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Sean Kelly

Called 1990

Sean undertakes a broad range of Chancery and commercial work with emphasis on partnerships, company law, banking, contractual disputes, land law (including land registration), landlord and tenant and administration of estates. Sean has a science background and also deals with engineering and technical disputes.

As well as litigation, Sean is experienced in non-contentious drafting and transactional advice particularly with regard to companies and partnerships.

Authorised to accept public access work.

Sean has been an accredited mediator since 2011.

"Very good on his feet, calm, measured and friendly."

Chambers & Partners 2018
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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
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Sean undertakes a full range of Business and Property Court work with an emphasis on partnerships, company law, banking, contractual disputes, real property and administration of estates. Recent work includes:

  • Representing claimant in claim for mis-selling of structured collar loan of £13m
  • Representing farming partnership in claim in High Court and Court of Appeal relating to implementation of partnership option
  • Drafting LLP agreement for solicitors practice
  • Advising on enforcement of peer-to-peer lending agreement
  • Partnership claim relating to operation of joint capital account
  • Representing partner on strike-out application relating to misjoinder of additional parties and under payment of court fees
Mediation & Arbitration
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Professional Negligence
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Sean has a wide range of experience relating to claims against solicitors, accountants and financial advisers. Sean has a particular expertise in relation to claims against solicitors concerning property and business sales.

Probate, Inheritance & Trusts
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Chambers & Partners 2019

"Experienced barrister recognised for his broad-based expertise on chancery and commercial matters." 

Legal 500 2018/2019

"He has a fantastic ability to quickly assimilate the key details in a case."

Chambers & Partners 2018

"Very good on his feet, calm, measured and friendly."

Legal 500 2017

"His cross-examinations are always a joy to watch."

Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is robust and gets to grips with a case quickly while not losing sight of the overall commercial objectives."


Notable Cases
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Jackson v Mulvaney [2003] 1 WLR 368 (CA). Extent of easement capable of being acquired by prescription.

Re Taylor (A Bankrupt) [2007] Ch 150, HHJ Kershaw, QC. Retrospective permission to issue claim against bankrupt.

Faulkner v Benett [2011] EWHC 3702 (Ch), HHJ Hodge, QC. Validity of amendment to articles of association to require former members to transfer shares.

Liddle v Liddle [2017] BPIR 1538, HHJ Davis-White, QC. Mechanism for payment of sums under partnership option

Banks v Turner & Grainger 20/02/18 (Lawtel), HHJ Klein. Claim to strike out partnership action for misjoinder of additional parties.

Graham v Graham 08/05/18 (Lawtel) HHJ Pelling, QC. Proprietary estoppel relating to acquisition of land by one partner during partnership

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Gray's Inn Entrance Award, William Shaw Award

Personal Details

Trent College; Selwyn College, Cambridge

Professional Associations

Chancery Bar Association, Northern Chancery Bar Association, Association of Partnership Practitioners

Sean's Latest News
Events Property Seminar -13th March 2019
Events Commercial Seminar - 19th February 2019
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