Our Expertise

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Dominic Crossley

Dominic’s practice encompasses all aspects of chancery law with a particular focus on real property, and wills, probate and trusts. Dominic’s property practice covers disputes concerning adverse possession, easements, boundaries and covenants as well as disputes over co-ownership of land and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, and claims involving proprietary estoppel. He has a great deal of experience in the various property tribunals, in particular the Land Registration Division of the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal, being the author of a book about the previous incarnation of the tribunal, the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry (published by Bloomsbury in 2013). Dominic also undertakes the full spectrum of commercial and residential landlord and tenant work. On the probate side Dominic’s practice includes disputes over the validity of wills, applications for removal or substitution of personal representatives, rectification claims, claims for the restitution of estate property and solemn form probate claims, and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Dominic has also undertaken drafting work in the field of wills and probate. Dominic has experience with claims in the Court of Protection. Dominic also undertakes a range of commercial work, including contractual and tortious claims, sale of goods, debt, and claims for return of goods. Dominic regularly presents seminars on matters falling within his areas of specialty and his happy to discuss the provision of in-house training. Dominic recently took part in a day-long seminar dealing with all aspects of agricultural law.

Julia Nelson MCIArb

Julia is the head of the Family Team at Parklane Plowden Chambers. Specialising in Family Law for over 30 years, Julia has vast experience of dealing with a wide range of people and cases. Her practice includes all family finance work and children law disputes and she often represents clients in both disciplines.  Julia has a considerable record of success in contested cases and a fearsome reputation for cross-examination and uncovering concealed assets. Julia’s no-nonsense approach, enthusiasm and tenacity has earned her an enviable reputation with family solicitors. Julia also sits as an arbitrator in children law and accepts instructions for this via chambers. Julia is an experienced Private FDR practitioner and is available to provide early neutral evaluation (ENE). Julia has regularly represented Local Authorities and families in inquests. Julia is the former head of our Court of Protection team and although no longer practising in they area she has vast experience in dealing with cases where a party lacks capacity. Prior to joining PLP chambers in 2004 Julia practised as a specialist criminal and family law barrister from Broadway House Chambers for over 10 years during which time she undertook cases of the most serious nature including high profile murder and manslaughter cases. As well as a very busy barrister and mother of two, she is an experienced actress and regularly performs in theatre and immersive theatre. Julia is also a keen yoga practitioner, a gardener, an accomplished cook, and a previous winner of ‘Come Dine with Me!’

Stuart Roberts

Stuart has a strong practice comprising chancery, probate, commercial and employment work.  He has a calm, impressive Court presence and is a skilled cross-examiner.  He is also very good with solicitors and lay clients, who appreciate his robust but practical approach and no-nonsense advice.  He has been recommended in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for many years as one of the top practitioners in his field in the region. His caseload includes disputed wills and Inheritance Act cases (an area where he has a particular interest); proprietary estoppel; trusts of land/TOLATA; property claims; Court of Protection financial disputes, including statutory wills; partnership disputes; unfair prejudice claims; directors disqualification; guarantee claims; professional negligence (especially solicitors); insurance; restrictive covenants; and general chancery and commercial work. Stuart deals with employment matters of all types in the ET; and with his broad civil expertise, he is perfectly placed to handle the full array of Court cases with an employment aspect, including: wrongful dismissal of senior employees; contract claims brought in Court for notice and bonus payments; claims involving directors including breach of service agreements and breach of fiduciary duty; and claims and injunctions relating to restrictive covenants, garden leave, confidential information, breach of contract and springboard injunctions.  He is regularly instructed to act on injunction applications at very short notice.  

Marisa Lloyd

Marisa is traditional chancery practitioner dealing with contentious and non contentious work involving Wills, Probate, Trusts and Property. She is also instructed in relation to COP Property and Affairs, Capacity, Applications under the High Court's Inherent Jurisdiction. Marisa regularly advises and represents clients in relation to the validity/construction of Wills, disputes involving Executors and PR’s, Part 64 applications and on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and other related matters.  She appeared in the first post Ilott v Blue Cross adult claimant case for financial provision (<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Nahjec v Fowle</span> [2017] EW Misc 11 CC). Marisa also deals with issues arising out of TOLATA issues and all levels of disputes involving easements, boundary disputes, adverse possession and other claims relating to property in both the High Court and Property Tribunals. In COP work she is instructed by Local Authorities, the OPG, individuals and to advise in cases following the Judgment in <span style="text-decoration: underline;">OH v Craven</span> [2016] EWHC 3146 (QB) Marisa practises across the North Eastern, Midland and Wales and Chester Circuits and consequently has appeared in the Business and Property Courts in many regions. Marisa's down to earth approach, direct advice and ability to communicate with clients at any level makes her an ideal choice for litigation in areas where emotions can run high. Marisa is happy to travel for all aspects of her work (usually with no extra charge) and if appropriate can act on a direct access basis.