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Philomena Harrison

Call 1985


Philomena is an experienced property litigator. Her broad practice encompasses all areas of property law (including non-contentious matters) and related professional negligence claims. It also includes general chancery and commercial litigation. She regularly advises companies, including banks and other financial institutions, and various individuals on a wide range of real property and landlord and tenant matters. Her practice is predominantly court-based and she appears in the High Court, County Courts and the Court of Appeal.

Recommended for Real Estate in Chambers UK Bar Guide (since 2004) and for Property Litigation in The Legal 500 (since 1997) Philomena has been described as “a highly respected property litigator” who is “fiercely intelligent” and “very commercial”. She has appeared in major reported cases on rights to light and the assessment of damages in lieu of an injunction.

With extensive experience in ADR, Philomena has appeared in arbitrations and at mediations and has also acted as a mediator. She undertakes regulatory and disciplinary work and is on the prosecuting panel for the Bar Standards Board.

Philomena is Public Access qualified and able to accept instructions directly from members of the public. Further information may be obtained from the Maitland Chambers’ clerks.

Philomena’s clerks would be happy to discuss the terms on which Philomena will act. In the absence of express agreement in writing to the contrary, Philomena accepts instructions on the basis of the Bar Standards Board’s Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time).

Recent Property Cases

Fouladi v Darout Ltd [2018] 12 WLUK 363 - appeal in a noise nuisance claim raising questions of what constitutes an actionable noise nuisance, what remedies are available, and the ability of an appeal court to review findings of fact made by the trial judge.

TBAC Investments Limited (acting by Fixed Charge Receivers) v Valmar Works Limited [2015] EWHC 1213 (Ch) – summary judgment in a claim concerning a disputed notice to complete.

Coles & Ors v Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) Limited and Anr 24.3.15 Chancery Division – assessment of price payable under an option agreement which contained no terms on valuation.

Blueco Ltd v BWAT Retail Nominee (1) Ltd and other companies [2014] EWCA Civ 154 - a judge had been entitled to adopt a literal construction of the terms of a pre-emption right in a management lease.

Blueco Ltd and another v BWAT Retail Nominee (1) Ltd and others [2013] EWHC 1135 (Ch) - commercial dispute concerning rights of pre-emption raising issues of construction and interpretation, rectification and proprietary estoppel.

Cleaver v Schyde Investments Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 929 – appeal concerning misrepresentation in pre-contract enquiries and the reasonableness of the standard conditions dealing with rescission.

Tetra Pak Ltd v Oracle Corp UK Ltd [2011] EWHC 2688 Ch – acting for a landlord defending a claim for an injunction concerning the regulation of access to an office block on health and safety grounds.

Q v Q [2008] EWHC 1874 (Fam) – intervening in matrimonial proceedings to claim ownership of a valuable property, raising issues of constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and illegal contracts.

Prudential Assurance Co Ltd v Ayres and another [2008] EWCA Civ 52 – an appeal on the proper interpretation of a supplemental deed  in the context of an AGA and the assignment of a lease of major offices in the City.

Tamares (Vincent Square) Ltd v Fairpoint (Vincent Square) Ltd [2007] 1 WLR 2148; [2007] 1 WLR 2167; [2007] EWHC 828; and [2007] EWHC Civ 8809 – leading case dealing with rights to light covering liability, whether an injunction was the appropriate remedy, assessment of damage s in lieu of an injunction and costs (including on appeal).

Other Current and Recent Cases

Lakhani v Mahmud [2017] 4 Costs LO 453 : [2017] 1 WLR 3482 : [2017] 7 WLUK 53 - an appeal to overturn a decision to restrict recoverable costs.

Acting for a developer on a claim for substantial damages for building works to extend and refurbish a substantial residential property

Acting for a commercial landlord defending a claim by a tenant that it has validly exercised a tenant’s break option.

Advising on an application to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) concerning the modification of a restrictive covenant.

Acting for a commercial tenant facing forfeiture proceedings where a major landlord has substantial redevelopment plans without a break option on which it can rely.

