Margaret Griffin


Year of Call 2004



General Profile


Margaret has a thriving commercial and chancery practice and offers experience and expertise in all aspects of traditional and commercial chancery work.  Margaret regularly acts in high value multi-million pound disputes and is experienced in acting in long and complex trials. She is currently acting for a Defendant in a chancery dispute worth in excess of 25 million pounds.  She is experienced in the Court of Appeal, most recently defending an appeal from a case management decision of the High Court, which lasted two days in the Court of Appeal.  Margaret frequently acts in high value property trust disputes and has developed a particular expertise in contentious trusts and probate work and Court of Protection matters.

 

Margaret is a regular speaker at seminars on all matters in which she specialises.  Margaret accepts instructions in all of the principal areas for which Chambers is renowned.

 

Directory Comments 

 

"Tenacious, stubborn and hard-working." "She puts in a huge amount of work on cases."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

"She gets right to the heart of matters and can explain things well to clients. She is very good in front of judges too." "Very knowledgeable and a confident advocate who performs very well in court."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)

 

‘She has a very unruffled approach to cases.’

(Legal 500 2017)

 

‘A barrister with a very self-possessed demeanour.’

(Legal 500 2017)

 

“As well as being available to talk, she is down-to-earth in presenting quite difficult concepts to clients”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“She is switched on and bright”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“I’ve seen her in court and she’s something to be reckoned with. She has a very direct and no-nonsense style, and I think clients really like that”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

 

“Commercially astute, approachable and tenacious.”

(Legal 500 2016)


“An unrelenting advocate.”

(Legal 500 2016)

 

"She is calm and methodical, and has really good attention to detail.”
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

“She is  thoughtful and thinks about things on a commercial level.”
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

“She is a safe pair of hands, and very pleasant."  
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

"Very good at explaining things and can always get her point across."

(Chambers & Partners 2016)

 

“Highly intelligent, and has an immediate grasp of the issues”

(Legal 500 2015)

 

“She is technically excellent, hardworking and very approachable”

(Legal 500 2015)

 

"She is a bright and talented practitioner."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

"She is a very good and experienced chancery practitioner."

(Chambers UK 2015)

 

“She provides balanced, thorough and commercial advice.”

(Legal 500 2014)

 

“She never disappoints.”

(Legal 500 2014)

 

“An effective court performer.”

(Legal 500 2014)

 

“She is thorough and incisive in her written work and in conference.  She provides robust advice and inspires confidence in the client.  She is also a strong, persuasive and able advocate.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

“She is very client-friendly, with a calm and professional manner, but she also excels at getting the detail absolutely right.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

“She is thorough and incisive in her written work.”

(Chambers UK 2014)

 

 

Notable Cases

 

Singh v Kaur & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 1554 (Court of Appeal: 29 November 2011)

 

NT v FS (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) and others [2013] EWHC 684 (COP)


Hague Plant Ltd v Hague & Others [2014] 3383 (Ch)


Hague Plant Ltd v Hague & Others [2014] EWHC 568 (Ch)

 

 

Areas of Emphasis

 

Chancery - all aspects of chancery law including: express, resulting and constructive trusts, claims under TLATA 1996, trustees' duties and powers, the removal and substitution of trustees, breach of trust claims and remedies, probate actions, challenges to wills (lack of capacity, undue influence, want of knowledge and approval, fraud), Inheritance Act 1975 claims, administration proceedings, Beddoe applications and rectification and construction of wills.

 

Landlord and tenant - all aspects of landlord and tenant, both commercial and residential, including: residential and business tenancies, lease renewals, licenses, breach of covenants, forfeiture, dilapidation claims and possession proceedings.

 

Property - all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious property including: co-ownership, trusts, boundaries, possession proceedings, trespass, nuisance, contracts of sale (conditional contracts / option agreements / pre-emption agreements), mortgages and charges, easements, adverse possession and limitation and restrictive covenants.

 

Professional negligence - all aspects of negligence with particular experience in negligence with a property emphasis, for example, actions involving conveyancers, architects, surveyors and other building professionals.

 

Court of Protection – all aspects of Court of Protection work.

 

Commercial - all aspects of commercial work including: agency, bailment, bills of exchange, construction contracts, credit agreements and conflicts of laws.

 

Insolvency - all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency including: injunction applications, creditors, transactions at an undervalue, preference claims and all aspects of winding up and bankruptcy proceedings.

 

 

Career and Associations

 

MA Cantab - English Literature

Member of the Property Bar Association

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of the Northern Chancery Bar Association

Member of R3 (Association of Business Recovery Professionals)