ProfileGraham, as Head of East Anglian Chambers since March 2011, divides his time between running a busy set and working for his clients. Although based in Norwich, Graham can also meet clients in his chambers' other premises in Museum Street, Ipswich and New London Road, Chelmsford or, if required, at their home or office.
Graham deals mainly with real property (including land registration, commercial and residential landlord and tenant, nuisance and other property-related torts, boundaries and easements, trusts of land and constructive or resulting trusts). As well as his property-related work he also specialises in contested probate and family provision, mental capacity, contract (including employment covenants and confidentiality), partnership, professional negligence, personal insolvency, local government and judicial review.Although most likely to appear in the Chancery Division, before the Land Registration section of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) or the County Court, with occasional visits to the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal, Graham considers that the less formal but more constructive setting of the mediation suite usually has greater practical and financial advantages for the client.
He lectures and writes articles regularly on property and litigation-related subjects. Mentioned for his "significant property practice" in Legal 500, its 2011 edition described Graham as the "all-round package: good on his feet, quick on the uptake and good with the commercial clients", the 2015 edition noted that "He manages to explain the law to clients in a manner they understand" and the current 2019 edition that "He inspires confidence in clients."
Graham is a member of the Chancery Bar Association and also sits as a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal, both in the Property Chamber (Residential Property) and in the Health Education & Social Care Chamber (Care Standards).
Recent public access cases with which Graham has been able to assist include :
advising on the enforceability through the English High Court of a French court order enforcing payment of fees claimed by the client's French lawyers
advising whether a planning condition preventing the cutting down of a hedge below a minimum height could be circumvented or challenged
advising on the judicial review of an Inspector's decision to amend the definitive map to include a public footpath through the client's garden
advising whether accountants had been negligent in relation to a share purchase agreement
representing clients seeking to force their landlord to transfer the freehold of the building containing their long leasehold flats
acting for residential long leaseholders and negotiating settlement of a claim for persistent disrepair against their landlord
representing an unincorporated association of adjoining householders recognised by the local authority as a private street manager who sought to use that status to argue that they were the lawful "occupier" of the unregistered private street and thus able to prevent an adjoining owner from acquiring a prescriptive right of way over it.
For further details see https://www.ealaw.co.uk/our-people/graham-sinclair/
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