Property litigation in London

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's 'top drawer' team is a heavyweight in the real estate sector and assists clients with the full spectrum of property litigation with particular strength in rent reviews, rights of light, rating law, dilapidations and insolvency-related matters while also having an excellent niche in urban exploring issues and property-related disputes arising from the use of drones. Clients also benefit from the team's expertise in litigation avoidance and risk analysis. The 'experienced, intelligent and tenacious' Akhil Markanday, specialist in dealing with high-profile protester and trespassing matters, heads the 'very professional and knowledgeable' team, which includes 'very structured and approachable' rating law specialist Roger Cohen, Michael Metliss, who frequently advises institutional landlords, and Wendy Miller, who regularly takes the lead in telecoms sector mandates. The 'calm and commercially minded' Rashpal Soomal, who focuses on development-related work, and associate director Jeremy Stephen, who is well versed in insolvency-related disputes, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Akhil Markanday

Testimonials

‘The team is up to speed with the latest info, which makes dealing with them fluid and effective.’

‘The team makes you feel like they care about your business.’

‘Roger Cohen is an excellent person to work with. He is a good problem solver, does not give up in the face of adversity and looks for solutions.’

‘Willingness to engage and ensure that solutions are achieved without bloating the time required to do so.’

‘Pragmatic and truly client-focused.’

‘Wide range of expertise under one roof.’

Key clients

Tesco Stores

Landsec

Aviva Investors Global Service

Almacantar

Grosvenor Estates

The Crown Estate

Hermes

Canary Wharf Group

Great Portland Estates

Zenprop

The Financial Times

Deliveroo

CC Land

Work highlights

  • Represented Tesco in rating litigation before the Court of Appeal, appealing the Upper Tribunal’s decision on retrospective rates liabilities and continuing extra liabilities following an assessment by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) for ATM machines hosted by food stores.
  • Successfully assisted the landlord Zenprop with obtaining a ruling in an expert determination by Lord Neuberger that a guarantor was still liable to make payments under a lease that was made pursuant to a pre- 1 January 1996 lease.
  • Represented the rate payer, Canary Wharf, in rating litigation in the Upper Tribunal pertaining to the payment of business rates during refurbishment works.
  • Assisted CC Land with obtaining an injunction to prevent urban explorers from climbing up the Leadenhall building (informally known as The Cheesegrater).
  • Representing longstanding client Hermes, in its challenge of the operation of a tenant’s conditional break option.

CMS

As 'one of the top property litigation teams in London', CMS demonstrates 'excellent breadth and depth of expertise', making it well equipped to guide clients, including developers, investors, hotel operators and corporations, through a wide range of property litigation. Its scope spans landlord and tenant disputes, contentious rent reviews for major buildings, rights of light litigation and redevelopment-related vacant possession actions as well as energy and leisure sector-related disputes. Danielle Drummond-Brassington heads the 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and well organised' team, which includes accredited CEDR mediator Marcus Barclay alongside development and rights of light experts Julie GattegnoNick Lloyd and senior associate Robin Biela. Senior associate Anna Ralston-Crane, who routinely handles various landlord and tenant disputes, is recommended. Main contact for residential property work and head of the firm's enfranchisement team Eleanor Murray made partner in April 2019; she regularly advises investors and developers on new schemes and has particular experience acting for landed estates in Prime Central London.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Drummond-Brassington

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Barclay; Julie Gattegno; Nick Lloyd; Robin Biela; Anna Ralston-Crane; Simone Ketchell; Nick Wood; Eleanor Murray

Testimonials

‘The team is at the forefront of the law.’

‘The team’s advice is clear and easy to follow.’

‘Briefs the client fully on cost, timescales and success prospects.’

‘A very safe pair of hands and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Passionate about their work and get excellent results.’

Key clients

Hilton Worldwide

M&G Investments

Sainsbury’s

BP

Hammerson

Land Securities Group

Arora Group

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Wellcome Trust

The Crown Estate

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for the landlord Elmfield Road in Court of Appeal proceedings against a tenant, confirming the correct interpretation of the lease rent review formula.
  • Defending Sainsbury’s position in a claim for alleged losses in a dispute over a keep-open covenant.
  • The team has been appointed by the Crown Estate on a five-to-seven-year term to advise on real estate dispute matters across its £2.5bn regional retail portfolio, comprising 14 shopping and retail parks, three major shopping centres and one leisure destination.
  • Successfully acted for UBS in its application to strike out Office Depot’s claim concerning a repair covenant.
  • Advised Stephen Downham on a landmark case which decided for the first time whether statements of agreed facts are binding on independent experts.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

'Demonstrating a good combination of practical willingness and legal depth', the 'diligent, attentive and well coordinated' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is jointly led by Nicholas Cheffings, who also sits as an arbitrator, and Mathew Ditchburn. It is best known for its real estate insolvency expertise, which is routinely drawn upon by landlords in disputes with insolvent tenants, alongside its experience handling development-related disputes, rent reviews and contentious matters arising from real estate portfolios, such as break option and dilapidation disputes, head office relocations and litigation pertaining to leasehold liability and property outsourcing transactions. The 'excellent' Paul Tonkin, who was appointed partner in January 2019, is experienced in development challenges, rights of light matters and vacant possession strategies, and senior associate Katie Dunn is adept at handling high-value litigation. Clients include UK real estate investment trusts (REITs), large fund managers and central London developers.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Cheffings; Mathew Ditchburn

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tonkin; Katie Dunn

Testimonials

‘Very creative – plenty of lateral thinking.’

‘Nicholas Cheffings and Paul Tonkin are exceptionally good litigators, with judgement and wisdom as well as wide legal knowledge.’

‘Paul Tonkin is very efficient and responsive and is a great pleasure to work with.’

‘The team oozes reassurance that you are in safe hands for big-ticket litigation.’

Key clients

British Land

Landsec

The Crown Estate

Argent (King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership)

M&G Real Estate

Hammerson

Ballymore

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Criterion Capital

Berkeley Homes

Work highlights

  • Assisted longstanding developer client Ballymore Group and its Malaysian joint venture partner EcoWorld with obtaining an urgent injunction to prevent urban explorers from trespassing upon its development site at Wardian, Docklands.
  • Acted for the landlord, the Prudential Assurance Company and Intu, in court proceedings concerning the forfeiture of a valuable long-lease following the insolvency of the tenant, BHS, and its breach of the keep-open covenant concerning BHS’ anchor unit at the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre in Bristol.
  • Acting for Criterion Capital, the landlord of London’s Trocadero, in High Court proceedings pertaining to the interpretation and application of a rent deposit deed following the insolvency of a major tenant.
  • Advising a consortium of landlords, including the Prudential Assurance Company, British Land, Aberdeen Standard Investments and Hammerson, in bringing a High Court challenge to the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposed by Regis UK.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

'Providing excellent legal advice given in a practical commercial context and based upon deep experience', Mishcon de Reya LLP stands out for its expertise in representing high-net-worth individuals but the team also acts for blue-chip clients and PLC boards. Much of its work pertains to development disputes, rights of light issues, injunctions, rent reviews and judicial review matters. The 'accessible and very smart' Daniel Levy heads the 'determined and formidable' team, which includes the 'highly experienced and personable' Joanna Lampert, who handles high-value disputes and provides associated risk analysis and risk avoidance advice, as well as 'quick and clever' development and property portfolio expert Emma Macintyre. Recommended managing associate Sarah Heritage is experienced in commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Levy

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Lampert; Emma Macintyre; Sarah Heritage; Chhavie Kapoor

Testimonials

‘Daniel Levy knows what he is doing and is always willing to give an honest opinion. He gives measured, balanced, pragmatic and thoughtful advice.’

