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Stephen Bickford-Smith

Stephen Bickford-Smith


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Stephen is a very experienced barrister specialising in property advisory and litigation work. He also acts as a dispute resolver in arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

His practice as a barrister is wide-ranging, and covers:

  • Sales of Land
  • Easements
  • Party Walls
  • Land Registration
  • Adverse Possession
  • Development Agreements
  • Construction Adjudication
  • Property-related insurance including title insurance and insurance against potential claims for easements and restrictive covenants
  • Professional Negligence related to his specialisms.

In 2017 he transferred from full membership of Landmark Chambers to become an Associate Member with a view to devoting more time to his practice as an arbitrator and construction adjudicator. He continues to accept instructions on all areas of his practice and has successfully adopted agile working and continues to operate from Chambers and to use the full suite of online research and reference facilities.

His clients include developers, landowners and other institutions. He is frequently instructed to advise on easements (in particular rights of light) which may affect proposed developments, how to deal with potential claims, and the options in terms of insurance.

He is regularly instructed in contentious matters, and has appeared in many significant cases both at first instance and appellate level (see the cases tab above).

He is happy to accept direct professional access instructions.

He is the joint author of Party Walls the Modern Law (4th Edition 2017) published by LexisNexis, and Rights of Light (3rd Edition 2014) published by Jordans, both of which are leading specialist texts.

In dispute resolution, He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator. He is on the arbitration panels of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Law Society, and on the adjudication panels of TeCSA, TECBAR, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a qualified mediator.

He has made numerous awards and adjudication decisions, and acted as mediator in disputes relating to property matters, including professional negligence claims.

Stephen is recognised as a leading specialist in property disputes, particularly those relating to easements and party walls. The Legal 500 2017 states that he is, "an expert in party wall matters, who gives robust advice to clients." Chambers & Partners 2018 states, "he is softly spoken, persuasive, measured and a very good advocate", and that, "he is a very intelligent and charming chap."