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Oliver Radley-Gardner

Called 2003

Oliver Radley-Gardner

Oliver practises in all aspects of real estate litigation. He is recommended in Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal for real estate, telecommunications and agriculture & rural affairs.   

He has a particular specialism in litigation under the Electronic Communications Code, advising and acting for operators in relation to electronic communications apparatus and infrastructure. He has appeared in several cases under the code, including CTIL v University of London (access rights; interim rights) and CTIL v Keast (nature of “apparatus”, notices, definition of “operators”). 

Other recent cases include:

  • Bannerman Town, Millars and John Millars Eleuthera Association v Eleuthera Properties Ltd (Bahamas) [2018] UKPC 27 (collective adverse possession; led by Stephen Jourdan Q.C.) 
  • Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Ltd, Re George Court [2017] UKUT 494 (LC) (lease extensions under the 1993 Act)
  • Downs v Kingsbridge [2017] UKUT 0237 (LC) (succession to agricultural tenancies)
  • Balogun v Boyes Sutton and Perry [2017] EWCA Civ 75 (alleged conveyancing negligence)

Oliver regularly writes for various periodicals, and lectures to professional organisations and individual firms of solicitors. He is the co-author of five books:

  • Adverse Possession (2nd ed and Update)
  • Residential and Commercial Service Charges (1st ed)
  • Electronic Communications Code and Property Law (1st ed)
  • Fundamental Texts on European Private Law (2nd ed)
  • Fisher and Lightwood’s Law of Mortgage (15th ed).
  • Education
    • Keble College, Oxford University BA (1999) (Law with German Law; 1st Class)
    • Second, Winter Williams Prize 1997
    • University of Regensburg, 1997 - 1998
    • Visiting Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and Comparative Law, Hamburg.
  • Professional
    • Called 2003, Grays Inn (Bedingfield Scholarship)
    • 2002 - 2003 BPP Law School: Very Competent (5th in year)
    • 2001 - 2011 College Teaching Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford
    • 2000 - 2001 Joint Stipendiary College Lecturer, Pembroke and Somerville Colleges, Oxford
    • 1999 - 2000 Research Assistant to the Property and Trusts Team, Law Commission, working on the Land Registration Act 2002, Trustee Act 2000 and Property Rights of Homesharers projects
    • Fluent German, basic French
    • 2009 - Appointed to Attorney General's C Panel
    • 2015 - Appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown - B Panel.
  • Recent Cases
    • Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v Central Saint Giles General Partner Ltd & Anor [2019] UKUT 183 (LC): inspection rights under the Electronic Communications Code. 
    • The University of London v Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 2075: right to a multi-skilled visit, paragraph 26 interim rights under the Electronic Communications Code, relationship with final rights.
    • Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v Keast [2019] UKUT 116 (LC): land/apparatus distinction, jurisdiction in relation to terms that can be imposed, validity of notices, definition of operator
    • Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v The University Of London Re: Lillian Penson Hall [2018] UKUT 356 (LC): Electronic communications code; Whether a right to survey forms part of paragraph 3 code rights, whether a paragraph 26 interim rights application can be made on a free-standing basis, application of the “good arguable” test to paragraph 21.
    • Bannerman Town, Millars and John Millars Eleuthera Association v Eleuthera Properties Ltd (Bahamas) [2018] UKPC 27: Adverse possession by groups of individuals, collective possession, what amounts to acts of possession, quieting of title actions and what constitutes good paper title. 
    • Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Ltd, Re George Court [2017] UKUT 494 (LC): Lease extensions under the 1993 Act, adjustments to be made to comparables, stripping out 1993 Act rights, the correct approach to relativity
    • Burrows Investments Limited v Ward Homes Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 1577 (overage, breach of contract, negotiating damages, Wrotham Park damages, interpretation of contract). 
    • Downs v Kingsbridge [2017] UKUT 0237 (LC): agricultural tenancies, Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, retirement and succession, period for establishing principal source of livelihood.