‘Joanna Lampert is not afraid of a fight.’

‘Chhavie Kapoor has excellent right of light knowledge.’

‘They are the Bonnie and Clyde of Property Litigation. Feared by many, loved by most.’

‘Thinks innovatively when dealing with issues and is proactive.’

Key clients

Capital & Counties Properties (Capco)

DV4

Blackstone Property Management

IWG

Brookfield

Bank of Singapore

TK Maxx

National Car Parks

Stellar Properties

Shoreditch Property

Work highlights

  • Acted for the architect Sophie Hicks in a number of court cases pertaining to the client’s request for consent to a development in Holland Park, which had previously been refused.
  • The team continues to act as Capital & Counties Properties (Capco)’s sole property litigation adviser in various matters relating to the continuing transformation of its portfolio in London’s shopping district Covent Garden. Recently, this included assistance with opposing Roadhouse’s lease renewal application.
  • Lead advisers to IWG, formerly Regus, on all high-value property litigation matters in the UK.
  • The team continues to act as sole property litigation counsel to international clothing retailer TK Maxx across its UK stores, which includes lease renewals and dilapidations claims.
  • Advising real estate fund manager Brookfield on all rights of light matters pertaining to the redevelopment of 1 Leadenhall Street in London.

Ashurst

Noted for its 'long history of providing first-rate advice', Ashurst's 'strong' team led by 'remarkably sharp mind' Alison Hardy, who is rated as 'being very commercial in her approach and extremely user-friendly', handles a broad range of property litigation for an equally broad client base including technology companies, corporate occupiers and property companies as well as investment funds, commercial landlords, occupational tenants, retailers and banks. Its offering includes assistance with dilapidation claims, rights of light issues, break options, restrictive covenants and insolvency-related matters alongside telecoms sector work and disputes arising form the interpretation of contractual documents and agreement terminations. Iain Travers retired from the partnership in August 2018 and now acts as mediator.

Practice head(s):

Alison Hardy

Other key lawyers:

Mark Race

Testimonials

‘Alison Hardy knows her stuff.’

‘Alison Hardy is simply fantastic. She is tremendously thorough in her preparation and her clients feel very well cared for, particularly through her clear analysis and simplification of complex issues.’

‘Great team approach.’

‘Nothing is too much trouble for them.’

Key clients

IBM United Kingdom

The Berkeley Group

Urban & Civic

H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK

Mapeley STEPS

Transport for London/ Crossrail

BAE Systems

Hudson Advisors

Norges Bank

Great Portland Estates

Work highlights

  • Defended Mapeley STEPS against a substantial claim advanced by a tenant, Atkins, who alleged that Mapeley had breached its obligation to provide services. The client counterclaimed for unpaid service charge.
  • Defending new client Urban & Civic against a claim brought by Pavilion Trustees for a declaration relating to the profit share under a development management agreement.
  • On behalf of Transport for London and Crossrail, defending, and settling on favourable terms, court proceedings brought by a neighbouring owner alleging the benefit of a right of light over the proposed site of the office development at Tottenham Court Road East Crossrail station.
  • Acting for the landlord Norges Bank in negotiating improved lease terms under which New Look occupies its flagship Oxford Street store in return for voting in favour of the CVA.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Handling commercial and residential property litigation, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for an extensive client roster, including commercial investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals as well as commercial, retail and leisure occupiers. The 'proactive and commercially aware' team led by Robert Highmore has a specialism in leasehold enfranchisement and, based on its expertise in the Electronic Communications Code, telecommunications sector work. Handling regeneration projects and rights to light matters are other key areas of expertise as are dilapidation claims, rent reviews and service charge disputes. The recommended Emma Humphreys handles the full range of commercial and residential property matters including contractual and development disputes involving the removal of telecoms masts and communications cables.

Practice head(s):

Robert Highmore

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Hudson; Louise Clark; Emma Humphreys; James Souter

Testimonials

‘Real experts in the property litigation field.’

‘Emma Humphreys’ no-nonsense style helps to get results.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ballymore Group

Berkeley Group

Church Commissioners for England

Derwent London

Eton College

Hollybrook

Howard de Walden Estates

London & Cambridge Properties

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Stonegate Pub Company

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Workspace Group

Westfield Europe

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented L.C.P. Estates in proceedings with its tenant Santander, opposing the renewal of the tenancy on the basis of a proposed redevelopment.
  • Acted for the landlord, L & C Investments, in pursuing a claim in the High Court to recover arrears and pursue dilapidations in respect of three large industrial units in Berkshire.

Dentons

The 'technically superb' team at Dentons is 'well integrated with other disciplines within the firm' and draws on a wealth of experience in representing its large blue-chip client base, including major retailers and banks, as well as public sector bodies and local authorities, in a wide range of property litigation. Recent instructions include business rate matters, vacant possessions, rights of light and other development-related issues as well as property issues arising from insolvency situations and landlord and tenant relationships. The 'exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced' Bryan Johnston heads the team; he 'is able to seize short-game gains while playing the long game, has a great strategic mind and knows when different or additional resources are needed'. Handling all areas of property litigation, he is also experienced in rating and valuation issues.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Johnston

Other key lawyers:

David Payton

Testimonials

‘Bryan Johnston is always up-to-date on important decisions and movements in the market and has the client’s commercial needs at the forefront of his mind. He cuts through jargon to provide clear, tactical and commercial advice.’

‘The team has a very good manner in dealing with clients and provides commercially sound advice.’

‘Very professional, responsive and thorough.’

‘Very strong on issues affecting mixed-use developments.’

‘David Payton is very decisive.’

‘Strong property litigation team with expertise at every level.’

‘Provides practical advice after careful analysis.’

