Nicholas Dowding QC
Barrister | London
I am a barrister based in the London City office, specialising in commercial property law.
What I do
I was called to the Bar in July 1979, and I practised as a self-employed barrister at Falcon Chambers, London for over 35 years, where I specialised in property law, with particular reference to rent reviews and dilapidations. I became a QC in 1997.
I am one of the joint authors of the leading textbook on dilapidations (Dilapidations – the Modern Law and Practice, which is in its 6th edition), and a joint editor of one of the principal works on the law of landlord and tenant (Woodfall – Landlord and Tenant). I was Chambers & Partners Real Estate Silk of the Year in 1999 and again in 2005. I am an honorary member of the RICS, and a frequent speaker on property law topics.
I joined Malcolm Hollis in July 2017. I have a number of roles within the firm. One is to provide external legal and strategic advice to corporate clients. Another is to give internal advice and assistance to the Malcolm Hollis team in matters on which they are engaged. A third is to provide internal teaching and guidance. A fourth is acting as an arbitrator, independent expert or early neutral evaluator in relation to disputes where neither party is a client of Malcolm Hollis.
Who I am
My three girls are now all off the books(!), so when not working, I am generally to be found either exploring the muddy fields, banks and ditches of Suffolk (often involuntarily and sometimes face-down!) on ‘KitKat’, my fiercely independent-minded chestnut Irish cob, or getting cold and wet aboard ‘Orion’, an elderly long keel yacht, which I keep on the East Coast (generally in both cases with a flask of single malt whisky well within reach!).