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Michael Pryor

Call: 1992

Overview

His practice primarily involves litigation and advisory work related to real estate.  In particular, all aspects of commercial and residential landlord and tenant (including leasehold enfranchisement), real property matters, insolvency law (personal and corporate) in a property context, and property-related professional negligence (solicitors and property/finance related professionals).

His practice also includes matters such as probate, partnership, unincorporated associations, and finance, in particular when they arise in a real estate context.

 

He is also known for non-litigious advisory work in the same fields.

He has for many years been noted as a leading junior counsel in Property Litigation or Professional Negligence by both Legal 500 and the Chambers UK Directory and is noted for Property/Real Estate Litigation in the 2017/18 Editions. In 2019 Michael was shortlisted for 'Real Estate - Junior of the Year' in the Chambers UK Bar Awards and in 2014 he was awarded 'Barrister of the Year' at the Enfranchisement Awards.

Cases

  • Atkins v. Secretary of state for Communities and Local Government (TCC – substantial dilapidations claim, trial due in 2018)
  • Kiwak v. Reiner (2017) Chancery Division – judgment imminent (partnership dispute arising out of property development)
  • 10 Egerton Place (2017) (FTT collective enfranchisement, whether nominee purchaser can acquire other flats in the building as ‘common parts’)
  • 73 Portland Place (Freehold) Ltd v. Others (2016) (FTT Collective enfranchisement of substantial block)
  • K/S Habro-Gatwick v Scottish and Newcastle Ltd [2015] EWHC 2084 (Ch) (landlord and tenant, disclaimer, liability of guarantors and original tenants)
  • 82 Portland Place (Freehold) Limited v Howard De Walden Estates Limited [2014] UKUT 0133 (LC) – appeal to CA compromised (leasehold enfranchisement, whether ‘purchaser’s margin’ applies, relativity)
  • Hauser v Howard de Walden Estates Ltd [2013] UKUT 597 (LC) (leasehold enfranchisement, relativity, flying freeholds)
  • Deutsche Bank Suisse SA v Khan & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 1149 (mortgage possession, re-entry after enforcement of a warrant, full and frank disclosure)
  • Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA v Gulzar Ahmed Khan [2013] EWHC 1020 (mortgage possession, costs liability, consequential orders)
  • Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA v Gulzar Ahmed Khan [2013] EWHC 482 (mortgage possession, misrepresentation, consumer law, loan agreement)
  • Benesco v Kanj [2011] EWHC 3415 (Ch) (permission to appeal summary possession order)
  • Hortense Littlewood v David Radford [2010] 1 P& CR 18 (CA) (professional negligence, leasehold enfranchisement, failure to apply to LVT in time-limit)
  • Crooks v Newdigate Properties Ltd [2009] C.P. Rep. 34 (joint liability, payments under consent orders)
  • Risegold Ltd v Escala Ltd [2009] 2 P&CR 1 (CA) (whether easement of entry for rebuilding or renewal permitted development)
  • Cadogan v Sportelli [2008] 1 WLR 2142 (CA) (leasehold enfranchisement, deferment rates, hope value)
  • Ultimate Leisure v Tindle [2008] 1 P&CR DG11  (CA) (option to buy, business tenancies, security of tenure)
  • Meretz Investments NV v ACP Ltd [2007] Ch. 197 (CA) (conspiracy, abuse of process, estoppel, mortgagee’s powers, residential development)
  • Re Edwards [2007] WTLR 1387 (setting aside will for fraud)
  • Walbrook Trustees (IOM) Ltd v Liberty Centre Trustee No. 1 Ltd(2007, ChD Mann J, Unreported) (injunction to restrain self-help remedy for breach of covenant in shopping centre refused)
  • Kilmartin SCI (Hulton House) Ltd v Safeway Stores [2006] 1 EGLR 59 (specific performance, agreement for lease, RICS code of measuring practice)
  • Slamon v Planchon [2005] Ch 142 (CA) (collective enfranchisement, resident landlord exemption)
  • First Penthouse Ltd v Channel Hotels and Properties (UK) Ltd [2004] L&TR 27 (CA) (assignment, breach of covenant, consent, landlord’s powers)
  • Aylesford & Co ( Estate Agents) Ltd v Al-Habtoor [2004] 1 P&CR DG11 (agent’s entitlement to commission)
  • Aubergine Enterprises Ltd v Lakewood International Ltd [2002] 1 WLR 2149
  • Paragon Finance Plc v Various Solicitors [2000] (managed litigation, multiple lender claims against solicitors)
  • Nationwide Building Society v Balmer Radmore [1999] (managed litigation, multiple lender claims against solicitors)

