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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

Maeve Bonner

Tel:
Work 01823 279279
Email:
Web:
www.djblaw.co.uk/maeve-bonner
Davitt Jones Bould

Work Department

Property litigation.

Position

Partner.  

Maeve joined Davitt Jones Bould in 2013 from Trowers & Hamlins LLP where she worked as a senior associate in the regional litigation department.  Maeve has considerable expertise in dispute resolution which she has acquired throughout her 20 year career within top legal firms.  Maeve’s main areas of expertise and matters in which she has recent experience include disputes involving commercial property; residential leasehold disputes; service charge issues; lease extensions and enfranchisement; development and construction; insolvency; Third Party Insurers Act; Boundary and Party Wall Act disputes and housing management.

Maeve regularly undertakes all aspects of advocacy including defended County Court trials and has recently dealt with a number of successful mediations. Notable work includes advising the Cabinet Office on a claim for dilapidations, acting for the Landlord of commercial premises in Manchester in a claim that the tenant had failed to correctly exercise the break clause in the lease, negotiating at mediation a settlement in favour of the Landlord, and dealing with a number of lease renewals, service charge disputes and surrenders.

Career

Year admitted:  1993

Previously worked for Trowers and Hamlins LLP.

Member

SRA number:  159552


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: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Excellent niche property and planning firmDavitt Jones Bould acts for over 50 local authorities in the UK on high-value investment, acquisition and regeneration projects. Malcom Iley heads the team. Robin de Wreede led on advising Woking Borough Council on the urban regeneration of sheerwater, this includes a compulsory purchase order and the matter is worth over £500m. Sophie Philippon-Thomas led on advising Poole Borough Council in relation to several academy transfers, completing leases and commercial transfer agreements. Sean Bulman , Philippa Hipwell , Madeleine Davitt and Maeve Bonner are also recommended. The firm was appointed to the West Yorkshire Legal Framework to provide property services to councils in the region such as Leeds City Council and Kirklees Council.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: The West Country

Within: Commercial property: The West Country

Davitt Jones Bould runs ‘an efficient and well-organised team’, which has ‘serious expertise in public sector property work’. Of particular note, Stuart Bould advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the property aspects of the £15m transfer of the Wave Hub to Cornwall Council. Robin de Wreede is acting for Exeter Science Park in relation to a new science park development; he also assists the client with sales and high-value leasing transactions. The team, which includes Maeve Bonner and Elizabeth Palmer, provides comprehensive property advice to Highways England (Exeter), and also handles leasing, investment and development mandates for local authorities across the South West, including Bath and North East Somerset Council, Swindon Borough Council and Dorset County Council. Senior partner Madeleine Davitt oversees a team that serves as sole property lawyers for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Firm co-founder Tim Sylvester-Jones is another key figure.

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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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