    • Balogun v Boyes Sutton and Perry [2017] EWCA Civ 75: Professional negligence; Conveyancing negligence allegation against solicitor in relation to restaurant underlease; rights of ventilation; ancillary rights to carry out fit-out works; solicitor’s duty to warn where wording of a lease causes difficulty; effect of risk arising out of difficulty not materialising; causation.  
    • Marshall v Scaman and others [2017] (High Court, Bristol): s 68 challenge to an arbitrator’s award; use of legal assistance by the arbitrator; whether agreed procedures had been departed from; whether a procedural irregularity causing substantial injustice; s24 applications for removal of arbitrator. 
    • The Crown Estate v Wakley [2016] (High Court, Bristol): misrepresentation, breach of covenant and unfair contract terms (UCTA) issues in relation to a Farm Business Tenancy of a dairy farm. Damages for s2 misrepresentations and causation and quantification of loss in a complex causation case involving expert veterinary and herd production evidence. 
    • Re Rae's Application [2016] UKUT 0552 (LC): Restrictive covenants; discharge and modification; density covenants; scheme of development; modification to allow additional dwelling house.  
    • ‚ÄčHeathcliffe Properties Ltd v Dodhia & Anor [2016] EWHC 2628 (Ch): contempt of court, partnership dissolution, sentencing.
    • Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Ltd v Avon Estates (London) Ltd [2016] UKUT 317 (LC): residential leases, service charges, costs recovery, right to manage.
    • Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Ltd v Wisbey [2016] UKUT 0203 (LC): Individual lease extensions, costs under section 60, what costs are recoverable by a landlord.
    • Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Limited v Ray [2015] EWCA Civ 1231: Enfranchisement, Sportelli deferment rates, Non-PCL rates, status of non-guidance Upper Tribunal decisions.
    • Burrows v Ward [2015] EWHC 2287 (Ch): breach of contract, Wrotham Park damages, overage, negotiating damages, development agreements.
    • West is West Distribution Limited v Icon Film Distribution Limited [2015] EWHC 838 (Comm): breach of accounting provisions; material breach; contractual termination; breach of obligations taking effect upon termination; damages.
    • Balogun v Boyes Sutton & Perry [2015] EWHC 275 (QB): conveyancing negligence claim in relation to the grant of underlease of restaurant premises; rights of ventilation; whether a solicitor was bound to go behind his client’s instructions on matters of fact and expertise known to the client; scope of rights conferred by the grant of an easement.
    • Elim Court RTM Co Ltd v Avon Freeholds Ltd [2014] U.K.U.T. 0397 (LC): Right to manage under Part 2 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002; validity of notices inviting participation; whether statutory requirements were mandatory or directory; whether a defect could be overlooked on the basis of the substantial compliance test identified in Jeyeanthan, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department respondent [1999] EWCA Civ 3010.
    • TFL v Al-Amini (FTT(PC)) REF/2013/0655 (24th July 2014): adverse possession of highways maintainable at public expense, extent of highways and section 263 of the Highways Act 1980, concurrent Crown and non-Crown limitation periods, alteration of the register.
    • Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Limited v Rae [2014] UKUT 0079 (LT): Enfranchisement; Consideration of the generic Sportelli deferment rate outside PCL, and when adjustments to the rate are appropriate.
    • Spencer v Taylor [2013] E.W.C.A. Civ 1600: Notices under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. The case decided (a) that a section 21(1) notice can validly be given after the expiry of the fixed term of an assured shorthold tenancy, and (b) that the notice in the instant appeal was a valid section 21(4)(a) notice as its saving provision took effect.
    • Ninety Broomfield Road RTM Company Ltd v Triplerose Limited [2013] UKUT 0606 (LC): Consolidated appeal relating to the exercise of the right to manage in relation to multiple-block estates.
    • Pineview Limited v 83 Crampton Street RTM Company Limited [2013] UKUT 0598(LC): Right to manage claim notices under Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002; identity of signatory and whether appurtenant property must be specified; precedent value of earlier Upper Tribunal decisions.
    • Miller v Gallo (High Court, ChD, Mann J), LTL 17/6/2013: Insolvency and constructive trusts, assignments and transfers of subsisting beneficial interests.
