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Beverley Vara (Senior)


MPhil (Cantab), BSc, Barrister, CEDR Accredited Mediator


Landlord & Tenant, rent review & renewals, sale & purchase disputes, professional negligence, Party Wall, Neighbour Disputes

Professional Memberships

Beverley is an Accredited Associate of the Dispute Mediation Consultancy and is a member of the following professional bodies


  • Bar Council
  • Member, Property Litigation Association.



    Beverly has had the following publications published

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of Immingham Storage Limited v Clear Plc, p.29, 10 November 2011, FM World magazine

    -      "Court Report", a summary of two cases on Risk Assessment and Occupier's Liability, p.41, 27 October 2011, FM World magazine

    "Court Report", a summary of the case of NYK Logistics v Ibrend Estates, p.29, 11 August 2011, FM World magazine

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of BDW Trading v Rowe, p.33, 30 June 2011, FM World magazine

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of Scottish Widows v BCG (trading as Cantor Fitzgerald), p.31, 2 June 2011, of FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of Perriam Ltd v Wayne & Daly, p.31, 5 May 2011, FM World

    -      "Legal Brief", a review of the Bribery Act 2010, p.31, 21 April 2011, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of Baxter v Mannion, p.31, 7 April 2011, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of Campbell v Banks, p.29, 10 March 2011, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of London Tara Hotels Ltd v Kensington Close Hotel Limited, p.29,  10 February 2011, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of Scullion v Bank of Scotland, p.33, 25 November 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of Pennock v Hodgson, p.15, 2 September 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of QFS Scaffolding v Sable & Another, p.17, 15 July 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the case of K/S Lincoln v CBRE Hotels, p.15, 1 July 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the Wrotham Park principles for damages in lieu of an injunction, p.15, 20 May 2010, FM World

    -      "Be careful, but also be realistic", an article on costs management for landlords and tenants, p.91, 1 May 2010, Estates Gazette

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Van Dal Footwear Ltd v Ryman Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 1478, a case discussing the correct measure for awarding damages for disrepair, p.17, 25 March 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Good Harvest Partnership LLP v Centaur Services Ltd [2010] EWHC 330 (Ch), a case about the enforceability of guarantees, p.23, 25 March 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of RBS v Allen, a case about disability discrimination, p.15, 25 February 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Clarence House v NatWest, a case discussing outsourcing in the context of virtual assignments, p.15, 28 January 2010, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Forcelux Limited v Martyn Ewan Binnie [2009] EWCA Civ 1077, a case discussing forfeiture costs, p.17, 10 December 2009, FM World

    -      "Tenant Insolvent? Don't Panic",  an article about the different types of insolvency, p.20, 4 December 2009, Property Week

    -      "Court Report", a summary of London Development Agency v Nidai; London Development Agency v Muir & Serenli [2009] EWHC 1730 (Ch), a case touching on the distinction between leases and licences,p.15, 26 November 2009, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Fitzroy Robinson v The Mentmore Limited, a case discussing negligent misstatement, p.15, 3 September 2009, FM World

    -      "Insolvent Tenants - What are the Real Options for the Landlord?", p.15, 16 July 2009, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Carter and Another v Cole

    -      A case about rights of way on p.19, 18 June 2009, FM World

    -      "For Better, For Worse: Dealing with Landlords and Dilapidations", an article on p.15, 21 May 2009, FM World

    -      "Killing off Enthusiasm", Mainly for Students article discussing defaults in conditional contracts, p.134, 25 April 2009, Estates Gazette

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Shaw v Doleman [2009] EWCA Civ 279, a case concerning the liability of a former tenant to its landlord where the current tenant is in liquidation and the lease has been disclaimed, p.17, 23 April 2009, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Sunberry Properties Limited v Innovate Logistics Limited (in Admin) [2008] EWCA 1321, a case about insolvent tenants, p.37, 9 April 2009, FM World

    -      "Consenting Behaviour", an article about reasonableness and alienation, p.20, 26 March 2009, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of the High Court decision in Clarence House v NatWest, a case about outsourcing and virtual assignments, p.17, 12 March 2009, FM World

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Trustees Limited v Kyriacos Papakyracou (1) Dina Papakyracou (2) [2008] EWHC 2163, p.25, 12 February 2009, FM World

    -      "Path Of Lease Resistance", an article explaining the workings of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, on page 16 of the 29 January 2009 issue of FM World

    -      "Ways to Stay Afloat", an article discussing how valuers can avoid damages claims, p.99, 24 January 2009, Estates Gazette

    -      "Court Report", a summary of Newman v Greatorex [2008] EWCA Civ 1318, a case about easements, p.15, 15 January 2009, FM World

    -      "Service Charge Disputes", an article published p.17, January / February 2009, Essential FM Reports

    -      "Claims for Defective Buildings", an article discussing possible heads of claim for owners of defective buildings (including breach of warranty, professional negligence and breach of repairing covenant) published, p.18, January / February 2009, Essential FM Reports

    -      "Court Report", a summary of London & Regional (St George's Court) Limited v Ministry of Defence and Secretary of State for Defence [2008] EWCA Civ 1212, a case about settlement agreements, p.21, 4 December 2008, FM World

    -      "How To Avoid A New Lease of Strife", an article about rent review, p18, 20 November 2008, FM World

    -      "A reflection of reality, on paper", a summary of the case of William Page & Co v BNP Paribas Securities Custody Bank Limited (1) and BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company Limited (2), a case about options to take a new lease, p.18, 6 November 2008, FM World

