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Dere Street property law specialists are widely viewed as amongst the best in the North East and Yorkshire.

We offer a comprehensive and user friendly service across all aspects of property related litigation. Our expertise includes traditional real property matters, such as conveyancing disputes, mortgages and property finance, restrictive covenants and easements. We also comprehensively cover all aspects of commercial property law ranging from agricultural holdings through to property based construction disputes.

Chambers has a highly regarded reputation for its team of social housing experts. With a strong client base amongst local authorities and housing associations, Dere Street is the go to set in the North East and Yorkshire.

Members of chambers advise on paper and in conference, as well as appear in all levels of court and the Upper Tribunal Property Chamber, in each of the areas set out below.

Social Housing

The Housing and Social Welfare Team offers a comprehensive service on all housing related issues including:

  • Homelessness
  • Allocation
  • Possession actions
  • Introductory and demoted tenancies
  • Anti-social behavior (including civil injunctions, committals and closure orders)
  • Disrepair
  • Unlawful eviction and harassment
  • Housing benefit
  • Human Rights including issues affecting those with physical disability, mental health or capacity issues
  • Judicial Review proceedings relating to housing and social welfare issues
  • Trespass
  • Travellers

Commercial Property

  • Commercial landlord & tenant
  • Lease renewals under Part II of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
  • Commercial rent reviews
  • Termination including surrenders, forfeiture and re-entry
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sale and purchase of land
  • Conveyancing disputes
  • Land registration
  • Options and rights of pre-emption
  • Break clauses
  • Construction of covenants
  • Enforcement of covenants
  • Disrepair/Dilapidations
  • Rating Law: liability in general, empty property rates liability, the viability of projects to mitigate general rates liability and the application of various exemptions and reliefs and appeals from the First Tier Tribunal to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).
  • Insolvent landlords and tenants
  • Property-based Building/Construction disputes
  • Property-based Joint Venture Disputes

Residential Property

  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Termination including surrenders, forfeiture, effluxion of time, notices to quit, break clauses
  • Possession proceedings
  • Assignments, sub-letting, parting with possession in breach of covenant
  • Service charges
  • Disrepair/dilapidations
  • Breaches of covenants
  • Management/shared freehold ownership companies
  • Appointment of managers and receivers
  • Land registration
  • Restrictive covenants

Real Property

  • Easements
  • Rights of Way
  • Parking
  • Water courses
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Boundary disputes
  • Nuisance, including claims arising out of flooding, fire and drainage problems
  • Rights of support and Party Wall Act disputes
  • Claims for an interest in land, including proprietary estoppel, constructive trusts and other beneficial interest claims
  • Appointment of managers/receivers
  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Freehold property positive covenants
  • Estate rent charges
  • Land registration
  • Mortgages
  • Sale and purchase of land


We can also offer experienced and specialist Counsel who advise and act in:

  • Setting aside property-related transactions for undue influence, coercion, duress etc.
  • TOLATA and trusts of land
  • Agricultural Law, farm business tenancies, farm partnership disputes
  • Property-related Professional negligence
  • Planning
  • Town and Village Green inquiries
  • Allotments