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


5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)

Year of Call and Inn

1998 Middle Temple

Professional Details

Toby specialises in housing, property, chancery and commercial law. He regularly appears in the County Court and High Court and particularly enjoys cases of legal and factual complexity. He is known as an incisive advocate who is skilled at dissecting technical issues and presenting them in the simplest and clearest terms. He likes working as part of a team to achieve the best possible result for the client.

Toby has a particular expertise in social housing law and is regularly instructed by leading solicitors in this field.

He delivers lectures and training seminars in all his fields of practice, and is happy to tailor these to suit individual requests.

Property and Chancery Law

Toby’s practice in this field covers a wide area and includes commercial landlord and tenant disputes, leasehold enfranchisement claims, easement and boundary disputes, commons and village green disputes, co-ownership disputes, TOLATA claims, contentious probate disputes and Inheritance Act claims. He has a particular expertise in claims involving allegations of fraud and/or undue influence. He has detailed knowledge and experience of Land Registry practice and procedure and regularly represents clients in First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) proceedings.

Commercial Law

Toby’s first degree was in Mathematics and he is at ease with cases involving complex financial issues. He advises and represents clients in relation to sale and supply of goods claims, consumer claims, partnership and joint venture disputes, winding-up petitions and related insolvency proceedings, and agency and guarantee disputes.

Housing Law

Toby has extensive experience of all aspects of housing litigation, including possession claims (in which he is regularly instructed on appeal, particularly in cases involving public law or discrimination defences), cases concerning travellers’ rights, injunctions (for example ASBIs and gas injunctions), disrepair claims and judicial review claims. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the over-arching legal and regulatory framework and advises social landlords in relation to policy and governance issues.

Professional Negligence Law

Toby’s professional negligence practice has grown out of his property and commercial practice. It includes negligent conveyancing claims, financial mis-selling claims, and claims against surveyors and other construction professionals.

Notable Cases

Zieleniewski v. Scheyd (2012) EWCA 247: Consideration of principles relating to right of way acquired by prescription.

R (Birmingham City Council) v Crown Court at Birmingham: R (South Gloucestershire Council) v. Crown Court at Bristol 2009 EWHC 3329 (Admin); (2009) WLR (D) 374: Judicial review relating to appeals against Anti- Social Behaviour Orders.

Sinclair v Johnson (2008) EWCA Civ 667: LTL 23/5/2008. Consideration of judge’s discretion in refusing application to set aside default judgment in debt claim.

Formal Education

1997-1998: Inns of Court School of Law
1996-1997: Dip Law, City University
1991-1994: BSc (Hons) Mathematics, University of Bristol

Professional Memberships

Social Housing Law Association


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