Max Thorowgood

Call: 1995

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.

Areas of expertise


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:

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.

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Inheritance & probate

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

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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.

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