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Janet Bignell QC

Called 1992Silk 2015

Janet Bignell QC
"Regularly instructed in high-value development disputes. Her practice has a strong focus on landlord and tenant law, but she handles the full range of real estate disputes, including leasehold and contractual issues. Strengths: 'Academically very strong and has superb experience in development disputes and rent review cases.' 'Incredibly bright, thoughtful and able to get to grips with complex matters quickly.' 'Very bright with a good analytical eye for detail.' Recent work: Acted for INEOS Upstream in obtaining pre-emptive injunctions to protect its supply chain and its landlords from activity by those opposed to hydraulic fracturing." Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Very methodical in her approach and has a great ability to pick up and retain details."Legal 500 2018 (Property Litigation)
"Regularly instructed in high-value development disputes. Her practice has a strong focus on landlord and tenant law, but she handles the full range of real estate disputes, including leasehold and contractual issues. Strengths: 'Terrier like and a very tough cross examiner who takes no prisoners.' 'She has a fierce intellect combined with an unassuming manner, and gets to grips with matters quickly, proving calm and measured in her dealings with clients.' Recent work: Successfully obtained a High Court injunction to protect an important development site near the Olympic Park." Chambers UK Guide 2018 (Real Estate Litigation)
"She is unflappable and adept at pouring oil on very troubled waters".Legal 500, 2017
“Regularly instructed in high-value development disputes. Strengths: ‘Offers strong commercial advice on landlord and tenant, and general property matters, and is good in court.’ ‘Incredibly bright, accessible and someone who gets to grips with a matter quickly.’ Recent work: Acted in a case with elements of land registration law. She successfully rebuked claimants’ damages claims related to a marketing issue in the sale of the Vauxhall Cross development site.” Chambers UK Guide 2017 (Real Estate Litigation)
"She is exceptionally bright and gets under the skin of a case."Legal 500, 2016
"Recently appointed silk, praised by clients and peers alike as a talented advocate with fantastic client handling skills. She has an impressive track record in major development disputes. Strengths: 'She is very bright and is a calm, collected advocate who does a lot of preparation. A dangerous opponent.' 'She is extremely scholarly and knowledgeable. She is a formidable opponent.' Recent work: Gained injunctions on behalf of Vastint to prevent the potential trespass on a development site".Chambers UK Guide 2016.
"A star in her field; she is exceptionally bright and gets quickly to the heart of a dispute".Legal 500 2015.
Listed in Chambers 100: UK Bar, a ranking of the UK's top 100 barristers
“Janet Bignell QC ‘A star in her field; she is exceptionally bright and gets quickly to the heart of a dispute.’”Legal 500 2015
“Janet Bignell QC: Praised by clients and peers alike as a talented advocate with fantastic client-handling skills. She has an impressive track record in major development disputes. Strengths: "She is very bright and is a calm, collected advocate who does a lot of preparation. A dangerous opponent." "She is extremely scholarly and knowledgeable. She is a formidable opponent." Recent work: Gained injunctions on behalf of Vastint to prevent the potential trespass on a development site.”Chambers & Partners 2016
“Janet Bignell QC should “without a doubt” be included in our research for her “well-known” property practice. She is often instructed in high-value development disputes and her recent cases have focussed on the award of damages for trespass, insolvency, professional negligence and rent review.”Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2015
"Janet Bignell has acted on many of the leading, high value property disputes in the market. She has been counsel throughout in the Manchester Ship Canal Company v United Utilities case, and has been acting for Henderson Global Investors on The Leadenhall Triangle Scheme. In other matters she appeared in Innovate, the only property insolvency case to go to the Court of Appeal during the credit crunch. 'She is extremely bright, always makes herself available and knows the law like the back of her hand. She is very calm and nothing seems to phase her. Everything she does she handles with great modesty. Her considerate manner is a huge plus point'." “Janet combines academic and technical excellence with commercial and tactical thinking and is excellent at client handling”. "Janet Bignell deals with all aspects of property and landlord and tenant law, handling high profile development disputes. Expertise: 'A fearsome fighter, she is great with clients'. 'She is a superb advocate'. Recent work: She has been instructed by Hogan Lovells in a widely publicised case, representing the administrators of the Luminar chain, formerly the UK’s largest nightclub group. She has also advised on several high value controversies relating to substantial London developments." Chambers UK Guide
"Janet Bignell deals with all aspects of property and landlord and tenant law, handling high profile development disputes. Expertise: 'A fearsome fighter, she is great with clients'. 'She is a superb advocate'. Recent work: She has been instructed by Hogan Lovells in a widely publicised case, representing the administrators of the Luminar chain, formerly the UK’s largest nightclub group. She has also advised on several high value controversies relating to substantial London developments." Chambers UK Guide
"Janet frequently undertakes disputes for major developer clients. Expertise: 'She is a walking textbook.' 'She is very meticulous, and a very impressive advocate on her feet; everything that she says she has clearly thought about.' Recent work: Represented Landprop in a major damages claim relating to a proposed mixed-use development in the Olympic Park."Chambers UK
"Exceedingly forensic and analytical; her advice is always clear and unequivocal." The Legal 500
The Chambers Bar Awards 2013 – Winner, Real Estate Junior of the Year
The Chambers Bar Awards 2011 - Nominated (1 of 3), Real Estate Junior of the Year.
