Selborne Chambers in Chambers and Partners 2010


Real Estate Litigation

Sources agree that Selborne Chambers can sometimes be underrated. Its talented professionals go about their business with the minimum of fuss, relying on results to do the talking for them. The set, praised for its “communicability and sheer quality of service,” has one very big name in Romie Tager QC. Tager has made a name for himself as “a highly forceful silk who fights doggedly for client interests.” Never far away from major cases, he recently acted in EDF Energy Networks (LPN) v Welford, a matter concerning wayleaves and disturbance to land.

Tager’s juniors include Mark Warwick, who acted in the widely reported Hollis v Rolfe case concerning undue influence and trustee conduct in a property transfer. Clients point to his “solid and inventive approach and his work turnaround time that is second to none.” Stuart Hornett acted in the Bruntwood 2000 First Properties Ltd v BT case, a dilapidations matter worth in excess of £1 million. He enjoys a rising profile as he offers “clear and concise explanations of property law technicalities” and has “a thoughtful, winning manner.”

He wins favour as does Ian Clarke a commercial and chancery barrister who impresses with his “good legal brain that he puts to good use on the really intellectually challenging cases.” Standout examples of his work include Perand Ltd v Waters, a case relating to rights of way in a shopping centre. Justin Kitson is “a proficient junior who punches above his weight.” He has recently acted on the case of RAB Pension Trust v Fraser’s and is a big favourite with solicitors.

The same can be said of Philip Kremen who gets more than his fair share of instructions. His popularity stems from the fact that he “communicates clearly and gets the right points across.” Highlights for him include Artworld Financial Corporation Ltd v Safarya, a high-value dispute over a lease.

Neil Mendoza is coming to the attention of the market for the quality and frequency of his written pleadings. He acted on Manches LLP v Green in a claim for unpaid real estate-related professional fees.

Also rated, Gary Blaker is admired for his “persuasive skeleton arguments” and the fact that “he deals very well indeed with substantially complex points.”  Examples of his work include Ezekiel v Kohalia, a dispute between two families concerning a real estate transaction.

Chancery & Commercial

Juliette Levy of Selborne Chambers is regarded as “an excellent chancery junior,” whilst at the same set Jeremy Cousins QC enters the rankings this year. Having built up a strong reputation in the Midlands market, he is striving, with some success, to build a higher profile in London.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Romie Tager QC of Selborne Chambers is hailed as a “dogged and effective” litigator by commentators.