Paul Letman

Paul Letman

Profile

Paul’s practice is primarily property based, with four main specialisms: (1) leasehold reform (enfranchisement) claims, some 1967 Act work but mainly under the 1993 Act (2) landlord & tenant, both residential and commercial including service charge disputes, breach of covenant and forfeiture claims and right to manage (3) real property often comprising adverse possession and s.84 restrictive covenant applications (4) construction particularly residential and NHBC building defects claims and some international work, particularly work from Gibraltar. Paul also regularly obtains instructions from various Commonwealth sources in respect of Privy Council matters.

He regularly appears in the First tier Tribunal, both property and land registration, in the Upper Tribunal (land chamber) and in the County Court. Because of the legally complex nature of his work significant points of law frequently arise that results in a significant amount of appellate work.

Recent important cases include Natt v Osman (on the validity of a non-compliant initial notice) and Quilter v HDL (the appropriate measure of damages to reflect the compensatory principle) in the Court of Appeal, Thevarajah v Riordan in the Supreme Court on relief from sanctions under CPR 3.9, and boundary/adverse possession claims in Frogday Ltd v Zielinski and London & Continental v Crew. Other examples of ongoing litigation include a multi-million pound challenge on behalf of lessees to the Trellick Tower external refurbishment by RBK&C and indemnity claims against a developer client by the NHBC covering 38 different projects.

Publications and Lectures:

Former editor of TECBAR Review; edits the Commercial Law and Property Law bulletins produced by Chambers; has lectured and published widely on his specialist areas of interest, including collateral warranties, forfeiture and commercial leases and latent damage.

Memberships

TECBAR (committee member and former editor of the Tecbar Review)
Chancery Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
CLBM CLCC representative

Qualifications

BSc (Civil Engineering) Nottingham University 

Legal Directories

Legal 500, 2016

'Exceptional; his strengths lie in his attention to detail and enormous amounts of experience'.
Property Litigation - Leading juniors 
'An impressive combination of technical excellence, experience and commercial thinking'

Construction – Leading juniors

Chambers & Partners 2017:

'He is able to identify issues extremely quickly'.
Construction

'A pleasure to be against. He presents his case strongly but in a very affable manner.'
Real Estate Litigation

Chambers & Partners 2016:


'A highly regarded senior junior, who represents clients in landlord and tenant disputes, and is particularly strong on enfranchisement cases. He also handles property-related professional negligence disputes.'
'He is very bright, has a very nice style in court and doesn't take bad points.'
'He is very good at developing points in a way that is persuasive'.
Real Estate Litigation