The broad focuses of Anthony Verduyn’s practice are real property litigation and landlord and tenant disputes, with professional negligence and partnership claims undertaken in that context. Anthony appears regularly in the higher courts, including trials up to 12 day’s duration, but has broad experience in the County Court (where he also sits as a Recorder) and in references to the Land Registry division of the Property Chamber (where he also sits as a Judge). In property litigation highlights have been Court of Appeal cases regarding restrictive covenants boundaries and adverse possession, and High Court proceedings on matters as diverse as enforcing a Deed relating to Knightsbridge flats, a solicitors undertaking in respect of a mortgage and construing the terms of a contract of sale. Landlord and tenant work can be equally varied, with High Court cases dealing with disrepair to Grade II listed buildings, the installation of beer flow monitoring equipment, the terms of a business renewal, and the consequences of forfeiture and surrender.
The value of these cases can run from millions of pounds (the operation of a break clause in offices at Heathrow) down to the desire to preserve one’s home (the loss of part of a front garden): Anthony recognises that every case is important to the litigants. Some cases can be very urgent, like the expulsion of protesting students from an unsuitable building to the keeping open of a market for its traders when strike action threatens. A willingness to commit at short notice to getting the desired result is essential in such matters. When property deals and relationships go wrong, litigants often look for a party at fault, and Anthony has a specialist professional negligence practice dealing primarily with matters like conveyancing errors, incompetent drafting, and the missing of break options. The holding of property by partners can also generate specialist work with particular problems. Anthony is always keen to establish a strong rapport with profession clients (who include surveyors and other property professionals as well as solicitors) and with lay clients. In many cases, site views are essential and he is a willing traveller.
Anthony’s recent experience includes successful appellate cases concerning:
It also includes significant cases at first instance:
Recent cases include considering lease provisions in respect of a development with “Sick Building Syndrome”, achieving a settlement of a Land Registry indemnity case for a six-figure sum and a trial before a High Court judge of issues relating to boundaries and adverse possession in the Cotswolds (Harrison v Brading  EWHC 3267 (Ch)).
Anthony pactises through a BSB authorised entity, Anthony Verduyn Limited (CRN 13939420)
Anthony has represented claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims for almost 20 years. As his practice has focused on Property and Landlord and Tenant disputes, so most of the disputes he now advises upon and presents relate to those areas. He therefore brings years of experience and specialist knowledge to bear on some of the most complicated problems regularly to come before the Courts.
Anthony recognises that, whether you are the professional facing criticism or the dissatisfied client, you will want an approachable barrister with whom you can establish a rapport. In many disputes that have at their core a property transaction, site views can be of use, and Anthony is always willing to attend and meet the clients.
Anthony has experience in property disputes at all levels, from the falling out of neighbours over boundaries and easements litigated in the County Court, to a commercial concern seeking to protect its frontage before the Court of Appeal. When not dealing with the physical arrangement of land itself, Anthony is often dealing with the contracts which govern its transmission (including the developing field of co-operation agreements) and the control of developed land (for example, in advising upon and litigating restrictive covenants). Trusts of land are also a specialism, which has seen Anthony as Counsel in the Court of Appeal and advocate in mediation. In all such disputes, land registration presents particular issues and Anthony has considerable experience of such matters, whether relating to notices, restrictions or charges (including legal mortgages and equitable charges). He regularly appears in references to the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber Land Registration Division (where he also sits as a Tribunal Judge).
Anthony recognises the unique significance of land to many litigants and has received instructions not only from some of the foremost solicitors’ firms in real property litigation, but also from surveyors and property companies. He is always willing to visit the land in question to aid understanding the dispute and to meet there the individuals most closely involved with it.
Bryant Homes Ltd v Stein Management Ltd EWHC 2435 (Ch);  1 P. & C.R. 6: Restrictive covenants and money payment obligations
Unique Pub Properties v (1) Broad Green Tavern Ltd (2) Dempsey  EWHC 2154 (Ch);  2 P&CR 17 – Construction of lease and beer flow monitoring
Wickens v Cheval Property Developments Ltd  EWHC 2249 (Ch);  1 P. & C.R. DG9 – Obligations and passing of risk in fixtures and fittings in contract for the sale of land
Balevents v Sartori  EWHC 2437 (Ch);  All ER (D) 148 (Sep) – Adverse possession and fiduciary duties
Brooker v Unique Pub Properties Ltd  EWHC 2599 (Ch);  3 E.G.L.R. 59;  49 E.G. 72 – Lease renewal and valuing licensed premises
Hyett v Stanley  EWCA Civ 942;  1 F.L.R. 394;  3 F.C.R. 253;  W.T.L.R. 1269;  Fam. Law 23 – Constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel
Stafford Borough Council v Haynes  EWCA Civ 159;  H.L.R. 46 – Committal in social housing context
Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield (2019)
ADR Group Accredited mediator
Recorder (Civil) 2009
Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry 2008
Lawyer Chairman in Residential Property Tribunal Service 2006
Member of Birmingham Law Society Property and Development Committee
Recorder (Private Family 2013 and Public Law 2017)
Tribunal Judge, First Tier Tribunal, Property Chamber (Land Registration and Residential Property divisions) 2013
Property Bar Association
Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association
Birmingham Law Society
Anthony Verduyn comes recommended by market commentators for his “very strong advocacy skills” and “impressive cross examination expertise.” 2023 Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar – Real Estate – Juniors
“Anthony is highly knowledgeable about property law. He is calm, reasonable, and thorough. He is very good at communication.” Legal 500 2023
“Very much a team player, gets the commercial angle first time and always willing to get stuck in.” Chambers & Partners 2023 “Top Ranked” Band 1, Real Estate Litigation Midlands
“Anthony Verduyn is a highly regarded name in the real estate space, renowned for handling a diverse range of property-related disputes.” Who’s Who Legal 2022
“He has excellent knowledge of the law and an eye for detail. He is a very good advocate and he’s approachable and makes complex points of law understandable.” Chambers UK 2022
“He has a formidable technical knowledge.” Chambers UK
“His particular strengths are his calm nature and innovative thinking which he uses to unpick complex and often unique property disputes in a way that reassures and inspires confidence in his client.” Chambers UK
“He combines a very sound knowledge of the law with thoughtful and incisive cross-examination.” Legal 500 2021
“An excellent wingman for the busy commercial solicitor.” Legal 500 2020
“Technically first-rate, excellent manner and understands the client’s needs.” Chambers UK
“Excellent appreciation of issues and sensible commercial approach.” Chambers UK
“He’s always thoroughly prepared and has meticulously read through the papers. No matter how big the file is he will know it inside out.” Chambers UK
“He’s very client-focused and has a calm and personable approach.” Chambers UK
“Possibly one of the most approachable barristers in practice.” Chambers UK
“Clients really warm to him. He is knowledgeable and has great technical expertise.” Chambers UK
“A highly incisive barrister.” Legal 500
“Widely lauded for the depth of his knowledge of property law. He acts in a variety of cases ranging from leasehold disputes to possession claims and allegations of professional negligence.” Chambers UK
“He has a “can-do” attitude and seeks practical solutions to difficult problems.” Legal 500
“He thinks outside the box and looks at novel approaches.” Chambers UK
“Extremely bright, down-to-earth and great with clients.” Chambers UK
“Highly technically competent, practical and decisive.” Legal 500
Anthony Verduyn appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield
On demand video: How much is too much? The Boundary Condition
STOP PRESS: COURT OF APPEAL CHALLENGE TO PRACTICE DIRECTION 51Z, “STAY OF POSSESSION PROCEEDINGS – CORONAVIRUS”, FAILS