Key clients

Argos

Sainsbury’s

Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey

City of London Corporation

Network Rail Infrastructure

BNP Paribas

Petronas

UBS

London Borough of Southwark

Official Receiver

Avis

Work highlights

  • Acted for The City of London and the London Borough of Southwark in Supreme Court appeal proceedings pertaining to highway ownership.
  • Successfully acted for  Sainsbury’s and Sainsbury’s Bank in Court of Appeal proceedings pertaining to contested business rates appeals. The case concerns the rateable value of ATMs in Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.  
  • Defending Sainsbury’s against a multi-million pound claim arising from an Option Agreement concerning the development of land earmarked for the site of one of its supermarkets.
  • Assisted the London Borough of Southwark with seeking possession of a large area of land from Dulwich Hamlets FC.
  • Instructed by the developer of Doughty House, K10 Properties, to deal with a trespass and easement dispute with a neighbouring hotel.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Working in close co-operation with its real estate and financial services departments, Will Densham's team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly acts for major development and investment companies in landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidation claims, rights to light issues, judicial reviews and energy-related litigation. Recently, the team has been particularly active in obtaining injunctions to prevent free climbers and urban explorers from trespassing on various well known London skyscrapers, including the Shard; this type of work is frequently handled by real estate litigator Stuart Wortley. Telecoms code specialist Thekla Fellas joined the team from Fladgate LLP in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Will Densham

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Wortley; John Kemkers

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management

Associated British Ports

Berkeley Homes

Blackstone

British Land

Chinese Estates

ED&F Man Group

Fordstam

IGas Energy

J.P. Morgan

Canary Wharf Group

100 Clerkenwell Road

Work highlights

  • Advising Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company on a dispute over licensing arrangements at Chelsea Reach moorings on the Thames.
  • Advising Norvin Holdings, a significant land owner in East London, alongside associated companies on various rights to light issues arising from substantial developments on neighbouring land.
  • The team obtained injunctions to restrain urban explorers from trespassing, acting for various clients including the Shard, the Canary Wharf Estate and Elstree Film Studios, among others.

Forsters LLP

Forsters LLP's 'knowledgeable and friendly' team led by residential property and leasehold enfranchisement specialist Natasha Rees is well placed to handle the full spectrum of commercial, residential and enfranchisement work including disputes at the interface of property rights and the right to privacy, as recently demonstrated by representing the residents of the NEO Bankside development in their nuisance and human rights claim against Tate Modern. Other instructions from institutional investors, real estate investment funds, corporates and developers routinely involve rights to light matters, CVAs and telecom sector issues. Commercial property litigator Jonathan Ross is another key figure of the team as is senior associate and 'future heavyweight in the making' Anna Mullins; she has been particularly active in landlord and tenant issues.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Rees

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Ross; Ben Barrison; Anna Mullins

Testimonials

Natasha Rees is absolutely at the top of the tree when it comes to enfranchisement and service charge cases.

Ben Barrison is a force to be reckoned with in the property litigation world. He is a great technical lawyer, both in his knowledge of the substantive law and in his command of procedure.

They are an absolute pleasure to work with.

Clients appreciate the team’s knowledgeable but unstuffy approach.

Anna Mullins is bright, industrious and commercially sensitive. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

The Crown Estate

The Corporation of Trinity House

The Phillimore Estate

LaSalle Investment Management

BMO Real Estate Partners

Gascoyne

British Airways Pension Fund

Mayfair Capital

Sony Pictures

Work highlights

  • Acting for Giles Fearn and a number of other tenants of the NEO Bankside development in a High Court claim against the Tate Gallery. The claim concerns the viewing gallery element of the recent extension to the Tate Modern, known as the Blavatnick Building, and is based on private nuisance and breach of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • Assisted Scottish Widows Authorised Contractual Scheme with its application to challenge the validity of Wulfrun Specialised Fasteners’ CVA following the client’s tenant seeking to use the CVA process to end its lease early and avoid liability.
  • Acting for the nominee purchaser Lawrence Wharf Freehold in a contentious collective enfranchisement claim relating to a six block development in Canary Wharf.
  • Acting for the tenants of York House in Chelsea in an enfranchisement dispute where the landlord has resisted the tenants’ right to acquire the freehold.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Handling a broad range of commercial property litigation, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's 'efficient, diligent, proactive and pragmatic' team sits at the intersection of the firm's dispute resolution and real estate practices and is noted for its experience in compulsory purchase order (CPO) compensation disputes - a key area of expertise for team head Matthew Bonye - and rating litigation but the group is also well versed in handling contentious public project, development and redevelopment work as well as various landlord and tenant issues, among others. In a recent highlight, the team defended the board of trustees of the Tate Gallery against a claim of private nuisance and breach of human rights brought by several residents of the NEO Bankside development. Senior associate Julia Tobbell has been particularly active in high-value disputes, while rating law expert Martin Dawbney joined boutique planning law firm Town Legal LLP in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Bonye

Other key lawyers:

Tom Leech QC; Julia Tobbell

Testimonials

Matthew Bonye is very knowledgeable and willing to assist clients at any time. He provides outstanding, clear and robust advice in a timely manner.

Outstanding in understanding diverse challenges in the field of property litigation.

The team is capable of taking on a wide range of issues and identifying what’s important.

Key clients

British Land

Hermes Pension Fund

Hammerson

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW)

Argent

Heathrow Airport

Lendlease

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

Blackstone

Work highlights

  • Defended the Tate Gallery’s board of trustees against a claim of private nuisance and breach of human rights brought by several residents of the NEO Bankside development.
  • Representing Westfield (now Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) in a dispute with its key anchor tenant, Aspers Casino, over its multi-million pound redevelopment plans for Westfield Stratford City.  Aspers has issued a claim for a High Court injunction to restrict Westfield’s ability to carry out its redevelopment plans on the basis that such plans would allegedly contravene Aspers’ granted rights under its lease and would breach the covenant for quiet enjoyment.
  • Defended TAG Farnborough Airport against multiple claims by hundreds of residents for compensation for loss in value of their homes from aircraft noise.
  • Acting for Ludgate House, the freehold owner and developer of Ludgate House in London, in its appeal at the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to alter the 2010 Rating List to remove the client’s liability for non-domestic business rates for the property.
  • Advised Wittington Investments, a privately-owned investment fund and owner of the Richmond Hill Hotel in Richmond-upon-Thames, on a rights of way dispute.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Rated for its 'commercial approach', Pinsent Masons LLP's client roster includes property developers, housebuilders, institutional investors and investment funds, who benefit from the team's notable expertise in rights of light - including rights of light insurance - energy and infrastructure-related property disputes, vacant possession strategies and mass protest and trespasser actions. 'Rights of light guruSiobhan Cross and the 'very helpful, experienced and knowledgeableMelissa Thompson jointly head the 'tremendously proactive, energetic and innovative' practice, which also offers litigation avoidance advice and dispute analysis assistance.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Cross; Melissa Thompson

Testimonials

Very well organised.

The team grasps and advises on complex issues quickly and in an easy to understand manner.

They are very approachable and understand the needs of the client’s business.

Holistic team which clearly does joined-up thinking on real estate matters.

Inspires great trust and loyalty.

