Trusts of land

A major area for Guildford Chambers’ property barristers is in the area of co-habitees and TLATA. Working with our colleagues in Family Law, we provide advice and assistance to unmarried co-habitees, their parents and other relatives where disputed over beneficial, equitable property interests arise.

The law is undergoing considerable development in this area, with the interplay both of the ‘traditional’ Chancery trust principles in cases such as Pettitt, Gissing, Rosset, and the more recent rulings in the ‘co-habitee’ cases, Stack, Kernott, Morris etc.

It is therefore all the more important to get informed and effective advice at an early stage in the case. The imperative on costs management only adds to the pressure to have a realistic assessment at the outset.

Guildford Chambers’ property barristers can:

  • Advise on prospects of a claim, in conference or in writing
  • Draft pleadings, statements of claim, defences, applications, witness statements
  • Assist in mediations, negotiations and settlements
  • Appear in hearings and trials in claims for adverse possession and boundary disputes

Guildford Chambers offers specialist property barristers at all levels of seniority with expertise in real property cases. Our property barristers, located in Guildford and London, regularly appear in courts and tribunals in Surrey, Berkshire and the Home Counties. We can assist with advice, claims drafting and representation in cases involving Trusts of Land.

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