Barrister

Andrew Francis

Year of call 1977

Overview

Andrew Francis is an experienced and highly sought-after barrister in our Chancery, Commercial and Property team. He is also a member of Chambers at Serle Court, 6 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2.

He has a specialist practice that includes real property, and rights and interests over land. In this context, he is the author of ‘Restrictive Covenants – A Practitioner’s Guide’ (Jordans 4th Edn. 2013) the co-author, with Stephen Bickford-Smith and Tom Weekes, of ‘Rights of Light – The Modern Law’ (Jordans 3rd Edn.  2015) and the co-author (with Stephen Bickford-Smith and others) of “Private Rights of Way” (Jordans 1st Edn. 2012). In the field of rights of light, he is one of the very few experts at the Bar who can deal with the complexities of the law of light and is regularly consulted by surveyors specialising in this area.  He has advised on the rights of light issues affecting many important landmark sites. His rights of light expertise are married to his expertise in party wall cases and he is a member of the body that meets to discuss matters of common interest in this area of law and surveying, the Pyramus and Thisbe Club. His other specialism, restrictive covenants, consists of litigious and non-litigious work where the meaning and enforceability of covenants may be in issue. This includes experience in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) when applications are made for the discharge or modification of restrictive covenants. Within the field of restrictive covenants he has expertise in EU Law so far as freehold land covenants engage Competition Law, within both Articles 101 and 102 of the EU Treaty and Chapter 1 Competition Act 1998. Andrew is a regular speaker on real property matters at professional conferences and in-house seminars.

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