A "fabulous" real estate silk who is considered an expert in cases involving forfeiture, restrictive covenants and development agreements. Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2019 Guide
"Handles commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, many of which are complex in nature. She also has a great deal of expertise in the appellate courts. Her clients range from private individuals and family trusts to large corporates.
Strengths: 'Very clever, forthright and commercial.' 'She is extremely client-focused and will always make the time to deal with urgent matters.' 'Excellent in her written work and flawless in court.'
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a claim for damages under the indemnity for the reduced price achieved on the sale of an estate following an alleged leak from the defendant's oil pipe under the estate shortly before the sale."
Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Handles residential, commercial and agricultural property law and is widely praised for her rural credentials. She regularly acts in cases concerning agricultural succession, notices to quit and rights of way over private land. Her clients include private individuals, family trusts and agribusinesses.
Strengths: 'Very approachable, very friendly, and very good at relating directly with the client. She is able to pull out key points and home in on the specific problems in a case.'
Recent work: Acted in a family farming partnership dispute which involved issues of proprietary estoppel."
Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"Decisive, technically impressive and pugnacious in the courtroom."Legal 500 2018 (Property Litigation)
"Clients love her as someone they really feel is on their side."Legal 500 2018 (Agriculture)
"Handles commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, many of which are complex in nature. She has a great deal of expertise in the appellate courts.
Strengths: 'A real fighter and excellent on partnership and estoppel claims.'
Recent work: Acted in Publity v Chesterhill, successfully defending a claim that a tenancy had been granted to the German company claimant. The case involved a multimillion pound family house at the heart of the defendant’s property portfolio."
Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Handles residential, commercial and agricultural property law and is widely praised for her rural credentials. She regularly acts in cases concerning agricultural succession, notice to quit and rights of way over private land.
Strengths: 'She’s an outstanding silk, iron fist in a velvet glove. She’s absolutely charming, very reliable for clients and a formidable advocate.'
Recent work: Acted in Moore v Moore, a proprietary estoppel case concerning a £10 million farming business held in a partnership."
Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"She is the perfect illustration of the iron fist in the velvet glove".Legal 500, 2017
"Extremely client friendly and approachable, while also thorough and tenacious".Legal 500, 2017 (Agriculture)
“Handles commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, many of which are complex in nature. She has a great deal of expertise in the appellate courts.
Strengths: ‘She is absolutely outstanding. She is not only a great lawyer but she has excellent client skills.’
Recent work: Acted in Winterburn v Bennett, a legally sensitive appeal involving important questions to do with the law of easements.”
Chambers UK Guide 2017 (Real Estate Litigation)
"A relatively new silk who has a well-developed rural property practice. She is noted for her particular strength in agricultural landlord and tenant work as well as for her knowledge of proprietary estoppel.
Strengths: 'She is absolutely outstanding. She is not only a great lawyer but she has excellent client skills.'
Recent work: Represented the widow of a tenant seeking succession pursuant to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. Succession was accepted by the Agricultural Lands Tribunal."
Chambers UK Guide 2017 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"Highly rated."Legal 500, 2016
"An expert in the full range of commercial issues concerning landlords and tenants, in addition to real property. She has a niche in matters relating to the agricultural sector. Strengths: 'A very good and gutsy fighter.' 'She is robust at drafting, gives practical advice and is excellent with clients'. Recent work: Followed a case through to appeal which looked at whether breaches by a subtenant which the head lessee did not remedy, were sufficient grounds to grant the forfeiture of the commercial head lease".Chambers UK Guide 2016 (Real Estate Litigation).
"Recognised for her technical skill in a broad range of agricultural issues. Her experience includes handling complex succession cases, notices to quit and damages claims. She advises both landlords and tenants. Expertise: 'She is very easy to work with, and is thorough and charming but also ruthless when she needs to be.' 'She is very personable and can convey the case in a very straightforward manner.' Recent work: Acted in a case involving estranged co tenants of a farm". Chambers UK Guide 2016 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs).
"Quick in providing advice and excellent with clients".Legal 500 2015.
