Property and Estates

William Hansen sits as a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division and is also a Deputy Chancery Master and therefore has broad expertise in all areas of Chancery practice. His property practice encompasses all areas of real estate litigation including adverse possession, boundaries, conveyancing, co-ownership, easements, land registration, mortgages, options, restrictive covenants, property damage claims and trusts of land.

William also provides expertise in all aspects of the law of landlord and tenant, including business tenancy renewals, dilapidations, forfeiture, leasehold covenants and service charge disputes.

He is a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for both land registration and residential property cases.

William’s expertise in property law extends to cases where property rights and principles of insolvency meet, and he has also been instructed in a number of cases involving disputes about sporting and fishing rights.

William acts for a wide range of clients and welcomes direct professional access work. He is also a trained mediator who can offer his services to those looking to mediate property disputes.

He is also a member of the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Counsel to the Crown in civil matters and regularly acts for a variety of government agencies.


Artist Court Collective Ltd v. Khan, [2016] EWHC 2453 (Ch), [2017] Ch 53
Part 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and rights of first refusal.

Bean v Saxton [2016] UKUT 168 (TCC)
Determined boundaries.

Top Brands Ltd v. Sharma [2015] EWCA Civ 1140

Orme v Lyons [2012] EWHC 3308 (Ch)
Approach of appellate court to inferences drawn by Adjudicator.

Wilkinson v. Farmer (CA), [2010] NPC 105
Proper approach to construction of 1898 deed.

Heslop v Bishton [2009] EWHC 607 (Ch), [2009] 2 EGLR 11
Diversion of easements.

Virdi v Chana [2008] EWHC 2901 (Ch)
Easements of parking.

Wallbank v Price [2007] EWHC 3001 (Ch), [2008] 2 FLR 501
Undue influence and duress.

Sims v. Mahon [2005] 3 EGLR 67
Term implied into covenant against building without prior approval of plans.

Mountney v. Treharne (CA) [2003] Ch 135
Equitable maxims and proprietary rights in the context of insolvency proceedings.

Eyre v. McCracken (CA) (2001) 33 HLR 16
Liability under repairing covenant to repair inherent defect.

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Academic qualifications

  • B.Sc (Econ), First Class, LSE
  • M.Phil (Cantab.)
  • MBA (London Business School) with Distinction

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Authorised to sit as a High Court Judge, Chancery Division
  • Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge, Administrative Appeals Chamber
  • Recorder, Crime and Civil
  • Deputy Chancery Master
  • Judge, First Tier Tribunal, Property Chamber
  •  Member of Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of Counsel
  • ADR Qualified Mediator

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Property Bar Association

Direct Access

William Hansen is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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