Property litigation in East Anglia

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP is 'as good as anything you will find in London, at country prices'.  One client notes that 'it is one of the leaders in East Anglia and can compete with larger firms for London work'. Among the firm's many areas of expertise are telecoms property litigation, development and strategic land matters, housing management litigation and matters involving rights to light. Richard Eaton and James Robinson in Ipswich, along with Norwich-based John Scannell, are the lead partners. Ipswich also has emerging talents in partner Charlotte Wormstone and senior associates Alice Harris and Laura Tanguay. In Norwich, partner Simon Woodhead is one to watch.


Very professional. James Robinson specialises in telecoms. He is pragmatic and very client-focused. He is exceptional in all areas of his work.

It is as good as anything you will find in London, at country prices.

Simon Woodhead and John Scannell bring to the property team not merely deep-seated expertise, but also a depth of warmth and understanding for their clients which is exceptional.

Deep expertise formulated with targeted commercial advice and execution.

Richard Eaton has an unusually high intellect and deep knowledge applied in constructive and commercial advice and execution. His calm manner and authority is essential in the final and intermediate decision processes.

It has no weaknesses. It works as a team and responds as a team with very good sound advice on what you should do. It is efficient in its organisation of the necessary action to ensure the client gets the best possible service and it is well supported by bailiffs and others who appreciate working for a very good firm. For me, the acid test is what the professional man on the ground thinks of the personnel as they deal with lots of companies. I have never had a bailiff say that they don’t like working for Birketts. Dealing with Birketts is a pleasure and I am very thankful to be one of its clients.

I have worked with Charlotte Wormstone on many disputes. Her advice is practical and takes into consideration the costs for the client. The team she heads are all very good at there jobs and its clear there is a sound and professional management structure. Other companies are too keen to proceed all the way without really believing they can achieve a satisfactory conclusion to the process. It is just another fee to them. That’s not the case with Charlotte. The outcome is a balanced opinion so that you the client can make the decision based on the best available facts as well as being aware of the risks.

Birketts offers real expertise in property litigation. It has some excellent partners leading a team of enthusiastic and sensible solicitors. This makes it one of the leaders in East Anglia and means it can compete with larger firms for London work, particularly from HNW clients, developers and in the telecoms sector. In this respect it is far more than a typical regional firm.

James Robinson – he is the real standout partner. He has superb technical knowledge and great practical knowledge of the property sector, particularly in relation to development rights and telecommunications, which are both areas that few can do really well in my experience. But he really excels in practical nous, and the ability to get things done. Easily the best solicitor I work with. If I had a property litigation problem, I would go to him.

Richard Eaton is really enthusiastic, with an intellectual approach to his cases but still pragmatic. James Humphreys is still quite junior, but he has a really impressive and rigorous approach to his work and real toughness under his slightly green exterior.

Charlotte Wormstone is very good with clients, and a pleasure to work with – great fun.

The team is second to none in terms of technical knowledge, which when allied with an insatiable appetite for client service provides a compelling service.

John Scannell is a very technically accomplished property litigator who goes the extra mile for his clients. He is always totally on top of all the facts of his cases, is tactically astute and provides clear and pragmatic advice for his clients, for whom he really cares.

Simon Woodhead is a natural lawyer. Technically superb, he is robust and a great ally to have on your side.

A very efficient team. Charlotte Wormstone is very knowledgable, approachable and efficient.

Key clients

Norwich Airport Limited

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

Surplus Property Solutions Limited

Bose Limited

Hawkin’s Bazaar Limited

The Churchmanor Estates Company plc

Ian Tucker (Defendant) Mistley Quay Town/Village Green litigation

Stop Stansted Expansion

Work highlights

  • Represented Ropemaker Properties Limited and The Churchmanor Estates Company Plc in a dispute with Bella Italia Restaurants Limited concerning an agreement for lease of a new restaurant which Bella wanted to escape from as a result of economic conditions.
  • Represented the Second Defendant in TW Logistics Ltd v Essex County Council (1) and Ian Tucker (2) UK Supreme Court UKSC 2018/0234. This was a significant case relating to town and village greens, examining issues of statutory incompatibility and co-existence, in cases where, upon registration, the green still has a valuable use to the owner of the site.
  • Acted successfully for the council in defending an application for registration of land by adverse possession by an adjoining residential land owner. The land in question comprised public open space.

