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Editorial Team

Ian Quayle

Ian Quayle

Managing Editor

Ian Quayle qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice for 12 years specialising in property law matters including residential development work, commercial acquisitions and disposals.

Ian has delivered over 1500 property related training courses for city and regional firms, local law societies and local authorities. His training style and delivery is relaxed, but he is able to explain the law and practical issues relating to the training topic in a way that ensures delegates learn, or reinforce learning, and derive meaningful benefit from the training provided.

Ian has provided training to businesses in-house, public courses, and spoken at conferences. He is prolific in his delivery of webinars on conveyancing related issues, and he has delivered live and pre-recorded webinars nationally and internationally for leading legal training providers and continues to do so.

Unusually, Ian is able to deliver training in both commercial and residential property fields generating courses on a myriad of topics some of which are of general application and others more specialist and focused. Ian has taught a number of training courses aimed at support staff.

Email: ian@propertylawuk.net

David Keighley

David Keighley

General Editor

David Keighley was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. Until his retirement from full time practice in September 2016 David was a partner in and Head of Residential property at a Legal 500 firm. Having done so part time whilst in practice, he now uses his extensive experience and understanding of practical conveyancing to cut through the academic niceties and make things relevant for the busy practitioner.

He, in conjunction with a range of commercial providers & local Law Societies, regularly presents at property law conferences, seminars, webinars, audio seminars, training courses and related events.

David is a contributing author for the Law Society Conveyancing Handbook, provides modules for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) online training course and provides monthly online seminars in conjunction with Legal Futures. He has also acted as a tutor for CILEX Law School and has written for publications including the Law Society’s Property in Practice Magazine and the Solicitors Journal.

Email: davidktraining@outlook.com

Peta Dollar

Peta Dollar

Guest Editor

Specialism: Property Transactions

Peta has over 25 years’ experience of practising property law. She was a Real Estate Partner at Dentons for 17 years and is now a full-time freelance lecturer, trainer and writer, providing training on behalf of organisations as well as in- house training for law firms and local law societies.

Peta is a member of the Consultation Board of Practical Law Company and the Editorial Board of Landlord and Tenant Review. She is the co-author of two books on the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and writes five sections of Isurv (the information resource of the RICS). She regularly publishes articles in the Estates Gazette and Landlord and Tenant Review. She is a Site Editor for the Property Law website.

Email: peta@petadollar.co.uk

James Ballance

James Ballance

Guest Editor

Specialism: Property Litigation

James Ballance is a Barrister at Maitland Chambers. Since being called to the Bar in 2009, he has developed a busy advocacy and advisory Commercial Chancery practice. His work has a particular focus on property litigation, including traditional real estate litigation; landlord & tenant claims; rights to light; telecoms claims; and professional negligence litigation relating to property work.

James has a particular interest in the intersection of property law with other fields, such as insolvency. He is a contributor to the forthcoming ‘Company Voluntary Arrangements’ edited Tom Smith QC and Elaine Nolan (OUP, 2022).

Email: jballance@maitlandchambers.com

Zoe Upson

Zoe Upson

Guest Editor

Specialism: Easements and Service Charge and Property Management

Zoe is an avid property lover. She heads up the Training Team at one of the top Property Solicitors, is a professional property trainer, a former Law Firm owner, department head, and Property Solicitor.

Formally an Estate Agent and Mortgage Advisor before becoming a Property Lawyer, Zoe’s professional industry experience has led to a successful career and a unique understanding of property.

Email: zupson@hotmail.co.uk

Nigel Clayton

Nigel Clayton

Guest Editor

Specialism: Mortgages

Nigel Clayton is a Barrister and a member of the Business & Property Group at Kings Chambers, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. He is a property lawyer and specialises in mortgage law and litigation and is regularly ranked as a leading individual in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar Directories. He also sits as a Civil and Chancery Recorder and is accredited by the ADR Group as a Civil and Commercial Mediator. He deals with all aspects of drafting, advisory and litigation work in the areas of:

  • Land Law including title, conveyancing, boundaries, adverse possession, easements, restrictive covenants, co-ownership etc
  • Landlord and Tenant including all aspects of business, residential and agricultural possession claims, dilapidations, lease renewals, rent reviews
  • Related professional negligence claims

Nigel is the author of Atkin’s Court Forms, Vol 28(1) Mortgages (2020) (Lexis Nexis) and Mortgage Possession Actions (Sweet & Maxwell) and maintains his own specialist Mortgage Law website www.legalmortgage.co.uk.

