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Nathan Wells

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Profile: Property

Experience and Expertise

Real property forms one of the main elements of Nathan’s practice. He has advised on and acted in property cases before all the major tribunals, including the House of Lords and the Privy Council. He also appears before the RPT and the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry.

He is ranked as a leading junior for Property Litigation by The Legal 500 which particularly recommends him for “esoteric land-related problems.”

He has considerable experience of dealing with the specialist area of public and private fisheries.

His practice covers all branches of real property and landlord-tenant law, including the following:

He particularly enjoys acting in cases which have an unusual or historical element, such as those which raise issues of riparian or sporting rights or the older forms of conveyancing.

His property work often raises a wide range of ancillary issues, such as conversion, restitution, regulatory offences and claims under the Animals Act 1971.

 

Cases and Work of Note

He acted as sole counsel for the Respondent before the House of Lords in London Diocesan Fund v Phithwa (Avonridge Property Co Ltd, Part 20 defendant) [2005] 1 WLR 236, where the House considered the anti-avoidance provisions of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995, and as junior counsel for the Appellant in Creque v Penn (2007) 70 WIR 150, where the Privy Council considered the effect of a receipt clause in BVI registered conveyancing.

He also acted for the successful Claimant in Owers v Bailey [2007] P&CR DG17, a rare example of a case in which aggravated damages were awarded for interference with an easement.

More recently, he has been involved as junior counsel in a long-running property case before the High Court of Northern Ireland.

Nathan Wells
“His pleadings are absolutely brilliant, his skeleton arguments are par excellence and he is incredibly good at writing letters. He is extremely technically accomplished and clients like him.”

Chambers UK