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Experience and Expertise
Piers Feltham advises on and litigates over all aspects of the law of real property, including trusts of land, cohabitation, equitable remedies, land registration, overreaching, commercial and residential conveyancing, mortgages, professional negligence, perpetuities and accumulations, strict settlements, contracts of sale, auctions, specific performance, proprietary estoppel, commercial and residential landlord and tenant, disrepair and other breach of covenants, security of tenure, easements, restrictive covenants, rent charges and adverse possession.
Cases and Work of Note
- A brief to appear on appeal from the Bahamas concerning adverse possession and the Constitution of the Bahamas which was settled at the door of the Privy Council;
- Several claims for specific performance of contract for the sale of land where proposed developments have gone sour;
- A number of proprietary estoppel claims, particularly against estates;
- An adverse possession case concerning continuity of a number of squatters’ possession of a house in a London street where a former prime minister lived and the transitional provisions of the Land Registration Act 2002;
- Advising/drafting to ensure the enforceablity of covenants in favour of tenants to preserve their security on a major transfer by the Crown Estates;
- Piers is also a member of the team of Counsel acting in large scale group litigation against Shell Petroleum on behalf of the Bodo Community of Nigeria for compensation for damage done by large scale oil spills, with responsibility for issues of property law;
- Piers has also acted in litigation over the mines and minerals in the Shafto estate;
- In Gardener v Lewis  1 WLR 1535 Piers succeeded in having the case remitted to the first instance Court on the basis of an argument as to the supervention of equitable claims in personam in a Torrens system of Land Registration;
- Jawara v Gambia Airways  EGCS 54 concerned conveyancing and the law of agency in a case from the Gambia;
- In Lloyd’s Bank v Hawkins  3 EGLR 109 Piers successfully resisted a claim for the full amount due under a mortgage securing a guarantee, at both first instance and in the Court of Appeal, on the technicality that the bank had previously sued on the guarantee and by mistake obtained judgment for a far lesser sum than was due;
- In Cork v Cork  1 EGLR 5 Piers argued issues of trust law in a landlord and tenant context as to whether a co-owner was bound to join in serving a counter notice under the Agricultural Holdings Act;
- In Pereira v Beanlands  3 AER 528 the defendant executor survived debarral on the grounds of default and Piers then brought a proprietary estoppel claim on behalf of his client, the companion of the deceased, to a successful conclusion.
- Piers was also responsible for trust and property law and wayleave damages in the team of Counsel acting in large scale group litigation for the Bodo community against Shell Petroleum that reached the landmark settlement in the Bonny-Bomu oil pipeline litigation.
Publications and Seminars
Piers lectures, participates in seminars and has given Lexus Nexis webinars on proprietary estoppel which is a particular speciality by reason of his editorship of Spencer Bower on Estoppel by Representation.