Property & Estates Seminar @ The M-Shed


The Guildhall Chambers Property and Estates team are pleased to announce that they will be hosting their annual half-day seminar at the M-Shed in Bristol on the afternoon of 29th June 2016.
The afternoon will begin with a short talk by HHJ McCahill QC, the specialist Chancery Judge in Bristol, on practice and procedure in the Bristol District Registry which will include guidance on the appropriate allocation and transfer of cases between the District Registry and the County Court.  This will be followed by a short question and answer session.

The seminar will be accredited with 3 CPD points and will also include talks by Guildhall team members followed by a choice of workshop sessions.

Free to trainee solicitors!



14.00: Keynote talk – HHJ McCahill QC
HHJ McCahill QC will address practice and procedure in the Bristol District Registry including providing guidance on the appropriate allocation and transfer of cases between the District Registry and the County Court. This will be followed by a short question and answer session.

14.30: Adverse Possession: Boats, Criminals and Cricket
Ewan Paton will provide a light-hearted but detailed consideration of some notable recent court and First Tier Tribunal decisions on adverse possession involving unusual subject-matter but important principles of substantive law and procedure.

14.50: Proprietary Estoppel and the Common Intention Constructive Trust
Matthew Wales will undertake a review of the last year of case law to assess the legacy of the House of Lords’ decisions in Thorner v Major and Stack v Dowden.


15.30: Prescription, Trustees’ Duties of Disclosure and other recent cases of practical importance
Malcolm Warner will be reflecting on key decisions from the last few months and offering up a smorgasbord of delights including analysis of the recent Supreme Court decision in Lynn Shellfish v Loose, an important case on the prescriptive acquisition of easements, and the decision of Master Mathews in Blades v Isaac which concerned trustees’ disclosure of information to beneficiaries, what to do when in doubt and a valuable analysis of the costs issues.



1. Undue influence – Ross Fentem & Jay Jagasia

  • How to run or defend a claim involving allegations of undue influence in the grant of a security over real property.
  • What is influence, and when it is undue?
  • The use and abuse of presumptions.
  • Third parties: how does it all go wrong?

2. Misrepresentation claims in relation to property purchases – Matthew Brown & Holly Doyle 

  • Common issues arising in misrepresentation claims in property purchases.
  • Misrepresentation in pre-contractual statements and alternative claims.
  • The enforceability and effect of exclusion clauses.
  • Limitation periods.
  • When is it appropriate to plead fraud?

3. Noticing the problems: Common issues involving Landlord & Tenant Notices – Michael Selway & Oliver Mitchell

  • Housing Act 1988 section 21 notices.
  • Residential service charge demands.
  • Lease terms, construction and other issues.



The conference is accredited with 3 CPD points (Training Reference number: 1383).


There is a charge of £20.00 + VAT per delegate.  The seminar is free of charge for trainee solicitors.


Terms and conditions
We reserve the right to vary the content, timetable, location or speakers; or to cancel the seminar totally in which case we will refund any payment made in respect of the cancelled conference. Neither the members of Guildhall Chambers nor the speakers will be liable by reason of breach of contract, negligence or otherwise for any loss or consequential loss incurred by any person acting or omitting to act in reliance upon material or presentation given at or in connection with the event.

Confirmation of registration

If you have not received confirmation of your registration one week before the conference, please telephone 0117 930 9000 to confirm that your registration form has been received.

Substitute delegates
Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time – please telephone 0117 930 9000 to let us know the name of the substitute.

CPD Accreditation

Under the Law Society’s CPD scheme and the Bar Council’s New and Established Practitioners’ Programme the conference is accredited with 3 CPD points (ID reference number: 1383). The seminar will also contribute to CPD requirements under the terms of the ICAEW’s CPD policy.

If you have any questions about the seminar, or any other Guildhall Chambers events, please contact the Marketing Team on 0117 930 9000 or [email protected].

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