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Peter Sibley

Call: 2017
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Practice Summary

Peter joined Chambers in 2021 following completion of pupillage during which he was supervised by David Nicholls, Andrew Byass, Guy Williams and Rupert Cohen. He is building a practice with a particular focus on property. He is also a member of the Attorney-General’s baby junior scheme.

Prior to joining chambers, in 2019 and 2020, Peter worked as a paralegal in the real estate litigation department of Mishcon de Reya LLP where he worked on a variety of property litigation matters. Before that, he worked as a paralegal at a boutique sports law firm, Morgan Sports Law.  In 2017 and 2018, Peter was a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal to Lord Justice Patten where he assisted on cases covering property, tax and EU law.

Peter holds two first class law degrees from the University of Cambridge.

In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and walking.

Property law

Peter was the designated property pupil, having developed his property law experience as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal to Lord Justice Patten and as a paralegal in the real estate litigation department of Mishcon de Reya LLP.

As a pupil he gained experience of a wide range of property law issues including:

  • Drafting pleadings in disrepair claims and possession claims.
  • Advising on a variety of property law issues, including the consequences of a failure to protect a tenancy deposit, an application to the land registry to alter the register, easements and the enforceability of restrictive covenants.
  • Attending possession hearings relating to residential and commercial properties and a county court trial on relief from forfeiture.

As a paralegal in the real estate litigation department of Mishcon de Reya LLP, he worked on:

  • Drafting various property notices, including break notices, notices under s.25 and s.26 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and notices under s.146 of the Law of Property Act 1925.
  • Document review and bundle preparation for a large misrepresentation claim relating to a multi-million-pound development.

As a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal he worked on:

  • Knight v Goulandris [2018] EWCA Civ 237, a decision on whether an award under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 could be validly served by email.
  • P&P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP [2018] EWCA Civ 1082, a decision on the liability to an innocent purchaser of solicitors acting for the vendor and solicitors acting for the purchaser in a conveyancing fraud.
  • Smith v Khan [2018] EWCA Civ 1137, a decision on the appropriate measure of damages following an unlawful eviction under an assured shorthold tenancy.

Planning law

While a pupil, he gained experience of and assisted with a wide range of planning matters, including:

  • Advising on a variety of planning law issues including the eligibility requirements to submit a blight notice and liability to community infrastructure levy.
  • Preparing a witness statement to be used in a judicial review of a decision of the Building Safety Fund.
  • Attending planning inquiries, including in relation to large housing developments in Hounslow and in Sheffield.

Qualifications

Nottingham Law School – BPTC – Very Competent

University of Cambridge, Hughes Hall – LLM – First (joint highest mark in college)

University of Cambridge, Jesus College – BA Law – Double First

Awards

Nottingham Law School: Dean’s Master’s Scholarship for academic excellence

University of Cambridge, Hughes Hall: William Charnley Prize for the joint best first-class honours in the LLM or MCL

Inner Temple: Major Scholarship

University of Cambridge, Jesus College: Scholarship for performance in final year examinations

University of Cambridge, Jesus College: Exhibition award for performance in first year examinations

Articles and Presentations

The myth of the infringing profits “starting point” in assessing equitable damages on the basis of the hypothetical bargain in rights to light cases (Conv. 2020, 2, 151-162)

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