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Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team advises a variety of household names such as Network Rail Infrastructure, New Look, Virgin and RWE Innogy. Recent highlights include acting in a dilapidations claim and in a dispute over the termination date of a lease as well as an associated claim for additional rent payments. Other areas of expertise include high-value property arbitrations. James Rees is noted for his ‘relevant, insightful advice’, and Patrick Wetherall has ‘good judgement’.

Recent highlights for Burges Salmon LLP’s property litigation team include advising Bristol Rovers FC on the enforcement of a development agreement against Sainsbury’s. The team’s experience extends to alternative dispute resolution and property insolvency matters. The ‘extremely professional and thoroughRichard Bedfordhandles tricky property disputes with ease’.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s team is led by housebuilder litigation specialist Chris Taylor and includes a number of highly recommended individuals whose technical expertise is ‘second to none’. Neil Ham acted for Bristol Water in High Court proceedings concerning an order to compel reversal of construction over a water main. Bonnie Martin, Graham McIntyre and Kary Withers are ‘good at identifying solutions to overcome difficult situations’.

In an illustration of Osborne Clarke’s strength in development disputes, Leona Briggs acted for BDW Trading in an agricultural tenancy dispute concerning a significant residential development site. The practice also continues to advise major energy and infrastructure sector clients on disputes over land rights and the exercise of statutory powers over land, and on Electronic Communications Code disputes. Other clients include Vodafone.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ Michelle Bendall is praised for her ‘in-depth understanding of local government’. It regularly acts on dilapidation claims and trespassing issues. Representative clients include Airbus, Highways England and The Defence Infrastructure Organisation. David Bird and Naomi Chesterman are ‘very smooth operators’.

Ashfords LLP is active in dilapidation and overage claims, and also assists banks with recovery litigation related to secured lending against commercial premises. Robert Horsey and Sian Gibbon are ‘practical, knowledgeable, but above all commercially-minded practitioners’.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s recent instructions include retail administrations, a right to light claim and a dispute over purchase of a plot of land for development. Practice head David Marsden is ‘technically superb’.

Nick Knapman’s team at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts on contentious asset management issues for clients including Westfield, EE and Croydon Partnership. The team also continues to act on behalf of HMCTS in connection with a high-value dilapidations claim brought against it by its former landlord.

Foot Anstey’s client roster features public sector as well as media sector clients. Its strengths include advising on rural and agricultural disputes and mineral rights. Richard Bagwell has ‘a good commercial view for the merits of a dispute’. Dan Cuthbert is also recommended, particularly for his expertise in the retail sector.

TLT advises on a broad range of contentious property matters, with significant strength in the retail and leisure sectors, for clients including Southern Housing Group, BBC and London Borough of Lambeth. Mark Routley and Kane Kirkbride are ‘very good all-rounders’.

Bevan Brittan LLP draws on its expertise in the public sector to advise a number of local governments, housing associations and NHS trusts. In a recent highlight, the team handled a high-profile High Court case concerning a break notice in a lease. Steven Eccles is ‘dynamic, energetic and commercially-minded’.

Davitt Jones Bould’s ‘excellent’ team regularly advises both local and central government bodies on high-profile litigation. Maeve Bonner is praised for her ‘ability to simplify complex issues’.

Lester Aldridge LLP provides ‘a consistently high level of service’. Jenny Hermer stands out for her ‘clarity of thought and her determination to get the best result for her client’.

Michelmores LLP’s team is now led by Andrew Baines following the departure in December 2015 of former head Rob Nicholson to Ashfords LLP. Baines handled a number of rights of light disputes, disputed lease-break matters and dilapidation claims.

Steele Raymond LLP is ‘a very sound regional firm’. Simone Ritchie is recommended for ‘combining enthusiasm with correct judgement’.

Stephens Scown LLP’s team of ‘very good performers’ has particular strength in the mining and mineral, rural, leisure and housing association sectors. Mark Richardson advises on matters such as rights of way, overage claims and agricultural and residential landlord and tenant disputes. Mark Stubbs is ‘reliable and sound’.

Warre Reid at Thrings LLP advises a broad range of clients such as Waitrose, Matchesfashion.com and Countrywide Estate Agents. Michael Tatters is ‘excellent and is very prompt in his response to queries’.

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP, Jason Hobday ‘spots relevant points well in advance’, and is ‘an expert in relation to social housing litigation’.

Ceri Stephens at Battens Solicitors Limited handles all aspects of property litigation including rights of way and boundary disputes.

At Davies and Partners, Claire-Elaine Arthurs handles commercial, agricultural and residential disputes, as well as professional negligence claims against property professionals.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF displays ‘high business acumen and industry knowledge’. Mark Timberlake represented a commercial landlord on dilapidation claims and tenant insolvency.

At Pardoes Solicitors LLP, Bhavani Hogarty is ‘extremely knowledgeable, approachable and helpful’.

Trethowans LLP advises a wide range of clients including National Trust and Jewson. Ian Singleton is the main contact.

At Willans LLP, Nick Cox handles a variety of property-related matters including professional negligence claims.

Peter Bourke at Wilsons has notable experience in agricultural land disputes.

At Royds Withy King, Caroline Preist is praised for her ‘good core knowledge of real estate litigation’. Preist regularly handles boundary, access and drainage rights disputes.

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