    • Avon Estates (London) Ltd v Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Limited [2013] UKUT 264 LC: residential service charges (test for assessing reasonableness of insurance; payments to agency for claims handling services); function of the Upper Tribunal on appeal by way of review.
    • Sinclair Gardens Investments (Kensington) Ltd v 31 Croydon Road Ltd [2012] UKUT 310 (Collective enfranchisement; rent review cap by reference to domestic rateable values of no further effect).
    • HMRC v Thaoos and Lissenburg (Bankruptcy, 5770 and 5771 of 2011): whether offers made to secure petitioning creditor's debt under section 271(3) of the Insolvency Act 1986 were sufficient; whether the debtors had a human rights defence to a bankruptcy order, or could invoke such a defence by proxy.
    • Khans Solicitors v Chifuntwe and the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2108 (QB) (Costs, solicitor’s equitable “lien” over costs, validity of compromise agreements.
    • Sinclair Gardens (Kensington) Investments Ltd v 2 Medina Villas [2012] PLSCS 132: Collective enfranchisement, valuation of car parking spaces.
    • Scottish Widows Fund & Life Assurance Society v BGC International (Formerly Cantor Fitzgerald International) [2011] EWHC 729 (Ch): Construction and rectification of rent review provisions under the terms of a lease.
    • Magrath v Parkside Hotels Ltd [2011] EWHC 143 (Ch): Easements of fire escape, the common law rule against perpetuities, the rules relating to the variation of routes of rights of way.
    • Extra MSA Services Cobham & Anor v ACCOR UK [2010] EWHC 775 (Ch): Application of the principle of construction that a contracting party cannot rely on his own breach of duty to determine a site development agreement.
    • Solomon (R on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2010) (Administrative Court) on the meaning and effect of the Dublin II Regulations, and whether the applicant for judicial review had established that his deportation to Malta would violate Articles 3 and 5 ECHR.
    • Patel v K & J Restaurants Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 1211: Forfeiture for breaches of covenants against immoral user (by the activities of a sub-tenant; whether such breach was irremediable) and alienation (whether occupation by a third party under a “management agreement” was an “agency” relationship; whether breach remedied by trial). Also considers relief, and specifically whether costs on relief should be payable by the tenant on an indemnity basis.
    • The Bridgewater Canal Company Limited v GEO Networks Limited [2010] EWHC 548 (Ch); [2010] 1 W.L.R. 2576 (High Court, Lewison J): A decision on the operation of the Electronic Communications Code, specifically considering the rights of operators under the Code to cross linear obstacles (such as canals), and their obligations to pay consideration for such rights. The case also considered the aspect of the Code's compatibility with the ECHR; [2010] EWCA Civ 1348 (Court of Appeal).
    • Consolidated Finance v Cook, Court of Appeal, [2010] EWCA Civ 369, [2010] B.P.I.R. 1331 on the recoverability of fees and costs under a mortgage to secure sums advanced by a third party lender to secure the annulment of a bankruptcy. 
    • Bradley v Adams [2009] EWLandRA 2008_1260 (Express and implied trusts of land; formalities for the release of beneficial interests under trusts, section 52(1)(c) of the Law of Property Act 1925).
    • Schilling & Anor v Canary Riverside Estate Management Ltd [2008] EWLands LRX412007 (Appointment of a manager under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987)
    • Kshatriya v Choithram International SA [2008] EWLandRA 2006_0170 (Limitation of actions, mortgages)
    • Sancheti v The Mayor & Commonality & Citizens of the City of London [2008] EWCA Civ 1283, (2008) 2 CLC 730 : (2009) 1 Lloyd's Rep 117 : Whether a bilateral investment treaty, granting inward investors of a foreign state a right to international arbitration against the United Kingdom, entitled such an investor to a stay under section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 or under the inherent jurisdiction in proceedings for rent arrears brought by a local authority.
    • Leriche v Cherry [2008] U.K.P.C. 35 (Resulting and constructive trusts).
    • Totton & Eling Town Council v Caunter [2008] All E.R. (D) 133: Whether negotiations between the paper owner and the squatter for the sale of the land being adversely possessed gave rise to an implied licence which stopped time running in favour of the squatter, and whether and how such a licence could be brought to an end.
  • Publications


