Property and Estates
Seb's Property and Estates practice focuses on disputes about land, and landlord and tenant. A substantial part of his practice relates to disputes about property ownership, and defects in land registration. In the landlord and tenant context he is regularly instructed in disrepair claims, particularly those involving expert, technical evidence.
He is a member of the Chancery Bar Association.
Seb has considerable experience of advocacy in the Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal, the High Court and County Courts, and has been instructed in the Court of Appeal.
- Land registry rectification claim relating to charity land
- Disrepair claims brought by multiple tenants of a residential block, against their landlord
- Claims to a beneficial interest between joint (co-habiting) owners of properties
- Joint venture disputes arising from commercial agreements to purchase/develop land
Recent cases - Property and Estates, Chancery:
Dawson v Bell  EWCA Civ 96;  2 BCLC 59
Damages for economic duress / tort of intimidation, arising out of the execution of a shareholders’ agreement.
Hunt and Ors v. Optima (Cambridge) Ltd and Anor  EWHC 681 (TCC), (2013) 148 ConLR 27
Defects and tenants’ repair claim arising out of the development of 26 new-build properties.
Courtenay Gate Lawns Ltd v. Lee  UKUT 125 (Lands Chamber)
Resisting application to discharge restrictive covenants in a long lease, raising a point of principle as to the effect of a landlord’s conduct in granting subsequent leases in different form.
Experienced junior focusing on professional negligence claims against construction professionals, among others. He has experience litigating in the Court of Appeal as well as the TCC.
Strengths: "Considered, robust, articulate, technically sound and has a great ability to absorb complex facts and cut to the heart of the issue."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against structural engineers for economic losses resulting from negligent advice about the adequacy of foundations for the vertical extension of a commercial building.
Chambers UK 2021/Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction London Bar – Band 3
Strengths: "He is good at explaining things in a calm, methodical and well thought out way. He listens to instruction and his overall demeanour is very confident." "Considered, robust, articulate, technically sound, and has a great ability to absorb complex facts and cut to the heart of the issue."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against structural engineers for economic losses resulting from negligent advice on the adequacy of foundations for the vertical extension of a commercial building.
Chambers UK 2020/Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction London Bar – Band 3
"He very quickly inspires confidence in the client and is a measured but very effective negotiator."
Recent work: Acted before the Court of Appeal in a claim arising out of the design, tendering and supervision of the structural relandscaping of a terraced garden, and considering whether a professional could be held liable for services provided gratuitously.
Chambers UK 2019/Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction London Bar – Band 3
Strengths: "You can bombard him with information and he sees straight through everything that needs to be swept aside. He gets to the crux of the issue. He is also a very effective communicator."
Chambers UK 2018/Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction London Bar – Band 3
‘He has a great ability to absorb complex facts and cut to the heart of the issue. He is methodical and, in terms of bang for your buck, you get a much bigger bang with Seb than you would with other barristers of a similar year of call.’
Legal 500 2021/Professional Negligence/Leading Juniors /Tier 5/London
‘Excellent on construction-related claims.’
Legal 500 2020/Professional Negligence/Leading juniors/London
'Incredibly detailed, solid and hardworking.'
Legal 500 2018/19/Professional Negligence/Leading juniors/London
- MA (Hons.) Law, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
- LL.M., University of Bristol
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Called 2007; Lincoln’s Inn
- Associate member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (“R3”)
- Chancery Bar Association
- Member of the Society of Construction Law
- Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)