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Greville Healey

Called 2002

Greville Healey

Greville is an experienced property litigation adviser and 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, with particular strength in the following:

  • the new and old telecommunications codes
  • obtaining and resisting injunctions relating to land, including: interim injunctions; final injunctions; and damages in lieu of injunctions
  • litigation arising out of the development of land, including: development agreements; options; overage; rights of light; and the interpretation, enforcement, modification and discharge of restrictive covenants
  • commercial landlord and tenant law, including: business tenancies; dilapidations; break options; rent reviews; guarantees; and forfeiture and relief
  • litigation regarding easements, including: rights of way; rights of light; rights in relation to water including rights of drainage; utilities easements and wayleaves; and prescription
  • land registration, including: registered dispositions; priorities, notices and restrictions; alteration and rectification of the register; the priority of mortgages; and adverse possession
  • litigation arising out of contracts for the sale and purchase of land, including: notices to complete; deposits; repudiatory breaches; specific performance; and conveyancing negligence
  • the interpretation of land agreements, including: contracts and conveyances; agreements for lease, leases, and agreements to surrender; options and overage agreements; development agreements; mortgages; and all deeds relating to land
  • litigation relating to mortgages, charges and charging orders, including: the exercise of powers of sale; undue influence; subrogation; and mortgage fraud
  • agricultural land law, including: agricultural holdings; farm business tenancies; and agricultural rights of way
  • litigation relating to trusts of land, including: constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel; beneficial ownership disputes; and orders for sale
  • 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
    • Western Welding Ltd v L J Developments Ltd (2018) High Court, Business and Property Court (HHJ Keyser QC). Applied successfully to the High Court for an interim injunction restraining the interference with a right of way benefitting commercial land. 
    • Kinkela v Bank of Scotland (2018) County Court (HHJ Monty QC).  Acted for the successful defendant in striking out this claim relating to its exercise of its power of sale under a mortgage.  
    • Wales and West Utilities Ltd v Smart Systems Ltd (2017) High Court, Chancery Division (Newey J).  Acted for the respondent in an application to the High Court for an interim injunction relating to a major gas pipeline running through a large aluminium manufacturing and extrusion site.  
    • Cooper v Williams (2017) Agricultural Arbitration (2017) (John Pridmore FRICS).  Acted for the successful tenant in this three-day arbitration concerning notices to quit an agricultural holding in Hertfordshire.
    • Bristow v Jennings (2017) County Court (HHJ Richard Parkes QC). Acted for the successful defendant in this trial concerning the enforceability of a restrictive covenant, which the claimant unsuccessfully argued prevented the defendant’s proposed development. 
    • Karfab v City of London (2017) FTT, Property Chamber, Land Registration (Hewitt).  Acted for the City of London in successfully defeating a prescriptive claim to an easement over a development site in central London. 
    • Sigma Ltd v Select Properties Ltd (2017) County Court (HHJ Dight QC).  Acted for the defendant in this claim for an injunction restraining an interference with the claimant’s alleged rights of light by a proposed development. 
    • The Mortgage Business PLC v Scott (2017) County Court (HHJ Gerald QC).  Acted for the claimant in successfully striking out a counterclaim relating to its exercise of its power of sale under a mortgage.  
    • 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  
    • Smith-Tyrell v Sowden (2016) Agricultural Arbitration (Michael Townsend FRICS FAAV).  Acted as the legal assessor to the Arbitrator in this four-day arbitration concerning notices to quit an agricultural holding in Cornwall. 
    • Shorts v Rahman (2016) County Court (HHJ Harris QC).  Acted for the successful claimant in this trial concerning the defendant’s alleged adverse possession of the claimant’s agricultural land.  
    • 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
    • Knight v Chalgrove PC (2015) FTT, Property Chamber, Land Registration (Judge Michell). Acted for the successful respondent in a three-day trial concerning an alleged prescriptive right of way over its land.
    • 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.
    • Platform Funding Ltd v Davies (2014) County Court (HHJ Gerald QC).  Acted for the successful claimant in this three-day trial concerning subrogation to a prior lender’s security, and alleged undue influence.
    • Lloyds Plc v Khan (2014) County Court (Recorder Freeman). Acted for the claimant tenant in this trial concerning the terms and rent on a renewal of a business tenancy. 
    • Rosefair Ltd v Butler (2014) FTT, Property Chamber, Land Registration (Judge Dray). A trial concerning the removal of unilateral notices protecting certain agreements for leases in a substantial residential development, and contracts for sub-sale.  The judgment can be found here
    • 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)

    Articles

    Telecommunications tenancies – the new law: an article in the Woodfall Bulletin

    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

    The ownership and removal of fixtures: a Blundell lecture

    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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