    • Adverse Possession (2nd ed., with Stephen Jourdan QC)
    • Residential and Commercial Service Charges (with Adam Rosenthal, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Duckworth and Philip Sissons)
    • Fisher and Lightwood’s Law of Mortgages (14th ed., Wayne Clark co-ordinating editor)
    • Fundamental Texts on European Private Law (with Professor Hugh Beale, Professor Reinhard Zimmermann, Professor Rainer Schulze)


    Articles (Selection)

    • "Foisted Permission & Adverse Possession" [2017] 133 Law Quarterly Review 214
    • Contributing Editor to Woodfall’s Landlord and Tenant Bulletin
    • Contributor to The In House Lawyer
    • “Right to Manage: Ironing Out the Kinks” (2014) L&TR 133 (with Adam Rosenthal)
    • “Look Behind the Mast” (2007) EG 179 (Telecoms; with Jonathan Small QC)
    • “Pye v UK – The View From England” (2007) European Review of Private Law 289 (Adverse Possession, Human Rights)
    • “Tenants and Insolvency” (2007) 1 Woodfall Landlord and Tenant Bulletin
    • “Civilized Squatting” (2005) OJLS 727 (Adverse Possession)
    • “Section 15 of TLATA, or, The Importance of Being Earners” [2003] 5 Web JCLI (Trusts of Land, Co-Owners)
Acknowledged for his diverse property practice that incorporates proprietary estoppel, negligence issues, and landlord and tenant litigation. He also has a burgeoning reputation in telecoms-related cases and is well versed in agricultural holdings litigation. Strengths: "Balances excellent technical knowledge with a user-friendly approach." "Very bright and very able." "An excellent and compelling advocate."Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2020 (Real Estate Litigation)
"Acknowledged for his diverse property practice that incorporates proprietary estoppel, negligence issues, and landlord and tenant litigation. He also has a burgeoning reputation in telecoms-related cases. Strengths: 'Exceptionally good at advising on telecoms matters.' 'Gets to grips with the most complex disputes and explains them in a client-friendly way.' Recent work: Acted before the Court of Appeal in Burrows v Ward, a case concerning overage, breach of contract, negotiating damages, Wrotham Park damages and interpretation of contract." Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Real Estate Litigation)
"He is clearly incredibly bright, impresses clients and is also liked by them."Legal 500 2020
Oliver is an expert in real estate matters such as easements, enfranchisement and breach of covenant. Peers "rate him very highly" and praise him for being "extremely commercially minded". Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2019 Guide
"A specialist rural property barrister with a strong practice in boundaries and rights of way disputes. He also handles farming and agricultural tenancy succession claims. His experience extends to rent review and valuation matters in the context of agricultural leases. Strengths: 'He is very, very thorough, very bright, and has broad knowledge across rural affairs matters. His property knowledge is very in-depth too - he can really dig down into the roots of the law to find solutions.' 'He's very creative and you want him on your side, especially when you need some imagination in your case.' Recent work: Acted in Crown Estate v Wakley, a case concerning a breach of a lease of a farm." Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)
"Highlighted as an excellent choice for real estate-linked telecoms cases. He attracts considerable praise for his work on behalf of landowners seeking to remove telecoms equipment from their land. His proven sector knowledge also earns him roles on the operator side of advisory mandates relating to the implementation of the new Electronic Communications Code. '"Practical, pragmatic and someone who responds very quickly." "He has a nice understated manner; he isn't aggressive but gets what he needs to get out of negotiations.' 'His knowledge and experience of the sector are second to none and he is very user-friendly'."Chambers UK Guide 2019 (Telecommunications)
"Impressive in court with the ability to identify the key issues."Legal 500 2018 (Property Litigation)
"A very robust barrister, keeps the client focused on the key issues."Legal 500 2018 (Agriculture)
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