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Caroline Shea QC

Called 1994Silk 2016

Caroline Shea QC
Frequently 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: "Extremely proactive and user-friendly approach. Very popular with clients." "Very good on her feet." "Gives sound advice in a pragmatic fashion."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2021 (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: "She is a very good advocate and one of the best cross-examiners I've seen." "She knows agricultural law from top to bottom." "She really tells it how she sees it - she doesn't sit on the fence and she comes up with technically excellent and commercially astute points."Chambers and Partners Guide 2021 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"Definitely one of the brightest barristers out there."Legal 500 2021
"Caroline finds the angles and strategies in a case that other counsel miss. She doesn't get lost in the detail, her thoroughness focuses the detail to the clients' advantage. She has excellent rapport with clients who feel comfortable and confident in discussing the case fully with her. She is a forceful and effective advocate. The complete barrister!"Legal 500 2021 (Agriculture)
Frequently 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 bright and commercial with a real depth of knowledge on agricultural matters." "An excellent all-round counsel who is passionate to get the best results for her clients." "She has an excellent ability to pick out key issues and huge commitment to the cause." Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal in Moore v Moore, a case regarding the satisfaction of the equity in proprietary estoppel cases following the High Court's decision that a son had an equity over his father's entire interest in a farm co-owned with the son.Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2020 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Able to absorb large amounts of information and give salient and pertinent advice."Legal 500 2020
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)