Exchange’s property team building on strong foundations

March 25, 2024

Originally published on 25th January 2024

Exchange Chambers’ specialist property team is building on strong foundations after a highly successful 2023.

Following recent expansion, the team is now one of the largest in the North of England and has real strength in depth across all aspects of commercial, residential, and agricultural property. Members are regularly involved in significantly complex matters and reported cases.

Ranked as a leading set for Real Estate Litigation by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, the team comprises silks and juniors at all levels of call.

Following Bill Hanbury’s appointment as a Circuit Judge, Exchange’s property team is now headed by Lawrence McDonald (“great legal knowledge and is also very commercially astute” – Chambers & Partners), with Brynmor Adams (“pragmatic, and provides thorough advice tailored to objectives” – The Legal 500) as Deputy Head.  Both Lawrence and Bryn are recognised as leaders in their field.

Explaining the property team’s plans for the future, Lawrence McDonald said:

“It is an exciting period for our property team.    Bryn and I are pleased to have been appointed to lead the team. Over the coming months, we look forward to engaging with our solicitors and clients to ensure that we are providing the best possible service to them.”

During 2024, Exchange will again host its Annual Property Conference, while continuing to build relationships by providing in-house training for solicitors.

The set’s proactive approach to client care also sets it apart with The Legal 500 saying Exchange’s “can-do approach runs right through the organisation”.

Members of Exchange’s property team have appeared at all levels of the Courts and Tribunals system. Members regularly appear in specialist jurisdictions including the Business and Property Court, the Residential Property, Agricultural and Land Registration Divisions of the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber and the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal. Members can offer specialist skill in drafting and advisory work and all members have extensive advocacy experience.

In terms of appointments, seventeen barristers from Exchange form part of the Attorney General’s panel of counsel in specialist areas including property and property related advice and litigation for the Crown.

Exchange is a multi-disciplinary Chambers. Members of the Property Team also have expertise in related specialisms such as professional negligence, insolvency, construction, wills and probate, tax, social housing, telecommunications , planning and rating and are comfortable working with other members of Exchange with different specialisms.

Chambers also has experience of all areas of alternative dispute resolution including mediation. A number of members are also qualified as arbitrators and can undertake all areas of property arbitration including rent reviews in commercial leases. Members of the property team regularly appear in mediations and arbitrations and can assist clients with other forms of alternative dispute resolution.