Key clients

Royal London

The Portman Estate

Grainger

Legal & General Property

INEOS

Lendlease

Oracle Corporation

Lugano Dissington Estate

Mount Anvil

Heathrow Airport

Ionity

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lugano Dissington Estate in a £12m claim against various individuals at a local authority, who are alleged to have committed the tort of misfeasance in public office in their handling of Lugano’s planning application for Dissington Garden Village, a £825m development of a new settlement in Northumberland.
  • Acting for the investor and developer Romulus Dominion in a dilapidation claim against a firm of solicitors, the former tenants of the property.
  • Assisted the Portman Estate with the implementation of a strategy to secure vacant possession of 1-4 Marble Arch for the purposes of an office and retail redevelopment. This involved dealing with around 30 office and retail tenants including McDonald’s.
  • Acted for INEOS in its successful application under the Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1966 to secure rights over land owned by the National Trust (Clumber Park) so that surveys for shale gas can be undertaken.
  • Assisted the Portman Estate with a wide range of matters including opposed and unopposed lease renewals, breach of covenant issues, rent and service charge arrears, dilapidations as well as trespass issues, access rights and restrictive covenants.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP has a strong profile for leasehold enfranchisement matters, acting for landlords and tenants alike, alongside access and restrictive covenant disputes and contentious residential tenancy issues. The 'very responsive and knowledgeable' team is also well versed in securing vacant possessions and handling disputes over basement developments, where it acts for a broad client base including investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals. The 'extraordinarily shrewd and unflappableColin Young heads the team and is 'definitely someone you would want on your side'.

Practice head(s):

Colin Young

Testimonials

Very good team with a high degree of technical proficiency, experience and commercial nous.

The practice is unusual among real estate teams in being complemented by colleagues of the highest calibre in private client and commercial litigation.

Excellent knowledge of landlord and tenant property law.

Key clients

Grosvenor

Bedford Estates

IBM Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Trustees of the Second Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor Estate Belgravia in a dispute over whether a freeholder owner of a property under redevelopment can access the client’s garden to carry out the works without the client’s permission.
  • Acted for Grosvenor (Mayfair) Estate Grosvenor West End Properties in a dispute over whether a freeholder owner of a property under redevelopment can access the client’s garden to carry out the works without the client’s permission.

Clifford Chance LLP

As part of the firm's real estate practice, the 'very experienced' property litigation team at Clifford Chance LLP led by the 'client-friendly and alertBen Hatton specialises in commercial property, which translates into a regular flow of mandates involving property contract and property finance disputes as well as property-related insolvency and restructuring matters. Other work includes rights to light and restrictive covenant issues. As a particular highlight, the practice successfully represented Canary Wharf Group in a high-profile Brexit commercial lease dispute with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), an entity of the EU, in the High Court in London, which rejected EMA's case that its 25-year lease of premises in Canary Wharf would be legally frustrated as a result of Brexit.

Practice head(s):

Ben Hatton

Testimonials

Ben Hatton brings out the best in his team and has a very good sense of his clients’ needs‘.

Excellent know-how and the ability to draw on expertise across the firm if needs be.

Attention to detail which inspires confidence and agile enough to problem-solve and deliver.

Fantastic team.

Huge knowledge and experience of the commercial property market, marrying a strongly commercial approach with legal firepower and a bombproof litigation team.

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group

Colony Capital

CK Asset

Network Rail

Asphaltic Developments

SR Technics UK

Palatial Leisure

Administrators of House of Fraser

Horizon Nuclear Power

Asphaltic Retirement Benefit Scheme

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Canary Wharf Group in a Brexit commercial lease dispute with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
  • Acting for the creditor, SR Technics UK, during an insolvency process pertaining to extensive amounts due and arising out of the lease of a luxury private hangar at Stansted Airport.
  • The team has been acting for Asphaltic Developments and Asphaltic Retirement Benefit Scheme against Harmsworth Pension Fund in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in a dispute as to adverse possession of a prime future development site next to Kentish Town Station.
  • Acting for Palatial Leisure, a major entertainment business located in Elephant and Castle, in a dispute with its landlord over the planned demolition of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre.
  • The team continues to assist Horizon Nuclear Power with squatters and trespass actions at or near to its nuclear power station sites.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP is well equipped to guide clients, such as investors, developers and corporate occupiers, through a wide range of property disputes, including various landlord and tenant matters, contentious property portfolio issues and disputes arising from property transactions, where the team works in close conjunction with its transactional property colleagues, as well as property disputes pertaining to developments and redevelopments. Handling development-related work is a key area of expertise for team head Keith Conway, who routinely handles rights of light, covenant and vacant possession issues alongside associated Telecommunications Code right matters.

Practice head(s):

Keith Conway

Key clients

Molyneux Investments

Pembury Hotels

Metropolitan Properties (City)

Henley Ark and Hencap Property Partners

Daejan Investments and Freshwater Group

Wagner Developments

Frogmore

Native Land

Hutchinson

Dixons/ CarphoneWarehouse

Dairy Crest

Zara

Work highlights

  • Assisted Diamantis Markos Lemos, Kyriakoula Markos Lemos, Maritsa Markos Lemos and Polydoros Markos Lemos with an ex parte application for an injunction preventing the sale of two London office blocks.
  • Advised John Wardlaw Hanbury Tenison on a proprietary claim brought by an individual comprising an alleged exclusive fishery on the client’s land.
  • Acted for the retailer C & J Clark International in issuing a claim against the client’s landlord following significant water ingress suffered by the client as a result of major refurbishment works undertaken by the landlord.
  • Advising Daejan Investments and Freshwater Group on matters arising from two major Central London redevelopment sites adjacent to Crossrail terminals including neighbour matters, rights of light and covenant issues as well as vacant possession strategies and associated Telecommunications Code right issues.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Now operating under the name Cripps Pemberton Greenish following the merger of Pemberton Greenish and Cripps LLP in December 2018, the team jointly led by Tunbridge Wells-based Miles Paffard and London-based 'stand-out characterKerry Glanville is best known for its leasehold enfranchisement work but also handles dilapidation and rights to light claims, service charge and land registration disputes as well as matters arising from restrictive covenants and insolvency scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Glanville; Miles Paffard

Other key lawyers:

Laura Southgate

Key clients

M&G Real Estate

Hermes

Kennedy Wilson

AEW Europe

Home Office

Cadogan Estate

Wates Development

Sloane Stanley Estate

Crown Prosecution Service

South East Water

Work highlights

  • Represented the landlord, the Crown Estate Commissioners, in leasehold enfranchisement proceedings before the Court of Appeal concerning the no-Act assumption on lease extensions.
  • Assisting the large shopping centre owner, Hermes, with company voluntary arrangements and insolvency processes of a number of major retailers and restaurant chains.
  • Handled eight rights to light claims for title indemnity insurer, ERGO Versicherung and AEGIS Syndicate 1225, with a combined insurable value of over £150m.
  • Acting for the landlord, Peer Securities, in High Court proceedings for damages arising out of breaches by the tenant of covenants to repair, redecorate and reinstate office premises following the expiry of a lease.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's strength lies in handling rights of light and other neighbourly and property development-related matters alongside contentious landlord and tenant issues. Fully accredited CEDR mediator Ian Brierley heads the 'knowledgeable, experienced and reactive' team, which includes senior associate Alasdair Thomas, who has a specialism in contentious property development matters. In recent significant work, the team advised the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on whether the event of Brexit will frustrate its lease of its premises in Canary Wharf with the claimant, Canary Wharf Group, seeking a declaration that this was not the case.

