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:


Possession actions
Introductory and demoted tenancies
Anti-social behavior (including civil injunctions, committals and closure orders)

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


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

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

Breaches of covenants

Management/shared freehold ownership companies
Appointment of managers and receivers

Land registration
Restrictive covenants

Real Property

Rights of Way

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

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

Town and Village Green inquiries

Barristers who practice in this area of law

Please contact our clerks for further details.