Lisa Linklater KC

Call 1995
Silk 2022

“Lisa is very strong technically; she fights the clients’ corner... & knows the law inside out.”

Chambers & Partners 2024, Tier 1

“Lisa Linklater K.C. commanded the mediation... her confidence & knowledge were second to none.”

Client in shareholder dispute, 2023
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Property & Trusts

Lisa Linklater KC is a leading  property barrister with an established reputation nationally for her expertise, advocacy, advice and strategic excellence in Chancery, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Insolvency/Restructuring.

Lisa is recommended as a Band 1 silk in these practice areas by Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2024 and Legal 500 UK Bar 2024.

Lisa has practised in property and trusts work throughout her career. Her practice in this field often links with shareholder and joint venture disputes, corporate insolvencies, Law of Property Act receiverships, commercial fraud or banking and finance.

Lisa brings over 25 years of experience in advising and representing a diverse range of companies, individuals, banks and other lenders, office holders of insolvent companies, Law of Property Act receivers, Government departments, local authorities and other public sector bodies. Lisa works closely with clients and instructing solicitors to tailor strategy to clients’ objectives and to succinctly and clearly advocate on behalf of clients. Lisa’s advice in this technical area is practical, creative, commercial and accessible. She is adept in effectively leading teams of different sizes, often including specialists in complementary fields of practice, for the benefit of clients.

Lisa’s property and trusts practice is often high value, high profile and with complex legal or factual issues. She is currently instructed in respect of disputes relating to jointly owned property portfolios with a value of over £10 million and a claim in a high profile corporate insolvency for accessory liability to alleged breaches of trust of over £12 million.

Lisa Linklater K.C.’s property practice includes:

  • All issues as to mortgages, debentures and other forms of security, particularly in a corporate insolvency context;
  • Law of Property Act receiverships;
  • Disputes concerning substantial property portfolios, often jointly owned and involving the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996;
  • Express, resulting and constructive trusts;
  • Proprietary estoppel (often disputes within families and relating to farms, frequently also involving partnership issues); and
  • Shareholder, joint venture and partnership disputes within the property sector and/or involving commercial, agricultural or residential property and/or property development.
  • Allegations of fraud e.g. sham transactions.

Lisa Linklater K.C.’s trusts practice includes:

  • Breach of trust;
  • Cross-border issues;
  • Dishonest assistance;
  • Knowing receipt;
  • Account of profits and equitable compensation;
  • Co-ownership of property disputes;
  • Discretionary trusts (particularly of shares in companies within the context of shareholder disputes).

Lisa Linklater property barrister’s significant experience and expertise as lead trial Counsel in the Business and Property Courts of the High Court of Justice and in the Court of Appeal underpins the strength of her oral and written advocacy and strategic excellence at all stages of disputes in this field.

While a substantial part of Lisa’s work is in the Business and Property Courts of Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle, Lisa Linklater property barrister is also regularly instructed in cases in London, Birmingham and Bristol and she takes cases from across England and Wales. Lisa is instructed on behalf of clients by regional, national and international law firms.

Recent highlights of Lisa’s property and trusts practice in silk include:

  • Currently acting in respect of substantial dispute relating to jointly owned commercial and residential property with a value of over £10 million and related allegations of unfair prejudice under s994 Companies Act 2006 (2023 – ).
  • Currently acting in respect of very substantial property claim involving allegations of sham, linked to allegations of unfair prejudice in respect of a company within a family business (2023 – ).
  • Acting in alleged claim by company administrators of £12 million for alleged knowing assistance and knowing receipt of breach of trust and alleged breaches of directors’ duties. Lisa is collaborating with Jersey lawyers in respect of a freezing order obtained in the Royal Court of Jersey (2023 – ).
  • Advising LPA receivers and lender in respect of priority between a debenture and option agreement, involving lending of £9 million in high profile corporate insolvency (2023).
  • Acting in respect of a public contract relating to a very substantial joint venture property development in the North West and involving issues relating to public procurement law (2023).
  • Successfully securing in HCt, BPC the dismissal of an application for an interim injunction to prevent a finance house from enforcing its security over property relating to a substantial property development and involving a debt of over £1 million (2023).
  • Cleveland Bridge UK Limited (in administration): Successfully secured directions from the High Court for joint administrators of a former global leader in the design of complex structures including the Shard on a complex application relating to the distribution of £7 million. The application involved novel issues relating to fixed and floating charges, the equitable doctrine of marshalling, substantial preferential creditor claims by HM Revenue and Customs and Saudi law (2022).