Practice head(s):

Ian Brierley

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Thomas

Testimonials

‘Provides solutions to difficult issues, making it easy for the client to make informed and correct decisions.’

‘The team is always clear about strengths and weaknesses of a case and how that translates commercially.’

Key clients

European Medicines Agency

Royal Mail Group

Aroland

Far East Consortium

HS2

The Pollen Estate

Mace

Telereal Trillium

AXA

St James’s Place

Work highlights

  • Advising Yianis Group on a dispute over residential electricity charges relating to over 30 flats in Docklands.
  • Advising Insite Poster Properties on a High Court claim against the London Borough of Ealing, involving allegations of vicarious liability for fraud and negligence relating to planning consent for a prominent advertising screen in London.
  • Acted for HS2 in an appeal to Westminster Magistrates’ Court concerning the demolition of the Old Oak Common railway depot.
  • Advised the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on whether the event of Brexit will frustrate its lease of its premises in Canary Wharf with the claimant, Canary Wharf Group, seeking a declaration that this was not the case.

Farrer & Co

'Providing a good service', Farrer & Co receives regular instructions from institutional clients, including the Duchy of Cornwall, the Duchy of Lancaster, Church Commissioners, other landed estates, national museums and charities, alongside high-net-worth individuals but the practice led by the 'practical, pragmatic and highly regardedSiobhan Jones is also well versed in assisting corporate and commercial clients. Typical work includes development-related matters, disputes over land use, contract interpretation and high-value dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Jones

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Parkhouse

Testimonials

They stand out as available, practical and robust in their approach.

Siobhan Jones keeps a close eye on value for money and looks at the overall picture, leading to carefully considered and incredibly helpful advice.

Any fool can get you into litigation – a talented lawyer such as Siobhan Jones gets you out of it smoothly.

The team is great to work with: they are hard working, dedicated and really do go the extra mile.

Key clients

Age UK

Ballymore Investments

Artslans Urban

Citibank Europe

Duchy of Lancaster Church Commissioners for England

Duchy of Cornwall

Charities Property Fund

BNP Paribas

Holy Cross Sisters Trustees

Work highlights

  • Defending the Holy Cross Sisters Trustees in Court of Appeal litigation proceedings against the allegation of defrauding a parish council by making fraudulent statements in a planning application for permission to build a residential development on land owned by the Order.
  • Assisting the Duchy of Lancaster with obtaining vacant possession of the Norman House on the Strand from a number of commercial tenants prior to its refurbishment.
  • Advising the Church Commissioners on a range of contentious property matters, including an arbitration over notices to quit as well as lease renewals, dilapidations and possession actions.
  • Advising a foreign high-net-worth individual on a proprietary estoppel claim by his daughter-in-law concerning a valuable central London property which she had occupied for fifteen years.
  • Acting for an individual in High Court proceedings for injunctive and declaratory relief against an electricity distributer concerning an electricity cable partly situated on the client’s land, which the client argues amounts to an act of trespass.

Fieldfisher

Dilapidations specialist Antony Phillips heads up the 'incredibly hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and user-friendly' team at Fieldfisher, which has a strong profile for injunctive relief proceedings pertaining to energy, infrastructure and development projects but the team is also well versed in handling rent reviews, contentious matters arising from property portfolios and landlord and tenant disputes. Clients also highlight the team's 'good specialism in representing corporate occupiers on commercial real estate matters'. 'Supremely knowledgeable' consultant Lesley Webber is best known for her expertise in commercial rent reviews and contentious planning and development work.

Practice head(s):

Antony Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Owen Talfan Davies; Lesley Webber

Testimonials

There are no weak links in this team.

Fieldfisher is a great firm to work with, bringing real insight into the legal aspects of landlord and tenant disputes and helping its clients to achieve the best results.

They are original thinkers and willing to go that extra mile to achieve success.

Lesley Webber’s shrewd analysis of each case is impressive, as is her determination to achieve exceptional results for clients.

‘Owen Talfan Davies is forward thinking and client focused.’

‘Owen Talfan Davies has a creative legal mind underpinned by an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. Owen is a dynamic litigator who is the person you need when it looks like there is no way out.’

Antony Phillips has great insight into landlord and tenant law and the ability to deliver on client requirements. Litigation is seldom anyone’s desired course but Antony has the ability to make the process bearable and win through.

Key clients

INEOS

H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK

Southwark Council

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate

Angus Energy

Imperial College London

Shell Pension Funds

BP

BMW

Work highlights

  • Acting for INEOS Upstream in Court of Appeal proceedings for injunctive relief protecting the interests of INEOS, its supply chain and INEOS’ property from unlawful activity posed by activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Acting for 27 investors in claims arising from a multi-million pound development dispute concerning a large student accommodation development.
  • Acting for Dart Energy (East England) and Island Gas, among others, in proceedings for injunctive relief protecting IGas’ property and proprietary rights from unlawful activity posed by activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Acting for Angus Energy in proceedings for injunctive relief protecting Angus’ property and proprietary rights from unlawful activity posed by activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Assisting the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy with rent reviews of 1-19 Victoria Street and 10-18 Victoria Street where Business Energy and Industrial Strategy are the tenants.

Fladgate LLP

Covering a broad field of property litigation, Fladgate LLP regularly handles contentious commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters and disputes arising from property transactions as well as enfranchisement and development work. The 'bright and commercially mindedTim Foley now heads the 'strong' team following former team head and telecoms specialist Thekla Fellas' move to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Tim Foley

Other key lawyers:

Alison Mould; Jonathan Hibberts; Janet Keeley

Testimonials

Tim Foley is a sensible person to work with and provides counsel with good instructions.

Very pragmatic, commercial and flexible.

Alison Mould is a brilliant tactician and a highly competent operator.

Key clients

Trustees of Brocket Estate

Toys R Us

Soho Estates

Odeon Cinemas

London Diocesan Fund

Point West GR

Tellon Capital

Beaverbrooks the Jewellers

Aspers Casinos

Five Guys

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Trustees of the Estate of the first Lord Brocket, the freehold owners of Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, with issues of disrepair and other breaches of tenant covenant on this Grade 1 listed estate.
  • Advising Dragon Investment Management on a dispute over the contracts for the construction and purchase of a large block of flats in London (65 units) which is subject to a significant number of defects.
  • Acting for Bear Property Enterprises in a dispute over a failed property purchase, which arose as a result of a fraudulent transaction and the alleged negligence of the client’s former solicitors.
  • Acting for the developer of land in West London in securing vacant possession of a retail unit that will be demolished for redevelopment.
  • Acting for Five Guys in challenging a covenant in a lease in favour of McDonalds that restricts potential tenants in the same sector from trading in a retail park. Five Guys contends that the covenant is anti-competitive and the case is one of the first few where the terms of a lease are subject to challenge under the Competition Act 1998.