Terms of Business 

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Michael will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Michael accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

“Very personable, great with clients and robust when necessary." "A good all-round leading property junior and very user-friendly.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Significant, appropriate expertise and exceptional client skills.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

Directory quotes

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Very personable, great with clients and robust when necessary." "A good all-round leading property junior and very user-friendly.” (2021)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Straight-talking, excellent technical abilities, dependable and client-friendly." "One of the most effective advocates – very clear and concise and has a very ordered mind.” (2020)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Good all-round leading property junior who is very user-friendly." "He does a lot of enfranchisement work and is very well respected there.” (2019)

 

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“He rolls up his sleeves and cuts through the detail to find what's important." "He's very on the ball, he's good with clients and he knows his stuff backwards.” (2018)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“He has a massive sense of humour, is really good fun and is absolutely brilliant on the detail." "Allies enthusiasm with real forensic ability.” (2017)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“He's excellent at reassuring difficult clients. He masters the documentation and shows forensic attention to detail. He's so diligent.”

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“He is very commercial and produces sound, practical advice.” (2016)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Most barristers are bright, but he is really over and above the norm, particularly when handling cases that turn on numbers.”

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“He is very good at producing written work, is immensely hard-working and is pleasant to be around.” (2015)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“He is particularly recommended for his work on adverse possession matters.”

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Combines excellent attention to detail with a charming manner with clients and is also very responsive.”

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Michael's work is superb. He is committed 100% and has a good nose for what will go down well with the judge.” (2014)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“Incredibly diligent and articulate" "a delight to work with.” (2013)

Chambers UK
Real Estate Litigation

“He offers clients "sound and common sense advice.” (2008)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“Significant, appropriate expertise and exceptional client skills.” (2021)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“An extremely capable advocate.” (2020)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“A preferred junior for leasehold and enfranchisement cases.” (2019)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“He attends cases with infectious enthusiasm and inspires confidence.” (2017)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“A go-to property barrister, who gives clear-thinking strategic advice.” (2016)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“Very user-friendly and presents well to clients.” (2015)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“One of the best juniors in the enfranchisement field.” (2014)

Legal 500 UK
Property Litigation

“Very good with challenging clients.” (2013)

Chambers UK
Professional Negligence

“Common-sense approach, which never allows anything to faze him.”

Awards 

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019
Real Estate - Junior of the Year

CUK-2019-Shortlist-awards-SET-(1).png

Enfranchisement Awards, 2014
"Barrister of the Year"

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association

Qualifications

  • LLB (Newc)

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Michael Pryor

Call: 1992

mpryor@maitlandchambers.com

“Very personable, great with clients and robust when necessary." "A good all-round leading property junior and very user-friendly.” (2021)

Chambers UK

Real Estate Litigation

Overview

His practice primarily involves litigation and advisory work related to real estate.  In particular, all aspects of commercial and residential landlord and tenant (including leasehold enfranchisement), real property matters, insolvency law (personal and corporate) in a property context, and property-related professional negligence (solicitors and property/finance related professionals).

His practice also includes matters such as probate, partnership, unincorporated associations, and finance, in particular when they arise in a real estate context.

He is also known for non-litigious advisory work in the same fields.

He has for many years been noted as a leading junior counsel in Property Litigation or Professional Negligence by both Legal 500 and the Chambers UK Directory and is noted for Property/Real Estate Litigation in the 2017/18 Editions. In 2019 Michael was shortlisted for 'Real Estate - Junior of the Year' in the Chambers UK Bar Awards and in 2014 he was awarded 'Barrister of the Year' at the Enfranchisement Awards.

