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Michael Pryor

Call 1992


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.


  • 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)
  • HauserHoward de Walden Estates Ltd [2013] UKUT 597 (LC) (leasehold enfranchisement, relativity, flying freeholds)
  • Deutsche Bank Suisse SAKhan & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 1149 (mortgage possession, re-entry after enforcement of a warrant, full and frank disclosure)
  • Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SAGulzar Ahmed Khan [2013] EWHC 1020 (mortgage possession, costs liability, consequential orders)
  • Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SAGulzar Ahmed Khan [2013] EWHC 482 (mortgage possession, misrepresentation, consumer law, loan agreement)
  • BenescoKanj [2011] EWHC 3415 (Ch) (permission to appeal summary possession order)
  • Hortense LittlewoodDavid Radford [2010] 1 P& CR 18 (CA) (professional negligence, leasehold enfranchisement, failure to apply to LVT in time-limit)
  • CrooksNewdigate Properties Ltd [2009] C.P. Rep. 34 (joint liability, payments under consent orders)
  • Risegold LtdEscala Ltd [2009] 2 P&CR 1 (CA) (whether easement of entry for rebuilding or renewal permitted development)
  • CadoganSportelli [2008] 1 WLR 2142 (CA) (leasehold enfranchisement, deferment rates, hope value)
  • Ultimate LeisureTindle [2008] 1 P&CR DG11  (CA) (option to buy, business tenancies, security of tenure)
  • Meretz Investments NVACP 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) LtdLiberty 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) LtdSafeway Stores [2006] 1 EGLR 59 (specific performance, agreement for lease, RICS code of measuring practice)
  • SlamonPlanchon [2005] Ch 142 (CA) (collective enfranchisement, resident landlord exemption)
  • First Penthouse LtdChannel Hotels and Properties (UK) Ltd [2004] L&TR 27 (CA) (assignment, breach of covenant, consent, landlord’s powers)
  • Aylesford & Co ( Estate Agents) LtdAl-Habtoor [2004] 1 P&CR DG11 (agent’s entitlement to commission)
  • Aubergine Enterprises LtdLakewood International Ltd [2002] 1 WLR 2149
  • Paragon Finance PlcVarious Solicitors [2000] (managed litigation, multiple lender claims against solicitors)
  • Nationwide Building SocietyBalmer Radmore [1999] (managed litigation, multiple lender claims against solicitors)

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.

Notable Cases

Mohammed Ali Pourghazi (Claimant) v Shahrokh Kamyab & 6 Ors (Defendants & Respondents) & (1) HSBC Private Bank Ltd (2) Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Ltd (Third Parties) (2019)

Nison David Kiwak v (1) Chaim Reiner (2) CHMR Developments Ltd (2017)

82 Portland Place (Freehold) Ltd v Howard De Walden Estates Ltd (2014)

Deutsche Bank Suisse SA v Khan & Ors (2013)

Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA v Gulzar Ahmed Khan (2013)

Deutsche Bank (Suisse) SA v Gulzar Ahmed Khan (2013)

Hortense Littlewood v David Radford (2009)

Risegold Ltd v Escala Ltd (2008)

Kilmartin SCI (Hulton House) Ltd v Safeway Stores (2006)

Meretz Investments & Anor v ACP Ltd & Ors

Slamon v Planchon (2004)

First Penthouse Ltd v Channel Hotels and Properties (UK) Ltd (2004)

First Penthouse Ltd v Channel Hotels and Properties (UK) Ltd (2003)

Aylesford & Co ( Estate Agents) Ltd v Al-Habtoor (2003)

Aubergine Enterprises Ltd v Lakewood International Ltd (2002)

Edwin Shirley Productions Ltd v Workspace Management Ltd (2001)

Nationwide Building Society v Balmer Radmore (1999)

Chancery Bar Association

LLB (Newc)



Real Estate - Junior of the Year

Enfranchisement Awards, 2014

"Barrister of the Year"

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)
"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)
"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)
"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)
"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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"incredibly diligent and articulate" "a delight to work with." (2013)

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

Legal 500 UK

Property litigation
"Significant, appropriate expertise and exceptional client skills." (2021)
"An extremely capable advocate." (2020)
"A preferred junior for leasehold and enfranchisement cases." (2018/19)
"He attends cases with infectious enthusiasm and inspires confidence." (2017)
"A go-to property barrister, who gives clear-thinking strategic advice." (2016)

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

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

"Very good with challenging clients." (2013)

Chambers UK

Professional Negligence

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