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Eversheds LLP’s three-partner team ‘knows how to tailor responses to client requirements’. Paul Moorcroft heads the national team and ‘provides swift, clear advice’ to clients such as HSBC and Next. The ‘very commercially astuteDavid Feist successfully defended a multimillion-pound land compensation claim brought against National Grid, while Lisa Barge advised Waitrose on a significant nuisance claim.

Gowling WLG’s practice is now led by Carole Peet, who relocated from the firm’s London office. Peet successfully acted for Friends Life on a prescriptive rights claim relating to a property in Oxford. Other key players are ‘great asset’ Nick Vuckovic, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, and national practice head Paul Kent, who divides his time between London and Birmingham.

Shoosmiths LLP’s substantial team includes national practice head Nicholas Shepherd, Paul Knight, who leads in Birmingham, and Kate McCall, who joined from Eversheds LLP. As well as winning a number of new clients, the team remained highly active on behalf of mainstays such as the Emerson Group and Allied London. The retail sector is a particular strength.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is best known for its residential property work on behalf of social landlords. Helen Tucker and Baljit Basra provide ‘prompt, reliable and practical advice in the most complex matters’. Hilary Harrison focuses on commercial property disputes.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s practice is particularly strong in retail, healthcare and public sector matters, and acts for clients such as Walgreens Boots Alliance, HMRC and Barnardo’s. Pamela Shepherdalways sets the right tone’, and newly promoted partner Tim Rayner provides ‘quick and technically excellent advice’.

The ‘knowledgeable and strategicIain Davies co-heads the team at Gateley Plc and has particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters. Davies acted for Spielplatz in a significant protected tenancy matter in the court of appeal. Construction specialist Peter Davies is the other co-head and was active on behalf of Taylor Wimpey and Crest Nicholson.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, ‘tenacious litigatorAlicia Foo leads a team that is ‘motivated and top drawer’. The practice handles a wide spectrum of issues, including electronic communications, development and energy disputes, and was boosted by the hire of senior associate Craig Downhill from Shoosmiths LLP.

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Martin Edwardsis in charge of a highly respected team of national stature’. The practice has particular sector strengths in education and energy, and Stratford-based Mark English was active on a range of claims for National Grid.

Andrew Walker, practice head at Squire Patton Boggs, has ‘excellent knowledge’. The team’s retail expertise was once again in evidence for clients such as Signet Group and Austin Reed. Senior associate Ben Walters has niche expertise in compulsory purchase compensation.

George Green LLP’s practice is led by the ‘highly tactical and hugely experienced’ James Coles, who continued to advise West Bromwich Building Society on a number of sizeable professional negligence claims against surveyors.

Higgs & Sons’ practice ‘provides the perfect mix of skill, determination and pragmatism’. Paul Barker is ‘incredibly knowledgeable and proactive’ and Nyree Applegarth ‘always instils confidence’. Areas of expertise include anti-trespass and protestor matters and complex break clause disputes. London & Cambridge Properties is a key client.

At The Wilkes Partnership, managing partner Mark Abrol and Carl Csukas ‘offer a very good service’, and act for clients ranging from home owners to corporate developers.

Key players in Wright Hassall LLP’s team include practice head Dawn Reynolds, who specialises in landlord and tenant disputes and property management issues, and senior associate Mary Rouse, who focuses on residential property disputes.

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Legal Developments in West Midlands 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.

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