Howes Percival LLP

Litigation is the largest practice at Howes Percival LLP and property litigation accounts for a significant proportion of its work. Jamie Kidd in Norwich and Simon Murphy in Cambridge co-lead the practice. Kidd's team focuses on land and development issues for clients including the Ministry of Defence and Ford Retail. It also acts for landed estates and major housing associations. Murphy oversees the firm's work on landlord and tenant matters. Among his clients are Greene King and Cambridge University. Cambridge-based senior associate Leanne Davis is one to watch.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Kidd; Simon Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Davis


‘Howes Percival has one of the leading property litigation practices in East Anglia. They undertake a wide range of work (landlord and tenant, real property, environmental) in the commercial, residential and agricultural sectors. Clients include large corporates, charities, landed estates and private individuals. The lawyers are all highly competent and practical with a good knowledge of the law.’

‘Jamie Kidd has a great deal of experience and is trusted by his clients because of his sound judgement. He achieves good results, often without needing to go to court.’


Key clients

Co-Operative Group Limited

Greene King Plc

Cambridge University Endowment Fund

Iron Mountain

Ministry Of Defence

Cholmondeley Estate

Norwich Cathedral

Classical Property Services Limited


Hughes Electrical

Work highlights

  • A commercial dilapidations dispute – in Technology Court, High Court of Justice – for Iron Mountain.
  • For Ford Retail, a case concerning the contamination of land by neighbouring landowner. Proceedings now issued in the Technology and Construction Court.
  • Handling a dispute for a private client concerning ownership of land and claim for damages for trespass – proceeding in Chancery Division, High Court of Justice.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's real estate practice advises on substantial and high-profile national and, increasingly, international property matters, as well as related disputes. The practice counts Urban & Civic and Hill Residential among its clients. National head of property litigation Richard Hanson in Norwich deals with all types of property dispute, including advice on the interpretation and construction of contracts, as well as strategic landlord and tenant issues. Key partner Richard New in Cambridge is among the UK’s leading experts on business rates, an area in which he frequently handles multimillion-pound disputes. Partners Julian Steed and James Hordern in Norwich are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hanson


‘James Hordern is very strong on developing a precise and detailed set of legal arguments in a very complex and wide-ranging case. He has skilfully corralled the data and our team to ensure our litigation is as well presented as possible.’

‘The speed of service provided by the team is excellent, and they are always alert to our commercial realities when providing any advice; technically the whole team is excellent, and represent very good value for money.’

‘The whole team provides clear, pragmatic advice, which quickly gets to the root of the issues and suggests sensible solutions.’

‘Richard Hanson oversees the team and is fantastic to deal with, having a very calm, reassuring approach, with great people skills and the ability to find clear solutions to tricky problems.’

‘Julian Steed has excellent technical skills which we confidently rely on, and which repeatedly achieve us great outcomes.’

‘Richard New is the stand-out member of the firm for business rates disputes. His client management skills are excellent, and he is developing a reputation as one of the leading partners in the field.’

Key clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Railways Pension Nominees Limited

Orchard Street Special Funds

Lend Lease

Urban & Civic Group

O & H Properties Ltd

South Kensington Estate

Hill Residential

Buzz Bingo Limited

NSL Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an agricultural investment company in ongoing multimillion-pound arbitration proceedings in relation to biomass boiler systems.
  • Acting for Buzz Bingo Ltd in a ratings appeal in connection with multiple bingo halls nationwide, with likely industry-wide impact.
  • Acting for a Cambridge University College in connection with a contested Town and Village Green application.

