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Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by the highly regarded Mark Aldrich, who specialises in substantial land disputes and complex leasehold issues. The department is a strong presence in the regional market and is developing a niche in the retail, public and health sectors. Clients include Walgreens Boots Alliance, the Homes & Community Agency, and Lincolnshire Coop.

Mark Hacking heads Geldards LLP’s team, which specialises in lease renewals, dilapidation claims and break notice disputes with particular strength in the retail, utilities and motor industry sectors. Clients include Western Power Distribution, Boots, Pendragon Group and Tesco.

Howes Percival LLP is noted for its ‘high level of service’, and for its strength in the retail sector, where it acts for clients including Wickes, Brantano and Shoezone. Other key clients include Travis Perkins, Shanks Waste Management and Henderson UK Property Fund. Geraint Davies heads the practice, which includes Satnam Chayra, who splits her time between Leicester and Milton Keynes, and Jane Bloomer, who splits her time between Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘excellent’ team includes Simon Waterfield, who specialises in private and public rights of way disputes, and Simon Trees, who recently acted for a client in a multi-party construction dispute.

Flint Bishop LLP’s property litigation team attracts practice for its ‘focus, consistency and strategic approach’. Key clients include Marston’s, which the group continues to advise on a series of contentious real estate mandates including forfeitures, injunctions, issues involving guarantees, and landlord and tenant insolvency issues. The highly regarded Qamer Ghafoor heads the group, which includes Andrew Cochrane and Nick Wells.

Don Peel leads the team at Fraser Brown, which continues to represent London & Cambridge Properties on a number of dilapidation claims.

Freeths’ clients highlight the ‘consistently effective and well-informed’ advice provided by the property litigation practice, which acts on a range of issues for landowners, landlords and tenants including the Co-operative Group, Tarmac, and Middlesbrough Borough Council. Paul Tomkins is recommended.

Spearing Waite LLP’s ‘pragmatic’ team represented a client in a multimillion-pound claim against a building contractor. Practice head Michael Lawrence is noted for his knowledge of property related professional negligence cases. Jonathan Wheeler is also recommended.

Brady Solicitors is highly regarded for its track record of disputes in the property management sector. Clare Brady, Amy Hope-Smith and Harpreet Lehal are the key practitioners.

At Hewitsons, John Shephard covers a broad spectrum of real estate disputes, ranging from boundary disputes to landlord and tenant issues.

Rothera Dowson merged with Sharp Young & Pearce in 2016 to form Rothera Sharp Solicitors. 2015 highlights included included advising landlords and tenants on forfeitures, enfranchisement disputes, and dilapidation matters.

The ‘excellent’ team at Smith Partnership has a particularly strong reputation in landlord and tenant disputes, acting for both private landlords as well as tenants. Russell Davies and Bally Atwal are the names to note.

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