Attracts a wealth of praise from market commentators, who draw attention to his extensive experience in property law. ‘A true expert in his area.’ ‘A fount of property knowledge. He is an astute adviser with an ability to look beyond the dispute and address wider issues which may help determine the final outcome.’ ‘A real presence both in and out of the courtroom.’ “
Real Estate Litigation
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 is praised for having an exceptional real estate practice with extensive expertise in contracts for the sale of land, development and overage agreements, commercial landlord and tenant disputes and town and village green applications.
He acts for a range of clients from private individuals to local authorities to substantial corporations, and regularly acts in relation to property disputes often involving overlaps with other specialist areas of law such as partnership, insolvency and company law.
Specific areas of expertise include:
- Sale of land
- Restrictive covenants
- Commons & village greens
- Torts relating to land
Landlord and Tenant
- Rent Reviews
- Dilapidations Claims
- Commercial Lease Construction
He has appeared in a number of leading and reported cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and the Supreme Court, amongst others those dealing with easements (Odey v Barber  Ch 175 (Siller J)), profits (Bettison v Langton), landlord’s notices (Grimes v Trustees of Essex Hunt  EWCA Civ 361) proprietary estoppel (Hoyl v Cromer Town Council  EWCA Civ 782 and Davies v Davies  EWCA Civ 568), positive obligations in land ownership (Cardwell v Walker  EWHC 3117 (Neuburger J)) boundary disputes relating to registered title (Drake v Fripp  EWCA Civ 1279;  1 P&CR 4) and illegal property transactions (Brandwood Management Ltd. v Bakewell  2 ALL ER 305 (HL)).
Listed as a Grade 1 QC in Chambers & Partners’ directory for Real Estate for as long as they have recommended barristers from the West of England in that specialization, for the past 3 years, Leslie has also been recommended in the Who’s Who UK Bar: Real Estate directory for his real estate expertise, and is recommended for Property work by the Legal 500 as a leading silk. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, and a contributor to that and other periodicals.
Leslie regularly advises and acts in respect of all disputes in relation to co-ownership of land and other substantial property both in a domestic context and in respect of wider co-ownership disputes.
- 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)