Geraint Wheatley


Property

Manchester

36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Harry Young
Rory Davis


Property

Geraint is experienced in all aspects of Property Litigation, including:

  • Mortgages
  • Land Registration and Title Rectification
  • Commercial Landlord & Tenant
  • Residential Landlord & Tenant
  • Rights of Way and other Easements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Possession claims (usually involving issues of legal or factual complexity)
  • Trusts of Land / Co-ownership disputes
  • Nuisance & Negligence causing damage to land
  • Adverse Possession

Significant or Reported Cases

North British Housing v Matthews [2005] 2 All ER 667:  Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the court's powers in possession actions based on mandatory grounds for possession

Bailey v Clark & Others: Important case which involved successfully persuading the Court that the law of nuisance in the Leakey v National Trust line of authorities ought to be extended to cover damage caused by excessive leaf fall onto a neighbour’s land.

Paton v Jackson: Boundary dispute described by experienced Chancery judge as the most difficult he had ever dealt with.  The Judge held ‘I am unable to place any weight at all’ on the evidence of the other side’s expert witness following his cross examination.

Doleman v Sayle: Inter-relationship between apparently inconsistent provisions of the CPR as to service in the context of business tenancy lease renewals (case prompted change in CPR Part 56)

Black v Charlton: High-profile boundary and adverse possession dispute involving former England international footballer.

Southern Pacific Mortgage Co v Guarino: Action before the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry dealing with the effect of a lender's inadvertent request to HMLR to remove its charge from the Register, notwithstanding that it had not been repaid.

Jennings & Dorins v Hayat: Complex possession claim on behalf of LPA Receivers in relation to hotel premises, involving issues of sale at an undervalue and the locus standi of the receivers to bring the case.


 

"Very commercially astute, he gets the job done." "Exceptional property litigator, very commercial, someone I would be happy to put in front of any client." 

Chambers UK

Profile

Geraint Wheatley is recognised as a leading junior in Chambers UK 2017, and has been ranked as such for a number of years, for example:

‘The “extremely bright” Geraint Wheatley offers expertise in all areas of property litigation. Sources praise the fact that he is “technically accurate but also practical, pragmatic and commercial.” He is further appreciated for his approachable and user-friendly style.’ (Chambers UK 2013)

Geraint is an experienced chancery & commercial practitioner, combining an outstanding academic background with tactical awareness and an eye for detail.

His practice covers the full range of property and commercial litigation, as well as professional negligence.

He regularly acts in both the High and County Courts for institutional clients such as banks and national limited companies, as well as LPA receivers, local authorities, SMEs and individuals. He has appeared a number of times before the Court of Appeal and the First Tier Tribunal: Property Chamber (formerly the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry).

Geraint regularly delivers seminars at Chambers events and in-house to solicitors. Areas covered have included:

  • Assured Tenancies
  • Authorised Guarantee Agreements
  • Break Clauses
  • CPR
  • Easements
  • Mortgages
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Litigation
  • ‘Receivers, Lenders & Possession’

Year of Call: 2001

 

Areas of Expertise: 
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
 
Memberships

Member of the Chancery Bar Association
Member of the Northern Chancery Bar Association
Member of the Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association
Member of the Northern & North Eastern Circuits

 

Qualifications

Oxford University (St Edmund Hall)
1st Class Law Degree

Bar Vocational Course, Manchester
Grade: Very Competent (ranked 1st in year)

Awarded the Edmund-Davies Award by Gray's Inn

 

Recommendations

Chambers UK 2017

"Very commercially astute, he gets the job done." "Exceptional property litigator, very commercial, someone I would be happy to put in front of any client." 

Chambers UK 2016

"Well respected by clients and peers alike for his strength in a wide variety of property issues, including boundary disputes and restrictive covenants. He is especially highlighted for his representation of lenders, and regularly handles possession claims. "

"Very approachable and user-friendly."

"Very knowledgeable for all matters including insolvency and bank-related litigation and advice."

Client comments and testimonials

“Thanks again for all your fantastic help yesterday and before. A great result in a hard fought case. [The client] is delighted, as am I! You did an excellent job.” Instructing Solicitor in case of Armour v Hindle

“I think you did a great job yesterday. Well prepared, insightful and excellent with the clients. I thought you worked hard and we had the benefit of your great intelligence. At each stage we had [the mediator’s] reports, I think [the clients] were really grateful for your immediate, clear and invaluable advice. A top job.” Instructing Solicitor in case of CF Corporate Finance Ltd v Hillcrest Animal Health Ltd

“The fact that we won the court arguments by a ‘landslide’ judgment, and the overall case over 6.5 days in court, is further testimony to the ultimate brilliance of Mr Wheatley in court” Lay client in case of Winfield v Frontline Solutions UK Ltd.

 

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