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Michael Ranson

Called 2019 (admitted as a solicitor 2004)

Michael Ranson

Michael Ranson is an experienced real estate lawyer.  Prior to joining Falcon Chambers he worked for fifteen years as a solicitor at Macfarlanes LLP, where he became a partner a 2012, specialising in property work. 

Michael has a busy practice at the Bar and accepts instructions across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious real estate work. Michael has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Transactional matters including advising on contracts and agreements for lease and disputes about property transactions
  • Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes including contested 1954 Act proceedings and residential lease extensions and enfranchisements, often involving the Grosvenor, Cadogan and Crown estates
  • Third party rights, in particular restrictive covenants and easements including rights of way and rights of light
  • The various statutory provisions relating to residential and mixed-use properties including statutory rights of first refusal, service charge control, the Right to Manage and appointment of a manager
  • Property-related professional negligence
  • Disputes involving estate agents’ and buying agents’ fees
  • Party wall matters including party wall appeals

His recent instructions have included:

  • Appearing for the owner of a central London penthouse apartment in a multi-day trial against both her downstairs neighbour and landlord concerning escape of water in the building
  • Resisting an application in the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Land Registration) for registration of a vehicular right of way over his client’s property
  • Obtaining an urgent High Court freezing injunction over service charge bank accounts
  • Appearing for the tenant in complex litigation concerning whether or not a tenancy was an assured tenancy
  • Representing a nationwide mortgage lender in a multi-day trial concerning redemption of a charge
  • 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
  • Advising on, and litigating about, the validity of notices served in a variety of contexts including residential lease extensions and renewal of business tenancies under the 1954 Act
  • Representing a national pub chain in litigation concerning terms to be implied into its leases
  • Advising on the interpretation and enforceability of restrictive covenants and applications under s.84 Law of Property Act 1925
  • Appearing for a local authority in respect of the validity of various Community Infrastructure Levy demands

Before transferring to the Bar, Michael held higher rights of audience in civil matters entitling him to appear as a solicitor advocate in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  

  • Education

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

  • Professional
    • 2004 - 2019: Solicitor (and from 2012 partner) at Macfarlanes LLP
    • 2018: Higher rights of audience in civil matters
    • Member of the Chancery Bar Association, Property Bar Association and the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
“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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