George Newsom

Year of call: 1973

"George has a good track record for agriculture matters. He's impressive."
Chambers UK 2019

George George

George is a nationally recognised expert barrister on restrictive covenants. He is a specialist property barrister, mediator and arbitrator, and is the author of Preston & Newsom's Restrictive Covenants affecting Freehold Land (10th edition, 2013). He accepts instructions from solicitors and other professionals and also direct from clients.

Property & Estates

George Newsom is a specialist property barrister, mediator and arbitrator. He is a nationally recognised expert on restrictive covenants affecting land, buildings and development.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Real estate (land) litigation.
  • Chancery, covenants, titles, easements and registration.
  • Options, leases and tenancies.
  • Farms, businesses, developers, private estates and partnerships.
  • Boundaries, walls, fences, rights of way, drainage and light.
  • Public and private rights; commons and highways.
  • Local authority property, church property, charities, and clubs.
  • Mooring, fishing, navigation, and foreshore rights.
  • Co-owned or shared property, and family trusts.
  • Inheritance provision, wills, intestacy and probate.
  • Surveyors, valuers and professional negligence.

Significant Cases

  • Boland v Bridgend County Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1004 – Certificate of Alternative Development where statutory planning envelope changed.
  • Loveluck-Edwards v Ideal Developments Ltd [2012] EWHC 719 (Ch); [2012] 2 P & CR D4 - Implied and prescriptive rights of way.
  • Margerison v Bates [2008] EWHC 1211 Ch, [2008] 3 EGLR 165 - Interpretation of restrictive covenants.
  • Shephard v Turner [2006] EWCA Civ 8; [2006] 2 P. & C.R. 28; [2006] 2 EGLR 73 (CA) - Modification of restrictive Covenants.
  • Lynotype-Hell Finance Ltd v Baker [1993] 1 WLR 321, [1992] 4 All ER 887 (CA) - Stay of execution pending appeal.
  • Re Adams [1990] Ch 601, [1990] 2 All ER 97 - Destruction of Will by obliteration.
  • Button v Wenn (CA official transcripts 1980-1989) - Whether contract for sale of land.
  • Russell v Booker [1982] 2 EGLR 86, (1982) 5 HLR 10 CA - Whether residential or agricultural tenancy.
  • Chapman v Freeman [1978] 1 WLR 1298; [1978] 3 All ER 878 CA - Whether business tenancy of cottage for hotel.

Arbitration & Mediation

George Newsom is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited Mediator. He can be engaged through solicitors or directly by anyone else who wishes their differences to be resolved.

He accepts instructions as an arbitrator or mediator in disputes about property, land and buildings; covenants, easements, and rights of way; surveys and valuations; farms and churches. In addition he is willing arbitrate or mediate in engineering, computing and technology disputes.

His additional experience as a former consultant engineer and of farming provides a useful understanding of the practical realities of business disputes and agreements.

Church Law

George Newsom is co-author of Faculty Jurisdiction of the Church of England (2nd Edition). He advises on ownership, rights, permissions and alterations of all churches and chapels; their contents, churchyards and burial grounds; and also local authority cemeteries.

Planning & Compulsory Purchase

George advises and represents participants in courts, inquiries and tribunals for -

  • Planning, developments, changes of use, and listed buildings
  • Enforcement notices, and public nuisances
  • Section 106 agreements, public obligations, and other covenants
  • Local and statutory development plans
  • Compulsory purchase & compensation
  • Public rights & diversion of highways and footpaths
  • Associated human rights for private and family life         

Boland v Bridgend County Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1004 – Court of Appeal: Certificate of Alternative Development where statutory planning envelope changed.



Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Known for his work in farming tenancies and leases, rights of way and restrictive covenants. He is an experienced arbitrator and mediator and can also advise on trusts and estates matters.

"George has a good track record for agriculture matters. He's impressive."

Recent work: Represented the respondents in a dispute concerning compensation for a compulsory purchase of the clients' land.

legal 500 2019


‘Very well known for his expertise in restrictive covenants.’


Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Leading Junior - Band 2

George Newsom of Guildhall Chambers an experienced practitioner with a broad practice, including landlord and tenant, rights of way and farming business disputes. He is especially well known for his expertise in restrictive covenant matters.

Strengths: "He is one of the leading specialists on the subject of restrictive covenants."

LEGAL 500 2017


Leading juniors

‘An expert in restrictive covenants matters.’


Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Leading Junior - Band 2

Acts in disputes of land, partnerships and estates, with experiance in matters of freeholds, tenancies and rights of way. He is recognised as an expert in matters of restrictive covenants.

Strengths: "Very precise, technically knowledgeable barrister." "Great attention to detail and encyclopaedic knowledge of the of the law in this area."

LEGAL 500 2016


Leading juniors

'He has expertise in restrictive covenants.'


Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Leading Junior - Band 2

A well-recognised expert for his work on restrictive convenants. His practice covers a vast array of issues including partnership and estates disputes, landlord and tenant work, trusts and inheritance disputes.

Strengths: "He is extremely knowledgeable on restricitive convenants and general land issues." "He is certainly very flexible and vastly knowledgeable."

LEGAL 500 2015


Leading juniors

'An acknowledged expert in restrictive covenants, and also knowledgeable about leases, boundaries and charges'.


Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Leading Junior - Band 2

Leading authority on restrictive covenants who also represents clients in litigation concerning rural property issues. He has a broad practice covering trusts, proprietary claims and inheritance disputes. In addition he is a part-time judge for the Agriculture Land & Drainage Tribunal in the South West.

Expertise: "He has a thorough grasp of the law and explains it extremely well before the court." "He has tremendous attention to detail and an enthusiasm for restrictive covenant cases and their complexities."

LEGAL 500 2014


Leading Juniors

'A nationally recognised expert in restrictive covenants'.


Agriculture & Rural Affairs

Is a property and trusts specialist whose expertise is regularly called upon in rural disputes. He is the chairman of the South-West area agricultural land tribunal, and receives regular instructions across a wide range of agricultural and rural affairs issues, including disputes concerning boundaries, drainage, and especially disputes concerning land valuations and surveys. (Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Western Bar.)


For further information and enquiries please contact:

Property & Estates: Lisa Frostrup

Church Law: Lisa Frostrup

Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution: Lisa Frostrup


  • Part-time Regional Tribunal Judge, First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber (Agricultural Land & Drainage, SW Area).
  • Former Chairman, Agricultural Land Tribunal for the SW Area.


  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Lincoln's Inn
  • Mediator accredited by the ADR Group
  • Registered Public Access Practitioner
  • Western Circuit


  • MA Engineering & Economics, Merton College, Oxford
  • Marlborough College