Maurice Rifat is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in wills & probate, trusts, property law, construction, professional negligence and commercial litigation.

From Maurice you can expect a high-calibre service.  He is approachable, efficient and technically excellent.  He is known for his direct and aggressive approach in court with an established reputation as a successful and sought-after barrister.

He is the author of “Vexatious Litigants and Civil Restraint Orders: A Practitioner’s Guide”, published by Wildy Hill and Simmonds.

A specialist in Trusts, Wills and Probate litigation, Maurice has a wide experience of the many types of issues arising in these areas, in particular in Beddoe applications, the removal of executors and trustees and CPR Part 64 applications concerning the administration of estates and trusts. He is frequently dealing with litigation involving estoppel, constructive trusts, TOLATA applications, competing wills and inheritance act claims.

Maurice is a Legal 500 ranked property lawyer. His practice spans most arears of property law with particular expertise in land registration, disputes arising from the sale of land, restrictive covenants, easements, boundary disputes, access to neighbouring land and landlord and tenant disputes (both residential and commercial). He recently represented the successful defendant in N3 Living Limited -v- Burgess [2020] EWHC 1711 which confirmed that the appointment of a second trustee was a proper and conventional way of overreaching and Form A restriction in order to complete a sale.

Solicitors’ and surveyors’ negligence are the mainstays of Maurice’s practice in this area. He particularly specialises in property related negligence including disputes arising from conveyancing. He represented the successful respondent in in the Supreme Court in Stoffel v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42 in the which the court upheld her claim for damages for a negligent conveyance despite her former solicitors alleging illegality against her. Maurice has recently settled a claim for over £600k against solicitors who had negligently dealt with a failed property option agreement and the ensuing litigation.

Maurice’s construction practice is made up of adjudications, arbitrations and enforcement of arbitration awards. He also deals with the usual court claims for payment and counterclaims for defects and incomplete works. He represented the successful claimants in various payment claims arising from oral contracts in a large-scale project where the employer gave direct payment assurance to sub-contractors. Recently he represented the successful defendants against a construction firm claiming for unpaid fees for extensive works on a commercial equestrian centre. Maurice has attended on numerous arbitrations mostly involving disputes arising from joint-venture agreements.

Maurice specialises in dealing with disputes arising from a broad range of property transactions where there are allegations of fraud, from cases involving mortgages, land registration and conveyancing. He also has a number of ongoing contested probate cases involving allegations of fraud, forgery of wills, duress and undue influence.

Endorsements

“I have worked with Maurice on many occasions over the past fifteen years. I have always found him to be proactive, knowledgeable and swift to respond as well as being a first-class advocate - in short, all that one would wish of a Barrister.”

“Maurice is the 'go-to' barrister for my property and insurance business. Over a number of years, he has dealt with several large cases for me, all with successful outcomes. His direct and robust approach was exactly what was needed. I would not hesitate to recommend him.”

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

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