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Peter Jolley

Call 2014
Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email Peter.Jolley@42br.com


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Peter Jolley - 42 Bedford Row


“We are both so grateful for the time and effort you put into our case and cannot express enough how appreciated your work has been. In our eyes, you went above and beyond and executed our case to the highest standard, making us feel comfortable and confident.”

Peter was called to the Bar in 2014 and completed pupillage at 42 Bedford Row the following year. He has since developed a busy court-based and advisory and paperwork practice with a particular interest in most matters connected to land. He is the Head of our Business and Property Group.


Peter’s practice includes all kinds of disputes which relate to people’s properties, both residential and commercial. This includes disputes over how freehold and leasehold land is acquired and used and how properties are built and maintained. He also deals with various social housing problems. He is a member of both the PBA and the SHLA.

Peter has a particular interest in rights and way, boundaries and unlawful interference with land. Questions he has enjoyed addressing include whether a printed signed was put up in time to displace the acquisition of an easement by prescription, whether the client’s boundary was likely to be aligned with an ancient field ditch, and whether works in the airspace over a right of way were likely to constitute an infringement.

His practice also often involves building work in some way. He has dealt with many cases involving residential building projects has undertaken a considerable amount of disrepair and dilapidations work, with cases in the hundreds. He has a niche interest in the Water Industry Act and is often instructed by a major water and sewerage undertaker where building works cause damage to the undertaker’s assets.


Before training as a barrister, Peter worked on multi-million pound IT framework contracts advertised through the Official Journal of the EU. He was described as being “sensitive to commercial issues while building good relationships with clients”. He maintains an interest in the interpretation of contracts and other related matters such as breach of contract, misrepresentation and breaches of guarantee.

Direct Access

Peter is authorised to accept instructions direct from members of the public. He encourages clients who are considering this route to contact Chambers and discuss their problem.

In suitable cases, he can provide client conferences, written advices and representation at court. He accepts public access work across Chambers’ areas of expertise with a particular focus on landlord and tenant matters.

Notable Cases

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust Ltd v Jason Richens [2020] EWHC 685 (Ch): a judge had not erred in finding that a housing trust had granted an inter-generational joint tenancy
Mustafa v Enfield [2018] 12 WLUK 116: for the interested statutory water undertaker in an appeal by way of case stated concerning s.59 Building Act 1984 notices

Other Information

Peter is a regular motorcyclist and will happily talk about bikes all day long. He collects antique fountain pens and is also interested in cooking, wine, architecture and art.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Middle Temple Diplock Major Scholarship awarded two years running
  • City Law School – GDL and BPTC
  • King’s College London – MA in English
  • Durham University DUSada Prize
  • University College Durham – BA in English Literature
  • Bolton School Boys’ Division

News & Events

News & events

Housing Bulletin No 15 – Some Top Tips for Tenancy Fraud Cases

Welcome to this, the fifteenth bulletin from the Housing Team. We hope that you will find the content of interest: if you wish to receive further updates you can subscribe by replying to housing@42br.com Some Top Tips for Tenancy Fraud Cases Six years ago, the National Fraud Authority launched its Social Housing Tenancy Fraud Project that

5th September 2016 Read more

Housing Law Bulletin No 10 – Retaliatory Evictions Scheduled changes to the section 21 possession procedure

In this issue of 42 Bedford Row’s Housing Bulletin Peter Jolley discuses covers changes to the ’section 21 possession procedure' being introduced on 1 October 2015 by the Deregulation Act 2015, specifically restrictions upon certain landlords in using the section 21 procedure if a complaint has been received by their tenant about the condition of the property.

24th August 2015 Read more