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Blake Morgan LLP’s four-lawyer team handles a range of litigation including contested compulsory purchase order (CPO) matters and high-value dilapidations disputes for a balanced array of public and private sector clients including the Welsh government, Canary Wharf Group, PHS Group and Natural Resources Wales. Team head SiΓ’n Jones has handled numerous service charge-related landlord and tenant disputes for clients including Cardiff Community Housing Association, which Jones recently successfully represented in overturning a decision regarding a service charge challenge by a tenant within a large block of flats – the result was of particular importance for the landlord as it could have ushered in similar claims from other social tenants. Jones is also representing the Welsh Ministers in a disputed CPO compensation claim relating to an historic building in Porth Madog, north Wales, which was the birth place of T.E. Lawrence. Senior solicitor Holly Stedman has expertise across a broad range of property litigation, including land ownership disputes, boundary disputes, adverse possession, rights of way disputes and trespass matters.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Cardiff team has a β€˜very credible reputation’ for handling property disputes on behalf of developer and housebuilder clients including Annington Property and Persimmon Homes; investment fund clients such as Legal & General; and transportation clients including Stena Line. β€˜Very knowledgeable’ team head Kathryn Cook handles the full range of property litigation, including landlord and tenant matters and property-related professional negligence. Cook handles a range of litigation for the Forestry Commission and is also noted for her β€˜specialised knowledge in the field of residential dilapidations’; she continues to represent Industrial Property Investment Fund on litigation arising out of its fund portfolio. β€˜Very professional and skilful’ senior associate Sara Dolley has extensive experience in service charge disputes and enfranchisement issues.

β€˜An excellent choice for any property dispute’, the β€˜knowledgeable and thorough’ team at Geldards LLP provides β€˜commercially realistic advice’ across the gamut of disputes ranging from landlord and tenant issues, through to nuisance and highway matters. Team head Edward Meggitt β€˜brings a commercial level-headedness to what can be quite heated disputes’, is β€˜great on development work, and is always able to see the stranger angles the work can bring and cover them off’. Meggitt continues to represent Boots in litigation arising from its property portfolio, and recently successfully acted for it in a complex landlord and tenant dispute regarding the renewal of its lease on a retail park. Nicola Lawrence is an β€˜excellent tactician and gives sound, sensible and commercial advice whilst always fighting her client’s corner’. Lawrence has developed niche expertise in property-related issues related to the water industry as a result of her longstanding representation of Welsh Water. She is currently representing Principality Building Society, as owners of a commercial property in Pontypool, seeking damages and injunctive relief against Torfaen County Borough Council as a result of water ingress following work undertaken to the highway under its authority. Other clients include Associated British Ports, Dunedin Property, Carmarthenshire County Council and Arcadis.

The arrival of Jo Brown following the firm’s merger with MLM Cartwright in November 2016 has broadened the scope and depth of Hugh James’s two-partner property litigation team, which now covers matters related to the telecoms, gaming and retail sectors. Headed by Robert Phillips, the team remains best known for its expertise within the development sector, where it acts for clients including Bellway and Barratt Homes. Phillips is representing a global technology company in a dilapidations claim brought by the landlord, which involved issues of law relating to who is responsible for the dilapidations, particularly in light of a sub-tenancy. The team is also regularly involved in property litigation affecting public sector clients including the Welsh government and Natural Resources Wales.

Berry Smith’s β€˜very good’ two-partner team takes a β€˜sensible and commercial approach to property disputes’ and acts on behalf of a varied mix of developers, land owners and financial institutions. Praised for its β€˜knowledge of the law’, particularly on matters relating to commercial dilapidations and land disputes, the team is β€˜confident enough to run its cases in a proportionate manner without much input from counsel’. β€˜Focused and diligent’ team head Iwan Doull recently represented the Welsh government on CPO litigation regarding a new bypass running through mid-Wales around Newton. Simon Care recently represented the owners of an industrial estate in south Wales in an adverse possession claim brought against Network Rail.

β€˜One of the best in the south Wales area’, Darwin Gray LLP β€˜attracts some first-rate property litigation work’ for a varied mix of housebuilders, developers and housing associations including Persimmon Homes, Mill Bay Homes and Monnow Developments. The β€˜commercially-minded, quick-witted and charming’ Rhodri Lewis is an β€˜excellent litigator’ with a track record in landlord and tenant disputes and contested lease renewal claims. Lewis recently successfully defended Glenside Commercials in a dilapidations claim resulting from an oil leak on part of the property. β€˜The man you want on your side in a litigation fight’, Neil Morgan β€˜achieves tremendous results for clients’, particularly in relation to social housing disputes.

JCP Solicitors has a β€˜strong regional presence in south Wales’ and provides β€˜sound, commercial advice’ across a varied mix of commercial and residential property litigation, including dilapidations, boundary disputes, adverse possession and rent recovery due from commercial tenants. β€˜Incredibly thorough’ team head Sarah Davies (who is β€˜an absolute joy to work with’) recently successfully represented a private client in a right of way dispute with the court issuing a declaration confirming the existence of the right of way and an injunction preventing further interference. Carmarthen-based Rory Hutchings is β€˜particularly knowledgeable on agricultural property matters’ and regularly handles disputes arising in that area; he recently represented a farming client in a three-day property tribunal hearing concerning an adverse possession claim. Although he is best known for his contentious probate expertise, the β€˜intelligent and pragmatic’ Richard Howells also regularly handles property litigation work.

The β€˜highly experienced and commercially aware’ team at Morgan LaRoche includes a number of β€˜insightful and intuitive property practitioners’, including Jason Williams, who often handles high-profile property litigation, including landlord and tenant disputes. He acted in the Supreme Court case Arnold v Britton (& Others), which has become a leading authority on contractual interpretation regarding service charges. Associate Angharad Howells regularly acts for secured lenders in financial services property related litigation, including fraud investigations and connected professional negligence claims.

As part of his broader commercial litigation expertise, Dolmans’ Philip Bradley handles a range of property disputes involving rent reviews, breach of covenants and possession proceedings for management companies, landlords and tenants. He leads a team that includes Simon Evans, who has a particular focus on public sector-related litigation and often defends local authorities in property-related matters including disrepair cases brought by tenants.

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