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Birketts LLP

KINGFISHER HOUSE, 1 GILDERS WAY, NORWICH, NR3 1UB, ENGLAND
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Work 01603 232300
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5230 NORWICH
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John Scannell

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Work 01603 756410
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Birketts LLP

Work Department

Property Litigation, Social Housing

Position

Partner

Career

John joined Birketts in April 2006. He is a partner and heads the firm's Property Litigation Team in Norwich.

John advises clients on a wide range of contentious property matters including: rent arrears; service charge disputes; disrepair and dilapidations; forfeiture of leases; enforcing freehold and leasehold covenants; insolvency-related property matters; business lease renewal; residential, commercial and agricultural security of tenure; possession, injunctions and specific performance; squatters; adverse possession; boundary disputes; contentious Land Registry proceedings and enforcing security over land. John acts for a wide range of corporate and private clients including property developers, commercial landlords and tenants, and social landlords.

John qualified in 1989 and worked as a non-contentious commercial property lawyer before becoming a commercial litigator with a particular interest in property disputes. Since 1998 he has practised almost exclusively as a property litigation specialist.

Member

John is a member of the Social Housing Law Association and the Property Litigation Association.


East Anglia: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

'Among the best property litigation firms in the region', Birketts LLP 'always takes into account the client’s needs and the best solution for them, and in terms of value for money, every penny spent has been worth it'. The ten-lawyer practice handles all aspects of property litigation but is best-known for town and village green matters, Telecoms Code cases, rights to light, leasehold enfranchisement, and commercial landlord and tenant work. The 'very enthusiastic and determined' Richard Eaton leads the practice and he is 'very focused on his clients’ objectives and has a great eye for detail'. He recently handled a High Court Chancery Division case arising out of a dispute between neighbours following a complicated land acquisition arrangement. John Scannell recently advised a farming partnership on a proprietary estoppel claim. Clients praise the 'exceptional work' of the 'very knowledgeable, technically very good and very pragmatic' James Robinson. Senior associate and barrister Simon Woodhead is highly recommended. Associate Laura Tanguay 'can explain incredibly technical information in a simple, easy way'. Senior associate and rising star Charlotte Wormstone is strongly recommended for her 'timely, straightforward and pragmatic advice'.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Birketts LLP is best known for acting for registered social housing providers in development, sales, funding, planning, housing management, employment and specialist constitutional and regulatory matters. It also advises on the set-up of new registered providers for private housebuilders, of which it completed two in 2017, and also assists with the set-up of assets and liabilities registers. Among its clients are Orbit Group Limited, Flagship Housing Group Limited, Broadland Housing Group and Havebury Housing Partnership. Peter Goddard leads the social housing and residential development practices, with support from a deep multidisciplinary team. Senior associate Emily Groom handles development and regulatory matters; partner John Scannell deals with housing management and property litigation; Tom Newcombe and senior associate Sue Chadwick focus on planning matters; associate Lottie Fletcher advises on corporate structures; and newly promoted associate Sarah Fish handles development matters including the acquisition of s106 sites. For Orbit Group, the practice handled the multimillion-pound acquisition of a scheme in Norfolk with 220 dwellings, and for Chelmer Housing Partnership Limited it assisted with the acquisition of 99 freehold and leasehold units, as well as the leaseback of a commercial unit at Taylor Wimpey’s Waterside site in Chelmsford.

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