Examples of Lisa’s significant experience in this field before taking silk are in the “property and trusts” cases section below.

Lisa Linklater property barrister is Vice-chair of the Northern Business and Property Bar Association and is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the University of Leeds.

Property and Trusts Cases

Lisa’s experience in property and trusts cases before taking silk includes the following;


  • Successfully acted for construction company in claim for specific performance of a contract to purchase land with a contract value of £4m in a dispute that had lasted 10 years (2020 – 2021) (HCt).
  • Successfully realising an investment in valuable crowd-funded property development company in Cheshire for shareholders by just and equitable winding up petition (2018) (HCt).
  • Representing trustee of shares in directions application involving issues including missing beneficiaries (2018) (HCt).
  • Acting for a high-profile retailer in defending emergency proceedings for the delivery up of items in the high-street stores it was occupying (2018) (HCt).
  • Representing a purchaser of a pharmaceutical business from administrators in claim by landlord for dilapidations and unpaid rent. Landlord is relying upon Jervis v Pillar Denton Ltd for priority over other creditors (2017) (HCt).
  • Advising in respect of trust issues following a pre-pack sale of 40,000 individual voluntary arrangements.
  • Advice as to whether a grant by a charity to a company in liquidation was held on Quistclose trusts (2016).
  • Successfully defending injunctive relief proceedings brought by a major manufacturer of bed products that had purchased a portfolio of properties from administrators in a “fire sale”, relying on an alleged overriding interest. The claim centred on allegations of civil fraud and was related to high profile criminal proceedings relating to the premises (2016) (HCt).
  • Acted for the trustees of “fighting fund” in application relating to use of the fund in legal proceedings relating to a tax scheme. The case to which the fund relates is high profile (2016) (HCt).
  • Advised trustees of trust on the implications of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 for the trust (2015).
  • Represented former employee in claim based on promised interest in shares by owners/directors, relying upon trusts analysis. The case was further complicated because shares had been swapped into a major international company.


  • Advising a peer to peer pawn broking platform in respect of loans secured against six ships (2017).
  • Advised assignee of mortgages and guarantees on alleged undue influence in context of investment property in the North West (2015).
  • Firstpoint Security Trustee Ltd v Enterprise House Development Ltd & ors: Acted for Law of Property Act receivers of a hotel in the Midlands in successfully defending application for an injunction brought by second charge holder and securing payment of the costs and expenses of the receivers (2014)(HCt).
  • Paragon Mortgages Ltd v MP [2011] All ER (D) 65 (David Steel J) Acted for borrower in multi-million pound claims under guarantees and on personal mortgages of buy to let properties in Leeds in circumstances where LPA receivers had been appointed.


  • Acting in a factually and legally complex property dispute spanning 40 years within a family in respect of a property portfolio valued at c. £4m and alleged partnership, in which she led other Counsel (2020).
  • Successfully acted for defendant to claims of approximately £1 million in respect of solicitors’ partnership in legally and factually complex claim involving property portfolio. Case involved complex limitation issues and an entangled factual history (2020 – 2022).
  • Representing a partner in a family farming partnership in a dispute involving an enviable Yorkshire Wolds arable farm valued in excess of £6 million in which a proprietary estoppel claim was made (2017 – 2018).
  • Successfully defending a claim under a joint venture agreement and by proprietary estoppel to a valuable quarry at a 2 week trial (2016 – 2019).