Gowling WLG

Acting for real estate businesses, developers and corporate occupiers, Gowling WLG handles a 'wide range' of property disputes including contentious portfolio matters, commercial landlord and tenant disputes and business rates disputes as well as rights to light and vacant possession issues alongside other matters concerning large-scale property developments. Martin Thomas heads the team, which includes rights to light expert Anne Waltham, who retired from the partnership in April 2018 but continues to act as consultant.

Practice head(s):

Martin Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Clive Chalkley; Anne Waltham

Testimonials

Clive Chalkley is excellent and has a very good communication style together with a strong depth of knowledge.

Key clients

Government Property Agency

LaSalle Investment Management

U and I Group

Biffa Waste Services

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

M&G

Lidl

Telereal Trillium

BAE Pension Funds

St. Modwen

Work highlights

  • Acting for Transport for London (TfL) in the successful appeal to the Supreme Court, against Southwark and the City, regarding the meaning of highway in the GLA Act, and the Highways Act 1980. The case concerns ownership of the main road network in London and, in particular, ownership of property beyond the road surface.
  • Acting for Performance Retail in its High Court claim against Wagamama for breach of the terms of a lease agreement.
  • Acting for Bircherley Green Redevelopment, owned by the Diageo Pension Fund, in a series of contested lease renewals in order to obtain vacant possession of various retail units to permit development.
  • Providing assistance with a rent review dispute concerning the contractual interpretation of the rent review clauses in the long head-lease of an office block.
  • Acting for the tenant, Corinium Gym Venture, in a dispute with its new landlord following the original landlord assigning its interest to a third party, over an extended rent free period, among other issues.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Working in close co-operation with the firm's real estate practice, Howard Kennedy LLP's 'very good' property litigation team is well equipped to guide clients through various contentious commercial and residential property matters, including insolvency and development-related issues, leasehold enfranchisement, disputes over service charges and vacant possession actions. Clients include landlords, tenants, developers and investors. The team is led by Amanda McNeil and includes 'highly experienced' consultant and leasehold dispute expert Michele Freyne as well as hotel and leisure sector specialist Ed John, who joined the firm from Shoosmiths LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Amanda McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Michele Freyne; Ed John; Simon Taylor

Key clients

Ballymore Properties

Smith & Williamson

Richemont

Carluccio’s

Pandora

Scotch & Soda

Prime Estate Investments

Pitney Bowes

Aldermore

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Work highlights

  • Advised the landlord and claimant, Cowley Property Investment, on a dispute with the tenant Oxford Karting over an expired lease.

Linklaters LLP

Working in close conjunction with various other departments within the firm, Linklaters LLP's property litigation expertise is brought to bear in distressed real estate disputes arising out of CVAs, administrations and liquidations but the team is equally well placed to handle rent review disputes, where it frequently acts for major office and hotel occupiers, dilapidation and rights of light claims. 'Excellent' counsel Frances Richardson is the main contact following partner consultant Katie Bradford's retirement. The 'exceptionally strong, very practical and commercially astuteChris Stevenson was elevated to the partnership in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett; Frances Richardson; Satindar Dogra

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bennett; Chris Stevenson; Satindar Dogra; Tom Cassels

Testimonials

Linklaters provides an excellent, all-round service to clients and is able to handle the biggest issues.

Incredible depth and breadth of experience. Exceptional attention to detail and resourcing.

Provides consistency throughout many jurisdictions.

Genuinely invests in the relationship with the client.

Key clients

Bulgari Hotels

Mary Ward Settlement

Lendlease

CBRE Global Investors

Bloomberg

MEAG Munich ERGO

Work highlights

  • Represented Mark Charles Batten and Stephen John Le Page (former partners of PwC) in their capacity as the former joint administrators of A M Holdings, in a claim brought by AMH (a Guernsey incorporated company) before the English High Court following the claimant’s administration under Guernsey law. The claim relates to the conduct of the administrators, particularly in relation to the sale of a portfolio of central London properties collectively known as the Leadenhall Triangle, previously owned by AMH.
  • Defending Prime Hotels (UK) against a claim brought by Firstcall Services, a company which previously provided security officers to the Bulgari Hotel, alleging that the hotel had wrongfully terminated the agreement between them.
  • Acted for Mary Ward Settlement in successfully obtaining a possession order against persons unknown, who were illegally occupying the client’s unused office premises.

Maples Teesdale LLP

Dellah Gilbert solely heads the 'responsive and professional' team at Maples Teesdale LLP following former co-head Michael Kilner's departure from the firm and legal private practice in January 2019. The team's expertise covers dilapidations, rights to light, business tenancy renewals and rent reviews, including arbitration and associated risk analysis, as well as contentious property matters arising from retail insolvencies; recently, this included obtaining orders requiring administrators to pay rent as necessary disbursement or expense of the administration as well as obtaining orders for possession where administrators would not consent to the forfeiture of a lease.

Practice head(s):

Dellah Gilbert

Testimonials

Provides excellent advice and direction.

Excellent service through personal attention from partners providing expert legal advice.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BMO Real Estate Partners

CBRE Global Investors

Cineworld

CLS Holdings

Ellandi

Legal & General

Patrizia

Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA)

The Cavendish Hotel London

U.S. Government

Workspace

Work highlights

  • Acting for the landlord, the Cavendish Hotel London, in contested lease renewal proceedings following the client opposing the grant of a new tenancy to its tenant S Franses.
  • The team obtained an interim injunction for Cine-UK and Empire Cinemas 2 to prevent the continuation of drilling works by Simit Sarayi at its Leicester Square branch.
  • Acted for Oakburn Properties in forfeiting a lease of supermarket premises at 93 Fairfax Road in London.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Working in close conjunction with its real estate and real estate finance practices, Osborne Clarke LLP's 'very commercial and responsive' property litigation team is particularly active in commercial landlord and tenant disputes and rights to light claims as well as contentious development and energy sector work; the last-mentioned segment is a key area of expertise for associate director Carl Roche, while 'excellent' team head Gary Lawrenson is best known for his rights to light expertise and for advising developers and investors. Other key clients include student accommodation and residential sector players as well as power and utility companies. The practice also handles telecoms-related property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gary Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:

Carl Roche

Testimonials

Good understanding of all aspects of property law.

Provides good solid advice.

