Hugh Derbyshire

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  • Neil Grisdale
  • Emma Rogers

Education and Memberships

  • London School of Economics and Political Science - LL.B (First Class)
  • Exeter College, Oxford - BCL
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association

Areas of Work

  • Public Law
  • Chancery and Commercial



Landlord and tenant law expert: advisory and litigation practice covers residential, commercial and agricultural tenancies. Particular experience of: forfeiture of commercial leases (including frequently acting for landlords of licensed premises); renewal and termination of business tenancies; service charge disputes; disrepair claims; leasehold enfranchisement.


Specialist property lawyer with particular experience of advising and litigating in respect of: boundary disputes; drainage disputes; rights of way and other easements; adverse possession; trusts of land; proprietary estoppel; trespass; nuisance.


Family and probate

Considerable experience of advising and litigating in cases concerning co-habitants/co-owners and the application of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA) 1996 and the principle of proprietary estoppel.

Regularly advises and litigates in cases concerning the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975.

Significant knowledge and experience of: contentious and non-contentious probate; wills; trusts.



Contract and commercial

Extensive experience of advising and litigating in contractual based claims including: commercial disputes; building disputes; consumer claims.



Insolvency and companies

Personal insolvency: particular experience of applications by or against trustees in bankruptcy concerning land and property.

Companies practice: winding-up petitions; unfair prejudice petitions.



John Benson Chambers UK Bar 2014 Leading Individual
Hugh Derbyshire 2

Year of call: 2004

Inn: Gray's Inn

Area: Public Law
Chancery and Commercial