Paul de la Piquerie

For his call, Paul is the highest-ranked barrister in the UK in the Legal 500 (2016) in property litigation. It is said of him: “he is a commanding presence in the courtroom and goes that extra mile to ensure no stone is left unturned”. Previous editions have stated he is: “incisive, approachable and very commercial; great to put in front of clients”, “He offers an air of assurance when dealing with difficult opponents” and he is “worth every penny, especially on landlord and tenant issues”.

Paul regularly appears in the County Court, High Court and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). He accepts instructions in any and all areas of property law but with a particular emphasis in recent years as follows below. He is also happy to accept instructions on a direct access basis.

My work

Paul is currently acting in three co-ownership disputes involving constructive trusts and the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Other claims also involve trespass, adverse possession, boundary disputes, and arguments over easements and injunctive relief.
Much of Paul’s real property work involves acting for banks and chargees. Paul has acted in cases concerning the proper construction of various charges, for example, whether a mortgagee bank was able to remedy an apparent failure to take a second charge over an absentee borrower’s land by relying upon a power of attorney clause in a first charge. Recently Paul has been asked to advise in a number of claims in which the Claimant sought rectification of the register of title at HM Land Registry under Schedule 4 of the Land Registration Act 2002 and the chargee opposed such claims and/or sought an indemnity in order to protect their position in the event their charge was removed. Paul has recently given a number of well-received seminars and talks on the subject of land registration and in particular the Law Commission’s recent proposals for reform to the areas of rectification and indemnification as set out in consultation paper No.227.
In summer 2014 Paul was seconded to HSBC Bank in order to assist with an internal review of the miss-selling of interest-rate hedging products. His role was to assess consequential losses arising from the miss-selling of such products in relation to loans made and secured over borrowers’ properties.

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