Leslie has positioned himself as the king of proprietary estoppel in this market. He is not bombastic but methodical and is an excellent cross-examiner without being ruthless or discourteous. ‘Exceptionally reasoned and detailed.’ “
Leslie has been awarded ‘Chancery Silk of the Year’ at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019, a prestigious award recognising Leslie’s pre-eminence in his key practice areas. Leslie is one of the Western Circuit’s leading commercial and chancery silks, both in advisory work and in litigation in all Courts from the most local up to and including the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.
Leslie deals with commercial disputes and problems, and in particular those with a real property element including contracts for the sale of land, development and overage agreements, commercial landlord and tenant disputes and Town and Village Green applications. Leslie also acts in probate disputes, Inheritance Act claims and trust litigation. He has appeared for and against local authorities in planning disputes and in associated high-profile Judicial Reviews of administrative actions.
He is regularly instructed by Registration Authorities to sit as an inspector on Village Green inquiries.
Leslie has been ranked in the ‘Chambers 100 UK Bar’, ranking the top 100 silks practising at the Bar of England and Wales. He has achieved this recognition by being ranked in Bands 1 and 2 of his specialist areas of practice in The Chambers UK Bar Guide. He has recently been identified as the only QC ranked as a leading professional adviser to the Private Wealth market (outside London), where he is featured in the High Net Worth Guide 2021.
Leslie was also shortlisted for ‘Silk of the Year’ within the Legal 500 UK Regional/Scottish Awards 2018. He has been named Barrister of the Year 2015/2016 by The Bristol Law Society. He is described by his peers as ‘a brilliant advocate and an exceptionally clever man. He is easy to get along with, supportive and practical.’
He is also recommended in Who’s Who UK Bar: Real Estate 2017 for his real estate expertise and has been over the past years. He is admired for his “deep understanding of contracts for the sale of land, development and overage agreements, commercial landlord and tenant disputes and town and village green applications.”
He was appointed a Recorder (2003) and a Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery) (2008), and is a Deputy Head of St John’s Chambers, and a member of the Editorial Board of The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer.
- Member of the Editorial Board of The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer
- Chancery Bar Association
- Property Bar Association
Qualifications & awards:
- MA (Oxon), Hardwicke and Jenkins Scholar of Lincolns Inn (1982)