Ashtons Legal

At Ashtons Legal, Nigel Maguire in Cambridge leads a specialist real estate litigation team that frequently handles highly technical matters including commercial landlord and tenant, enfranchisement, freehold property, compulsory purchase, easement and restrictive covenant claims. The firm is a key adviser to numerous Cambridge colleges and also has experience in disputes in the franchising sector, in which the firm has a dedicated practice. Associate Annabel Mayer in Bury St Edmunds is also skilled in landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Maguire

Other key lawyers:

Annabel Mayer

Key clients

Cambridge Building Society

Savills PLC

Cambridge University Colleges – Christ’s College, Churchill College, Clare College, Clare Hall, Corpus Christi, Emmanuel College, Hughes Hall, Jesus College, Magdalene College, Newnham College, Pembroke College, St Catherine’s College, Wolfson College, Kings College

The Cambridge Satchel Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a bank in relation to a secured loan facility of £1.3m entered for the development of an anaerobic digestion plant in Herefordshire and following the failure of the borrower and its guarantors to make repayments due under the loan agreements.
  • Advising a land developer and acting in complex court proceedings with adjoining landowner and local authority (as highway authority) over determination of highway boundary and ability to implement visibility splay planning condition to development.
  • Acting for competing beneficial land owners in respect of a dispute over the sale of jointly-owned development land to a national house builder. The dispute relates to the legal meaning and effect of complex development and related agreements. The value of the land is circa £20m.

Buckles Solicitors LLP

'The team sees the problem and translates it into real English for you, not jargon for fast inter lawyer debates,' says a client of Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough. The firm handles a diverse range of disputes for a wide range of clients, both corporate clients and individuals, ranging from boundary and right of way disputes to dilapidations and lease renewals. Practice head Paul Branch is an an ACTAPS member and frequently handles property disputes with trust elements. Commercial property partner Chris Mundell and associate Rob Wallwork are specialists in the retail sector, giving the firm a prominent role in related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Branch

Other key lawyers:

Chris Mundell; Rob Wallwork


The team sees the problem and translates it into real English for you, not jargon for fast inter lawyer debates! Armed with an understanding of issues they then formulate your options express the full implications and assist in your decision-making.’

Paul Branch spent time to explain, justify and reason the potential outcomes, not just from a legal point of view but from a financial aspect as well. To be honest, there’s no point in spending thousands to win a point if costs won’t be recoverable even if awarded. Reasonable action is encouraged to shorten and speed up the process. Arbitration being seen as a cost saver, not giving in!

Key clients

Virgin Active Limited

Virgin Active Health Clubs Limited

National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners

Stamford Storage (HG) Limited

Shield Engineering (Syston) Limited

Work highlights

  • Serving break notice on landlord for an internet company. Dealing with dilapidations for both landlord and sub-tenant. Agreeing terms of settlement between the parties which covered both the dilapidations and the validity of the break notice.
  • Defending a private individual in a proprietary estoppel claim in relation to valuable estate of farming family.
  • Advising a large sports club on whether a lease contracted out of L&T Act 1954, given terms of lease.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a small team in Cambridge that, as part of the national practice, handles heavyweight disputes for clients across the UK. Stuart Wortley, who splits his time between London and Cambridge, is a former chair of the Property Litigation Association. Cambridge-based principal associate Samuel Maw leads real estate litigation work for the National Grid and Cadent Gas. He also deals with extensive development work, leading on the vacant possession and rights to light strategies for developers.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Wortley

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Maw

Key clients

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Cadent Gas Limited

Land Securities Plc

Taylor Wimpey

Movianto UK Limited

Transport for London

Hammerson Plc

Mercato Metropolitano


Grainger Plc

Multiplex Construction Europe Limited

Sir Robert McAlpine Limited

Work highlights

  • Handling a dispute over agreements for lease relating to two warehouses in the North West on behalf of Movianto UK Limited.
  • Acted for Teighmore Limited in obtaining an injunction to restrain individuals from climbing/trespassing on The Shard.

