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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP stands out for its property insolvency expertise, which is due, in part, to the reputation of ‘incredibly talented’ practice head Peter Levaggi, and compulsory purchase work, where David Haines is a specialist. It is heavily involved in acting for petitioners against the HS2 Bill. Senior associate Richard Flenley is also recommended.

Cripps LLP’s group is well known for handling easement and covenant claims and is valued for its ‘thoroughness of approach and great commerciality’. Mike Scott frequently acts for insurers and developers on defending right to light claims arising from new developments, and practice head Miles Paffard is defending Snowball Assets against a collective enfranchisement bid brought by the leaseholders of a block of flats. Nitej Davda is also recommended. Carol Wakeford has retired.

DMH Stallard LLP represents clients including Tesco, Liverpool Victoria and Brighton and Hove Albion. Tina George leads the team, which includes Kerry Cornforth and Emily Wood.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s strong team is best known for representing clients including Car Giant in terminal dilapidations disputes. Key partners include the ‘tenaciousAndrew Olins, who is experienced in handling restrictive covenant disputes, and ‘astute and clever tacticianJon Mowbray. Ryan Diamond is also recommended.

Mundays LLP’s practice acts for clients including BP, Octagon Developments and T M Lewin & Sons on disputes ranging from dilapidations to adverse possession claims. Key names include Stephen Morris, James Picknell and ‘technically strong’ and ‘pragmatic’ senior associate Nick Martyn.

Shoosmiths LLP provides ‘a seamless and highly efficient service’. The group acted for Almacantar in a dispute pertaining to its intention to redevelop a landmark building. Practice head Zoe Wright is highly regarded for telecoms-related property matters.

Blake Morgan LLP is a popular choice for clients in the retail and leisure sector and regularly acts for Costa Coffee on contentious property matters. Senior associates Kate New, Claire Hitchman and Rachel Gimson are the key names.

Boyes Turner’s ‘excellent’ team is led by senior associate Russell May and is frequently called on to advise blue-chip tenants on contested developments, lease enfranchisement and extensions, and adverse possession claims.

BrookStreet des Roches is best known for representing national retailers in contentious lease renewal matters and high-value dilapidations claims. Clients include Mothercare and Oxfam. The ‘thoroughKaty Kirk and ‘experiencedPhilip Shaw are the key names.

Dentons is ‘able to combine commercial savvy with an impressive depth of substantive and procedural expertise’. The practice covers the full range of property litigation matters and includes London-based Bryan Johnston, who leads the team and is ‘calm and assured in high pressure litigation’; and Natalie Johnston in Milton Keynes.

Furley Page Solicitors’ ‘approachable and client-focused’ team is led by ‘canny litigatorDavid Hall, who ‘never takes his eyes off the commercial objective’, and includes George Crofton-Martin and Jeremy Ferris. In 2015, the group resolved a long-running compulsory purchase case for the London Borough of Wandsworth.

At Penningtons Manches LLP, practice head and ‘fierce litigatorJohn Morrison is supported by associate Sabrina Furneaux-Gotch, who is ‘an up-and-coming star’. 2015 highlights included representing East Tower Apartment in a service charge dispute and a dispute concerning unreasonably withheld consent to assign.

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Legal Developments in South East for Property litigation

  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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