Nathaniel Duckworth is ranked in Band 1 for both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. His practice encompasses all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant-related litigation, advice and ADR. Real property matters on which he advises include:
- Conveyancing and development contracts
- Boundary disputes and adverse possession
- Land registration
- Private and public rights of way and other easements
- Restrictive covenants
- Disputes relating to beneficial ownership of land, fraud, common law and statutory nuisance and compulsory purchase.
He advises in both residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters including:
- Rent review
- Break clauses
- Forfeiture and other possession claims
- Applications for consent
- Service charge
- Right to manage
- Business lease renewals under the 1954 Act
- 1987 Act right of first refusal
- Agriculture and public-sector tenancies.
He also regularly advises on associated company, insolvency, trusts and partnership matters and has extensive experience in professional negligence claims against surveyors, solicitors and other property professionals.
Nathaniel has appeared in the Privy Council and the Court of Appeal and regularly appears in both the High Court and the County Court as well as the Lands Tribunal, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and other statutory tribunals. He also has experience of advising and acting in mediations and arbitrations, as an independent expert.
Nathaniel also has experience of advising and appearing in Court in other jurisdictions, including Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Turks & Caicos and Hong Kong.
Chambers & Partners real estate junior barrister of the year 2022.Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2022
"Nathaniel is completely on top of the commercial aspects and conscious of the proportionality of matters; he sees the end game."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2023
"He has the ability to deal with high levels of complexity and pressure."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2023
"He is very user-friendly, pragmatic and good with clients. He is also a strong advocate."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2023
‘Nat has a fantastic mix of technical excellence, commercial acumen and communication skills. He finds the perfect balance in hearings, striking the right tone with judges while simultaneously forwarding his argument in a compelling way. ’Legal 500 2023
Nathaniel Duckworth is an expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He excels in everything from service charge liability disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants. "He is technically good and he's one of a very modern breed of barrister who is easy to deal with, very responsive and immensely approachable and commercially minded." "He is incredibly bright and responsive and brilliant with solicitors and clients alike."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2022
‘ Nat is an absolute leader in his field. He is exceptionally astute and his ability to collate facts and evidence is outstanding. He produces some of the best pleadings I have seen, and he is exceptionally user friendly with clients and is a natural leader. Diligent, reliable, incredibly intelligent, a superb advocate and extremely focused. ’Legal 500 2022
An expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He excels in everything from boundary disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants. Strengths: "Nat's work ethic, his knowledge of the case and his client manner is just exceptional." "He is a smart and capable barrister who earns the confidence of clients." "He's excellent as an advocate, very persuasive with the judge and reassuring with the client."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2021 (Real Estate Litigation)
"A true expert when it comes to landlord and tenant disputes."Legal 500 2021
An expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He excels in everything from boundary disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants. Strengths: "Gets to grips with issues quickly and gives pragmatic advice." "Commercially focused and provides accessible and insightful advice." "Extremely knowledgeable with impressive turnaround times."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2020 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Recommended for real property and landlord and tenant-related litigation."Legal 500 2020
"An expert in real property, and residential and commercial landlord and tenant work. He excels in everything from boundary disputes and adverse possession claims to easements and restrictive covenants. Strengths: 'Has a calm yet confident manner in court and thinks well on his feet.' 'Technically excellent with good court presence.' Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant in a claim for declaratory relief as to the proper construction of an outgoings covenant in a lease forming part of a complicated leasehold scheme." Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Real Estate Litigation)More published comments