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Selected cases

  • Ellis v Lambeth L.B.C. [2000] 32 HLR 596, CA (adverse possession and estoppel
  • Lambeth L.B.C v Howard [2001] 33 HLR 58, CA (the first case on human rights in the context of a local authority tenancy
  • Delsol v Lambeth [2002] EWCA 1894, CA (human rights challenge to the absolute fetter on sub-tenancies in Housing Act 1985
  • Bodle v Coutts & Co. Lawtel, [2003] EWHC 1865 (Ch) (whether assertion of solicitor’s lien on documents is in breach of a litigant’s Article 6 rights
  • Lyons v Gardner [2007] EWCA Civ 259 (nuisance action brought by neighbour
  • Worrall v Topp [2007] EWHC 1809 (Ch) (expert determination of boundary dispute
  • Loveridge v Lambeth [2013] 3 All E.R. 261 & the Estates Gazette Digest at [2013] 21 E.G. 106 (C.S.)


  • Regular columnist on property and housing matters in ‘Ask the Experts’, Sunday Times, Home Section
  • Member of Editorial Board of Emis Property Service (publication dealing with all aspects of commercial and residential property law
  • Author of Leaseholder Management (Lemos & Crane)
  • Former Contributor of titles on Mortgages, Sale of Land, Restrictive Covenants in Atkin’s Court Forms (Butterworths)

Other information

Desmond is married to another barrister (who practices in media law) and he enjoys regular relaxing games of chess, bouts of kendo etc. with her. When not at work, Desmond keeps his hand in by conducting nightly appeals by his 3 young daughters to review the decisions of his wife. His own first instance decisions are invariably ignored and/or quashed although one was upheld back in ‘64. He loves: wine, Italy, speaking French, cooking and rugby.

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Professional Memberships

  • Property Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Founder Member of Social Housing Law Association


  • Tonbridge School
  • University of Southampton (LLB (Hons) 2.1)
  • King’s College, London (LLM)

Scholarships & Awards

  • Inner Temple Examination Scholar (1990)

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