Acting on the ownership of a substantial residential property where the parties are foreign nationals and there are issues regarding succession rights.

Advising the guarantor of a commercial lease regarding liabilities and onward claims; with related professional negligence aspects.

Acting for  a commercial tenant on a claim that it has accepted the landlord’s repudiatory breaches and thereby terminated its lease obligations.

Advising a major supermarket chain on a conditional agreement to take a lease.

Notable Reported Cases

Fouladi v Darout Ltd [2018] 12 WLUK 363

Lakhani Mahmud [2017] 4 Costs LO 453 : [2017] 1 WLR 3482 : [2017] 7 WLUK 53

TBAC Investments Limited (acing by Fixed Charge Receivers) v Valmar Works Limited [2015] EWHC 1213 (Ch)

Blueco Ltd v BWAT Retail Nominee (1) Ltd and other companies [2014] EWCA Civ 154

Blueco Ltd and another v BWAT Retail Nominees (1) Ltd [2013] EWHC 1135 (Ch)

Cleaver v Schyde Investments Ltd [2011] EWHC Civ 929

Tetra Pak Ltd v Oracle Corp UK Ltd [2011] EWHC 2688 (Ch)

Q v Q [2008] EWHC 1874 (Fam)

Prudential Assurance Co Ltd v Ayres and another [2008] EWCA Civ 52

Tamares (Vincent Square) Ltd v Fairpoint (Vincent Square) Ltd [2007] 1 WLR 2148; [2007] 1 WLR 2167; [2007] EWHC 828; and [2007] EWHC Civ 8809.

Donnelly v Weybridge [2006] EWHC 348 TCC (claim for an injunction to remove unilateral notice entered to protect purchaser’s lien for deposit)

Szekeres v Alan Smeath & Co [2005] EWHC 1733

Wormall v Wormall [2004] EWCA Civ 1643 (appropriate remedy for proprietary estoppel)

Corbett v Halifax Building Society [2002] EWCA Civ 1849 (effect on mortgagee’s exercise of power of sale where purchaser is a dishonest employee and transaction is at an undervalue)

Amec Developments Ltd v Jurys Hotel Management (UK) Ltd [2001] 1 EGLR 81 (assessment of damages in lieu of an injunction for breach of a restrictive covenant)

Cottingham v Attey Bower Jones [2007] PNLR 557 (claim for failure to secure proper answer to pre-contracyt inquiries)

Rowe v Prance [1999] 2 FLR 787 (dispute regarding the beneficial ownership of a yacht).


Philomena read Classics at UCL (she has a First). She then took the conversion course and was called to the Bar in 1985.

Property Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association


Chambers UK

Real Estate Litigation
"Extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and pragmatic." (2020)
"Provides clear, commercial advice on complex issues." "Represents a fantastic combination of intellectual brilliance and practical application." (2019)
"Easy to work with and no-nonsense in her outlook." "She has a very strong court presence." (2018)
"Very impressive." "Very hands-on, commercial and extremely approachable and knowledgeable." "She's a force to be reckoned with." (2017)

"She has the ability to see the wood for the trees. She sets a legal agenda and sticks to it." (2016)

"A highly respected specialist property litigator, who regularly appears in the High Court in cases for investors, banks and commercial landlords and tenants."

"Fiercely intelligent," (2015)

"She is very commercial and very straightforward." (2014)

"Very user-friendly" and "a great all-rounder." (2013)

"Very user-friendly." (2012)

"She wins full market approval." (2011)

"Accomplished and adroit." (2010)

UK Legal 500

Property Litigation
"Very good on both the law and tactics." (2018-19)
"A pleasure to work with and particularly good on tactics." (2017)
"She is always extremely keen and goes the extra mile." (2016)

"She is very commercial and sensitive to what the client actually wants." (2015)

"A standout junior, who is bright, sensible and approachable." (2014)

"Gets to the heart of issues very quickly." (2011)