Richard Granby

Year of call 2012

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  • Denning, Hardwick & Eastham Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Housing Law Practitioners’ Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • Social Housing Law Association

Richard Granby’s practice encompasses all of Chambers’ core practice areas spanning the full range of landlord & tenant and real property with a particular emphasis on leasehold disputes.

Richard appears in all levels of the Court and Tribunal system, whether alone or led, and accepts instructions from freeholders and management companies as well as tenants, leaseholders and local authorities. Where appropriate, Richard appears as sole counsel in the High Court and is currently being led in the Court of Appeal.

Prior to pupillage, Richard read History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge and is a Denning, Hardwick & Eastham Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

Areas of expertise

Richard represents leaseholders, freeholders and management companies in service charge disputes in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and advises on obligations and liabilities, and costs recovery, under the terms of long leases. Richard has experience of bringing and defending challenges to the reasonableness of service charges, the entitlement to recover identified costs against leaseholders and the enforcement of the costs of major works following s.20 consultation.

Richard acts for freeholders and leaseholders in claims for leasehold enfranchisement as well as lease extension and variation.

Richard frequently appears in possession proceedings and has a broader advisory practice including matters relating to tenancies with statutory security under the Rent Act 1977.

Richard is instructed in a number of cases concerning unlawful eviction and, in particular, the liability of landlords for the actions of their agents.

Richard frequently acts in claims relating to disrepair in residential property as well as claims for Rent Repayment Orders and proceedings relating to property licensing offences.

Richard advises and acts for clients in all areas of property law including:

  • Adverse possession
  • Alteration and rectification of the land register
  • Boundary disputes
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Constructive / resulting trusts
  • Easements
  • Mortgages
  • Orders for sale
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Restrictive and positive covenants
  • Rentcharges

Prior to joining Tanfield Chambers Richard had a busy social housing and local government practice acting for local authorities, social landlords and tenants including judicial review and statutory appeals concerning local authority allocation of housing and duties to the homeless or vulnerable applicants for housing. Richard acted in the full range of social housing law cases including anti-social behaviour, succession disputes and claims under the Equality Act 2010 and continues to accept instructions in these areas, in particular statutory appeals under s.204 of the Housing Act 1996.

Notable Cases

  • R (C) v Islington LBC [2017] EWHC 1288 (Admin)
  • R (Turley) v Wandsworth LBC [2017] EWCA Civ 189
  • R (Woolfe) v Islington LBC [2016] EWHC 1907 (Admin)

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