Head of Litigation
Area of Expertise
Riz Majid is the Head of Litigation at Bark & Co.
He is recognised as a leading litigation solicitor and is ranked by The Legal 500 for property litigation. He has conducted numerous cases in the County Court, First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Justice.
He has acted in a range of matters in the High and County Courts, including injunctions (both obtaining and defending), property disputes, breach of contract claims, negligence claims, civil fraud claims and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
He has conducted major cases in property related law, including adverse possession, boundary disputes, construction and building disputes, misrepresentations, breach of contract claims and negligence claims.
Riz was recently successful in major claims in the High Court. He obtained damages of over £3.5 million in a breach of contract claim and damages of almost £1.5 million relating to a misrepresentation in a property deal.
Riz is one of the leading solicitors in the area of adverse possession. He represented Mr Keith Best in one of the leading cases on adverse possession, (Keith Best v HM Chief Land Registrar), in which he was successful in the Court of Appeal. He is regularly instructed to advise on and submit applications for adverse possession to the Land Registry. This includes advising on appropriate evidence and legal procedures and assisting with drafting statutory declarations and ADV1 / first registration forms for submission and thereafter liaising with the Land Registry on any requisitions they may raise and if appropriate challenging decisions. He has advised on a broad range of applications involving registered and unregistered land, strips of land, flats, suburban houses and multi-million pound London real estate.
Over the years Riz has been involved in multiple major cases involving the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (often arising out of property related disputes), including acting in numerous High Court and County Court claims under section 3 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. He has acted for a variety of clients, solving their harassment problems and obtaining injunctions and damages where appropriate.
Riz regularly acts in High Court injunction matters (both obtaining and defending) for a broad range of matters, including property related injunctions, harassment injunctions, freezing injunctions, employment injunctions, search orders and restraint orders. He has been successful in discharging freezing injunctions, stopping disciplinary hearings from taking place and obtaining injunctions to stop harassment.
Riz has been instructed on public law judicial review matters, including cutting-edge public law arising from property related matters, including challenging decisions of housing ALMO’s (arms-length management organisations). He recently obtained a favourable court order in the Administrative Court, on behalf of the Haringey Leaseholders’ Association, quashing a decision of Homes for Haringey.
His public law work also includes applications for review of decisions of local authorities. Riz successfully acted for an established nightclub in Brixton in quashing planning permission granted by the local authority. He successfully challenged the decision of a local authority to impose age restrictions on Hackney Carriages and was successful in the revocation of orders imposing a Controlled Parking Zone in a north London residential area (statutory appeal under paragraph 35 of Part VI to the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984).