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Greville Healey

Called 2002

Greville Healey

Greville is an experienced property litigation specialist and trial advocate. He has been described in the legal press as an “acclaimed junior”, “a rising star at the property bar” and “a powerful courtroom advocate with a great client manner”, who is “very clever, very quick and very client friendly” and has “talent above his seniority of call”. He is a persuasive advocate and effective cross-examiner, and is equally at home arguing difficult and technical questions of law, and fighting his client’s corner in disputes of fact which turn on the credibility of witnesses. He has considerable courtroom experience both at first instance and on appeal. He gives clear and practical advice.

His practice encompasses all areas of real property and landlord and tenant litigation, including adverse possession, agricultural tenancies, beneficial ownership, break clauses, business tenancies, charges and charging orders, competition law as it applies to land agreements, contracts for the sale and purchase of land, conveyancing disputes, development agreements, dilapidations, easements, enfranchisement, guarantees, highways and waterways, the interpretation of leases and other property contracts, land registration, mortgages, options, overage, proprietary estoppel, rights of light, rights of way, both public and private, rent review, residential tenancies, restrictive covenants, the telecommunications code, trusts of land, both private and charitable, and property valuation disputes.

He is experienced at obtaining and resisting the full range of relevant remedies, including the alteration and rectification of the register, damages, declarations, final injunctions (and/or damages in lieu), forfeiture, interim injunctions and other interim remedies, the modification and discharge of restrictive covenants, money judgments, orders for new tenancies under the 1954 Act, orders for sale, orders under TOLATA, possession, the rectification of instruments, specific performance, and vesting orders.

  • Education
    • Greville has a first from Cambridge, and a doctorate from Oxford, both in philosophy, and was a tutor at Oxford for several years before coming to the bar. He is a scholar of King’s College Cambridge, and a Senior Scholar of Somerville College Oxford.
    • He did the law conversion course at City University in 2001, where he won the university’s equity prize.
  • Professional
    • Greville did his Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 2002. The Inner Temple awarded him a Major Scholarship and a Princess Royal Scholarship.
    • Greville is a member of the Attorney General’s B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
  • Selected Cases
    • Fitzpatrick v Spencer (2017) Ch D (Morgan J.) [2017] EWHC 2868 (Ch).  An appeal to the High Court, Chancery Division, regarding the extent of an easement of drainage acquired by prescription.  The judgment can be found here  
    • Ottercroft Ltd v Scandia Care Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 867 (Laws L.J., Tomlinson L.J., Lewison L.J.) A decision of the Court of Appeal regarding the granting of a mandatory injunction for breach of a right to light, and the liability of a company director as a joint tortfeasor together with his company. The judgment can be found here
    • Trustees of Bath Recreation Ground v Sparrow [2015] UKUT 0420 (TCC) (Warren J. & Judge McKenna) A decision of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) concerning the alienability of land held on a charitable trust.
    • Peel Land and Property (Ports No.3) Ltd V TS Sheerness Steel Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 100 (Rimer L.J., McFarlane L.J. and Voss L.J.) A decision of the Court of Appeal regarding the construction of a lease of a substantial steelworks, and the tenant’s right to remove its valuable fixtures, comprising large parts of the steelworks.
    • Peel Land and Property (Ports No.3) Ltd V TS Sheerness Steel Ltd [[2014] EWHC 39 (Ch) (Richard Snowden QC) A trial in the High Court, Chancery Division, trial regarding the construction of a commercial lease of a large steelworks plant.
    • Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Freemont Ltd (20/06/2013) Ch D; LTL 18/11/2014 (Nicholas Strauss QC) A decision of the High Court, Chancery Division, regarding the interpretation of a commercial lease, and the extent of the demised premises.
    • Peel Land and Property (Ports No.3) Ltd V TS Sheerness Steel Ltd [2013] EWHC 1658 (Ch) (Morgan J.) A trial in the High Court, Chancery Division, concerning a tenant’s entitlement to remove fixtures comprising large parts of a substantial steelworks.
    • Fitzwilliam v Richall [2013] EWHC 86 (Ch); [2013] 1 P. & C.R. 19; [2013] 2 E.G.L.R. 183 (Newey J.) A trial in the High Court, Chancery Division, concerning land registration, and the rectification of the title for a property following a fraud.
    • Samarenko v Dawn Hill House Ltd [2013] Ch 36; [2012] 3 WLR 638 (Rix L.J., Etherton L.J. and Lewison L.J) A decision of Court of Appeal on deposits, and making time of the essence, in contracts for the sale and purchase of land.
    • Miscela Limited v Coffee Republic Retail Limited [2011] EWHC 1637 (QB) (Coulson J.) An appeal to the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, on the construction of a commercial franchise agreement.
    • Somerfield Stores Ltd V Spring (Sutton Coldfield) Ltd (In Administration) [2011] L & TR 8; [2010] 3 EGLR 37 (Judge David Cooke) An appeal to the High Court, Chancery Division regarding a summary judgment application made in a claim for a new business tenancy under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
    • London Borough of Camden [2010] UKUT 194 (LC) An appeal to the Lands Tribunal on the interpretation of a lease of a large block of flats.
    • Packman Lucas Ltd v Mentmore Towers  [2010] EWHC 1037 (TCC); [2010] B.L.R. 465 (Coulson J.) A decision concerning orders for sale in the High Court pursuant to charging orders.
    • Carmel Southend Ltd v Strachan & Henshaw Ltd [2007] EWHC 1289 [2007] 24 EG 168 (TCC) (His Honour Judge Peter Coulson QC) A dilapidations trial in the Technology and Construction Court concerning the standard of repair under a commercial lease.
    • Clarke and another v Illiffes Booth Bennett (a firm) [2004] All ER (D) 369 (Lawrence Collins, J.) A High Court trial concerning solicitors' negligence in a property transaction.
  • Publications, talks and seminars

