Property & Chancery

Property & Chancery

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David Berkley QC and Louise Worton are recognised for their expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Chancery - Northern (Bar) - Band 2

David Berkley QC of 3PB Barristers
Has more than 20 years' experience in chancery work. He is known for commercial property disputes, employment, professional negligence and regulatory law.
Strengths: "A very nice chap; he is a very eloquent speaker with good advocacy skills." 

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Real Estate Litigation - South Eastern (Bar) - Band 2

Louise Worton of 3PB Barristers
Strong junior who handles property matters within her broader chancery practice. She specialises in landlord and tenant matters, advising both residential and commercial clients.
Strengths: "Exceptional barrister with fantastic advocacy skills. Her written work is always extremely helpful." "She speaks in plain English, and has an ability to break down extremely complex issues into simple language."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the landlord in Chaplair Limited v Kumari, a Court of Appeal case concerning recovery of legal costs under the terms of a lease.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2016
Recommendations and Quotes

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Andrew Sheriff - He has an eye for detail, and an excellent ability to communicate with solicitors and clients.
Louise Worton - Approachable, knowledgeable and quick on her feet.

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings For 2015
Recommendations and Quotes

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Property – Leading juniors
Andrew Sheriff - He has a very pragmatic approach, and finds clever solutions to disputes
Louise Worton- She provides practical advice, and is very likeable

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings for 2014
Recommendations and Quotes

Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the South Eastern circuit and Western Circuit

3PB’s property team has recently handled a significant amount of insurance-backed work involving residential property disputes. Members have also dealt with a number of Land Registry adjudications.

Andrew Sheriff - 3PB ‘A commercial barrister, with good client handling skills.’


3PB’s property team has experience in litigation relating to residential and commercial tenancies. Gavin Hamilton recently represented the claimant in a professional negligence case relating to the nature of a surface water drainage system.

Gavin Hamilton - 3PB ‘Thorough, tactically astute and knows the subject inside out.’

The Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 recommendations include:

“3PB is a well regarded annex” on the South Eastern Circuit.

Recognised for their Commercial and Chancery expertise, “3PB’s James Davies is recommended for commercial disputes and insolvency matters”.

“Annexes on the (Western Circuit) circuit include the highly regarded 3PB”.

Ranked on the Western Circuit for their commercial, insolvency and property experience, “At 3PB, Gavin Hamilton is noted for his ‘meticulous attention to detail’. Insolvency specialist Victoria Jones is also recommended”

Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014/2015

Real Estate Litigation – London Bar – Band 5

“The commercial disputes team (on the South Eastern Circuit) at 3PB has a strong reputation across a range of areas, including commercial property transactions, professional negligence, construction and insolvency.”

Andrew Sheriff “handles sale of goods and supply of services issues, and contracts of guarantee and indemnity. He has particular expertise in contractual disputes” and "He has outstanding attention to detail, cuts to the chase very quickly, is good at cross-examination, handles witnesses well and has great authority in the courtroom." "He's very user-friendly and approachable, and speaks in a language that clients understand."

The clerking service was recommended by Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory:

“This large set is spread across five locations: London, Bournemouth, Bristol, Oxford and Winchester. Commentators report that chambers manages to maintain the same universally high client service across all five locations. 3PB sets out to provide its clients with a comprehensive, fast and skilled advocacy and advisory service, and clients happily report that “they do exactly what it says on the tin.” One even noted that “the quality of service and client care is so good it’s one of the key reasons we keep going back to them.” The clerking team receives the bulk of the praise, with commentators finding that “the clerks are proactive and easy to work with.”


3PB’s clerks were also recommended"I have found that the 3PB clerks are very responsive and they have always found a barrister to assist me when the matter is urgent." 

Members of the group are available for work in all areas of property related law and in traditional Chancery work. We undertake advisory work and drafting at all stages of cases from pre-action protocol letters to representation in Tribunal or Court. Barristers appear at all levels of the civil courts from the County Court to Court of Appeal with more senior members having appeared in the House of Lords and Supreme Court.

In addition members appear before more specialist tribunals, such as the Rent Assessment Committee, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal (formerly the Lands Tribunal) and the adjudicator to HM Land Registry.

We are also regularly instructed in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, with several barristers qualified to act as mediators.

Barristers will travel for site visits and can arrange conferences in any of our six locations, all of which have video-conferencing facilities. Conferences, advice and representation can be arranged at short notice in urgent cases.

Property work

A substantial part of our work comprises residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Members of the group also have experience of leasehold enfranchisement, homelessness, housing (including Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions) management and service charge disputes.

Our real property work includes boundary disputes, adverse possession, co-ownership disputes, trespass and nuisance, mortgages, conveyancing disputes, land registration, restrictive covenants and easements.
Several group members have considerable expertise on the Party Wall, Etc. Act 1996.

Chancery work

Members of the team undertake the full range of traditional chancery work including wills & administration of estates, contentious probate, Inheritance Act claims, trusts, charities, personal and corporate insolvency and partnership disputes.

Many members of the group also act in professional negligence matters arising out of the above subject areas.

3PB Property and Chancery team are regularly endorsed as 'leaders in their field' by the independent legal directories.