Landmark Chambers, specialists in planning, environmental, property, and public law, is pleased to announce the recruitment of leading Property Juniors, Justin Bates, Simon Allison, and Brooke Lyne to its award-winning property practice.

All three practitioners are specialists in the area of residential property disputes, particularly acting for landlords in leasehold management disputes including service charges and the right to manage.  Justin, who was called to the Bar in 2003, is the Deputy General Editor of “The Encyclopaedia of Housing Law”, and is co-author of several specialist publications including “Leasehold Disputes”.

In addition to his residential property work, Simon, who was called in 2005, practices across the full range of real property disputes including issues arising out of development agreements and those at the intersection of property and insolvency law.  He is the current Secretary of the Property Bar Association.

Brooke was called to the Bar three years ago, and practices in residential property disputes. She is Assistant Editor of “The Encyclopaedia of Housing Law” and has gained experience of cases involving the nexus between property and public law.

Commenting on the news, Head of Landmark’s Property Team, David Holland QC, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have recruited Justin, Simon and Brooke to our team.  Their collective expertise and stellar reputation, particularly in the area of residential property disputes, will be a real asset to Chambers’ property practice and to Landmark generally, and we are looking forward to working with them.”

Today’s announcement is the latest in a string of lateral appointments to the property practice including high-profile litigation silk, Zia Bhaloo QC, and leading junior, Rupert Cohen.

Chief Executive, Paul Newhall, said of the announcement “The recruitment of Justin Bates, Simon Allison, and Brooke Lyne, enhances our service offering and should be regarded as further evidence of our long-term commitment to develop our award-winning property practice in the UK and International markets. We are genuinely excited to welcome Justin, Simon and Brooke to Chambers.”

In 2018, Justin worked with the Law Commission on the Right to Manage reform project and was also representing a number of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster at the public inquiry.  He has been ranked by Chambers and Partners since 2009 and has been a “Star Individual” since 2016.  Justin has also been ranked in the Legal 500 for Property Litigation since 2011. He is described in the legal directories as “…technically and academically one of the leading barristers in the trade…” and is “…widely recognised as one of the best of his generation…”.

Simon has been instructed in the last 18 months on almost all the significant leasehold cases arising out of the need to replace unsafe cladding on high rise buildings following Grenfell. He has been ranked in the Legal 500 for Property Litigation since 2014, where he is described as having “… a very sharp intellect and a deep understanding of the property industry” and as having “an encyclopaedic knowledge of residential landlord and tenant work.”

Brooke recently appeared in JCWI v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 452 (led by Justin Bates) successfully representing the interests of the Residential Landlords Association, which intervened in the proceedings. The High Court held that the “Right to Rent” scheme was incompatible with Arts.8 and 14.

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