Property and Estates

William sits as a Deputy Chancery Master and has 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, enfranchisement, 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 where claims of negligence arise against solicitors, surveyors and valuers.

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 B Panel of Counsel to the Crown in civil matters and regularly acts for a variety of government agencies including HMRC.

Recent cases

  • 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 (illegality)
  • 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

  • Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber
  • Recorder
  • Deputy Chancery Master
  • Judge, First Tier Tribunal, Property Chamber
  • Legally Qualified Chair, Police Misconduct Hearings
  • Member of the Attorney General's A Panel
  • 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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