Andrew Williams

Call 1994

“He has a great academic understanding of the law.”

The Legal 500, 2020
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Andrew is a property and commercial litigator who has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels all the way up to the House of Lords. As a former university lecturer in land law and with 20 years’ experience at the chancery bar, he is frequently involved in complex property law litigation. He is presently instructed by local authorities in several ongoing multi-million pound contract disputes.

Andrew’s commercial practice extends to:

  • Professional negligence – solicitors and surveyors
  • Disputes concerning estates (wills, probate and administration)
  • All areas of property law inc. landlord & tenant, proprietary estoppel, easements & covenants, sale of land (see property CV)
  • Complex contract disputes including re land development agreements
  • Partnership disputes
  • Complex Tort Law claims (e.g. Unlawful interference with economic interests, procuring breach of confidence, Misfeasance in Public Office).

Commercial Cases


Anaghara v Anaghara (4-day trial in Mayors and Central London Court, Sept 2019):  complex possession claim involving questions of conflict of laws, proprietary estoppel and probate.

Dowse & Dowse v City of Bradford MBC (First Tier Tribunal, Oct 2019):  claim to adverse possession of council land raising novel points of law re the interpretation of para 5, sch 6, Land Registration Act)

Bruckfern Ltd v Gillian Whalley (HHJ Hodge QC (s. 9) Ch Div, 2018):  trial and appeal on the construction of an option to purchase land with unusual time provisions)

Stephanie Brennan v Lawrence Oliver (HHJ Mark Raeside QC (s. 9) 2017):  trial of high value Inheritance Act claim

The Croft (Bickershaw) Ltd v Brian Smith and others [2017] UKUT 339 (LC) – application to discharge restrictive covenants. Burden of proving entitlement to object

Paul Dickson v NFU Mutual Insurance Services Ltd and others [2017] Lawtel 31 August 2017 – solicitors’ liability for costs of litigation between 2 parties whose dispute arose out of the fraud of a former employee of the firm

State Bank of India v. Sood [1997] 1 W.L.R. 1568 (House of Lords), [1997] Ch 276, [1997] 2 W.L.R. 421, [1997] 1 All E.R. 63 (Court of Appeal) (overreaching of beneficial interests in land)

Black & White v Measures [2016] Ch D (HHJ Bird) – 5 day trial: easements, nuisance, development agreement, economic torts, slander of title

Williams & Williams v Blundell, Blundell & Malthouse [2016] MAN/ooCA/OAF/2015/002: imposition of restrictive covenants on purchases of freehold interest under Leasehold Reform Act 1967

Horton Group Ltd v. Cahill [2016] QBD (HHJ Wood) – strike out, service

District & Urban Housing Ltd v. Persons Unknown [2015] – TV and news coverage (claim against “Love Activists” who took over former Bank of England building, Liverpool)

Morgan v. Arriva Northwest and Dures [2015] PILJ 140  and Westlaw 2015 WL 474488: QBD Simler J:  conflicts of interest, strike out

Lafarge Aggregates Ltd. v. Ronald Davies & another [2012] Ch D (option to purchase land, overage)

Nick Griffin, British National Party and Simon Darby v. Kenneth Smith [2012] QBD – national newspaper and TV coverage (injunctive relief re BNP membership list)

Wirral M.B.C. v. Leighton [2006] – national radio and newspaper coverage (residential landlord and tenant, ASBO possession claim)

Wirral M.B.C. v. Boden [2003] Ch D – national newspaper coverage (residential landlord and tenant, ASBO possession claim)

Bromilow v. Linskills [2000] QBD – extensive national newspaper and TV coverage (Solicitors negligence)

Re Higham (a bankrupt) [1997] B.P.I.R. 349 (insolvency, transfer of title to property)


Obtained a superb settlement in a multi-million pound partnership dispute. This was an extremely complex partnership dispute between two brothers who dissolved their farming partnership.

Acting for a council in a £5-10 million development dispute

Acting for a developer in a £20 million development dispute

Several JSM’s/mediations concerning the winding up of farming partnerships.

Obtained possession of key landmark sites on behalf of a council in order to ensure that a high profile event was able to proceed

A JSM to settle a claim to three related estates with a total value of several million pounds.

Acting for the seller of development land in a multi-party mediation following the rescission of a contract of sale

Acting for the purchaser of land subject to rights of common in a solicitors negligence  claim arising out of the purchase

Acting for the purchaser of development land in a claim for professional negligence against its solicitor and architects

A JSM to settle a claim to a right of way (based on s.62 LPA 1925) with a lengthy, contentious history.

A multi-party JSM in a case brought by a mortgagee seeking relief from forfeiture of a high value commercial lease

Proprietary estoppel claim to a farming business on the grounds that the owner had promised it to a farmworker.