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Nicholas Dowding QC, widely regarded as one of the top real estate QCs in the UK, will be leaving Falcon Chambers to take up a consultancy role with leading independent commercial property consultancy Malcolm Hollis LLP with effect from 1st July 2017. The move will see Malcolm Hollis LLP become the only independent commercial building consultancy to offer in-house legal counsel as part of its dilapidations and dispute resolution service.

The only QC in Tier 1 of the Legal 500 for Property Litigation, and the only Real Estate Litigation QC listed by Chambers & Partners as a ‘Notable Individual’ – its highest ranking for barristers – Dowding specialises in all aspects of property law, with particular reference to commercial property disputes. He has in recent years appeared in the Supreme Court in two landmark cases concerning implied terms in break clauses and service charges. He has frequently appeared in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in property cases. He is often instructed in large rent review matters and on high value and complex dilapidations claims. He is a past editor of the Handbook of Rent Review, the General Editor of the Landlord & Tenant Reports, a current editor of Woodfall on Landlord and Tenant and the co-author (with Kirk Reynolds QC) of ‘Dilapidations – The Modern Law and Practice’, now into its 5th edition. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

In his consultancy role at Malcolm Hollis, Dowding will be a key part of the dilapidations team, advising on complex disputes, as well as working closely with partner Chris Sullivan on developing the firm’s expert determination and alternative dispute resolution offering. He will also be delivering dilapidations training to Malcolm Hollis’ 250 surveyors.

Speaking on the appointment, senior partner, John Woodman, says: “Nick is regarded by many as the top commercial property barrister in the country. As a claimant or defendant, he is the person you want fighting your case, so to be able to bring Nick into the Malcolm Hollis family and have him as part of our in-house offering is incredibly exciting. We have always been proud of our reputation as a leading specialist in dilapidations surveying, and the addition of Nick’s unrivalled wealth of knowledge of the legal arguments and system will prove invaluable when advising our clients on their disputes.

Falcon Chambers has a comprehensive and exceptionally well respected team, and we have a long and successful history of working together, which we hope to continue. Both we and Falcon Chambers have long been committed to approaching disputes with the aim of keeping clients out of court, something that we will now grow even stronger at in order to continually reduce the legal costs for our clients.”

Of his appointment, Nicholas Dowding QC, says: “I have for many years regarded Malcolm Hollis as the go to consultancy for dilapidations advice. They have a number of established and up and coming stars in specialist dilapidations surveying. The firm is forward thinking and has been positioning itself well to adapt its services to the changing nature of conflict resolution, such as expert determination. I am very much looking forward to my new role.”

The news of Dowding’s appointment was announced at Malcolm Hollis’ annual dilapidations seminar, on Thursday 27 April 2017, in front of 300 lawyers and clients. The conference was chaired by Nicholas Dowding and provided attendees with an in-depth update of developments in dilapidations practice and law.