- Year of Call: 1997
- Inn: Gray's Inn
- Areas of Expertise: Real Property & Construction
- Languages Spoken: French (conversational)
- Party Walls: Advice on party wall procedure, appeals against party wall awards, injunctive relief applications, section 17 recovery proceedings in the magistrates’ courts, acting as third surveyor.
- Real Property: Boundary disputes, adverse possession, easements and profits.
- Construction Law: challenges to adjudicator’s decisions and construction disputes generally.
- Instructions are accepted through the “Licensed Access” and “Direct Public Access” schemes authorised by the Bar Standards Board
Stuart practises solely in Real Property and Construction law, including matters such as easements, boundary disputes and construction disputes. However his real specialism is in party wall matters which now make up approximately 90% of his practice. Consequently he has advised or appeared in court on hundreds of party wall cases nationwide in recent years.
Stuart’s extensive experience gained from working in the construction industry prior to practising as a barrister means that he has excellent technical knowledge to complement his legal training and experience which his professional clients find particularly useful. Stuart undertakes Direct Access work, and has done since 2006. He can therefore be instructed directly by lay clients without the need for them to use a solicitor.
As a Fellow of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, Stuart regularly appears as a speaker in the Faculty’s CPD training seminars, regional forums throughout England & Wales, and is a regular contributor to the Faculty’s newsletter on party wall matters. Stuart is also a member of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club, members of which specialise in party wall matters, and Stuart also regularly speaks at their events.
Stuart undertakes instructions directly from lay members of the public, surveyors and other construction professionals (as opposed to being instructed via a solicitor) and has regularly been instructed in this way since 2006. Consequently, the vast majority of his clients prefer to instruct him in this manner.
Stuart is also a qualified mediator and accepts instructions to act as a mediator, primarily in party wall and other neighbour disputes.
Property Bar Association, Public Access Bar Association, Fellow of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, Pyramus & Thisbe Club
Reeves v Young & Antino;  EWHC; 26 April 2017
Farrs Lane Developments Ltd. v Bristol Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 982
Barberini v Weihe; 13 October 2016; Central London County Court (TCC)
Mills & Mills v Savage & Others; 14 April 2016, Central London County Court (TCC)
Property Supply and Development Ltd. v Verity & Verity; 17 December 2015, Central London County Court (TCC)
Zissis v Lukomski  EWCA Civ 341;  1 WLR 2278 CA (involved at county court level)
R v Downer  EWCA Crim 1361;  1 WLR (D) 233
R (on the application of Pluckrose) v Snaresbrook Crown Court  EWHC 1506 (Admin); (2009) 173 J.P. 492
Education & Awards
MA (Criminal Justice)
Taekwondo (ITF, UKTA); Rambling and Hillwalking