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Addleshaw Goddard fields a β€˜very strong’ team of β€˜effective litigators’, which is praised for its β€˜proactive approach. It acts for a range of investor and retailer clients, and is particularly noted for its expertise in rights to light and issues arising from mixed-use schemes. The team acted for Crosslane Investments in High Court proceedings, and acted for GO Outdoors in proceedings issued in the Mercantile Court arising from the opening of a store in Warrington. Charles Jagger is a β€˜formidable litigator; he has good judgement and is adept at reaching imaginative solutions to problems’. His expertise covers dilapidations, lease renewals, rent review, professional negligence, insolvency-related litigation and property management work. Legal director Andy Feehan has particular expertise in project work. Managing associate Patricia Love is also recommended.

The β€˜responsive’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles contentious matters in the retail, transport, energy, utilities, education, industrial and financial services sectors. It also houses expertise in mines and minerals, telecoms, compulsory purchase and judicial review cases. It is acting for Manchester Airport Group in a series of disputes with the operator of the Radisson Blu hotel at East Midlands Airport, and represented The Co-operative Bank in securing an interim possession order against trespassers on the ground floor of one of the bank’s branches. It also defended European Metal Recycling in a claim for an injunction and a declaration relating to a right of way and an easement at an industrial estate in Coventry. Team head James Batham is β€˜exceptionally talented’ and regularly acts for blue-chip retail occupiers and developers in landlord and tenant disputes as well as high-value professional negligence claims. David McGuirk handles contentious landlord and tenant issues, as well as disputes arising from property developments. Principal associate Gemma Staples is experienced in the telecoms and retail sectors, and associate Alex Wright is also recommended.


J B Leitch Ltd

JB Leitch Ltd are specialists in the law relating to long leasehold property with a particular focus on residential and mixed use developments. We act for institutional investor landlords and nationally and regionally recognised property management companies.

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Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜very experienced’ team regularly handles complex property disputes in the retail, utility, energy, insurance, education, transport and logistics sectors. The team acted for NHS Property Services in a contentious break clause matter, assisted IGas Energy with anti-protester injunctions relating to an anti-fracking camp set up in Cheshire to protest against drilling operations, and is acting for Signature Care Homes St Albans in an application for declaratory relief on non-enforceability of restrictive covenants. Peel Ports & Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Iceland Foods and Liverpool City Council are also clients. The β€˜fantastic’ Kevin Lee and Ralph Bullivant head the team. Lee is noted for his expertise in rights of light, dilapidations, mines and minerals claims, and is also experienced in large-scale protestor actions in the fracking industry, while Bullivant is experienced in dilapidations claims, business tenancies and contested lease renewals. Consultant Craig Walker handles general property litigation with an emphasis on energy and utility providers, as well as property investor clients. Also recommended are senior associate Phil Parker, who is noted for his retail sector expertise, legal director Julia Stansfield, and associate Helen Evans.

DLA Piper UK LLP β€˜tailors its advice to the client, based on the circumstances and greater strategy around the matter’. Based across the Liverpool and Manchester offices, the team regularly acts for pension funds and institutional investors, and is known for its expertise in complex dilapidations cases. The team also acts for landlords and corporate occupiers. It is acting for St James's Place UK in a Β£1.3m dilapidations claim against an outgoing tenant, and in a professional negligence claim. The team also defended Barclays Bank and Zurich Global Corporate UK in a property damage and business-loss claim. Team head Martin Griffiths is β€˜very fast to respond’, delivers β€˜clear, concise advice’, and is noted for his expertise in landlord and tenant related disputes, telecoms matters, major redevelopment projects and property management work. Senior associate Rachael Jones is also recommended. Former team head Steven Jennings joined Land Law LLP in January 2017.

DWF fields a β€˜commercial’ property litigation team that is noted as a β€˜leader in the field of telecommunications-related property litigation’. The team is also active in the banking sector, advising lenders on the enforcement of security, and acts for a number of local authorities, public sector bodies, developers, retailers and hotel chains. EE, Premier Inn Hotels (Whitbread), Speedy Hire Group, adidas, Frederic Robinson, Greene King and United Utilities Water are clients. The β€˜knowledgeable’ and β€˜pragmatic’ Alan Walker is β€˜excellent on telecoms-related matters’ and heads the team, which includes the β€˜very experienced’ Jeremy Steele, who is particularly noted for rights of light disputes. Directors Helena Davies and Graeme Dixon, who is β€˜thorough, commercial and very able’, are also recommended. Lynn James joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP in 2016.

