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Stephanie Tozer

Stephanie Tozer
Called 1996


CEDR accredited mediator

Judge of First Tier Tribunal (Property Division)

I specialise in property disputes - and I tackle them from all angles: my primary profession is as an advocate and adviser, but I also help parties to resolve disputes through ADR, and sit as a part time tribunal judge.  

  • Qualifications

    • 1995 MA (Oxon): first class degree in Jurisprudence (Law).  
    • 1996 Bar School, placing 3rd in the year; called to the Bar.
    • 1997 Commenced practice at 9 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn (subsequently merged with Maitland Chambers)
    • 2007 CEDR accredited mediator.
    • 2008 Moved to Falcon Chambers
    • Appointed Deputy Adjudicator to the Office of the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry (part time).  JSB Tribunal Judge training undertaken.
    • 2013 Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (Land Registration) (part time)

    I speak good (but not fluent) French and hold a Diplome de francais des affaires 2eme degre (DFA2) avec mention tres bien (distinction) (2008). 

  • Dispute resolution experience

    I have determined or mediated a variety of property disputes, and a few others.  The issues have included the following: 

    • Whether an oral compromise had been made and was effective. This is the only occasion I have been appealed.  The appeal was dismissed: [2013] Ch 363;
    • The acquisition of easements by prescription and/or the rule in Wheeldon v Burrows;
    • Adverse possession claims;
    • Whether making an application for a property adjustment order entitles an applicant to a unilateral notice;
    • Boundary dispute;
    • Several cases raising landlord and tenant issues including:  sums due under the lease (arrears and damages for disrepair, damage to property/ landlord’s fixtures and chattels), forfeiture, surrender and unauthorised alterations. 

    As well as making final determinations, I also determine many interim applications and applications for costs on paper, and I have experience of acting as legal assessor to the arbitrator. 

    In addition, I have advised and represented parties in property arbitrations and claims arising from such arbitrations, most recently in Patley Wood Farm LLP v Brake [2013] EWHC 4035 (where the Court had to determine the appropriate test for enforcing a peremptory order). 

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