David Nuttall

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David has been a member of St Ives since 2013 and in that time has gained exceptional experience in property work.

In commercial property disputes, David regularly acts for landlords and tenants in claims involving lease renewal, dilapidations, forfeiture and interpretation of covenants.  He is well versed in the intricacies of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

In terms of residential property, David deals with all manner of matters regarding possession, disrepair, service charge recovery and other breaches of covenant.  His wide housing practice gives him particular expertise in unusual matters involving security of tenure.

Outside of landlord and tenant, David has built a strong practice in disputes involving boundaries, adverse possession, easements and other appurtenant rights. He is known for having a particular enthusiasm for these tricky areas.

David likes to get involved with cases as early as possible, and is a pragmatic and commercial practitioner, always on the look-out for the most cost effective means of achieving the client’s objectives.

A few example cases David has been involved in:

  • A mortgage possession saga, on behalf of the lender.  This involved, amongst other things, consideration of whether the lender’s own actions had frustrated the re-payment of the loan.  This ended in a High Court appeal brought by the borrowers.  Whilst the Court made a modest variation to the extent of the money claim, the vast majority of the appeal was dismissed – [2019] EWHC 2289 (Ch)
  • A preliminary issue trial in the Business and Property Court, successfully representing the landlord.  In this case the Court was asked to determine whether s26(1) of the 1954 Act applied to an informally drafted lease, and so to determine whether the tenant was entitled to bring lease renewal proceedings – Birmingham District Registry, July 2019
  • A four day dilapidations trial involving extensive cross-examination of building and valuation surveyors.  This case is now used as a case study by s18 valuation experts as an example of the Court adopting a “value affective works” approach – Birmingham County Court, May 2018
  • A three day TCC trial regarding encroaching foundations and allegedly negligent construction works – Birmingham District Registry, June 2017
  •  A Land Registry tribunal hearing regarding water rights;
  • A trial, and subsequent appeal, regarding the use of expert translation evidence in a lease fraud trial, where the lease had been drafted in Urdu;
  • An unopposed lease renewal application regarding the disputed insertion of a re-development break clause;
  • A three-way dispute between a landlord, a commercial tenant and a neighbouring housing association involving rent suspension, nuisance and the Defective Premises Act;


Oxford University: BA Jurisprudence, 2:1

Nottingham Law School: BVC Very Competent


Inner Temple


Chambers & Partners 2022: “David is admired for his intellectual capability and his ability to deal with a wide range of issues. He is always calm and dedicated to achieving outcomes for clients.” “David is a safe pair of hands and a pleasure to work with. He always delivers high-quality advice.”

Legal 500 2022: “David is very technically gifted and not only considers the legal position but also the commerciality aspect of a matter. David also considers each matter from a tactical point of view and on many occasions has assisted me in developing a strategy to steer the matter in the way most advantageous to my clients position.”

Chambers and Partners 2021: “You feel very confident having him in court as he pulls evidence from a range of areas to prove his point.” “He can cut through everything and present it in a way clients like.” “He is a pleasure to deal with, delivering advice in a succinct and readily understandable manner.”

Legal 500 2021: “Legal 500 2021: “He gives very thorough, clear and concise advice, leaving no stone unturned.”

“Combines excellent technical knowledge and spot-on tactical advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “He is very intelligent and always gets to the root of the problem.”

“He is excellent, thorough and punches well above his weight.”

Legal 500 2019: “Gives concise, commercially-aware, and well thought-out advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “A great technical barrister who is also very good with clients.” “A strong advocate who is always prepared.”

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