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Michael Ranson

Called 2019 (admitted as a solicitor 2004)

Michael Ranson

Michael Ranson is an experienced real estate lawyer who first qualified as a solicitor in 2004 before transferring to the Bar in 2019.  Prior to joining Falcon Chambers he was a partner at Macfarlanes LLP, specialising in property work. 

Michael accepts instructions across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious real estate work, and frequently appears led and un-led in the High Court, county court, Upper Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal. 

Some of Michael’s recent cases have related to the following areas:

  • landlord and tenant disputes involving both residential and commercial property, including Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, service charges, dilapidations, right of first refusal, enfranchisement and lease extensions;
  • disputes concerning the interpretation of leases, contracts and other property documents;
  • professional negligence, particularly on the part of conveyancing solicitors;
  • proprietary estoppel and unjust enrichment;
  • restrictive covenants, easements and boundary disputes;
  • nuisance; and
  • land registration issues.

Recent court or tribunal appearances include:

  • acting, alongside Caroline Shea KC, for the defendants in an eight-day High Court proprietary estoppel and unjust enrichment trial;
  • a High Court claim for a property developer to recover an unpaid deposit from a prospective purchaser, which raised novel Coronavirus arguments;
  • an appeal concerning the interrelationship between payment of court fees and expiry of limitation periods;
  • appearing for the owner of a central London penthouse apartment in a multi-day trial against both her downstairs neighbour and her landlord concerning escape of water in the building;
  • representing a national pub chain in litigation concerning terms pub tenants argued should be implied into its leases;
  • appearing for a landlord in a four-day trial against leading counsel to resist the appointment of a manager over prime central London residential property;
  • representing a nationwide mortgage lender in a multi-day trial concerning redemption of a charge;
  • resisting an application in the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Land Registration) for registration of a vehicular right of way over residential property;
  • obtaining an urgent High Court freezing injunction over service charge bank accounts;
  • appearing for the tenant in a contested 1954 Act lease renewal where the tenant and landlord were associated charitable entities; and
  • representing a local authority in a claim concerning the validity of various Community Infrastructure Levy demands.

Michael also acts as an arbitrator and is a case reviewer for Advocate, the Bar's national pro bono charity.

  • Education

    LLB Law (hons) – University of Bristol (1997-2000)

  • Professional
    • Member of the Chancery Bar Association, Property Bar Association and the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
    • 2004 - 2019: Solicitor (and from 2012 partner) at Macfarlanes LLP
    • 2018: Higher rights of audience in civil matters
    • 2003: Court of Appeal judicial assistant to the head of the Chancery Division, Lord Justice Morritt
“A once in a generation lawyer”Chambers and Partners 2019
“Highly intelligent, available and very responsive” Legal 500 (2019)
“One of the most sought-after lawyers in London”Spears 500 2018
“Meticulous and thorough”Chambers and Partners 2018
“[Has] a capacity to retain knowledge that's breath-taking”Chambers and Partners 2017
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