Key clients

The UNITE Group

Gazeley

Barratt Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Foresight Group

Eskmuir Properties

CLS Holdings

Virgin Media

SSE

Siemens

Topland Group

M&G

Work highlights

  • Representing Summit Development in a dispute concerning the neighbouring property owner’s claim to enjoy rights to use certain hotel facilities owned by the client.
  • Acting for the owners of the O2 Arena, Ansco Arena, in obtaining an injunction to prevent urban explorers from trespassing at The O2, but also requiring them to remove footage of prior events of trespass from various social media platforms.
  • Representing Kent Solar in a trespass dispute.
  • Instructed by GE CIF Property Nominee Company to act in proceedings to challenge a light obstruction notice (LON) registered by TfL against the client’s property in central London.
  • Advised Ward Homes on its opposition of a town and village green application submitted by a local resident in respect of a site at Cryalls Lane, Sittingbourne.

Reed Smith LLP

The team at Reed Smith LLP is led by counsel Katherine Campbell, who specialises in commercial property litigation such as landlord and tenant disputes pertaining to dilapidations, rent and service charge claims and other breaches of covenant.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Campbell

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'strong' practice draws on a wealth of expertise assisting retail industry clients, charitable organisations and high-net-worth individuals, among others, with landlord and tenant disputes, various matters involving freehold land, such as restrictive covenants, rights of way and rights to light issues and party wall disputes, alongside issues pertaining to build-to-rent projects, telecoms sector work and property development matters. The 'excellentJason Hunter is the main contact and handles a wide range of commercial, residential and mixed-use property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Greatholder; Graham French

Testimonials

Good mix of expertise in residential and commercial property disputes.

Graham French is very knowledgeable and has a sound commercial instinct while also being a pleasure to work with.

Significant knowledge and understanding of charities.

Jason Hunter is quick to respond and efficient with paper work while also having good common sense.

Key clients

Grainger

Sirosa

Get Living

Pret a Manger

Clipstone Industrial Unit Trust

Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators

Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust

Tipi

Matalan

Ilchester Estates

Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust

Unicef

The Gym Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Norfolk Square in long-running litigation against a hotel tenant involving an injunction to gain access and a contested claim about the tenant’s right to a new tenancy, among other matters.
  • Assisted Thomas Pocklington Trust with the release of a restrictive covenant over its land meaning that it can now realise the substantial value of it.
  • Acted for Spitalfields Small Business Association in a claim brought by a commercial landlord seeking a declaration from the court about how a rent review clause is to be interpreted.
  • Advising Publica Properties, a commercial landlord, on its rights to enforce repairing covenants in the lease of property occupied by House of Fraser on Oxford Street.
  • Successfully represented Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators in a High Court possession and injunction claim against trespassers with caravans and vehicles.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's 'thorough, knowledgeable and efficient' team sits within the firm's commercial litigation practice and has particular expertise in rights of light and other development-related disputes as well as a wide range of contentious tenancy matters and issues at the intersection with professional negligence. 'Formidable litigatorAndrew Myers 'knows when to turn on the pressure and when not to in the dispute process'; he heads the team, which includes 'professional' rights of light expert Sophie Schultz; 'her work ethic and tenacity whilst retaining a human touch in order to maintain relationships is an absolute strength'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Myers

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Schultz

Testimonials

Andrew Myers is a superb property litigator, who offers practical, commercially astute advice. He ensures that his style is replicated by those in his team.

Andrew Myers can be supremely aggressive when required and will not hesitate to take a hard line when it is justified while maintaining an appropriate tone with the other side.’

Sophie Schultz is the go-to lawyer for large complicated disputes requiring a meticulous grasp of fact and relevant law.

Key clients

London Borough of Hackney

LaSalle Investment Management

Schroders Real Estate Investment Trust

Mount Eden Land

Sovereign Property Holdings

Royal College of Art

Kingsbridge Estates

HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK)

Generator Developments

The Clarendon Shopping Centre

Westbrook Capital Partners

Capital Industrial

St Martins Property

London Metric

Work highlights

  • Defended the developer, Thornsett Residential and URC Thames North Trust, against an interim injunction claim for trespass brought by its neighbour, Apexmaster, to interfere with works on the Upper Place residential development in East London.
  • Defended K Group Holdings, which holds the head-lease interest of a mansion block in central Mayfair, against a collective enfranchisement claim brought by the tenants to buy the freehold of the property.
  • Acting for Mount Eden Land in a rent arrears claim against the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning the DRC’s UK embassy.
  • Representing Harley Street dentist Mehran Hassan Sanei in contested lease renewal proceedings with his landlord.

Taylor Wessing LLP

At Taylor Wessing LLP, the 'charming and commercially savvySaleem Fazal, who divides his time between Liverpool and London, leads a 'very good team of property litigators, who can turn their hands to any property dispute'. Its wide-ranging expertise includes vacant possession strategies, rights of light matters, dilapidation claims, service charge disputes and injunctions and leads to a steady flow of instructions from institutional, residential and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Saleem Fazal

Testimonials

‘Excellent property litigation team with heavyweight clients.’

‘The real estate litigation team at Taylor Wessing are highly experienced and knowledgeable, brought about both by the fact that the range and quality of the firm’s client base as a whole means that they have acted in very high level disputes, and also by the calibre of the lawyers in the team.’

‘Saleem Fazal – What can I say? Top of the tree in property litigation – an excellent technical lawyer with great people skills. What more could any client want?’

‘Saleem Fazal, the lead partner, is tremendously experienced and this manifests itself in the fact that he leads a strong team with great professional acumen, combining immense knowledge of the law with a very commercial, prioritised and practical approach to high quality cases.

‘Senior associate Ed Cooper is also a strong member of the team and always a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Canada Life

McLaren

InfraRed Capital Partners

Owners of the St John’s Wood Square Barracks Development

PGIM

Meadow Partners

Unite Students

Societe Generale

Great Portland Estates

89 Holland Park Management

Secure Income REIT

Work highlights

  • Advising Great Portland Estate on a cladding dispute with its tenant Bloomberg.
  • Advised the lender PGIM and the administrators of Damsonetti UK on obtaining vacant possession of a dilapidated property that was intended for development.
  • Acting for 89 Holland Park Management, the defendant freeholder of a historic residential property in Holland Park, in a dispute with the owner of the adjoining land over the proposed development of this land.
  • Advising the tenant of an art gallery, Maureen Paley, on a dispute with its landlord and a developer over development works scheduled to commence during the term of the client’s lease.
  • Advised Camden Property on its strategy to obtain vacant possession of a development site and successfully argued that the tenant did not have the benefit of certain rights under the new Electronic Communications Code.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's strength lies in rights to light claims, frequently acting for insurers and title indemnity underwriters, and enfranchisement matters as well as disputes pertaining to service charges, landlord and tenant relationships and property developments. Michael Donnellan heads the 'very good and professional' team; its client base includes house builders, registered providers, commercial property institutions, developers and high-net-worth investors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Donnellan

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Levy; Paul Marco; Emma Barnfield; Douglas Rhodes

Testimonials

The team’s strengths and key capabilities are its no-nonsense approach and the quality of the counsel and expert witnesses they use.

Douglas Rhodes is very easy to work with; he is extremely calm and his ability to disentangle complex questions of law is exceptional.

