"He is very able and a good advocate. He has a good manner with clients and an appropriate manner with the opposing party." – Chambers and Partners 2021
"Has a wealth of knowledge and experience, he is a very good advocate one of his great assets is to be able to assess his opponents, witnesses and the bench. He is very approachable." Legal 500 2021
“Practises in Chambers’ core areas of property related work”
If your legal problem is connected in any way to a piece of land, Desmond will tackle it (although he leaves planning law to others). His practice includes all kinds of disputes which arise out of developments and conveyancing, all types of commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters, as well as social housing problems (including homelessness). He acts for property owners, landlords and tenants and professional advisors at every stage.
In the last year, he has been involved in:
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.
Today, 20 March 2019, the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 comes into force; introducing new sections 9A, 9B and 9C into the 1985 Act.20th March 2019 Read more
Chambers are thrilled to have 17 individual recommendations/rankings in the new Chambers & Partners 2019.8th November 2018 Read more
Desmond Kilcoyne has been acting on behalf of the Defendant, Audra Wamsteker, in a six-day trial brought against her by her father, Paul David. Judgment has been reserved. The dispute concerns the ownership of two domestic properties, the proceeds of sale of four American properties and her late mother’s jewellery collection. The legal issues include17th April 2018 Read more
On 29th June 2016, Desmond Kilcoyne and Matthew McDermott were invited by the London Housing and Regeneration group of Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) to conduct a half-day seminar (headed by Alexander McDowall, a lawyer in Legal Services at the London Borough of Camden) on the radical new housing law being introduced by the Housing5th July 2016 Read more
In this issue of 42 Bedford Row's Housing Bulletin Desmond Kilcoyne discuses Section 21 Notices: new law in force.10th November 2015 Read more
On 21st October, 2014, Desmond Kilcoyne appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of the London Borough of Lambeth in a case where the Borough, in their capacity as a landlord, unlawfully evicted a secure tenant, Mr Loveridge. The judgment is awaited. The appeal concerns the approach which must be taken to the calculation of30th October 2014 Read more