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Unity Street Chambers - Bristol: A leading set of Barristers serving the South West and beyond

Bristol_lawyers

5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
iain.wightwick@unitystreetchambers.com

Year of Call and Inn

1985 Inner Temple

Professional Details

Barrister and Mediator, accredited for direct public access work.
Specialist property lawyer, with particular interest in landlord and tenant, especially social housing. Iain represents many local authorities, housing associations and other social landlords, limited companies and private individuals, mostly in County and High Court actions and occasionally in the Court of Appeal. He has a general common law background and continuing practice, which encompasses diverse areas of law.

Landlord and Tenant practice includes residential and commercial work:

Residential

Neighbour nuisance and related anti-social behaviour matters (“neighbours from hell”), housing disrepair, homelessness, general social and private sector housing law. Iain has over twenty years’ experience of social housing disrepair claims and a proactive, fresh approach to dealing with such litigation.

Commercial

Including business tenancy disputes, rent reviews, terminations, dilapidations etc.

Land/Property law

Includes restrictive covenants, boundaries, easements (rights of way, of light etc.) and general neighbour disputes, tree root and subsidence claims.

Common law

Professional negligence actions, particularly relating to surveyors and others in property transactions, misrepresentation, unlawful interference with goods, building and general contractual disputes.

Personal-injury

Claimant and defendant, accidents at work, slipping/tripping, RTAs from low to high value, including the pursuit of claims for subtle brain injury and more serious head injuries and the defence of fraudulent or exaggerated claims.

Mediation

Offered in all areas of practice, both as advocate in mediations and as mediator.

Working predominantly in the West Country and Wales but travelling all over the jurisdiction.

Notable Cases

Newport City Council v Charles 2008 WLR (D) 245: housing, succession
South Gloucestershire Council v Titley & Clothier, appeal from Severnside Valuation Tribunal 2006 EWHC 3117 (Admin): rating valuation
North Somerset Council v White & White (2002): ASBO against youngest ever defendants at time)
R v Salisbury District Council Ex p. McDonagh (2001) All ER (D) 58: introductory tenancies
Cheltenham Borough Council v Young (2001): first ASBO banning an individual from their own home
City Council of Bristol v Mousah (1998) 30 HLR 32, CA: housing, possession, drugs
Cheltenham Borough Council v Dellow (1998): suspended possession order requiring tenant to exclude 16-year-old son from home

Formal Education

2013: Public Access Refresher Course, continuing accreditation for direct, public access work
2010: Public Access Training Course, accredited for public access work
2006: Bar Council Accredited Mediation Training Course, Accredited Mediator
1984-1985: Bar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law, called to the Bar
1983-1984: Diploma in Law, Polytechnic of Central London
1980-1983: BSc. Hons. Psychology, University of Bristol

Professional Memberships

Social Housing Law Association (SHLA), Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA), Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA).

Community Activities

RNLI Bristol Central Branch Committee member, Trustee of Bristol Cathedral School

Interests/Hobbies

Family, skiing, MTB, sailing, open-water swimming, photography, reading, theatre and cinema.