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Stephen Bickford-Smith

Stephen Bickford-Smith


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Stephen specialises in property advisory and litigation work and dispute resolution and has appeared in many recent leading cases in these areas. He is also the author of standard texts on the law relating to Rights of Light and Party Walls. In dispute resolution he is a fully qualified and experienced arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator. He has made numerous awards and decisions, in property and construction matters and has also appeared as party-appointed advocate/representative in many arbitrations and adjudications. He is a past chairman of the London branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Stephen's practice centres around Property Law, and Dispute Resolution including related professional negligence claims. He is recognised as a leading specialist in the law of party walls, easements, and rights to light and is noted for being a business-minded advocate, arbitrator and legal author. For more detail of recent work please click on the cases and publications links above.

Property Disputes

Stephen is recognised as a leading specialist in property disputes, particularly those relating to easements and party walls. The Legal 500 2015 states that he is "a real expert in rights-to-light matters", whilst Chambers & Partners 2016 describes him as "well known for his experience across a range of real estate disputes, particularly those relating to right to light and party walls. He has extensive expertise in the law relating to easements." He appears regularly at first instance and appellate level in cases involving property disputes particularly relating to easements, but also involving party walls, boundary disputes, torts relating to land and landlord and tenant matters. For more detail click here.

Dispute Resolution

Stephen is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator. He is also a practicing adjudicator, a qualified mediator and on the adjudication panels of TeCSA, TECBAR and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (HY) Ltd v Shepherd Construction Ltd decided in September 2009 the judge described Stephen as “a barrister well known in construction law circles”. He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in disputes in the construction, property and professional services fields, including substantial construction and property disputes. For more detail please click here.

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