Cases

  • Atkins v. Secretary of state for Communities and Local Government (TCC – substantial dilapidations claim, trial due in 2018)
  • Kiwak v. Reiner (2017) Chancery Division – judgment imminent (partnership dispute arising out of property development)
  • 10 Egerton Place (2017) (FTT collective enfranchisement, whether nominee purchaser can acquire other flats in the building as ‘common parts’)
  • 73 Portland Place (Freehold) Ltd v. Others (2016) (FTT Collective enfranchisement of substantial block)
  • K/S Habro-Gatwick v Scottish and Newcastle Ltd [2015] EWHC 2084 (Ch) (landlord and tenant, disclaimer, liability of guarantors and original tenants)
  • 82 Portland Place (Freehold) Limited v Howard De Walden Estates Limited [2014] UKUT 0133 (LC) – appeal to CA compromised (leasehold enfranchisement, whether ‘purchaser’s margin’ applies, relativity)
  • Hauser v Howard de Walden Estates Ltd [2013] UKUT 597 (LC) (leasehold enfranchisement, relativity, flying freeholds)
  • Deutsche Bank Suisse SA v Khan & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 1149 (mortgage possession, re-entry after enforcement of a warrant, full and frank disclosure)
  • Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA v Gulzar Ahmed Khan [2013] EWHC 1020 (mortgage possession, costs liability, consequential orders)
  • Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA v Gulzar Ahmed Khan [2013] EWHC 482 (mortgage possession, misrepresentation, consumer law, loan agreement)
  • Benesco v Kanj [2011] EWHC 3415 (Ch) (permission to appeal summary possession order)
  • Hortense Littlewood v David Radford [2010] 1 P& CR 18 (CA) (professional negligence, leasehold enfranchisement, failure to apply to LVT in time-limit)
  • Crooks v Newdigate Properties Ltd [2009] C.P. Rep. 34 (joint liability, payments under consent orders)
  • Risegold Ltd v Escala Ltd [2009] 2 P&CR 1 (CA) (whether easement of entry for rebuilding or renewal permitted development)
  • Cadogan v Sportelli [2008] 1 WLR 2142 (CA) (leasehold enfranchisement, deferment rates, hope value)
  • Ultimate Leisure v Tindle [2008] 1 P&CR DG11  (CA) (option to buy, business tenancies, security of tenure)
  • Meretz Investments NV v ACP Ltd [2007] Ch. 197 (CA) (conspiracy, abuse of process, estoppel, mortgagee’s powers, residential development)
  • Re Edwards [2007] WTLR 1387 (setting aside will for fraud)
  • Walbrook Trustees (IOM) Ltd v Liberty Centre Trustee No. 1 Ltd(2007, ChD Mann J, Unreported) (injunction to restrain self-help remedy for breach of covenant in shopping centre refused)
  • Kilmartin SCI (Hulton House) Ltd v Safeway Stores [2006] 1 EGLR 59 (specific performance, agreement for lease, RICS code of measuring practice)
  • Slamon v Planchon [2005] Ch 142 (CA) (collective enfranchisement, resident landlord exemption)
  • First Penthouse Ltd v Channel Hotels and Properties (UK) Ltd [2004] L&TR 27 (CA) (assignment, breach of covenant, consent, landlord’s powers)
  • Aylesford & Co ( Estate Agents) Ltd v Al-Habtoor [2004] 1 P&CR DG11 (agent’s entitlement to commission)
  • Aubergine Enterprises Ltd v Lakewood International Ltd [2002] 1 WLR 2149
  • Paragon Finance Plc v Various Solicitors [2000] (managed litigation, multiple lender claims against solicitors)
  • Nationwide Building Society v Balmer Radmore [1999] (managed litigation, multiple lender claims against solicitors)

Terms of Business 

The clerks are happy to discuss the basis on which Michael will act in any given matter. In the absence of express written agreement otherwise, the terms under which Michael accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook.

Awards 

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2019
Real Estate - Junior of the Year

CUK-2019-Shortlist-awards-SET-(1).png

Enfranchisement Awards, 2014
"Barrister of the Year"

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association

Qualifications

  • LLB (Newc)

Real Estate