    -      "Considering the Alternatives", a summary of the case of Landlord Protect Limited v St. Anselm Development Company Limited [2008] All ER (D) 89 (Jul), a case about lease assignments, p.19, 23 October 2008, FM World

    -      "Landlords make Mistakes Too", a summary of Leonora Investment Company Limited v Mott Macdonald Limited [2008] EWCA Civ 857, a case about service charges, p.19, 25 September 2008, FM World

    -      Vara. B, Armstrong. C, (2005) "In for the long haul", Estate Gazette

    -      Professional advice - Q&A - Repair obligations, Property Week, 17th June 2005

    -      Vara. B, Hibberts. J, (2005) "A Battle of Rights", Property Week 

    -      "Finding a good alternative",  interpreting rent reviews and warning to draftsmen trying to find alternatives to upwards only The Property Law Journal p.19, 21st March 2005

    -      Contributed to the "Professional Advice" column on lease renewal obligations Property Week p 57 18th March 2005

    -      "Notices - Reaching Breaking Point?" - an article about break notices in the September/October 2005 issue of the Landlord and Tenant Review 

    -      "Tough measures against residential landlords" - an article about the statutory restrictions on residential landlords, p.2-5,  7 March 2005, Property Law Journal

    -      Vara. B, (2005) "Lords decision makes it harder to sue trial lawyers" In-House Lawyer p.8

    -      Vara. B, Schultz. S, (2005) "Land and Freedom" Property Week, p.62

    -      Vara. B, Armstrong. C, (2004) "Make room for the alternatives", Estate Gazette, p.156

    -      Vara. B, (2004) "There is no alternative", Property Week, p.44

    -      Vara. B, Hibberts. J, (2003) "Better out than in?", Estate Gazette, p.120

    -      Vara. B, (2003) "Avoiding the negligence traps", Property Week, p.34

    -      Vara. B, Armstrong. C, (2003) "Sideways Look", Estate Gazette

    -      Vara. B, Taylor. R, (2001) "A way to put Rates to Rights", Estate Gazette p.159 



    Recent feedback for Beverley's mediation work:

    "Without your calm persistance, I KNOW we would not have made it!!"

    "My only fear was that, like other neighbour disputes, it might prove intractable. Thanks to you, it was not."

    "You really held the process together over a long day"

    "Beverley has been most attentive and I would certainly use her again"

    "Did a good job"

    "Much appreciation and thank-you for your patience"

    Beverley Vara works as a full time neutral handling mediation and expert determination. She became a barrister in 2013 to concentrate on mediation but prior to this had been a solicitor for many years, and spent her last 10 years as a practicing solicitor as Head of Real Estate litigation at Allen & Overy LLP. 

    Career history

     -     Full time neutral handling mediation and expert determination 2013

    -      Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, London, 2003 - 2013

    -      Associate, Allen & Overy, 2000-2003

    -      Assistant Solicitor, CMS Cameron McKenna, London, 1994-2000

    Legal qualifications

    -      Called to the Bar 2013

    -      Higher Rights of Audience 2002

    -      CEDR Accredited Mediator 2012

    Academic qualifications

    -      BSc, Mathematics, University of London, 1987, First Class

    -      MPhil, Computer Speech & Language Processing, University of Cambridge, 1990

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Commercial Property Disputes
    • Residential Property Disputes
    • Professional Negligence Claims
    • Commercial disputes in contract and tort
    • Construction disputes
    • Insolvency disputes

    Professional Background

    Beverley specialises in contentious property work and has substantial experience in advising on the full range of real estate disputes. Her areas of expertise include landlord and tenant disputes, such as enforcement and interpretation of lease covenants, rent reviews and lease renewals, as well as sale and purchase disputes, development disputes including disputes between employer and contractor and those between employer and their professional team, funder/borrower disputes, professional negligence actions and party wall and neighbour disputes. She is experienced in commercial disputes, particularly those arising out of PFI contracts and has dealt with planning and construction disputes.

    The legal directory Chambers has said of Beverley 'She has shown she has an outstanding brain in what was a very complex and emotional issue', said one source" and ""she has a very deep and technical knowledge and understanding - what she doesn't know isn't worth knowing.". Legal 500 has said "Beverley Vara is 'tactically aware' and 'has a good eye for detail'."

    Why choose Beverley as your mediator?

    Legal background - Beverley has a strong legal background in an area where parties typically have an on going relationship which needs to survive the dispute. This means she is keen to encourage parties to "think out of the box" to find a solution to the dispute that works for them. She is also very aware of how different parties see disputes in very different ways and relishes the challenge of helping then find a common solution.

    Numerate and commercial - Beverley read mathematics for her first degree before taking an M.Phil in Computer Speech and language processing. She also worked for a leading bank for a few years before becoming a lawyer. She is therefore both numerate and not afraid of technical detail as well as having first hand experience of the decisions and pressures businesses face.

    People and listening skills - Beverley has worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of different experience levels from board members of major companies to private individuals. She fully understands the need to allow everyone to make their point in their own way and is respectful of their point of view.

    Ability to work anywhere - Although based in London, Beverley is quite prepared to travel to undertake mediation work. 




    Beverley has received the following testimonials from the real estate litigation section:


    1. "With her 'thoroughness and tactical awareness', Beverley Vara has played a large part in this team's success.  'She has shown she has an outstanding brain in what was a very complex and emotional issue', said one source" (Chambers UK 2011).
    2. Legal 500 2010 observes: "Beverley Vara is 'tactically aware' and 'has a good eye for detail'."



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