Pannone Corporate LLP handles a range of property disputes, including cases related to portfolio management, development, the public sector, and professional negligence. The team also acts for high-net-worth individuals in property disputes. Recent work includes successfully defending Turley in a high-value claim against Henley Healthcare regarding alleged negligence in the preparation of a planning application for a private hospital in the South East of England, and acting for Equalgrade in a professional negligence dispute against its former solicitors regarding a lease break option. It also acted for High Peak Developments in a Competition Appeal Tribunal claim against Tesco relating to a restrictive covenant. Other clients include Conviviality Retail Group, DB Cargo Rail (UK), Dee Valley Water and Diamond Resort (Group Holdings). Team head David Brown attracts praise for his ability to β€˜obtain practical results for clients’. Also recommended are senior associates SeΓ‘n Hackett, who is a β€˜first-rate litigator with an eye for detail’, and Suzanne Carr.

The β€˜commercially aware’ and β€˜very experienced’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP delivers β€˜speedy response times’ to investors, developers and occupiers on landlord and tenant disputes and development matters. The agriculture, financial services, housing, development, infrastructure, retail and education sectors are key areas of focus, and it stands out for its specialist experience in areas such as vacant possession strategies, residential tenants' rights and non-domestic business rates. The team is acting for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in securing vacant possession for the redevelopment of the Merseyway Shopping Centre, and is also acting for clients such as Wirral Borough Council and Leeds City Council on vacant possession strategies. Team head Nicola Buchananis experienced in the investment, retail, education and development sectors and is noted for her expertise in housing, mixed-use regeneration schemes and student accommodation projects. Senior associate Stuart McCann β€˜works incredibly hard for the client, and is always ready to go the extra mile’; his experience encompasses the financial services, retail, infrastructure, agriculture and development sectors.

Brabners LLP handles a range of commercial, residential, and agricultural property disputes involving landlord and tenant matters, dilapidation claims, boundary disputes, restrictive covenants, easements, professional negligence claims, and enfranchisement and agricultural disputes. It also acts for a number of major retailers on lease renewals. Associated British Foods, Assura Properties, Bridgemere Estate, Cooper Property Services, Bridging Finance Solutions Group and Halfords Autocentres are clients. Stuart Irons is β€˜well established in the market’ and heads the property dispute resolution practice, which includes Jeff Lewis, who heads the Manchester litigation team, senior associate Andrew Rogers, who joined from DWF in 2016, and β€˜thoughtful and tactical’ associate Hannah Carter.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has in-depth asset management and leasing expertise, advising institutional investors, property funds and REITs. The team is also noted for its focus on the retail, financial services and public sectors. Highlights included acting for Clas Ohlson in a landlord and tenant dispute regarding a conditional break clause contained in a premises lease, and acted for an international travel management business on the successful settlement of a contested lease renewal claim. It also acted for St Helens Borough Council in partnership with Merseytravel to successfully secure the confirmation of a compulsory purchase order to facilitate the redevelopment of Newton-le-Willows Station. Lesley Hughes heads the Northern real estate disputes team, which includes β€˜exceptional’ senior associate Rachael Reynolds, who acts for major funds, shopping centres and REITS, and handles complex risk assessment and development matters for local authorities, housebuilders and private sector developers, as well as high-value landlord and tenant matters. Associate Simon Kelly is also recommended.

Shoosmiths LLP handles a range of disputes in relation to development and regeneration projects, including rights to light. It is also experienced in landlord and tenant matters, including dilapidations, lease renewals and consents. The team is representing Travelodge Hotels in a substantial professional negligence claim arising out of the drafting of a rent review clause; a material water damage claim; and claims in connection with noise nuisance. The team is also assisting Allied London with proceedings for the removal of scaffolding erected by one its tenants to the outside of one of its buildings in Leeds, and is acting for William Hill in a negligence claim against its former solicitors in relation to a compulsory purchase compensation claim. Team head Wayne Nash stands out for his experience in development matters, including rights to light cases. Other key figures include β€˜exceptional’ senior associate Kirsty Black, and Richard Symonds, who joined in 2016 from Addleshaw Goddard and is praised for providing advice that is β€˜clear and easy to understand’.

