Rebecca Cattermole

Rebecca Cattermole

Year of call: 1999

Call: +44 (0)20 7421 5300
Email: rcattermole@tanfieldchambers.co.uk


 "Excellent on her feet and unrivalled when it comes to committal applications."

Legal 500 2017 (Property Litigation)

"Very well regarded."

Legal 500 2017 (Agriculture)

Rebecca specialises in real property and all aspects of landlord and tenant law including enfranchisement, dilapidations, easements, nuisance, boundaries and party walls. She has a particular interest in developments and agricultural land and is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association.  

Rebecca has a wide client base ranging from private landowners and developers to the public sector. She is particularly well placed to advise on inter sector issues and the transfer of land from the public sector as well as having extensive experience of the interrelationship between property and human rights. 





Real property

Rebecca has extensive experience in: nuisance; easements; boundary disputes; trusts of land and co-ownership; proprietary estoppel; freehold covenants;  adverse possession.


Agricultural law

Rebecca advises on agricultural matters involving agricultural holdings and farm business tenancies as well as advising landlowners on property disputes relating to use of land and developments.  


Landlord and Tenant  

Rebecca has extensive experience of residential and commercial leasehold matters including: enfranchisement;  management and service charge disputes; detrmination of breaches under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002; Rent Act tenancies; tenants' rights of first refusal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987;  lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954;  forfeiture of residential and commercial leases; dilapidations and nuisance.

Notable Cases

Recent cases include:

McDonald v McDonald [2016] UKSC 28
(private landlord and tenant; human rights) [2016] 3 WLR 45

Hemmise v LB Tower Hamlets [2016] UKUT (LC)
109 (issue estoppel)

Tedworth North Management Ltd  v Miller [2016] UKUT (LC) 522 (service charges; subject matter of repairing covenant; works required to remedy defects)

Rosslyn Mansions Tenants’ Association v  Winstonworth Limited [2015] UKUT 0011 (LC) (overturning the orthodox view that an RTA would have to meet the 60% threshold to obtain recognition. Also, considers the matters which the FTT may take into account in determining whether to grant a certificate.

Amicus Horizon Limited v Mabbott (1) Brand (2) Court of Appeal, 30 May 2012 (

Windsor & District Housing Association v Hewitt [2011] EWCA Civ 735; [2011] HLR 39 (tenancy by deception)

Hastoe Housing Association Ltd v Ellis [2007] EWCA Civ 1238; [2008] HLR 25 (nuisance possession and undertakings)

Hyams and another v Wilfred East Housing Co-Operative Ltd [2007] 03 EG 126 (right to buy leases)

Windsor & District Housing Association v Hewitt [2011] EWCA Civ 1096 (resisting application to suspend a warrant for possession pending an appeal to the Supreme Court)



 "Excellent on her feet and unrivalled when it comes to committal applications." Legal 500 2017 (Property Litigation) 

 "Very well regarded.’" Legal 500 2017 (Agriculture) 

"Excellent on difficult anti-social behaviour matters." Legal 500 2017 (Housing) 


“Super-bright and super-sharp.” Legal 500 2016 (Property Litigation)

“Her work includes complex Human Rights Act arguments.” Legal 500 2016 (Social Housing)

"Her paperwork is superb. She is bright and tenacious." Chambers & Partners 2017 (Social Housing)

"A very experienced dilapidations barrister" Legal 500 2015 (Property Litigation)

"Peerless in housing law" Legal 500 2015 (Social Housing)

 "Loved by clients, she is very efficient, and has an excellent presence in court." "She always seems to get results." Chambers & Partners 2015

"Exceptionally knowledgeable; feisty in court." Legal 500 2014

"Strong in landlord & tenant, dilapidation and social housing issues". Legal 500 2014

"Bright, thorough and extremely reliable" Chambers & Partner UK 2014

"Fantastic" and "incredibly bright" Rebecca Cattermole, freshly arrived herself from Arden Chambers. Sources say that Cattermole "knows her stuff inside-out" is "thorough" in her work and displays "a tenacity that is simply something to behold". Chambers & Partners UK 2013

"Rebecca Cattermole enjoys the loyal admiration of a number of leading housing solicitors". Chambers & Partners UK 2012

"Rebecca Cattermole... is noted for her approachable nature and fantastic grasp of all housing law". Chambers & Partners UK 2011

"Supremely intelligent and someone who knows the housing law inside -out" she is well received as she is extremely approachable and helpful if you call her for a casual opinion". Chambers & Partners UK 2009

"The fiesty Rebecca Cattermole elicited superb feedback from her clients, who appreciate the fact that she always makes an effort to be personable and accessible". Chambers & Partners UK 2008

Recommended in Chambers & Partners UK as a leading junior in Social Housing since 2005 and in Legal 500 in Property since 2008




Service Charges and Management: Law and Practice 3rd Edn (Sweet & Maxwell). 

Contributor to Halsbury's Laws of England, Local Government, Vol 69

Contributor to Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law (Landlord and Tenant and Housing)

Co-author of Anti-Social Behaviour and Disorder: Powers and Remedies (with Scott Collins), Sweet & Maxwell 2004; and 2nd edition, Sweet & Maxwell 2006.



BA Hons (Bristol)


Property Bar Association

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)

Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association