Dominic Crossley

Call: 2006

Solicitor: 2004


Dominic’s practice encompasses all aspects of chancery law with a particular focus on real property and wills and probate. On the property side this includes disputes concerning adverse possession, easements, boundaries and covenants as well as disputes over co-ownership of land and applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. On the probate side this encompasses disputes over the validity of wills, applications for removal or substitution of personal representatives, claims for the restitution of estate property and solemn form probate claim, and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Dominic has also undertaken drafting work in the field of wills and probate, and has undertaken work in the Court of Protection

Dominic has a particular interest in proceedings before the Land Registration Division of the Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal and is the author of a book about the previous incarnation of the tribunal, the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry (published by Bloomsbury in 2013). Dominic also undertakes a range of commercial work, including contractual and tortious claims, sale of goods, debt, and claims for return of goods.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • The Queen’s College, Oxford: B.A. Literae Humariores (Classics), 2000 (M.A., 2003)
  • City University, London: Diploma in Law, 2001
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London: Diploma in Legal Practice (distinction), 2002 Solicitor, 2004

What the Directories Say:

Regularly advises clients across the gamut of traditional chancery issues. He is an expert in contentious trusts, contested wills and probate, and Court of Protection applications.  Expertise: “As a former solicitor himself, he understands what is useful to the professional client.” “He is tremendous on his feet. He is not given to grandiose gesturing or posturing; he very much sticks to the facts and that seems to impress judges.”  CHAMBERS UK 2015.

He is widely tipped for an impressive future in the Chancery Bar. He is regularly engaged on
wills and probate disputes and property law matters.” “He has great integrity, he’s very good in court and he always goes the extra mile. He takes a very modern, pragmatic approach – I have nothing but praise for him.” – Chambers and Partners

Dominic Crossley ‘specialises in property and inheritance matters’ – Legal 500

Recent Experience:

  • Dispute between two adjacent rural properties over existence of water rights
  • Adverse possession claim in the Land Registration Division between owner of a large farm and owner of
  • a small adjacent building
  • Dispute over liability for a faulty supermarket floor
  • Advising on interference with easements and boundary disputes
  • Advising and appearing in court on numerous ToLATA claims
  • Advising on formation of commercial leases
  • Advising on construction of wills
  • Cases involving forged documents

Reported Cases:

  • Smith v Bottomley (1) Coach House Properties Ltd (2) [2013] EWCA Civ 953: ToLATA claim relating to a promise made to cohabitee with regard to future ownership of property by company prior to incorporation of company
  • Singh & Ors v Singh & Ors [2013] EWHC 956 (Ch) (HHJ Purle QC): circumstances in which couple entered into lease of Nisa supermarket and lawfulness of their eviction
  • Bernice Thomas v Clydesdale Bank PLC (t/a Yorkshire Bank) [2010] EWHC 2755 (QB) (Ramsey J): meaning of ‘actual occupation’ under LRA 2002



My Expertise