"Mainly acts in agricultural, commercial landlord and tenant and real property disputes. She is recognised as being an effective and committed advocate. Expertise: 'She is a realistic advocate, who is efficient in the way she puts her points. She's well prepared and knows her stuff.' 'Highly intelligent, she is easy to deal with, very forthright and very clear in her advice.' Recent work: Represented a defendant through to a successful mediation in a terminal dilapidations claim arising from an assigned interest in a commercial property."Chambers UK 2015 (Real Estate Litigation).
"Acts on a variety of matters pertaining to agricultural land. She advises both landlord and tenants on disputes and is also an expert on agricultural holdings, boundary disputes and succession cases. Expertise: 'Excellent, thorough and very good with clients. She's clever but personable, which is not as common a mixture as it perhaps should be.' Recent work: Recently advised on a case concerning a tenant family’s right to succession in relation to the Isle of Man Agricultural Holdings Act 1969." Chambers UK 2015 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"She has an enviable knowledge of complex areas of law and is a formidable advocate." The Legal 500 (2014)
"Caroline Shea wins plaudits for her potent advocacy, and frequently appears in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT). Her practice incorporates all aspects of commercial and landlord and tenant work, and has a focus on agricultural related property disputes. Expertise: 'Excellent on her feet, she is very tenacious'. 'Very user friendly, she’s willing to get off the fence'. Recent work: She recently represented the landlord in the High Court in a break clause case, achieving an outcome which guaranteed the client five years of assured rent."Chambers UK Guide (2014)
"Caroline Shea regularly handles high value rent review cases and is increasingly seen in complex matters at the intersection between agricultural, trusts and succession law. Expertise: 'A very good cross examiner, who is very easy to instruct. A joy to be with'. Recent work: Shea advised a client whose solicitor had negligently failed to submit an alternative application for succession to an agricultural tenancy. She achieved a successful settlement at mediation." Chambers UK Guide 2014 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
The ‘charming and ruthless’ rural expert Caroline Shea"The Legal 500 (2013)
"Caroline Shea continues to thrive, having recently appeared before the Upper Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal in a range of property related cases. Commentators admire her 'dogged, persistent and knowledgeable' approach to her cases. Her 'excellent technical advice' is much appreciated." Chambers UK Guide (2013)
"The equally impressive Caroline Shea represents both landlords and tenants in matters such as rent reviews and notices to quit. She is described as 'so very reliable' and 'easy to work with'."Chambers UK Guide 2013 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
Listed as a Leading JuniorThe Legal 500 (2012)
"Caroline Shea is commended for her 'very hands-on approach and excellent manner with clients.' Shea has a broad practice divided between commercial and private client work, and has recently conducted several major service charge disputes. She is 'a delight to work with as well as a pleasure to be against'." Chambers UK Guide (2012)
Listed as a Leading JuniorThe Legal 500 (2012)
"Approachable Caroline Shea 'absolutely fizzes with energy, has brilliant ideas and is phenomenal in court', say those who instruct her. She has recently advised on insolvency-related occupational and third-party rights and liabilities".Chambers UK Guide (2011)
"Caroline Shea has advised extensively on insolvency-related occupational and third-party rights liabilities". The Legal 500 (2010)
"Caroline is considered 'a notable cross-examiner and a fine advocate, with a very good head for figures and detail'. She acted for UBS in its disputed lease renewal with Tesco. She is a favourite of the market". Chambers and Partners (2010)
Listed as a Leading Junior in Property Litigation.The Legal 500 (2009)
"Caroline Shea has had an active year on both the advisory and litigation fronts. Viewed as "someone you can always go to for advice on possession actions" she has recently handled a number of nuisance claims and successful resisted an adverse possession claim relating to a piece of valuable development land owned by an educational trust".Chambers & Partners (2009)
Caroline Shea possesses a wonderfully light touch in court".The Legal 500 (2008)
"The "calm and collected" manner of Caroline Shea has impressed a range of senior instructing solicitors, who value her knowledge of landlord and tenant and agricultural matters."Chambers and Partners (2008)
"The rapidly improving Caroline Shea is also proving popular. Her devotees are impressed with her "practicality, intelligence and user-friendliness"Chambers and Partners (2007)
"Caroline Shea's practice encompasses commercial and residential landlord and tenant work as well as real property litigation and agricultural law".Chambers and Partners (2006)
"Caroline Shea's practice encompasses commercial and residential and landlord and tenant in addition to real property litigation and agricultural law."Chambers and Partners (2005)