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. Andrew’s property litigation practice extends to:

  • Professional negligence – solicitors and surveyors
  • Estates (wills, probate and administration)
  • Proprietary estoppel, adverse possession, easements, covenants, sale of land
  • Landlord & tenant. Inc: Commercial L&T:  e.g. dilapidations, business tenancies, forfeiture and Service charges, leasehold enfranchisement
  • Nuisance, boundary disputes, mortgages, beneficial interest disputes, possession claims, injunctions
  • Land development agreement disputes
  • Partnership disputes especially re farming partnerships.

Property 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)



Andrew’s recent work has included advising and representing clients in the following cases:

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.