Greene & Greene

'Its strengths are that it gives sound advice and is able to discuss issues as they arise,' says a client of Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds. Head of dispute resolution Rob Adam  and key litigator Michael Batty , who is an experienced mediator and a member of the Property Litigation Association, are the key practitioners in a small team that frequently handles contentious property matters exceeding £1m in value. Solicitors Ben Fox and Sarah Western are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Adam

Other key lawyers:

Michael Batty


It is unique because we have our own two lawyers that we can contact and satisfactorily resolve any issue within a couple of days. The team’s strengths are that it gives sound advice and is able to discuss issues as they arise. In comparison to other firms, we find them very good. There is no doubt that we will be moving all of our business to Greene & Greene in due course.

We have contact with Michael Batty and legal executive Julia Cardy. Michael has given us invaluable support when dealing with difficult tenants. Julia has been excellent at producing our commercial leases on time and accurately. We find that they are very in tune with our needs and tailor their advice accordingly.

Work highlights

  • Acting on a claim for adverse possession concerning an area of almost one acre of estate land adjacent to the Claimant’s home, which had been occupied by the Claimant since 1988. Advising in relation to all aspects of the law in this field. Noting that an old gate had been constructed by the Claimant which accessed on to other estate land and successfully arguing at mediation that the existence of this unlocked gate demonstrated that the Claimant had not ejected or dispossessed the true owner who could have accessed the land in question at any point.
  • A very significant estate faced a proprietary estoppel claim. The Deceased had been in a farming partnership with the Claimant. Following her death the Claimant launched a claim based on proprietary estoppel in connection with various farmland and assets which formed part of the farming partnership. After very heavy negotiations a settlement was agreed. This was hugely complex involving personal, partnership and estate assets.
  • Advising upon a contentious lease renewal of very large premises adjacent to Heathrow. Issuing proceedings, all steps taken thereafter, including the instruction of expert evidence on valuation of the lease. The client also seeks a much reduced term of lease to take account of certain crucial commercial factors. The matter appears certain to proceed to trial.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP office in Cambridge is central to the firm's national property litigation practice, which is led from London. Senior associate and practice head Andrea Nicholls, who works closely with real estate partner Sarah Coates, handles an extensive range of disputes, including those relating to agricultural and rural property, freehold matters, rights of way, restrictive covenants, overage agreements and options. She also has experience in commercial leasehold disputes, forfeiture and rent arrears cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Nicholls

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Coates

Work highlights

  • Advising a family investment property company on multiple matters arising in the day-to-day management of the client’s very large property portfolio including: forfeiting commercial premises by peaceable re-entry; obtaining payment of the rent arrears from the original tenant using the s17 procedure under the Landlord & Tenant Covenants Act 1995; and obtaining vacant possession from trespassers in pub premises.
  • Advising a farming partnership with large farm and significant garden centre/farm shop/retail facility on a partnership dispute and proprietary estoppel claim as to the extent of the partnership land and the extent of an unsatisfied equity in the partnership shares arising from a proprietary estoppel.
  • Acting for private individuals in an action for rescission of purchase contract on the basis that “nightmare neighbours” were not disclosed in the SPIF.

Barker Gotelee

Barker Gotelee joins the ranking this year. The firm has 'a well constructed team of professionals advising on all aspects of property litigation with a clear understanding of clients' requirements'. The firm deals with the full range of individual and business-related property disputes, including property-related professional negligence, and has a prominent presence in insolvency-related property matters. Head of litigation Dermott Thomas, head of insolvency John Bradshaw and head of corporate Clare Richards oversee the practice, in which 'unfailingly positive' associate Mark Wrinch is highly recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Mark Wrinch


I have only dealt with Mark Wrinch and find him to be very helpful.

I deal with Mark Wrinch. He is unfailingly positive and also easy to get hold of.

A well constructed team of professionals advising on all aspects of property litigation with a clear understanding of clients’ requirements and willing to evaluate the risk of litigation. Standing well with other local competitors who we would use. The strength of the team is the willingness to discuss the individual matters clearly with clients.