TLT’s β€˜excellent’ team stands out for its expertise in banking-related property litigation, acting for a number of major clearing banks and other financial service providers on their residential and commercial loan portfolios. It is also active in landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews, lease renewals and advises on the management of property portfolios. The retail, leisure, energy and public sectors are also key areas of focus for the team. Highlights included acting for Iceland Foods in a Court of Appeal case concerning the treatment of air-handling plant and machinery for the purposes of business rates assessment; representing Pets at Home Group in lease and dilapidation claims relating to the relocation of the Vets4Pets support services office; and acting for Nationwide Building Society in all property litigation and management matters relating to its high street branch portfolio. It also acts for Lloyds Banking Group on title rectification matters emanating from its retail mortgage portfolio. Team head James Chadwick β€˜leads by example’ and has β€˜good knowledge of the law and excellent commercial sensitivities for the client’s needs’. He leads on property litigation matters relating to financial services title rectification and receivership issues. Legal director Matthew Forrest is β€˜very capable’ and handles property litigation matters in the retail, leisure and energy sectors.

Weightmans LLP’s property litigation practice regularly handles matters related to collecting rent and arrears, tenant insolvency and dilapidation disputes. The team acted for PR Investments, the freehold owner of the Aigburth Cricket Club, in lease renewal proceedings brought by the trustees of the cricket club; represented Wolsey, the tenant of warehouse and office premises in Leicester, regarding liability for dilapidations; and is assisting Dunster, the freehold owner of residential and commercial premises in Fulham, with a claim against a head leaseholder for unpaid service charges. The team also acts for AS Watson Group and Three Mobile on a range of property litigation matters. Co-operative Group, Royal Mail Group, Bruntwood and Metropolitan Police Authority are also clients. Sian Evans heads the team, which includes associates Peter Hall, who is β€˜very experienced’, and John Darnell.

Irwin Mitchell’s wide-ranging property disputes acts for landlords, tenants, developers and investors, as well as insolvency practitioners and banks on property-related insolvency matters. It also acts for high-net-worth individuals in property disputes. Highlights included acting for a national clearing bank in a Β£3m fraud matter involving four commercial properties, and representing Mapeley Estates in a complex dilapidations claim. Canal & River Trust, Carillion, General Medical Council and National Grid are also clients. National head of real estate litigation Chris Perrin is β€˜bright, hands-on, assiduous, and not afraid of taking the big decisions in a case’; he is also β€˜skilled at boiling it all down to succinct advice which can be turned into practical solutions’. Recently promoted associate Joanne Mills, who splits her time between the Manchester and Sheffield offices, is also recommended.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for property agents, public and private companies and LPA receivers on property disputes, and also acts for clients in the retail, leisure, healthcare and education sectors on contentious property matters. The team is representing Cantt Pak in a dispute with former tenant JD Williams regarding the alleged overpayment of rent upon exercise of a break clause. Land Securities, Persimmon Homes, Property Alliance Group, Morley Estates and London and Scottish are also clients. The β€˜excellent’ Andrew Weinberg β€˜really knows his stuff’ and heads the team, which includes recently promoted partner David Jones. In 2016, associate Catherine Gritt, who is β€˜a pleasure to work with’, joined from Squire Patton Boggs, and associate Phillip Warburton joined from Muldoon Britton. Construction specialist Benjamin Connor recently joined from DLA Piper UK LLP. Daniel Stern is now at Slater Heelis LLP.

