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Michelle Bendall

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Real Estate




How Can Michelle Help You?

Michelle has worked for many years with public sector and private sector clients on a range of property disputes. She regularly works with local authorities, central government clients, private sector developers, office occupiers as well as partnerships, LLPs, schools, universities, charities and GP surgeries.

Michelle advises on 1954 Act issues, rent arrears, dilapidations, covenant disputes, break notices, unreasonable withholding of consent issues, disputes effecting developments, restrictive covenants and easement. Michelle also specialises in overage disputes, advice on obtaining vacant possession and dilapidations.

Meeting Your Needs

Michelle is a regular speaker at training events for her clients, the RICS, surveyor firms, local authorities and central government departments. She works hard to find resolutions to disputes rather than pushing ahead with needless and costly litigation. She has vast experience of mediations, negotiations, arbitrations and court proceedings. And is a robust but constructive negotiator and seeks to obtain the best result without recourse to the stress and expense of litigation.

What Others Say

Michelle is ranked in the first tier in Chambers & Partners, which states the following;

'Head of Department Michelle Bendall enjoys an outstanding reputation across the region. Sources highlight her breadth of experience in contentious property and note that 'her advice is very crisp and clear.''

She is 'a clear-eyed legal thinker who is comprehensively versatile'.

She is recognised as being a 'natural litigator' and 'very able, very commercial and can see the best way to get the client into the best situation'. 

She is also recognised as 'an excellent lawyer, much loved by clients for getting them out of scrapes'. 

Michelle is recognised by Legal 500 as a leading individual who 'takes into account the overall picture and position of the client'  with 'superior knowledge of all aspects of property law, and sound tactical nous'.

Michelle's clients recognise her as 'excellent throughout'.


Michelle is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

VWV provides clients with a ‘wonderful overall service’, ‘response times are very good’ and the team is noted for its ability to ‘find cost effective solutions’ to litigation. The firm covers the whole spectrum of commercial and residential property disputes including development disputes, service break notices, lease renewals, claims for possessions, restrictive covenants, easements and dilapidations. Compensation claims following the compulsory acquisition of land are also a niche expertise for the firm. Katie Hickman is ‘very bright and clever with an exceedingly pleasant manner’ and ‘offers solutions with proactive advice’. Michelle Bendall heads the practice and has expertise in leasehold and freehold disputes. In a recent highlight, the team acted for an independent school and charity in connection to encroachment concerns on a playing field by as many as 16 adjoining landlords.

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South West: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Michelle Bendall - VWV

Within: Property litigation

With ‘solid technical knowledge and extremely competitive rates’, VWV ‘compares favourably to its regional competitors’ and has particular strength in public sector property disputes. The ‘sensible and commercialMichelle Bendall is representing Highways England Company in an Upper Tribunal matter concerning the level of compensation due with respect to a compulsory purchase order. Bendall also assisted MD Homes with a possession order regarding a development site that had been occupied by protesters. Also recommended is David Bird, who advised a client in the education sector on an infringement of its right to light in an office block in Birmingham. Senior associate Daniel Hall manages the department’s work for PricewaterhouseCoopers and associate Georgina Little has experience in landlord and tenant issues and breach of covenant claims. St Vincent de Paul Society and Crest Nicholson Operations are also among the team’s clients.

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