Head of the set’s chancery and commercial department ‘Leslie does excellent analysis.’ ‘He’s very good with tricky points of law.’ ‘He is very good in conference and in court – he’s one of the best.’ “
Agriculture and Rural Affairs
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. He maintains a formidable reputation in agriculture and rural affairs on the Western Circuit with over thirty years experience advising farmers, farming partnerships and companies in respect of contracts for the sale and purchase of land; rights over and restrictive of land; tenancies (both under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995) and partnership and succession disputes.
He has recently argued the fencing easement case – Haddock v Churston Golf Club in the Court of Appeal; judgment awaited.
He has a special interest in rights of common, together with town and village green law.
Leslie has recently appeared in the Court of Appeal arguing as to the ability of farmers to create fencing easements by agreement in Haddock v Churston Golf Club, for which judgment is awaited.
Leslie has appeared in a number of high profile proprietary estoppel cases, including:
- Habberfield v Habberfield (2018) – representing the claimant at trial who was awarded £1.15 million from her parents, and recently (2019) defending the award on appeal in the Court of Appeal. Read more here.
- Davies v Davies (2014 and 2016) – the ‘Cowshed Cinderella’ case, both at trial and on appeal twice. Read more here.
- Gee v Gee (2018) – represented the successful claimant at trial. Read more here.
He is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association and is recommended (Band 1) in Chambers UK (2016) for Agriculture. He also sits as a Town and Village Green inspector.
Leslie has acted as a legal advisor to arbitrators appointed under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.
- 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)