Squire Patton Boggs’ β€˜knowledgeable and proactive’ team handles vacant possession matters, the removal and modification of restrictive covenants, and boundary and easement issues. It is also active on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, title rectification matters, rent reviews and adverse possession. It continues to advise Preston City Council on obtaining vacant possession of an indoor market, and is acting for Luxfer Group in a lease renewal dispute. Recently promoted director Helen Hoath is β€˜extremely knowledgeable and professional, with a practical, hands-on approach’; she β€˜goes the extra mile to get the job done’ and particularly stands out for landlord and tenant disputes.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for commercial clients, local authorities, government bodies and housing associations, and has particular expertise in portfolio management for public sector pension funds and rights of light issues. The team also handles residential disputes for public and private sector clients. Highlights included representing Origin Properties in a dispute regarding rights of way and access. Paras Stores, Guinness Partnership, Rowlinson Investments, The Green Transport Co and Longhurst & Havelok Homes are also clients. Team head Guy Willetts is a β€˜very experienced property lawyer and litigator’ and is noted for rights of light claims, property management issues, landlord and tenant matters, and disputes concerning development agreements. The β€˜brilliant’ Lynn James recently joined from DWF and specialises in leasehold management matters.

Forbes Solicitors fields a β€˜well-organised’ team that acts for public and private sector clients, including developers, investors and housing associations, on landlord and tenant disputes, and trespass and nuisance cases. The β€˜impressive’ Robin Stephens heads the team, and is praised for his β€˜superb knowledge of the law and excellent grasp of procedure and tactics’. Dispute resolution head Tom Smith is also recommended.

Gorvins Solicitors handles a range of contentious property matters, including landlord and tenant disputes in the commercial and residential sectors, for property owners and landlords, as well as commercial tenants. It is acting for Hamilton Heath in a number of commercial lease disputes relating to sites across the North West. Vernon Building Society, Ritrama UK, Avonside Roofing and Rowlinson group are also clients. Guy Lightowler heads the team, which includes senior associate Danielle Clements.

J B Leitch Ltd is a β€˜growing’ niche firm that acts for institutional landlords of residential and mixed-use developments, and residential management companies on volume recovery of service charges and ground rents, as well as forfeiture, breach of lease and right to manage cases. The β€˜very effective’ team provides a β€˜top-class service’, and attracts praise for its β€˜strong tactical and technical knowledge, and commercial approach’. Clients include Estates and Management, Homeground Management, Freehold Managers, Birmingham City Council, Urban Splash, Southern Land Securities, Shenstone and Aviva. Key figures include Rob Denman, who heads the real estate team, the β€˜tactically astute’ Jonathan Leitch, and Philip Parkinson, who is β€˜dynamic, knowledgeable and practical’.

Land Law LLP fields a β€˜very experienced’ team that handles a range of contentious property matters, including landlord and tenant work such as lease renewals, break notices, dilapidations issues, forfeiture, insolvency and alienation disputes. Highlights included acting for tenant Exterion Media (UK) on the early termination of a lease and represented Hollins Murray Group in a dispute regarding a break notice by its tenant, First Choice Fruit. Recently promoted partner Jen Morris heads the team, which welcomed consultant Steven Jennings from DLA Piper UK LLP in 2017, and senior solicitor Patricia Mellody, who recently joined from Shoosmiths LLP. Recently promoted associate partner Karen Taylor is also recommended.

Nexus Solicitors Limited fields a β€˜very responsive’ and β€˜approachable’ team that stands out for its β€˜friendly approach’. The team acts for landlords, managing agents and tenants on leasehold and property disputes including tenancy renewals, dilapidations, service charge disputes, and rectification, as well as claims concerning break notices, breaches of covenant and forfeiture. Director Debbie Whiteley provides an β€˜excellent and efficient service’.

KK Thompson Solicitors β€˜punches above its weight’, provides β€˜clear-thinking and straight-talking superior service’ and is a β€˜firm to watch for the future’ for property litigation work. The team acts for commercial landlords, investment companies, and high-net-worth individuals on contentious property mandates. Highlights included acting for Roubaix Group on a range of disputes and property portfolio management issues. Key figures in the β€˜hands-on’ team include Karl Thompson, who acts for large commercial landlords and investment companies, and Kate Thompson, who is noted for landlord and tenant matters; both have β€˜bags of experience’ and deliver β€˜very prompt responses’.

Slater Heelis LLP handles a range of property disputes including dilapidations, options, residential block management issues, contested lease renewals, and commercial and residential landlord and tenant instructions. North Tower Residents Management and Heart Property Management are clients. Managing partner Chris Bishop heads the team, which includes associate solicitors Daniel Stern, who recently joined from Kuit Steinart Levy LLP, and Daniel Wise.

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