Lisa Linklater QC

Call 1995
Silk 2022

“Lisa is meticulous, very, very sharp, and has a wealth of knowledge. Always well prepared and an excellent advocate."

Legal 500 2022 (Tier 1 - Company and Insolvency)
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Lisa Linklater QC’s property practice comprises shareholder and partnership disputes within the property sector and real property issues arising within corporate insolvency.

Lisa was a top-ranked junior in Chambers & Partners UK in commercial dispute resolution, as well as in chancery and in Legal 500 in company and insolvency at the time of her taking silk.

Lisa brings over 20 years of experience in advising and representing a diverse range of companies, individuals, Government departments and other public sector bodies.

Recent highlights include:

  • Advising joint administrators in respect of the distribution of realisations of £7m, involving cross-border issues and novel points of law.
  • Currently acting for the Petitioner in an unfair prejudice petition under s994 Companies Act 2006 involving a dispute relating to property development.
  • Successfully acted for construction company in claim for specific performance of contract to purchase land with a contract value of £4m in a dispute that had lasted 10 years.
  • Acting in a factually and legally complex dispute within a family concerning a property portfolio and spanning 40 years, in which she has been leading other Counsel.
  • Successfully defending a claim under a joint venture agreement and by proprietary estoppel to a valuable quarry at a 2 week trial.
  • Representing a partner in an enviable Yorkshire Wolds arable farm with a value of over £6 million in defending a claim to the entirety of the farm.
  • Successfully realising an investment in valuable crowd-funded property development company in Cheshire for shareholders by just and equitable petition.
  • Acting for a high-profile retailer in defending emergency proceedings for the delivery up of items in the high-street stores it was occupying.
  • Advising a peer-to-peer pawnbroking platform in respect of loans secured against six ships.
  • Advising in respect of trust issues following a pre-pack sale of 40,000 individual voluntary arrangements.

Lisa is also a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the University of Leeds.

Property Cases

In addition to the above recent highlights, further illustrations of Lisa’s experience in real property is as follows:


  • Currently acting in a high value claim by a purchaser of commercial property in a claim for specific performance.
  • Acting for a high-profile retailer following its purchase from administrators in defending emergency proceedings for the delivery up of items in the high-street stores it was occupying (2018) (High Court, Manchester).
  • 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) (High Court, Manchester)
  • Advice as to whether a grant by a charity to a company in liquidation was held on Quistclose trusts (2016).
  • Lisa successfully represented a leading Cheshire restaurant business at a 5 day trial in Manchester in 2016 in defending claims by a residential neighbour to close the restaurant on grounds of alleged noise nuisance and breach of restrictive covenant (2016) (Manchester).
  • 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) (HHJ Behrens sitting as a High Court Judge, Leeds District Registry).
  • Successfully obtaining a settlement sufficient to clear the debts and expenses of the bankruptcy by establishing a proprietary interest in the estate of the former spouse of the bankrupt (2013).


  • 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 injunctive proceedings brought by second charge holder and securing payment of the costs and expenses of the receivers (2014)(High Court, Manchester)
  • 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.


  • Representing trustee of shares in directions application involving issues including missing beneficiaries (2018) (High Court, Leeds).
  • Advising in a High Court claim involving an alleged trust of shares in a valuable company (2018).
  • 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) (High Court, Leeds District Registry).
  • 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.