Dermott Thomas is a partner in the firm and he has a good approach with clients, reflecting the strength of Barker Gotelee.

My initial recommendation and introduction was to Mark Wrinch, who immediately got to grips with my case from our first meeting and his attention to detail and his application of his knowledge to my case was outstanding. It was a complete breath of fresh air to deal with Mark and also Luke Cain, who was involved with the case at the closing stages and also the rest of the team at Barker Gotelee. After struggling for a long period of time searching for a good recommendation, Mark was recommended to me by a close family friend who said that he was the best and having now used Mark’s services and the Barker Gotelee team I believe this to be wholly true.

Cozens-Hardy LLP

Cozens-Hardy LLP in Norwich joins the ranking this year and one client remarks that it has 'excellent knowledge in the practice area' noting that it 'inspires confidence with attention to detail as well as the bigger picture'. Senior solicitor Gary Leverett leads the practice. He and legal executive Natalie Peacock act for both commercial clients and individuals, and frequently represent housing associations in disputes with their tenants and in possession proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Gary Leverett

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Peacock


Excellent knowledge in the practice area; inspires confidence – attention to detail as well as the bigger picture.

Gary Leverett is well-liked by clients for his clear and approachable no-nonsense advice.


Fosters in Norwich has a long-established property litigation practice that acts for commercial and residential landlords throughout the region. Its landlord and tenant work includes possession claims, service charge disputes and forfeiture claims. The practice, which is led by head of litigation Chris Fielding, has a close working relationship with the Eastern Landlords Association.

Practice head(s):

Chris Fielding


The firm has depth of knowledge and an understanding of the problems.

They are always approachable and respond quickly to queries. They support us in providing an excellent and well informed service to our members. They participated in meetings across the region out of hours for our members’ benefit. We have an extremely good working relationship.

Before deciding to go with Fosters I did go and sit and speak with a few lawyers from different firms to gauge which company I wished to trust my boundary dispute with. The situation we found ourselves in was very unique and very personal due to it being against my partner’s family. Chris Fielding made us feel at ease immediately and took control of the meeting. The whole firm from top to bottom made us feel welcome and throughout my nearly three years of using Fosters I met a lot of people and went to different offices in both Norwich and Wymondham and each one the staff were outstanding from the receptionists through to Chris. They worked coherently with ease, which is essential given the complexity of litigation. They are all happy to be at work and you can sense that.

Chris Fielding was our main contact and our solicitor throughout the three-year period. He was fantastic. He was hard-working, knowledgeable and honest – at points throughout the boundary dispute he told us the facts and what was achievable opposed to trying for everything and always highlighted the costs and what was worth fighting and what wasn’t which was invaluable at that time. He was confident and approachable. I would highly recommend him a very solid 11/10. Chris spent around 14 hours in my home when court fell through and we ended up negotiating an outcome on site. The whole time he was also a pleasure to have in my home. I fully recommend him.

Key clients

Tingdene Holiday Parks Limited

Leading Business Services UK Limited

Tim Fenn – Martin Francis Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a complex property matter arising from a dispute between neighbouring landowners with multiple heads of claim; disputed boundaries, a dispute over restrictive covenants on title, a claim for injunctive relief in relation to foul drainage and trespass to property.
  • Advising a commercial landlord leasing property to a business in dispute with adjacent landowners who claim entitlement to put up a barrier, one that affects the business’ custom. The client is entitled to injunctive relief, although parties are looking to find a commercial solution that avoids litigation.
  • Advising a leisure park company cost-effectively within multiple successful forfeiture claims, obtaining costs orders.