    Greville is a contributing editor of two of the leading property law textbooks: Fisher & Lightwood’s Law of Mortgages; and Hill & Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant. He is also a contributing editor of the Woodfall Landlord and Tenant Bulletin, and regularly writes articles and gives talks and seminars on aspects of the law of real property.

    Leading textbooks

     Fisher & Lightwood’s Law of Mortgages (contributing editor)

     Hill & Redman’s Law of Landlord and Tenant (contributing editor)


    The Construction of Leases: an article in the New Law Journal

    Covenant, Guarantee and Indemnity: an article on landlord and tenant covenants and guarantees in the Woodfall Bulletin

    Easements, prescription, and tenancies: an article in the Woodfall Bulletin

    Grounds of Opposition: an article on business tenancy renewal in the Woodfall Bulletin

    Landlord’s repairing obligations, and their limits: an article in the Woodfall Bulletin

    Leasehold Enfranchisement - Unintended Consequences: an article in the Woodfall Bulletin

    Proprietary Estoppel: an article in the New Law Journal

    Seminars and talks

    Agricultural landlord and tenant dispute resolution: a joint Savills/Falcon chambers seminar

    Deposits and penalties: a PLA seminar

    Rights of Light: a Lovells seminar

    The Digital Economy Bill - a new telecommunications code: a Geldards seminar

    Injunction or Damages: a talk on the Court’s discretion to grant damages in lieu of an injunction

    Insolvency and Corporate Tenants: a seminar on winding up, administration, and CVAs, for landlord and tenant lawyers

    Prescriptively acquired easements - their nature and extent: a talk to the Bristol Law Society

    Recovering Possession of Agricultural Land for Development: a Falcon Chambers seminar

    Registered Land – Current Issues: a Falcon Chambers seminar

    Rent Review: a Falcon Chambers seminar on recent developments in the law

    Restrictive Covenants: a Falcon Chambers seminar on developments in the law regarding the transmission of the benefit and burden of, construction of, and discharge or modification of, such covenants between freeholders

    The Telecommunications Code: a Bristol Law Society seminar

    What are restitutionary damages? a Falcon Chambers seminar on damages for breaches of property rights

"His practice is centred around rights of way and rights of light issues, as well as landlord and tenant law. Clients appreciate his ability to handle complex matters. Strengths: 'His abilities are well beyond those which would be expected of a barrister of his call. He never fails to impress.' 'A first rate and tenacious advocate – incredibly user friendly and fantastic with clients in conference.' Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal in an important recent decision regarding rights of light and the issue of injunctions and damages in lieu." Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Real property specialist with expertise in agricultural and farm business tenancies. He also handles conveyancing disputes, public and private rights of way cases and matters relating to leasehold reform. Strengths: 'He is technically astute, very responsive and extremely approachable. He impresses clients with his pragmatic and commercial advice.' Recent work: Acted in the arbitration case of Smith Tyrell v Snowden. This dispute concerned an agricultural holding." Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"Greville Healey stands out for his impressive expertise in the areas of adverse possession, beneficial ownership and property contract. He is described by sources as 'great on the law' with an 'approachable and pragmatic' manner"Who's Who Legal 2018
"A leading barrister for telecoms related property litigation".Legal 500, 2017
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