Peter Burfoot

Peter attended the College of Law before completing his articles with Lawrence Graham in 1977. After qualifying, Peter specialised in property, commercial, and insurance litigation. He joined Chethams in 1984, where he became a partner. He then moved to Brachers LLP in 2000, and then to Griffin Law in 2010 where he served as managing partner. Peter joined Knights Solicitors in January 2012 and became a partner in April 2012. He currently heads the firm's contentious property practice. As a highly experienced property litigator, Peter specialises in commercial and private landlord and tenant disputes. He also specialises in vendor and purchaser disputes, and real estate disputes including adverse possession, boundaries, easements, and rights of way. He also has extensive experience in contested commercial lease renewals, interpretation issues, and rent review provisions in leases. In his commercial litigation work Peter has experience in contractual disputes, including freezing order injunctions. He has particular experience in professional negligence claims, acting both for and against professional service providers, including accountants, architects, surveyors,and solicitors. Other specialised experience includes internet litigation involving Norwich Pharmacal orders. Peter’s pastimes and interests include marathon running, mountain biking, gardening,and Formula 1™.

Making Clients Happy

In July 2015, a client wrote regarding Peter: "Your advice was first class, timely, accurate, and cost effective. There is not much more you could fairly expect as a client." 

Peter’s Memberships
- Agricultural Law Association™
- Property Litigation Association™ (click here to see his profile)

Peter’s Reported Cases
Peter has taken part in many cases throughout his career. Some of these include:

• Baxendale Walker v Middleton & Ors[2011] EWHC 998 (QB) Findings: It is an abuse of process to initiate court proceedings for the purpose of mounting a collateral attack upon a final decision which had been made in disciplinary proceedings in which the intending claimant had a full opportunity of contesting the decision in the tribunal it was made.

• Stacy v Player [2004] EWCA Civ 241 Findings: Costs awards in civil legal aid cases where third party funding has also been provided.

• Jaison Property Development Co Ltd v Roux Restaurants Ltd (1997) 74 P&CR 357 Findings: It is unreasonable to with hold consent to the assignment of a lease on grounds that have nothing to do with the landlord and tenant relationship, the subject matter of the lease.

• Hindcastle v Barbara Attenborough Associates Ltd [1996] 1 All ER 737
Findings:The guarantor of a tenant remains liable for rent accruing after disclaimer if the landlord does not resume possession. The Court of Appeal decision in Stacy -v- Hill [1901] 1QB 660 has been overruled (Times, 23 February 1996).