Darren joined Leathes Prior in 1994, having originally trained with the firm to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive. With a team to support him, Darren can deal with any property-related dispute (whether that be commercial, agricultural or residential) including dilapidations, lease renewals, rent arrears, forfeiture, rights of way, boundary disputes, easements, restrictive covenants, assured shorthold tenancies, assured tenancies, adverse possession, trespass, Rent Act claims, possession proceedings and landlord and tenant disputes. Darren is extremely experienced in dealing with claims before the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber - Residential Property), First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber - Agricultural Land and Drainage), First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber - Land Registration First-Tier Tribunal).
Another of Darren’s specialist areas of expertise is contentious probate and will disputes. His work includes advising on areas such as lack of testamentary capacity claims, undue influence claims, lack of knowledge and approval, claims against executors, Inheritance claims and challenges to Wills.
Darren also provides valuable support to the firms Regulatory Team in pursuing a whole host of civil claims against regulatory bodies including The Health and Safety Executive and The Environmental Agency, and also deals with property or probate related professional negligence disputes. He is a member of the Property Litigation Association, the Agricultural Law Association and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee.