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WH Lawrence is one of the very few practices that specialises predominantly in property litigation, acting for clients in London and throughout the country.

The firm: Founded by City partner William Lawrence in 2013, WH Lawrence now consists of three partners: William Lawrence and fellow partners Richard Anyamene and Illyr Pride.

As a specialist property litigation practice, each partner has significant experience in acting for commercial landlords and commercial tenants, including institutional landlords, retailers, office and warehouse owners/occupiers and charities. The firm also acts for high-net-worth individuals on residential matters, as well as various land owners (both commercial and residential) in relation to the full spectrum of land law-related disputes.

WH Lawrence offers a compelling alternative to the larger law firms: a bespoke, partner-led firm, operating with low overheads, meaning that clients are offered partner level expertise at highly competitive rates.

The three partners come from City and national law firm backgrounds: Richard Anyamene was formerly a partner at Mishcon de Reya and Jones Day; Illyr Pride practiced for many years at global law firm DLA Piper; and William Lawrence had stints at Eversheds and SJ Berwin before leading Hammonds™/Squire Sanders€™ property litigation team in London.

The firm plans to expand further with new partner-level appointments, whilst maintaining its core property litigation expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Commercial landlord and tenant: including rent review; break notices; opposed lease renewal; service charges; forfeiture; rent arrears; tenant insolvency; consent to assign/sublet/alterations; quiet enjoyment/derogation from grant; agriculture; possession claims.

Residential landlord and tenant: including right to manage; rent deposits; enfranchisement; residential possession; assured and assured shorthold claims; appointment of a manager; claims to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

Land law claims: including adverse possession; boundary/neighbour disputes; partnership disputes; development agreement disputes; party walls; rights to light; easements; restrictive covenants; sale contract disputes; overage disputes.

These areas of law are not mutually exclusive with considerable cross-over between each field. They will often require the firm to advise upon and pursue, or defend, claims on behalf of clients relating to: damages; breach of contract; court declarations; injunctions; professional negligence; specific performance; estoppel; misrepresentation; rectification and fraud.


  • Number of UK partners: 3
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Property litigation: 95
  • Commercial litigation: 5

  • Languages
  • English (fluent)
  • Member
  • Law Society of England and Wales

Above material supplied by WH Lawrence Solicitors.

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