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Tim Townsend

Partner - Head of Department/ Solicitor

I qualified as a solicitor and joined what was then Gardner and Croft in 1984, having graduated with an LLB from Cardiff University three years previously.

For several years after qualifying I was an advocate in the Magistrates and Crown Courts in Kent and I also represented road haulage clients at Public Inquiries.

Since 2000, however, I have practised almost exclusively as a property lawyer, advising hundreds of clients in residential and commercial property transactions. I advise clients on all aspects of residential property including buying and selling flats and houses, mortgages, deeds of variation of rights and covenants, equity release, and lease extensions.

My commercial experience includes advising clients with the purchase, sale and commercial letting of shops, offices, industrial units, land for development and agricultural property. I have several clients who have commercial and mixed property portfolios for letting. I have also advised on the sale and purchase of small businesses.

I am currently the Managing Partner of Gardner Croft LLP and lead the Property Services Department. My time is divided fairly evenly between residential and commercial property work and management. I am a member of The Law Society Property Section and I regularly attend courses and seminars so I can keep up to date with the areas in which I practise.


  • Member of the Kent Law Society.
  • The firm holds the Law Society’s accreditation for the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices.


Outside the office, I spend time racing sailboats; everything from dinghies to cruiser-racers at home and abroad. I am also involved in race management with my sailing club and with Kent Schools Sailing Association. I am a vice president of Canterbury Hockey Club and a long time supporter of Canterbury Junior Hockey Club. I sing (once a year) with a local Choral Society and I am a governor of a local school. Sometimes I find time to cut the grass at home!

Interesting Cases

With advances in mapping techniques (using GPS) over the last 20 years or so, clients are increasingly finding themselves in situations where the position of the boundaries on the ground are not reflected in the Land Registry records. Most often this involves the need to make application for ownership of unregistered land. Recently, however, I had the unusual task of sorting out a situation where parcels of farmland were registered in two separate titles at the same time. With the help of the Land Registry and my clients’ neighbouring landowners we managed to resolve the situation to my client's satisfaction.

Personal Mission Statement

I want our clients to feel that they have achieved what they set out to achieve, that they have received value for money from myself and my staff and that we have been an invaluable help to them during the process. I want them to leave our offices feeling we will be the first port of call for them and their family on any matter in the future.