The Chambers Bar Awards 2008 - Nominated (1 of 3), Real Estate Junior of the Year.
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500: Rated as Leading Real Estate Junior - Band 1.
Janet Bignell continues to be recognised as one of the leading juniors at the Property Bar. 'Excellent, thorough, patient with the client and simply a great team player', she has a strong litigation and arbitration based practice that has a pronounced landlord and tenant aspect to it. Solicitors note her persuasive advocacy, with one interviewee commenting that she 'has the judges eating out of her hand'."Chambers UK Guide 2013
Other recommended juniors include the 'fearsome fighter', Janet Bignell."The Legal 500 2012
"Janet Bignell is 'a star junior' who is destined for the top, say sources. She was brought in as counsel in Stadium Capital Holdings v St Marylebone Properties, ultimately winning the appeal. 'Bignell is very responsive, speaks with authority and instils complete confidence in the client,' say those who instruct her." Chambers UK Guide 2012
"Janet Bignell gives 'pragmatic and client-focused advice', and recently represented the claimant in Norwich City College v McQuillin, a successful trial in connection with a £173 million proposal to develop a campus". Chambers UK Guide 2011
Listed as a legal expert in Commercial Litigation and Property.Legal Experts 2010
"Janet Bignell is 'a fierce advocate who plays close attention to detail' ". Legal 500 2010.
“Janet Bignell is recognised as 'an understated user-friendly professional who shows great promise', particularly in rent reviews. She appeared in the Court of Appeal in Innovate Logistics v Sunberry Properties”. Chambers and Partners 2010.
"Sources feel that Janet Bignell's key strengths are her 'exceptional attention to detail' and 'amazing advocacy'. She successfully represented the defendant in Leftbank Properties Limited v Spirit Group Retail Limited, defeating an application to set aside a rent review arbitration award on the grounds that there had been serious irregularities in the conduct of the arbitration. Clients confirm that she is 'pragmatic and tremendously reassuring and always keeps her feet on the ground'". Chambers & Partners 2009
“The 'extremely competent advocacy' of Janet Bignell was utilised on the expedited Court of Appeal case of Innovate Logistics”.Legal 500 2009.
"Janet Bignell is one of those unsung heroes who just come to life when you put her in front of a judge. Invested with amazing attention to detail and an ability to see the pragmatic way forward, she stands out a mile from most of her peers."
" ... the extremely bright person of leasehold specialist Janet Bignell is a 'first-class' advocate and acted in Margam v Dorant."Legal 500 2007
"Good on her feet, she is extremely bright but wears it very lightly".Chambers & Partners 2008
"Top-notch juniors include Janet Bignell, a charming and persuasive advocate".Legal 500 2006
"Janet Bignell is seen as an asset and garnered praise for being "level-headed and competent".Chambers & Partners 2007
"Janet Bignell's 'diligence and thoughtfulness' went down well with interviewees".Chambers & Partners 2006
"Janet Bignell is said to be 'analytical and sensitive to the needs of the clients'".Legal 500 2005
"Janet Bignell is rated as a 'strong technical lawyer' and clients like her 'calm and efficient courtroom manner with which she dismantles difficult opponents without being aggressive or hectoring'".Chambers and Partners Guide 2005
"A rising star".Legal 500 1998
"The sparky Janet Bignell"Legal 500 1997
Legal Experts: Listed for Commercial Litigation and Property in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Legal Experts: Listed for Property Litigation in 2002 and 2003.
The Lawyer Review of the Landlord and Tenant Bar, 1997 and 1998.