Professor James Driscoll


Solicitor, author, academic and Lawyer Chair of the Residential Property Tribunal


James Driscoll is a solicitor, an author, an academic and a Lawyer Chair at the Residential Property Tribunal. He has practised law since 1975. He is an ADR-accredited mediator specialising in housing law and property law matters. He is widely regarded as one of the leading housing law specialists in the country.

James was a consultant solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins for 20 years, where he advised on all aspects of housing law and other property matters. In addition to his work as a solicitor he has held judicial positions: he served as a Deputy District Judge in the London County Courts and since 2007 he has sat as a part-time Lawyer Chair at the Residential Property Tribunal.

He has held several academic positions in England, the United States and Lesotho, Africa. Currently he is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Essex and Emeritus Professor of Property Law at London South Bank University. James also has a national reputation for his speaking at conferences, seminars and webinars for lawyers, surveyors, housing managers and other property professionals. He regularly speaks at and chairs conferences and he has spoken at the annual conferences of the Leasehold Enfranchisement Advisory Service and the Association of Residential Managing Agents.

A prolific author of articles and books, James is a Consultant Editor of the Landlord & Tenant Reports, a contributor to the 'Legal Notes' section of the Estates Gazette and he also writes for the New Law Journal and other academic and professional journals.

Published Works:

Butterworths Residential Landlord and Tenant Handbook (Consulting Editor) (6th edition, 2012).

Halsbury’s Laws, volumes 62, 63 and 64 (Landlord and Tenant), Halsbury’s Laws of England (5th edition, 2012) (Consulting Editor)

Halsbury’s Laws of England, volume 56 (Housing) (5th edition, 2011) (Consulting Editor)

‘Enfranchisement Explained' (published by the RICS in 2010) (Consulting Editor)

Housing: the New Law - a Guide to the Housing Act 2004’ (Butterworths, 2006) (sole author)

‘Housing and Regeneration' (Butterworths, 2005) (Contributor)

‘Commonhold Law and Practice’ (published by the Law Society in 2005) (co-author)

‘A Guide to the Housing Act 1996’ (Butterworths, 1996) (Also published as supplement to Hill and Redman Landlord and Tenant) (sole author)

Butterworths Residential Landlord and Tenant Guide’ (General Editor and contributor, 1997)

‘Leasehold Enfranchisement: the New Law’ (Tolley Publishing, 1993) (sole author)

‘A Guide to the Housing Act 1988’ (Tolley Publishing, 1989) (sole author)

‘Handbook of Residential Tenancies’ (a loose-leaf work published by Thomson) (Co-author)

James Driscoll has also been a consulting editor and a contributor to the Butterworths ‘Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents’ (volume 19 (Housing), volume 24 (landlord and tenant) and a contributor to the Butterworths ‘Older Client Service’ (housing section).