The Business and Property team offers a comprehensive range of expertise and enjoys an ever prosperous reputation both locally and nationally, with the team itself and individual members highly recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

The quality and breadth of the team itself is particularly impressive, with barristers at all levels of call adept at handling smaller advisory matters right through to multifaceted, high value litigation.

Members adopt a pragmatic and effective approach to advisory work, drafting pleadings and documents, and advocacy at trial and other hearings from the outset. This quality and focus allows us to offer accomplished and experienced advocates in a proportionate and cost-effective manner.

Examples of experience within the group include the following (though individual profiles provide more detail):


  • Adverse Possession
  • Boundary disputes
  • Breach of covenant claims
  • Business Tenancies
  • Dilapidations
  • Easements
  • Enfranchisement claims
  • Forfeiture
  • Inheritance claims
  • Landlord and Tenant disputes
  • Long leasehold disputes
  • Nuisance
  • Probate
  • Proprietary estoppel
  • Rectification claims
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Service charge disputes
  • Specific performance claims
  • Trusts/TLATA claims


  • Agreement drafting including standard terms and conditions
  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Commercial property disputes
  • Company law, minority shareholders’ rights
  • Construction claims
  • Directors disqualification
  • Employment
  • Guarantees and indemnities
  • Intellectual property
  • International contracts and jurisdiction disputes
  • Joint ventures, franchising and distribution agreements
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Partnership disputes
  • Personal and corporate insolvency
  • Procurement
  • Professional negligence

Local Government

St Ives Chambers has a long-established history of working with local authorities and our members are sensitive to the particular demands of acting for public bodies.  Our members act for government departments and executive agencies, local authorities, regulators and law enforcement agencies and they are well-accustomed to working with lawyers and other professionals in the public sector.

In-House Counsel

An increasing number of instructions come from in-house lawyers, predominantly working in the financial, insolvency and property sectors.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Chambers is committed to alternative dispute resolution and boasts facilities to host such matters. Members represent parties in mediation, arbitration and other forms of settlement negotiations.


Legal 500 2024: “St Ives Chambers’ team is known for its ability to advise on ‘all disciplines of property law, with a particular strength in property litigation’.”

“St Ives Chambers always provides a fantastic service and is a go-to set. Their property litigation expertise is significant and they provide excellent training opportunities.”

Chambers and Partners 2024: “St Ives Chambers is a well-respected set which is equipped to handle a range of complex property disputes. Tenants of the set are adept at acting in matters including trespass cases, possession and forfeiture disputes and boundary disputes. The set frequently acts for commercial landlords and tenants, private individuals and local authorities. The set continues to represent Wolverhampton City Council, in 12 conjoined appeals involving 15 local authorities and five interveners concerning the scope of the court’s jurisdiction to grant injunctions against Persons Unknown or contra mundum (against the world).”

“They are first-class and always quick to respond.”

Legal 500:  “St Ives Chambers’ commercial team has a wide range of expertise across Chancery and commercial matters including fraud, contractual disputes, lender litigation and insolvency….”

Legal 500: “The Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking Groups have an excellent range of experience.”

Chambers and Partners: “Property is one of St Ives Chambers’ strongest suits in the civil arena. It has a number of good and friendly barristers, and wide-ranging expertise across commercial property.”

Legal 500: “St Ives Chambers has developed a particular niche in banking and finance work, although members are experienced in a broad range of chancery and commercial matters generally.”

Legal 500: “St Ives Chambers has a strong Chancery focus. Members also represent companies in damages claims, partnership disputes and breaches of contract cases. Fraud is another key area for the set”.

Chambers and Partners: “The clerking team will bend over backwards to accommodate us when we need something. We get on with them very well.”