Year of call 2021
Hugh Rowan joined Tanfield Chambers after successful completion of his pupillage in September 2022. During his pupillage Hugh gained a wide experience of Chambers’ practice areas through his supervisors: Piers Harrison, Daniel Dovar, and Carl Fain.
Hugh accepts instructions in all areas of real property, commercial law, and landlord and tenant law. Hugh has appeared a sole counsel in the High Court, the County Court, and the First Tier Tribunal in multi-track, fast track, and small claims track cases.
Hugh began practicing at the beginning of his second six, in March 2022, and already enjoys a busy practice in in all areas of Chambers’ expertise.
A regular contributor to the Practical Law Dispute Resolution Blog and to the Landlord & Tenant Review, Hugh often writes the Case Digest for these publications as well as topical articles and case commentaries.
Prior to joining Chambers Hugh undertook his GDL and BPTC (LLM) at City University, during which time he volunteered as a caseworker at the Free Representation Unit where he conducted a number of successful employment cases in the First-Tier Tribunal. Hugh was also a volunteer with Blackfriars Settlement Advice Clinic.
Hugh is also a freelance bagpipe player and an amateur beekeeper.
Hugh has acted in a wide range of disputes, including possession proceedings, service charge disputes, appointments of a manager, rent repayment orders, disrepair, breach of covenant, and tenancy deposit claims.
Hugh recently appeared in a long running First Tier Tribunal appointment of a manager dispute relating to a multi-million-pound development in East London and is currently instructed on a six-figure High Court disrepair claim arising from the illegal conversion of a property into a cannabis farm. Hugh was instructed as junior counsel in the recent Upper Tribunal Appeal of English Rose Estates Ltd v Menon & Ors.  UKUT 347 (LC), and was similarly instructed in a recent Court of Appeal case involving forfeiture which eventually settled.
Hugh is often instructed to advise or appear in County Court and High Court forfeiture proceedings, service charge disputes, lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, dilapidations, and breach of covenant matters.
Hugh is currently instructed to appear in a County Court dispute involving rectification of a 20 year commercial lease. Hugh recently succeeded in recovering a six-figure sum of arrears for a commercial landlord in West London.
Hugh has been instructed in range of disputes, including breach of contract, construction, rectification, recission, mistake and misrepresentation. Hugh is often asked to provide a discrete opinion in these matters and has also conducted a number of successful County Court trials in these areas.
Recently, Hugh was led by Marc Glover in a successful two-day summary judgment application to the High Court in Gupta v Shah  EWHC 540 (Ch), a $14million international commercial fraud claim.
Hugh is presently instructed a sole counsel on a misrepresentation claim in the High Court worth more than £150,000. He has also appeared unled in a series of related ex parte commercial freezing injunctions in the High Court.
Hugh regularly advises and appears in disputes involving easements, freehold and leasehold restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, adverse possession claims, and land registration matters. Hugh also advises on disputes relating orders for sale under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Hugh is instructed to appear as sole Counsel for the Defendants in a five-day trial in late 2023 regarding a number of boundaries and easements between a mixed-use farm and a rural residential property. Hugh is also instructed in a 2-day determined boundary application before the First Tier Tribunal.
Hugh has previously acted in a range of matters including receivership disputes, consumer protection legislation, and undue influence. He regularly appears in the County Court in possession matters acting for both the mortgagee and mortgagor.
Recently, Hugh was instructed a part of a long running receivership dispute in the High Court, and successfully extended an injunction preventing the Receivers from completing a contract for sale in exceptional circumstances.
Having gained detailed experience in this area under the supervision of Piers Harrison, Hugh is comfortable being instructed as a junior or sole counsel in this area and has previously been instructed in proceedings involving the validity of notices and valuation claims.
Hugh is happy to advise on a range of topics in this area from the applicability of the relevant Acts to the assignment of the benefit of notices. Hugh regularly appears in the County Court in particular in disputes under Chapter II of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
Hugh has been instructed to advise on a number of discrete issues in this area including in relation to the powers of executors and administrators. Hugh recently advised on a long running dispute concerning the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.
Hugh is happy to accept instructions in any matters of professional negligence related to property or commercial disputes.
Hugh regularly appears in procedural applications involving a range of procedural matters including jurisdiction disputes, summary and default judgments, disclosure applications, relief from sanctions, and service disputes.