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Ian Brierley

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Ian Brierley is Head of Real Estate Litigation at DLA Piper, where he has held a number of senior management positions including head of its transactional, litigation, planning and construction businesses. An accredited CEDR mediator, solicitor-advocate and former chairman of the Property Litigation Association.  His extensive experience in the real estate sector includes strategic advice to his clients on the Trellis, London’s tallest tower, the transformational regeneration of Mount Pleasant and many other schemes, including rights to light.  His contentious practice includes major international arbitration wins and numerous reported cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and other tribunals.


Trained at Clifford Chance, qualified 1994. Made partner at DLA Piper 2000.


Property Litigation Association.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


Cycling, skiing, triathlon, travel.

London: Real estate

Property litigation

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Ian Brierley - DLA Piper

Within: Property litigation

The ‘bright, enthusiastic and fun’ team at DLA Piper has core strengths in development litigation, rights of light and urgent possession proceedings. Practice head Ian Brierley is acting for Telereal Trillium in relation to the use and occupation of the 600 properties which form its PRIME Government Real Estate portfolio. In a further highlight, senior associate Alasdair Thomas was part of a team that advised Royal Mail Group on the development and sale of its Mount Pleasant sorting office to Taylor Wimpey. The team also continues to act for Aroland in relation to their project to develop London’s tallest building. Planning permission has been obtained and Brierley has given further advice on rights to light issues. James MacDonald-Pearce joined the group from King & Wood Mallesons.

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