Professional Biography – Richard Bedford

Career Details

Articled at Burges Salmon 1984-86
Solicitor/Associate at Burges Salmon 1986-92
Partner at Burges Salmon 1992-2020
(including 8 years as Head of Real Estate Disputes)

Professional Commitments

Bristol Chancery Users Committee (2012 to 2020)

Former Chairman of South West Division of Property Litigation Association

Qualifications and Memberships

Committee Member of South West Division of the Property Litigation Association

Notable Cases include

Court of Appeal

Rowan v Dann (1992) – farming joint venture

Nichols v Kinsey (1994) – section 38 Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

National Westminster Bank v Jones (2001) – section 423 Insolvency Act/tenancies – mortgages

Lavin v Johnson (2002) – possession of farms/section 137 Consumer Credit Act 1974

High Court

Ward v Ward – Case 9/ Rent Act 1977

Williams v Mayo and Perkins – claimant professional negligence

Thomas v Osborne & Shellard– professional negligence claim against former land and development advisers

Cook v Pope-proprietary estoppel

Munday v Severn Trent – negligence claim

Heywood v Temperley Taylor – professional negligence claim against former land agents

Greenwood v McDougall – mixed use / 1954 Act /1986 Act claim

Jenkins v Jenkins – proprietary estoppel

Eagle Star Insurance Co Ltd v Chambers Cooke & Stillman – mortgage valuation issue

Hill Samuel Bank Ltd v Zamparelli – Possession claim

Lloyds bank v Ashley – Section 90 of Law of Property Act 1925 sale application.

Bristol Stadium PLC v Charlier -Possession claim

Hodge v Mansfield – 1954 Act renewal claim

Royal Bank of Scotland v Corrall -Farm possession claim

Gerrards Cross Fish Farms Ltd v Hills of Swindon Ltd – 1954 Act possession claim.

Staplefell Ltd v Leitch & Co – professional negligence claim.

Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England v Isambard Estates Ltd – Rent review / section 27 Arbitration Act 1996

Ward v Bank of Ireland -promissory estoppel claim

Nicolglen v Bowles – easement/fishing rights

Thomas v Phillips – Land Option dispute

Certegy v GMV Six Ltd – commercial service charge dispute

Gosling & Othrs v Brimsdown & Othrs – service charge/drainage issues

Harris v Berkley Homes – overage claim

Bristol City Council v Persons Unknown – significant number of squatters occupying infrastructure development land.

Eden, Matthews and Starling v Sainsbury`s – keep open covenant

Bates and Another v Affinity Water – Easement / statutory rights

Land Registry/Upper Tribunal

Hodgetts v Allen – removal of freehold restrictive covenant

Bath Spa University v Trustees of the Methuen settlement – modification of leasehold covenant.


Joint Author of Farm Receiverships / RICS publication: Chapter on Mortgage Possession; Numerous Briefing Notes.


Has lectured to RICS and others on numerous topics including Farm Cottages; Farm Receiverships; Forfeiture; Dilapidations; Service Charges; Possession claims; Case Law updates

Legal Directories

Has been ranked as Highly Recommended in Chambers and Leading Individual for Property Litigation in Legal 500 for many years