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Cripps LLP

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London EC4R, London SW3, Tunbridge Wells, West Malling

Nitej Davda

Work 01892 506088
Cripps LLP

Work Department

Property dispute resolution.


Nitej's specialist areas of practice are construction disputes (including disputes arising out of contractor insolvency), landlord and tenant claims (including the impact of insolvency on the landlord and tenant relationship), development based litigation, disputes concerning easements, covenants and adverse possession as well as property and construction related professional negligence.


Trained South & Company; qualified 2000; solicitor South & Company 2000-03; solicitor, associate, senior associate Borcham Dyson Bell LLP 2003-12; associate, partner Cripps LLP 2012 to date.


Property Litigation Association; Society of Construction Law.


Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College; Southampton University (1997 LLB Hons 2(1) Law); Nottingham Law School (1998 LPC Commendation).


Cooking, cinema, supporting Aston Villa FC.

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The team at Cripps LLP¬†includes the ‚Äėuser-friendly, bright and commercial‚Äô¬†Mike Scott and Nitej Davda who is ‚Äėcalm and confident with a very good tactical awareness‚Äô. Miles Paffard heads the team which ‚Äėprovides sophisticated, commercial and accurate advice‚Äô and has key expertise in developer disputes, easements, covenants, insolvency, enfranchisement and rights to light. The firm regularly acts for central government departments and recently assisted the Crown Prosecution Service in breaking a substantial lease. Investment and portfolio asset management work in the retail sector is also a key focus for the group with clients including¬†Hermes and Kennedy Wilson. Adam Osieke¬†joined the firm‚Äôs Tunbridge Wells office from Wallace LLP.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Construction

Cripps LLP fields a 'professional and well-resourced' construction practice that handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, with an emphasis on regeneration and urban renewal projects. In an illustration of its track record in major regeneration projects, the practice is continuing to act for Slough Borough Council on the £1bn regeneration of Slough, which involves a £27m library, an £8m football stadium for Slough Town FC, and most recently four new leisure centres, the refurbishment of a number of schools and several housing and infrastructure developments. Other highlights included assisting the English National Ballet with the relocation of its headquarters to London City Island, which involved negotiating the construction documents relating to the fit-out of the new HQ; and acting for Kato Kagaku Co on the refurbishment of the Aldwych Quarter in London, for which Andrew Harbourne led the team handling the completion of the appointment and construction documentation for the work on the north west wing in 2017. James Lee heads the practice and is 'a great construction lawyer who offers practical and commercial advice in a timely manner, and achieves a good balance between protecting the client's interests and commercial acceptability'. Contentious construction expert Nitej Davda is also recommended.

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Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Nitej Davda - Cripps LLP

Within: Property litigation

'A leading firm in property litigation in the South East', Cripps LLP provides 'sophisticated , commercial advice and effectively fights for its clients' interests where necessary'. The 13-lawyer team acts for a prominent client base of developers, property investors, occupiers, central and local government authorities and infrastructure companies on the full range of property disputes. Recent work includes acting for the Crown Prosecution Service on the operation of an option to break a lease of premises in the Home Counties, which involved negotiations to settle repairing liabilities sufficiently early to avoid the need to undertake works, detailed consideration of items to be removed from the premises and liaison with surveyors. The practice also defended a developer against a breach of covenant preventing the use of a former public house as anything other than a public house, and acted for an insurer in eight rights to light claims with a combined insurable value of more than £150m involving residential tower blocks in London. Miles Paffard heads the practice and is recommended alongside Mike Scott, who is noted for his 'clear advice and commercial attitude to disputes', and Nitej Davda, who is 'accessible, committed and solution focused',

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