Leasehold Life is very pleased to welcome legal contributor Jonathan Upton, Barrister at Tanfield Chambers who specialises in property disputes. He recently appeared as the junior (led by Philip Rainey QC) in the Supreme Court in Daejan Investments v Benson (the relevant principles to be applied on applications for dispensation from the consultation requirements).

Jonathan is also the Editor of the Service Charges section on and writes a monthly update on service charges and estate management. He will be now also be providing Leasehold Life with regular abridged versions of those updates.

He also regularly contributes to various legal journals and is willing to attend solicitors’ offices to give seminars on topics within his practice areas.

He has a busy practice covering all aspects of landlord and tenant (both commercial and residential) and real property disputes including:

  • 1954 Act renewals
  • adverse possession
  • boundary disputes
  • breach of covenant
  • breach of trust
  • break notices
  • disputes as to the ownership of property
  • easements and rights of way
  • enfranchisement cases
  • mortgage related claims
  • nuisance and trespass
  • property related professional negligence claims
  • service charges

In addition to his advisory work, Jonathan regularly appears in the High Court, county courts, LVT and proceedings before HM Adjudicator. He particularly enjoys trial work and has recently been granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the beneficial ownership of a property.

As well as taking instructions in his core areas of practice, Jonathan accepts instructions in a variety of business and commercial disputes often, but not exclusively, relating to property. He is also qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Public Access Scheme.

Jonathan is is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Property Bar Association and the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.

Tanfield Chambers
2-5 Warwick Court

DX 46 London Chancery Lane

Tel: 020 7421 5300

Fax: 020 7421 5333


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