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors handles a steady stream of contentious property matters due to its busy commercial property and corporate practices. Head of dispute resolution Andrew Breckenridge, who joined in late 2019 from Gordons LLP, has a broad-ranging practice in which he frequently handles cases involving mortgage fraud and Land Registry adjudications. Legal executive Laura Reed has a strong following among clients in Suffolk for property-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Breckenridge

Other key lawyers:

Laura Read


The firm offers a personal service. Laura Read took my stressful personal situation into account so never pushed me and let me take breaks (sometimes a month) during the ongoing case. She gave full and detailed advice at all times and put measures in place to allow me to continue the case. This meant a lot. All emails sent to me were sensitive and the conversations were understanding.

Laura Read is sensitive and gives full explanations. She doesn’t push you to continue just to make money, and she very clearly knows what she is talking about. She never got into the slanging match that my ex-partner’s solicitor did. I really appreciated Laura’s professionalism, grace, confidence and clear plan. Additionally, she was always at the end of the phone, especially when the stress got to me and I just needed a reminder that I could do this.

Key clients

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Goldcrest Finance Limited

Stonham Barns Limited

Mervyn Lambert Plant Limited

Elemento Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Various matters for Mr Alan Forward as a property investing client, including in particular Stonham Barns Limited, owner of Stonham Barns Holiday Park, for which we issued Judicial Review proceedings in August 2019 which led directly to the relevant Breach of Condition Notice of 16 July 2019 being withdrawn.
  • Acting for specialist commercial lender Goldcrest Finance Limited (based in Manchester) mainly in relation to loans with property-backed security where enforcement action is needed; either against the borrowing entities or the property security.
  • Acting for corporate self-invested pension (SIPP) and small self-administered pension (SSAS) trustee James Hay Pension Trustees Limited (based in Salisbury) in relation to its commercial property investments of which there are some 5,000 in the UK.

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has a small team with niche expertise, notably in the area of property guardianship, as well as broad experience in both commercial and residential property disputes. Commercial property partner Karin Horsley, who work in both the Cambridge and London offices, oversees the work of the property litigation practice, which is led by associate Amy Castleman. Clients remark that Castleman 'has a sharp mind, is often insightful and demonstrates skills beyond her years of call'.

Practice head(s):

Karin Horsley

Other key lawyers:

Amy Castleman


Greenwoods GRM has exclusive agreements with a number of the large property guardianship companies, giving it something of a monopoly on landlord instructions in property guardian possession work, which is a developing area of law. Otherwise, it has a large and varied client base for both commercial and residential property disputes.

Amy Castleman is very capable, and easy to work with. She has a sharp mind, and is often insightful. Amy demonstrates skills beyond her years of call.

Work highlights

  • Representing a national property guardianship company in proceedings in which a property guardian defended the proceedings pleading they were a tenant.
  • Successfully defending a third party’s application for a proprietary interest on agriculture land.
  • Representing an international property guardian company in possession proceedings where the guardian claimed tenancy rights and pleaded the claimant had no standing to bring the claim.

HCR Hewitsons

Harrison Clark Rickerbys  joins the ranking having hired partner Natalie Minott from HCR Hewitsons. Minott acts for large private landowners, investor landlords and commercial tenants. She has particular expertise in acting for landowners in disputes with telecom operators, and continues to undertake regular site clearance and redevelopment work for developers. Her expertise also includes acting for landlords in the retail, energy and agricultural sectors.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Minott

HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons in Cambridge handles both commercial and residential property disputes, including matters for high-net-worth individuals, corporates and rural landowners. Legal director Rachel Sims, who joined from Steeles Law, now leads the practice following the departure of former practice head Natalie Minott to Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Sims deals with landlord and tenant disputes, tenant insolvency, dilapidations, forfeiture, lease renewals and contested break options, and claims for breach of covenant.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Sims


Rachel Sims dealt with most of the dispute. She was professional in her manner, quick to answer my emails, and put into force restrictions on hedges and so forth when threats from the neighbours were received.

Hunt & Coombs LLP

The practice at Hunt & Coombs LLP is led by a new recruit, Helen Townsend having joined from Taylor Rose TTKW in early 2020 and legal executive Lesley Milne having moved to Premier Solicitors in Bedford. Under the supervision of head of commercial Anna Spriggs, Townsend's team handles restrictive covenants in respect of both residential and commercial property, lease renewal disputes, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA) claims, dilapidation and boundary matters, as well as building work disputes.

