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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 property law and public 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 enjoys 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 Commercial Chancery Law

Toby’s private client practice includes TOLATA claims, co-ownership disputes, probate disputes and Inheritance Act claims.

He regularly advises lay and professional executors on issues arising in estate administration and has extensive experience of claims involving allegations of fraud and undue influence.

His commercial property practice includes all manner of claims under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, dilapidations claims and leasehold enfranchisement claims.

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, Homelessness and Anti-social behaviour law

Toby represents local authorities, social landlords and tenants.

He represents and advises clients in relation to 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, section 204 homelessness appeals 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.

Court of Protection

Toby represents family members, local authorities and other interested parties in property and affairs disputes and also in health care and welfare cases.

His experience includes contested deputyship applications, the use and abuse of powers of attorney, disputes as to care and medical treatment, and the use of the deprivation of liberty safeguards.

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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