Landlord & Tenant Advice

Looking for Landlord or tenant legal advice?

When matters relate to investment property and occupied premises, our members at Mercantile Barristers can provide practical legal advice to landlords and tenants on matters arising from their specific circumstances. For landlords, our barristers are used to advising on: Tenants Deposit Scheme and complying with Statutory Regulations; breach of covenant; drafting Tenancy Agreements; determination of leases; eviction of tenants; sub-lettings; security of tenure; lease renewals; rent reviews; and serving notices and issuing Possession Proceedings including Court representation. For tenants, our barristers are available to advise on: the correct notice and minimum notice period that your landlord is obliged to serve in order to gain lawful possession; representation at Court for unlawful eviction and proceedings to obtain compensation and reinstatement to a property; advice and representation for housing disrepair, including emergency injunction for urgent repairs and compensation claims for disrepair; advice and representation regarding disputes about Tenants Deposit; long leaseholder advice and representation on Service Charge, Management Disputes, Lease Extensions and Enfranchisement.

Our members at Mercantile Barristers are Public Access Trained and are happy to be consulted by and accept instructions directly from professionals and discerning private clients at any time (for direct access barristers). To book a consultation with one of our Direct Access Barristers in London please call us and speak to our clerks who will find the best-placed barrister for you.


Historically, barristers in England & Wales could only accept instructions from solicitors and could not be consulted directly by members of the public. Barristers were considered to be too expert and too specialist to deal directly with lay clients.

It was left to a solicitor to first determine whether the legal problem that has arisen required the involvement of the expert barrister. If so, it was only the solicitor that could instruct the expert barrister on behalf of the lay client. Using a medical analogy, it is akin to having to see your GP before being referred to the Specialist Consultant.


In this traditional mode of operation the lay client continues to pay for his solicitor while also paying for his expert barrister. While this has always been the case, it is unnecessary in certain modern circumstances and inevitably commercial pressures and modernity has brought a change. Professionals such as company directors, agents, architects, surveyors, construction engineers and other specialist consultants may not require hand-holding by a solicitor in order to consult the expert barrister about their case.


A change in the law in 2004 allowed barristers, who have undertaken additional training, to advise clients without the need for a solicitor and listed below are some of the reasons why it is advantageous to instruct a direct access barrister.



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