Max goes above and beyond in all cases and provides clear and strategic advice. He always has the client's best interests at the forefront.
Legal 500, 2024
He is a joy to work with. He is highly intelligent with a keen eye for detail and great with complex covenant disputes.
Chambers and Partners, 2022
His opinions and arguments are always well thought through and concise.
Chambers and Partners, 2022
Max is eloquent but fierce in his advocacy and always strives for the best result.
Legal 500, 2024
...has expertise in a wide range of property cases, including leasehold disputes and land registration and title matters. He also sits as a judge in the First-tier Tribunal
Chambers and Partners, 2023

Max Thorowgood is a Chancery practitioner specialising in property, probate and inheritance, commercial and insolvency disputes.

Max currently sits as a Judge of both the Land Registration and the Residential Property Divisions of First-Tier Tribunal, Property Chamber. He sat as a Deputy Adjudicator to Her Majesty’s Land Registry from 2008.

He has a particular interest in problems with a Land Registration/Real Property/Leasehold/Residential Property aspect.

He is head of chambers’ Property Group and has been instrumental in arranging webinars, seminars and continuing professional development within chambers.

Claims of professional negligence by solicitors, surveyors and others dealing in commercial and residential property often arise out of the underlying disputes and these too form a significant part of Max’s practice.

Max embraces and is inspired by the essential function of the advocate: to advance his client’s case with the utmost skill, discretion and resolution.

Max is a qualified direct access barrister.

If you would like more information about Max’s practice, please contact his clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.


Max sits as a Judge in the First Tier Tribunal Land Registry Division. He works for a wide range of clients in all areas of property related litigation including:

  • Real property
  • Land registration including proceedings before the First Tier Tribunal Land Registry Division
  • Rights of way and boundary disputes
  • Easements
  • Adverse possession
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“TLATA/ToLATA”)
  • Property related professional negligence claims involving solicitors and surveyors
  • Landlord and Tenant (commercial and residential)
  • Leasehold enfranchisement and Right to Manage
  • Service charge disputes
  • Cases concerning Mobile Homes Act 1983
  • Matters relating to the Inclosure Acts
  • Public Rights of Way – Highways, Restricted Byways

Max has appeared in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, County Courts, the First Tier Tribunal Land Registry Division, the Upper Tribunal (Land Chamber) and the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.

Notable cases:

Inheritance & probate

Max’s practice covers probate claims, Court of Protection as well as claims under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Notable cases:

  • Plowright v Smith [2006] All ER (D) 234 (Jul). – Challenge to the validity of wills of which the principal beneficiary was a ‘professional will writer’.


Max regularly handles contractual disputes in all their common forms including partnership disputes, sale of goods, debt recovery, confidence injunctions, freezing injunctions and other applications for interlocutory relief.

Notable cases:

Close Brothers Ltd v Ridsdale and others [2012] EWHC 3090 (QB). Bank loan. The Queen’s Bench Division held that the claimant merchant bank was entitled to collect on the guarantee provided by the husband and wife in respect of the loan given by the claimant to a company of the husband and wife. Max acted for the successful claimant.


Max specialises in corporate and personal insolvency and challenges to Trustees’ costs and remuneration.

Notable cases:

  • Nicholls v Lan & Anor [2006] BPIR 1243, [2007] 1 FLR 744 – Appeal to the High Court concerning the requirement for the Court, in considering a Trustee’s application for an order for sale, to have regard to the interests of the creditors specifically rather than generally.
  • James v Rutherford-Hodge [2006] BPIR 973 – Appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning a bankrupt’s standing to seek an annulment of his bankruptcy in reliance upon the equity in his former matrimonial home.

Professional memberships

  • ChBA
  • Property Bar Association (committee member 2019-2020)


  • MA (Hons) 1st Class, St Andrews
  • Robert T Jones Junior Memorial Fellow
  • Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry

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