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Deeply entrenched in the local market and also receiving instructions from outside of Wales, Blake Morgan LLP handles property litigation for public and private sector clients including the Welsh government, The National Trust and Canary Wharf Group. Team head Sian Jones and senior associate Russell Price are best known for acting on contested CPO work, high-value dilapidation claims, and bulk residential disrepair claims.

Headed out of Cardiff by the ‘proactiveKathryn Cook, Eversheds LLP’s property litigation team provides a ‘first-class’ service to corporates, developers, housebuilders and financial institutions. Cook has ‘a very strong understanding of the commercial world’ and continues to act for the Forestry Commission across its diverse portfolio. Other clients include Centrica, RWE Npower and Annington Property.

Geldards LLP provides a ‘responsive and thoughtful service’ across a range of matters including dilapidations, break clause disputes and landlord and tenant disputes. The team regularly acts for Boots in litigation arising from its property portfolio, and recently represented it in a landlord and tenant dispute regarding one of its commercial leases in Nottingham. The team also has niche expertise on property-related issues arising in the water industry. Team head Ed Meggitt is ‘very effective at getting the right result’, and is recommended alongside ‘technically proficient’ senior associate Nicola Lawrence.

Hugh James has significant traction in the market among public and private sector clients including Welsh Rugby Union, South Wales Police, Cardiff County Council and Barratt Homes. Robert Phillips leads the team, which has a breadth of litigation expertise covering a number of disciplines including social housing law, agricultural tenancies and commercial landlord and tenant issues.

Headed by Iwan Doull (who has ‘excellent local court procedural knowledge’), Berry Smith fields a team of ‘good solid operators with a real specialism for property litigation’. Doull continues to represent HB Thomas in an ongoing high-value claim for dilapidations relating to a listed Georgian property leased for over 40 years to Carmarthenshire County Council. Simon Care is singled out for his ‘great attention to detail’.

Led by Neil Morgan and Rhodri Lewis, Darwin Gray LLP’s two-partner team handles property litigation for a diverse array of clients including housebuilders (Barratt, Persimmon Homes), developers (Monnow Developments) and social landlords (Coastal HA).

Dolmans acts for management companies, landlords and tenants across a range of disputes including those relating to rent review and covenant breaches. Simon Evans regularly represents local authorities in property cases.

At JCP Solicitors, team head Sarah Davies is ‘excellent at landlord and tenant or dilapidation disputes’. Richard Howells and Rory Hutchings handle property-related agricultural matters out of the firm’s Carmarthen office.

Morgan LaRoche Limited’s ‘superb’ team head Jason Williams has an excellent track record representing clients in property disputes and recently secured a notable victory before the Supreme Court for a landlord in a service charge case regarding holiday chalets.

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    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.

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