James Hamerton-Stove

Year of call 2012

Instructing James
For further information or to instruct James please contact one of our following clerks:

Alex Southern
Practice Managers

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Kieron Hatwell
Practice Managers

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“I have instructed James on several occasions and his advice and performance have never been short of meticulous. I would recommend him without hesitation.”

“The client was very pleased with the result.”


  • Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple)
  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition (Middle Temple)
  • Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition: Runner Up (CPE category, 2009)
  • BA French and Philosophy, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • GDL, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
  • BPTC, City Law School
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Basic Russian

James has a busy practice in the full range of Chambers’ work. He focuses on property and general commercial / Chancery.

He has an approachable manner but is also a robust advocate who fights his client’s corner in court.

Outside of Chambers, James is a keen (but not able) participant in tennis, golf and skiing.

Areas of expertise

James acts frequently for both landlord and tenant in a wide variety of disputes, with a focus on possession, service charges and forfeiture.

Recently he has:

  • Drafted an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for determination of breach of covenant within a residential lease under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.
  • Acted for the mortgagee bank in defence of an application by unauthorised tenants to suspend a warrant for eviction under the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010.
  • Drafted an application for a declaration that a landlord had unreasonably withheld its consent to proposed alterations to residential property under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
  • Successfully defended an application to release funds from the Court Funds Office to a BVI-registered company following collective enfranchisement.
  • Acted in dispute in First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) over whether an application for collective enfranchisement was ‘made’ in time for the purposes of s.24(1) of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
  • Frequently acted for landlords in possession claims based on forfeiture of valuable residential leases on grounds of non-payment of ground rent.
  • Advised on the applicability of the anti-avoidance provisions of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 in relation to a guarantor providing a guarantee of an assignor’s liabilities under an Authorised Guarantee Agreement (i.e. a sub-guarantee or ‘GAGA’) in connection with the assignment of a lease of commercial property in Soho, central London.
  • Acted for tenant (a global supermarket chain) against landlord (another global supermarket chain) in a dispute over a lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
  • Advised vendors of a development site worth c.£2m on the issue of anticipatory repudiatory breach by a prospective purchaser (a property developer) under an option agreement.
  • Advised on merits of a claim in contract for an alleged debt of over £200k against a deceased’s Estate after sale of various property by the Executors.
  • Acted for mortgagee bank in an application to extend time for registration of a legal charge.

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