Julian Gun Cuninghame

Why choose me? I will always fight your corner in court and outside court. I have expertise in landlord and tenant cases acting both for landlords and tenants and in housing cases particularly involving ant-social behaviour and succession. I am representing on a public access basis the landlord in an important case before the Supreme Court, Edwards v Kumarasamy. I act for landlords and tenants on contested possession cases and for lenders and borrowers on contested mortgage possession proceedings. I also have expertise in real property, including boundary disputes, easements and adverse possession, and in trusts of land and disputes between co-owners of properties. I appear in courts at all levels and before the Property Tribunal. I have extensive experience of representing clients in mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

My approach

I offer clients an initial free face to face consultation. The purpose of the initial consultation is to discuss how the case is likely to proceed in the early stages and to make sure that it is a suitable case for public access. I am happy to meet clients outside normal working hours in the evenings and, if necessary, at weekends. I deal with clients on first name terms and it is important to me to build a good working relationship with clients so that they can speak to me openly. I tell clients frankly how I see their cases  and will tell a client at an early stage if I believe that a case does not have a reasonable chance of success. I like to explore every avenue to achieve an early settlement of cases to save clients costs and the stress of litigation. However, if a settlement is not achievable, I fight cases hard in court.

My work

I am easily accessible. I take telephone calls and answer emails or text messages at any time of day. I see clients whenever they want to see me, subject to court and other professional commitments. I explain how I charge my fees and take into account my clients' financial position and the affordability of my fees. I prefer to agree fees on a step by step basis rather than agreeing fees for work, which is a long way off or agreeing fees for multiple tasks. But, if a client prefers, I can charge an all in fee for a case or a part of a case. I ask for my fees to be paid upfront before I start work.

About me

I am a 54 year old barrister. I have been a barrister for 27 years. Before I was a barrister, I was a solicitor working in property litigation. As a solicitor, I was trained in conveyancing, trusts, probate and wills as well as litigation. About 50% of my work comes directly from clients. The other 50% comes from solicitors who instruct me on their cases. I enjoy dealing with clients directly and working with them to resolve with their legal problems the most cost effective way.

What my clients say

"Accessible, punctual, patient and willing to simplify often complicated legal language"

"A very good advocate"

"Easy manner, tenacious and a good cross examiner"

Professional & academic

College of Law, Lancaster Gate (1984 to 1986)

Edinburgh University (1980 to 1984), Masters degree

Professional Negligence Bar Association

London Commercial and Common Law Bar Association

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