Email: nclayton@kingschambers.com

Piers Harrison

Piers Harrison

Guest Editor

Specialism: Enfranchisement and Right of First Refusal

Piers’s practice covers all areas of property law. He enjoys litigation. He is particularly experienced in leasehold enfranchisement. Piers is also often called upon to offer advice in non-contentious property cases where there is a development afoot.

Piers has a number of direct access clients, mainly property developers and is happy to accept direct instructions in most cases.

He is on the editorial board of Landlord and Tenant Review and PropertyLawUk and writes a periodic update on leasehold enfranchisement.

He is the co-author of “Megarry’s Manual of the Law of Real Property” (Sweet & Maxwell, 9th edition), “Enfranchisement Law and Practice” (Wildy and Sons Ltd) and Service Charges Management (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd edition).

Email: piersharrison@tanfieldchambers.co.uk

Sarah Dwight

Sarah Dwight

Guest Editor

Specialism: Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1990, and throughout her career, she has been focused on trying to improve the house moving experience for all involved.

Sarah established her own practice, dealing exclusively with residential conveyancing in April 2000 and has seen many changes in conveyancing, along with changes to the market. Sarah believes that solicitors have a crucial role in making sure that the public receive good advice at a stressful time.

For ten years, Sarah has been a member of the Law Society Conveyancing and Land Law Committee, heading the Residential Property sub group. She has been involved in the redrafting of the Protocol Forms, and led the group which drafted the new edition of the Protocol. She is the joint author of the CQS Tool Kit, a regular contributor to the Law Society’s Property in Practice magazine and has been quoted in articles in The Times, The Financial Times, and other media. Sarah sits on the Government Home Buying and Selling Group which is reviewing the way in which house buying is carried out.

Email: sarah@sarahdwight.com

Zahrah Aullybocus

Zahrah Aullybocus

Guest Editor

Specialism: Shared Ownership

Zahrah has been conducting conveyancing transactions since 2003 and qualified as a solicitor in 2011. She is experienced in the usual freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity though leaseholds are her strong point.

However, her passion is for shared ownership leases. Having previously worked for solicitors that did the Housing Association sales, her experience and knowledge has been put to good use acting for purchasers and sellers of shared ownership leases.

Zahrah also assists clients with small developments with plot sales or splitting a freehold building into flats with new leases.

Zahrah has also spoken about shared ownership in 2020 for legal knowledge provider Lexis Nexis and also as guest speaker for the National Housing Federation’s Affordable Home Ownership (virtual) Conference in 2020.

Email: zaullybocus@setfords.co.uk

Tom Graham

Tom Graham

Guest Editor

Specialism: Planning

Tom is a barrister with nearly 40 years of experience in town & country planning, highway law and public law. He was formerly a solicitor and has had considerable experience in local government and private practice.

Tom was the Chief Solicitor to North Hertfordshire District Council and has held senior positions in local government.

Email: gaverstock@gmail.com

Sarah Thompson-Copsey

Sarah Thompson-Copsey

Guest Editor

Specialism: Landlord and Tenant & Business Lease Renewal

Sarah Thompson-Copsey is a former property litigation partner at the firm now known as Dentons. She is a now well-known freelance legal trainer & author specialising in commercial landlord & tenant law as well as residential enfranchisement & lease extension. Sarah also works an independent auditor of legal practices.

Sarah is co-author of Tenants’ Pre-emption Rights: A landlord’s guide to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and Mixed Use and Residential Tenants’ Rights: The Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and Leasehold Enfranchisement. She is also on the property consultation board of Practical Law Company and the editorial board of Landlord and Tenant Review, as well as being a contributing editor to the White Book Service and co-author of Rent Reviews & Disputes for Isurv, the information website of the RICS.

Email: sarah@thompsoncopsey.com

Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson

Guest Editor

Tracy is a property lawyer who has spent over two decades in the legal profession, most recently as managing partner of a Merseyside multi- disciplinary practice and was recently appointed as Lead Assessor for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

Tracy possesses a diverse mix of skills and is highly experienced in operational management and business strategy. She provides valuable practice management support to law firms, particularly in the areas of risk and compliance. Tracy is an experienced trainer working with national training organisations and local law society’s and her area of expertise is in the areas of law firm compliance and quality management standards.

Tracy is passionate about the benefits Lexcel can bring to a practice and it is this passion which saw her appointed to the Law Society Lexcel Panel in 2013. She is a Law Society accredited Lexcel Consultant and a Lexcel Assessor for both the England & Wales standard, and the International standard.

Email: tt@tracythompsonassociates.co.uk