Chambers UK, 2017
The Set: A high-quality set that handles the full range of real estate disputes, including residential lease cases and commercial landlord and tenant matters. Its members are noted for their far-reaching property expertise and ability to advise clients in related insurance, professional negligence and construction cases. The set is recognised for its robust team: "They have some top property performers," market observers report.
Market Perception/ Client Service: "The clerks are responsive, commercial and do not shy away from giving sensible fee quotes which they stick to. They proactively manage the relationship between instructing solicitors and the barristers, and understand the important part they play in the process. They have gone 'over and above' for me in the past." Deborah Anderson is the set's practice director.
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC: Band 3. Regularly works with property developers and owners on significant professional negligence litigation matters, as well as disputes arising from real estate transactions. She is recognised for her user-friendly approach.
Expertise: "Her service levels are excellent and her communication is great." "A very good advocate, who is calm, clear, concise and responsive to client needs." "She's a top performer."
Recent work: Acted in Coope v Ward, an easement case arising out of the collapse of an ancient wall following heavy snowfall.
John de Waal QC: Band 4. A prominent real estate litigation silk who frequently works with insurers on contentious real estate mandates. He is renowned for his leading advisory practice working with clients on a range of construction and property issues.
Expertise: "Great with clients and very easy to work with." "Offers clear, confident advice, and extremely flexible working arrangements. He has a charming and reassuring client manner and represents good value for money." "Very client-friendly; he has a good manner about him. A confident, clear thinker; he is measured in his approach and he always looks for the solution."
Recent work: Acted in Parking Eye v Beavis, a high-profile Supreme Court case concerning the circumstances in which a landowner or his agent could lawfully impose a charge of £85 on a trespasser who had overstayed his permitted time in a car park on private land.
Jamal Demachkie: Band 4 - London Bar. Recognised for his work in commercial and property law. His practice concentrates on commercial disputes, chancery litigation and landlord and tenant claims.
Expertise: "Jamal is a superb advocate with a really good manner in court." "He has a charming way with judges and clients. He is a very good advocate and a go-to guy."
Recent work: Handled an agricultural tenancy claim relating to the interpretation of the service provisions in the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.
Band 2 - South East Bar. Skilled barrister with a diverse property practice covering landlord and tenant disputes and real property work. He also undertakes instructions concerning co-ownership and constructive trust matters.
Expertise: "He is very good and has a very charming way with judges and clients." "Very strong barrister, who is a very good advocate and a go-to guy."
Recent Work: Successfully concluded a Court of Appeal case on behalf of the respondent concerning establishment of causation for an instance of fire damage to a property.
Daniel Gatty: Band 4. Handles a wide range of property matters, and has a strong focus on professional negligence disputes arising from real estate issues. He is also known for his work in cases involving land registration, secured lending and mortgages.
Expertise: "He is extremely knowledgeable." "Down to earth, unassuming and has a very nice approach with clients."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between four brothers concerning co-owned shops and investment properties.
Monty Palfrey: A highly popular choice for a wide variety of commercial and residential property mandates. He regularly represents clients in court in numerous landlord and tenant, easement and boundary disputes.
Expertise: "He is very willing to give off-the-cuff advice and he points out the pitfalls in a case at an early stage. He's extremely helpful, sympathetic and understanding."
Recent work: Recently acted in a case defending a restaurant tenant against a landlord's claims that the client was trespassing after the end of a six-month licence.
John Clargo: Band 1 - South East Bar. Well-regarded junior who heads the property and chancery group at the chambers. His practice encompasses commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, property-related professional negligence cases and real property issues.
Expertise: "He is very user-friendly. He is commercial as well as legal." "He is an excellent advocate, unflappable."
Recent work: Acted in Bethell v St John's College, a much-publicised dispute between a retired architect and the Oxford college concerning repairs to a dilapidated hedge.
The Legal 500, 2016
The Set: Tier 4. At Hardwicke, John de Waal QC appeared in Supreme Court case ParkingEye v Beavis, which was the first time the court reviewed the law on penalties since 1915. The practice managers are praised as ‘very approachable and realistic with fees’.
John de Waal QC: Tier 3. "He is bold but not rash and provides QC clout without QC attitude."
Brie Stevens-Hoare QC: Tier 3. "The go-to silk for heavyweight property work, particularly multimillion-pound development contract disputes."
Jamal Demachkie: Tier 3. Fantastic on his feet; he always hones in on the commercial answer and impresses clients.
Alexander Bastin: Tier 4. "He gets to grips with complex cases and presents them well on paper and in court."
Daniel Gatty: Tier 4. "A thorough and balanced counsel with good cross-examination skills."
Simon Allison: Tier 5. "He has unquestionable knowledge regarding property matters, and is proactive and very user-friendly."
Peter Petts: Tier 5. "User-friendly, and a reassuring presence with a sensible attitude."
Edward Rowntree: Tier 5. "A good all-rounder."
Laura Tweedy: Tier 5. "Very personable, quick to provide commercial advice and a very good advocate in court."
John Clargo: Tier 5. "Very user-friendly and easy to communicate with."