgagees and co-owners, including undue influence claims.

We work closely with our Family & Divorce team who have a number of experts who can offer advice and representation in all areas of cohabitation disputes including Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. This arrangement allows us to offer clients exactly the right experience, particularly in relation to applications brought under ToLATA and the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.


We are committed to alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, with a number of our barristers being qualified mediators. Our facilities are specifically designed to meet with clients’ needs for a mediation venue. Read more.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.


The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with solicitors’ firms. In addition we can give tailored in-house training for particular firms. If you would like any further information please contact Elizabeth Champion on 0117 923 4714 or email: [email protected].

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