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Property & Chancery
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 onwards. We 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.
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. Several members of the group are also qualified to act as mediators.
We will travel for site visits and can arrange conferences in any of our 5 centres, all of which have video-conferencing facilities. Conferences, advice and representation can be arranged at short notice in urgent cases.
A substantial part of our work comprises residential and commercial landlord & 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.
We 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.
Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings for 2014. Recommendations and Quotes
John Clargo - 3PB ‘Exceptional at providing clear, commercial, innovative advice; a very effective advocate.'
REGIONAL BAR: SOUTH EASTERN CIRCUIT
Ranked as a leading set Tier 2 in the South Eastern circuit and Western Circuit
PROPERTY – LEADING JUNIORS
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.
John Clargo - 3PB ‘Very knowledgeable in all property matters and his drafting is of a high calibre.’
Andrew Sheriff - 3PB ‘A commercial barrister, with good client handling skills.’
REGIONAL BAR: WESTERN CIRCUIT
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 (and) Jamal Demachkie is ‘a very impressive advocate’.”
“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’, and John Clargo is ‘an extremely capable and experienced advocate’. Jamal Demachkie is ‘client friendly, approachable, and extremely knowledgeable’. Insolvency specialist Victoria Jones is also recommended”
Also recommended at the London Bar for property litigation experience, “…recommended practitioners include 3PB’s John Clargo”
Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory 2014/2015
Real Estate Litigation – London Bar – Band 5
Jamal Demachkie of 3PB Barristers, is recommended for his real estate litigation experience at the London Bar. He is “a noted rising junior who focuses his practice on landlord and tenant matters, and has a particular specialism in business tenancy renewals”. Jamal “is extremely capable on his feet, gives sound practical advice that clients can easily understand, and sees the commerciality of the transaction."
“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."
John Clargo “focuses on representing and advising commercial and residential property clients in landlord and tenant and real property law, as well as property-related professional negligence.” and “his ability to not just give the straight legal answer, but to interpret a request and see the commercial, common-sense approach is wonderful. He is very user-friendly and is very good at communicating with clients. He is also prompt, efficient and extremely technically able."
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."