Brittany is very pragmatic and robust in her approach. She can think on her feet and does not shy away from situations which are sprung on her at the last moment.”

The Legal 500 2024, Property and Construction

Brittany has acted for clients in a range of real property matters, including boundary disputes and adverse possession claims, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the creation of and interference with easements. Brittany’s focus is on achieving a workable, cost-effective solution at an early stage, but where that is not possible, she is comfortable appearing in multi-day hearings, such as the matter of Irvine & Prazsky v Clement [2018] UKFTT 0610 (PC), in which she successfully resisted a claim for adverse possession, dealing with discrete elements of the law of adverse possession such as the impact of the grant of tenancies on the running of time and the type of use that could be expected of different types of land. Recently, in a dispute concerning a retaining wall, she successfully established that the upper landowner was subject to a measured duty of care which required him to repair the subject wall, and was successful again on appeal, which involved a wide-ranging challenge as to the existence and extent of the measured duty of care and apportionment of the repair costs.

Real Property

Brittany has experience of dealing with a range of real property matters, including the creation of, interpretation of and interference with easements; the construction and enforceability of positive and restrictive covenants; adverse possession; boundary disputes; and claims based in tort, such as nuisance, trespass and the measured duty of care. Brittany has a deep familiarity with the law of real property, and is comfortable advising on, and acting in, cases with particular eccentricities, such as those involving railways, the Crown or matters of ecclesiastical law. She is also comfortable in advising on matters such as fraud, misrepresentation, and land registration.

The following are examples of the types of disputes in which Brittany has assisted:

  • Measured duty of care: a client’s retaining wall had been damaged following the neighbouring landowner’s increase of the level of their land as against the subject wall. In a 3-day trial against senior London counsel, Brittany established the fact of the increase of land levels, obtained concessions from the defendant’s expert supportive of the claimant’s case and persuaded the court that a measured duty of care had arisen, such as to fix the defendant with liability for remedying the damaged wall. The defendant appealed, instructing a London silk for the appeal, which lasted a day and which involved wide-ranging consideration of all corners of the law concerning the measured duty of care. Brittany also dealt with the matter on appeal and secured its dismissal.
  • Easements:
    – Brittany has advised landowners as to whether an express grant permits use of their land by members of the public visiting neighbouring land owned by the government in circumstances where it was asserted that they did so under licence. As part of this dispute, Brittany also provided advice as to whether a misrepresentation claim lay against the vendors of the property
    – Brittany has advised rural landowners as to whether easements had been obtained over land belonging to the Church and Crown.
  • Adverse possession: Brittany regularly appears in the First-tier tribunal as part of adverse possession proceedings. In trial, she has dealt with technical points such as the impact of tenants on the land, and is familiar with the ‘old’ and ‘new’ law, as well as with registration matters, such as whether the question is one of rectification or alteration, and issues arising upon the disposition of land when a squatter remains in possession.
  • Chalet matters: Brittany has advised clients and acted in claims in which issues arise as to the nature of the occupier’s interest, whether buildings are classified as tenant or landlord fixtures or part of the land, the terms of occupation, etc.
  • Boundary disputes: Brittany has considerable experience of sifting the wheat from the chaff when it comes to boundary disputes, providing clear advice which assists in identifying the most relevant evidence and suggesting resolutions that sensibly resolve the dispute and preserve neighbourly relations, whilst avoiding the, often disproportionate, costs involved in litigation.
  • Proprietary estoppel: Brittany provides robust advice as to whether proprietary estoppel claims are likely to succeed, with a particular focus on providing up-to-date advice as to the likely outcome in the event of success, given the Supreme Court’s recent judgment in Guest v Guest.
  • Covenants: Brittany has advised a commercial property developer as to whether a pre-1926 covenant was likely to impact a multi-million pound development.

Landlord and Tenant

In commercial matters, Brittany has experience of acting for both landlord and tenant in opposed and unopposed lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, disputes concerning assignment (including issues of delay or reasonableness), the enforcement of covenants and claims for possession (including arguments concerning forfeiture, waiver and relief). Brittany has advised clients at an early stage on matters such the likelihood of making out various grounds of recovery, and regularly appears in trials concerning the terms of lease renewals.

Brittany also regularly advises and appears on behalf of landlords and tenants alike in residential matters, on issues including possession, disrepair, service charge disputes and the acquisition of freeholds or extension of leases. Brittany is able to suggest practical courses of action in matters that are not straightforward, such as the appropriate course of action in circumstances where a tenant wishes to purchase the freehold of his dwelling, but a landlord is unable to prove his title.

Her knowledge also covers discrete points, such as the law as it relates to the service of notices. Her knowledge of the technical aspects of the law means that she is able to pick up on obscure points at an early stage that require careful management in order to ensure that they do not cause difficulties down the line. Recently, Brittany identified a deficiency in a notice and recommended a course of action that avoided costly consequences and which put the landlord back on track for possession.

Directory Quotes

Brittany is extremely knowledgeable. She is very approachable and has an excellent manner with clients. Her advocacy skills are first class. ‘She is incredibly prompt, very thorough and easy to access. She is incredibly supportive and adds real value to the team.’ ‘Her drafting is strong and she does a good job at the hearings for the client.’ “

Chambers UK 2024, Real Estate Litigation

Brittany is pragmatic and solution-focused. She provides excellent, incisive advice, and is extremely effective with clients and in court.”

The Legal 500 2023, Property and Construction

Brittany gives excellent advice and service. She provides her opinions within any deadline provided, is always available to discuss matters and manages the other side calmly, focusing on the legal issues. ‘She is very easy to work with. Brittany is always thoroughly prepared and constantly has an eye on the commerciality and wider issues surrounding the case.’ “

Chambers UK 2023, Real Estate Litigation

Brittany provides expert advice, is professional in her manner and approachable.  Her advice is detailed yet practical.”

Legal 500 2021, Property and Construction

Effective advocate. Excellent in dealing with clients and in taking part in mediation and without prejudice meetings and discussions.”


Seminars & Events

  • Qualifications & awards:

    • BPTC, Cardiff University
    • Diploma in Law, Cardiff University
    • Philosophy, Politics & Economics, Hertford College, University of Oxford
  • Professional memberships:

    • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
    • Chancery Bar Association
    • Property Bar Association
    • Agricultural Law Association
  • Brittany Pearce is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.