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Davitt Jones Bould

12-14 THE CRESCENT, TAUNTON, TA1 4EB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01823 279279
Fax:
Fax 01823 279111
Email:
Web:
www.djblaw.co.uk

John Smith

Tel:
Work 01823 279279
Email:
Davitt Jones Bould

Work Department

Property litigation.

Position

An Associate Director at DJB, John was admitted as a solicitor in 2010, having previously qualified as a barrister in 2003.  John specialises in complex property disputes, including: rights of way and rights to light; possession claims/adverse possession; party wall disputes and appeals; rectifications and restitutionary liability; trespass and nuisance; restrictive covenants; and professional negligence claims arising from land transactions and/or land disputes.  Before joining DJB, John practised extensively in litigation matters at the Bristol office of a national law firm where he acted on behalf of household insurers, private clients, housing landlords and local businesses.  John has also held the post of lecturer at the University of Nottingham and several further education institutions prior to entering into practise.

John has recently undertaken a range of high profile litigation work including acting in arbitration in relation to historic rent reviews of Grade II listed Heritage premises in central London to the value of £250m, acting and settling dilapidations liability for premier Liverpool City Grade 1 listed premises at 11% of the total amount claimed and advising on a rent and occupation dispute leading to a professional negligence claim.  In addition, John is frequently instructed on high profile sensitive matters carrying security and public interest issues.

Career

Davitt Jones Bould 2011 – Present

Lyons Davidson Solicitors, Bristol 2006 – 2010

Shawcross Solicitors, Ross-on-Wye 2005

Crown Court Clerk, Hereford 2005 – 2006

Lecturer in law, Dunkeries College and Sutton Centre Community College 2001 – 2004

Lecturer in law, University of Nottingham 2001 – 2002

Member

Law Society

Education

Sheffield Hallam University, University of Nottingham


London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Real estate boutique Davitt Jones Bould has ‘an excellent reputation as one of the country’s best small-scale property solicitors’. The firm is ‘excellent in its knowledge of the public sector and its requirements’ and regularly acts for the Government and local authorities. Clients include the Cabinet Office, the Attorney General’s Office and numerous local councils such as Slough, Bristol, Leeds and Hertfordshire. The team is acting for the Royal Parks on matters such as licenses, removal of unauthorised occupants, personal injury liability and recovery of damages. Investors and developers are also common clients with notable examples being Squarestone Growth, Slough Asset Management and Thamesway Developments. Practice head Madeleine Davitt is a ‘superb tactician with boundless energy’ and other key names include Ted Dancey, Maeve Bonner and John Smith. Janani Puvi has joined the firm from Dewar Hogan.

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South West: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Well known for its ‘excellent transactional real estate practice’, Davitt Jones Bould also has a ‘growing property litigation team’, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of associate director Janani Puvi, who joined from property litigation boutique Dewar Hogan. Acting primarily for a government client base, Maeve Bonner acted for a central government department in relation to a contentious lease renewal for a property in a high-profile London location. Associate director John Smith has assisted a national transportation group with issues such as the removal of travellers, and recently advised the Department of Education on an historical dilapidations claim. Additional contacts include Zaheer Bashir, who is a ‘knowledgeable’ senior associate. The team also provides ongoing contentious property advice to The Royal Parks and Defra.

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