Practice head(s):

Helen Townsend; Anna Spriggs


Hunt & Coombs is highly regarded as a legal firm in the Peterborough area, with a prominent profile across a broad range of disciplines.

Work highlights

  • Advised a couple on a claim being brought against them by a building contractor. The advice includes the issue of a counterclaim and the identity of the correct Claimant.
  • Advised a company on a claim for forfeiture of a lease following non-payment of rent. Thereafter advised on a subsequent claim for relief from forfeiture and damages from the tenant.
  • Advising a private client on a claim for interference with a right of way as the owner of the right of way wants to move it without agreement from the client or formalising the position.

Kerseys Solicitors LLP

Kerseys Solicitors LLP in Ipswich handles property litigation as part of its broader dispute resolution practice. Lead partner Kate Barnes frequently acts for landlords in repossession cases, in which she has a stellar track record. The firm also acts for commercial land owners, residential landlords and private property owners.

Practice head(s):

Kate Barnes


Kerseys Solicitors has a team that specialises in certain areas of law. This was very useful as I needed help with Agricultural Tenancy laws.

Kate Barnes kept me up to date via emails as time progressed.

Key clients

East of England Cooperative Society Limited

Work highlights

  • Agreeing terms of transfer of land under compulsory purchase order.
  • Advice and representation concerning boundary dispute on development site.
  • Eviction of residential occupiers of a town centre commercial property.

Steeles Law

Property litigation is a key element in the work of the dispute resolution practice at Steeles Law in Norwich. The firm is frequently instructed by commercial landlords and tenants in commercial lease renewals and dilapidations claims. On residential leasehold matters, the team is instructed by landlords on claims for possession. Solicitor Damian Pitts leads the practice, supported by legal executive Denise Traube. Clients praise Pitts for 'clear, concise and timely advice combined with decisive action'.

Practice head(s):

Damian Pitts

Other key lawyers:

Denise Traube


When the solicitor who was dealing with our boundary determination left Steeles, Damian Pitts was recommended to take over the case. His initial analysis of our position at the time against the goal we wished to achieve was clear and realistic, though not optimistic. As the issues gradually evolved over the two years it took to resolve the case, Mr Pitts kept in regular contact stage by stage without unnecessary communications and by following his clear, concise and timely advice combined with decisive action at the appropriate times our objectives were achieved in the final agreement. In short, Mr Pitts is in my opinion, efficient in keeping in control and not incurring unnecessary fees and effective in achieving the desired result. I would not hesitate to engage him again.

The communication between the two lawyers who dealt with my boundary dispute was very good. Working through the matter was complicated, as the neighbours would not engage a solicitor for themselves, but sent very intimidating letters, in an effort to end the matter. The communication between all was swift.

Damian Pitts finished the boundary dispute, once he had visited the site in question after the site had been fenced in, and all was in accordance with the surveyor’s pegs.

Although the matter was very complicated, I was very pleased with the outcome. Damian Pitts is very good at his job.

Key clients

Glenny LLP


Work highlights

  • Advised the residential block management team at Glenny LLP on numerous service charge issues arising from their portfolio of properties under management.
  • Advised Symphony Talent Ltd on terminal dilapidations at the end of the lease of its business premises.
  • Advised Blooms Nurseries Ltd on defending an adverse possession claim brought by a neighbouring landowner.

Taylor Vinters

Taylor Vinters in Cambridge handles acts for domestic and international technology businesses, and other entrepreneurial and innovation-driven clients, in contentious property matters. It also acts for clients in the agricultural and not-for-profit sectors, as well as numerous high-net-worth individuals and landowners. Head of litigation Luke Hibbert oversees the practice, of which senior associate Beth Price is a key member.

Practice head(s):

Luke Hibbert

Other key lawyers:

Beth Price