Evie Barden

Year of Call 2014

General Profile

Evie joined chambers in October 2015 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She read English Literature and Language at undergraduate level at New College, Oxford before completing a Graduate Diploma in Law. Evie was called to the Bar in 2014.


Areas of Emphasis




During her first year of practice, Evie went on secondment to Mishcon de Reya LLP’s property litigation department where she gained a wide range of property litigation experience, both commercial and residential.


Evie is regularly led, as well as acting as sole counsel, in relation to a variety of property disputes including landlord and tenant, claims arising out of and relating to constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel, mortgages and charges, and easements.


Her recent experience includes:


  • Acting for a sporting club in a trial inthe First-tier Tribunal in relation to a prescriptive easement over the land owned by the club;


  • Successfully obtaining a committal order for breaches of an injunction relating to trespass at an elderly care home;


  • Appearing on urgent possession proceedings for the owner of a large warehouse in London occupied by 40 trespassers;


  • Acting for the executors of an estate in a case involving a claim where the      deceased’s relatives occupied a property and alleged an interest on the basis of proprietary estoppel and/or a constructive trust;


  • Advising in relation to the consultation requirements of qualifying long-term      agreements in the context of works costing in excess of £4m;


  • Acting (along with Zia Bhaloo QC) in relation to multi-million pound claim arising out of the termination of residential lettings;


  • With Zia Bhaloo QC, assisting in relation to pre-action matters on a claim by a      retail tenant arising out of potential works to the premises;


  • Regularly advising and appearing for pub landlords in relation to the forfeiture of premises.





Evie is instructed on all aspects of corporate and individual insolvency in both High Court and County Court proceedings. She has experience of all stages of the insolvency process from applications to set aside statutory demands and winding up and bankruptcy petitions to applications in insolvency proceedings.


Recent cases include:


  • Successfully appearing on behalf of a trustee in bankruptcy, at first instance and on appeal, in relation to a strike out application of a bankrupt’s claim against his former partner for the sale of jointly owned property on the basis that the property vested in the trustee and section 283A of the Insolvency Act 1986 did not apply;


  • Appearing for the liquidator in Re Cre8atsea Ltd [2016] EWHC 2522 (Ch), a former director’s application for rescission of a winding up order;


  • Acting for the trustees of a pension fund in relation to the winding up of a      principal employer who had failed to make contributions to the fund and in      relation to a subsequent failed application by a creditor to rescind the winding up order;


  • Acting for a Hong Kong based estate agency in an appeal against a refusal to set aside a statutory demand, involving questions of the application of Hong Kong law;


  • Acting for the liquidator of a property development company and the company in an application to recover circa £1m from a former director and her husband;


  • Regularly representing local authorities in relation the enforcement of council tax and business rates.



Commercial Chancery


Evie’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial litigation: she regularly advises on issues in relation to the construction of contracts, the sale of goods, partnerships and guarantees. Evie has experience of a variety of applications, as well as trials.


Her recent experience covers:


  • Drafting a defence to a claim in the High Court arising out of allegations of misrepresentation in the sale of a property;


  • Successfully obtaining summary judgment for a bank;


  • Representing BMW in an application to strike out proceedings brought against it on the basis of an allegedly defective product;


  • Advising on the implications of the duties of directors of a company in relation to a Halachic ruling;


  • Advising urgently in relation to a shareholders’ dispute in a quasi-partnership  where there was a threat to steal the company’s clients;


  • Advising on and appearing in an application to restore a company involved in high value High Court litigation.



Career and Associations


Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the Property Bar Association

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding): 2013 – 2014
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction): 2012- 2013
BA (Hons) First Class, English Literature and Language, New College, Oxford: 2009 – 2012
Wilfred Watson Award, Gray’s Inn: 2013
GDL Award, Gray’s Inn: 2012