Its knowledge of the social housing sector is second to none, both in strength and depth.

Key clients

CLS Risk Solutions

EE

BT

First Abu Dhabi Bank

BBS Capital

AmTrust International Underwriters

ExCeL

Aegis Managing Agency

Hermes

Marriott Vacation Club

M1 Real Estate

JD Wetherspoon

Wallace Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised an insurance company on claims arising out of numerous titles indemnity policies providing coverage against rights to light risks for significant developments in London and across England and Wales.
  • Advising Funding Affordable Homes, an investor landlord, on substantial arrears of rent owed by its tenant, a registered provider and tenant of over 30 properties in the client’s portfolio.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's 'very experienced, user-friendly and approachable' team is best known for its capabilities in property development disputes and contentious matters arising from the management of property assets, leading to regular instructions involving development obligations, major disrepair of mixed residential and commercial buildings, rectification of development option agreements and the enforcement of tenant obligations. Its clients, including developers and social housing sector players, also benefit from the team's experience in telecommunications code issues. The 'very sharpEmma Chadwick 'runs the team very well'; she is 'formidable yet unruffled under pressure' and 'quick to grasp concepts and identifies the most effective way forward' while also being 'a pleasure to work with'. Paul Dunbar joined from Ashfords, where he led the firm's London property litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Emma Chadwick

Other key lawyers:

Tim Fogarty; Paul Dunbar

Testimonials

Extremely able and experienced team that can handle all types of property litigation.

Emma Chadwick is commercially focused yet quite capable of fighting her clients’ corner if required.

They are good lawyers and fun to work with.

Experience and knowledge across the board.

Committed to the client’s cause.

Paul Dunbar is realistic, commercial and wholly client-focused.

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Network

Canary Wharf Group

Barratt

Network Homes

One Housing

A2Dominion

Notting Hill Genesis

Quadrant Construction

Aldgate Place (GP)

Greenwich Hospital

Capital City College Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Capital City College Group in negotiations with British Land about loss of light and noise impact matters pertaining to a major development scheme adjacent to one of the group’s main college sites.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard excels in development work and is particularly active in rights of light disputes - these are often led by 'very knowledgeable' legal director Gregory Simms - and site clearance matters but the 'close-knit and very effective' team also handles contentious landlord and tenant issues. Clients include institutional investors, high-profile tenants, developers, financial institutions and governments. Team head Andrew Blower 'has enormous knowledge and provides a mature response to problems'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Blower

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Simms

Testimonials

Works very hard to provide an exceptional service.

Gregory Simms takes a considered approach and thinks carefully before he acts. He has got superb judgement.

There is a real sense that the team pulls together very well and that they all enjoy what they do.

Provides tailored advice that has the appropriate balance of legal and commercial focus.

Key clients

British Land

Primark

Muse Developments

The People’s Republic of China

Travelodge

Standard Life Aberdeen

Marks & Spencer

HB Reavis

WeWork

Tellon Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising HB Reavis on a vacant possession strategy and its partial implementation with regards to its Elizabeth House redevelopment project, immediately adjacent to Waterloo Station.
  • Provided strategic advice to Tellon Capital on site clearance and vacant possession matters pertaining to its proposed redevelopment of the former Bargate shopping centre in Southampton.
  • The team continues to provide strategic advice to a telecommunications company on lease and insolvency matters pertaining to a high-tech facility that houses its telecommunications equipment.  

Allen & Overy LLP

Working in close conjunction with its real estate and finance teams and rated for its 'pragmatic advice', Allen & Overy LLP's client roster includes corporates, banks and other financial institutions alongside property investment funds and private equity houses. Typical work includes dilapidation claims, disputes arising from head office moves and rent reviews as well as contentious investment and development issues. Imogen Moss heads the 'very commercial' team, which includes 'calm and very organised' consultant and main contact for Telecoms Code advice and rent reviews Jane Fox-Edwards.

Practice head(s):

Imogen Moss

Other key lawyers:

Jane Fox-Edwards

Testimonials

Technically capable and able to think strategically to find solutions.

Key clients

Uniper UK

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Schroder UK Property Fund

West End of London Property UnitTrust (WELPUT)

Orion Capital Managers

Work highlights

  • Advising Uniper UK on a  potential dispute over property rights pertaining to the decommissioned Kingsnorth Power Station at the mouth of the River Medway.
  • Assisted the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) with service provision issues and dilapidations following its move from Canary Wharf to the International Quarter at Stratford.
  • Advising property-owning clients on their agreements with managing agents and associated disputes.

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP covers contentious commercial landlord and tenant matters, including lease renewals, exercise of break notices and dilapidation claims, alongside development and investment-related disputes, such as restrictive covenants, rights to light and party wall disputes. Other areas of expertise include assisting landlords with issues arising from CVAs and high-value residential property matters.

DAC BEACHCROFT LLP

As an integral part of the firm's residential development team, DAC Beachcroft LLP routinely assists developers with restrictive covenants, easements and rights to light issues as well as site clearances and other development-related matters, while, as another key area of expertise, the group regularly handles tenant matters arising from the management of shopping centers, such as lease renewals and dilapidations, and commercial portfolio-related issues. The 'experienced and friendly' Guy Knight heads the team and is rated for 'his strategic nous, which is hard to beat'.

Practice head(s):

Guy Night

Testimonials

Very good to deal with. Technically sound, commercial and get on with the job with minimum fuss.

Go-to firm for housebuilders.

Guy Night is a sharp lawyer with an eye for detail while also being a really fun person to work with.

Very competent with disrepair cases and experienced in the issues that arise in major developments.’

Key clients

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey UK

Crest Nicholson

Linden Homes – Galliford Try

Arab Investments

Royal London

Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Notting Hill Housing Trust

The Go-Ahead Group

Lloyd’s of London

Great Arthur House Leaseholders

Work highlights

  • Advised a construction and developer client on disrepair matters arising from a tenancy that continued on a statutory basis after the fixed term lease had expired.
  • Assisted Sydney Road Developments with vacant possession actions following the client’s acquisition of an industrial estate in Watford for the purpose of residential development.
  • Advised the defendant in a boundary dispute concerning a high-value residential property in Cobham.
  • Continues to act for a group of 21 leaseholders of Great Arthur House in a cost recovery dispute with the Corporation of London, the freehold owner of the tower block, following the replacement of the concrete cladding.
  • Acted for Crest Nicholson Operations in obtaining possession for a grade II listed building in Walton-on-Thames, which was occupied by trespassers.

Davitt Jones Bould

Acting for a number of the UK's largest landowners, real estate boutique Davitt Jones Bould is adept at handling a wide range of contentious real estate matters, most notably those arising from landlord and tenant relationships, such as securing key breaks in leases, rent reviews and dilapidation claims. Madeleine Davitt heads the team, while associate director Ted Dancey retired in February 2018.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Janani Puvi

Key clients

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Education (DfE)

Highways England

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

The Royal Parks

Office for National Statistics

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Integral

Public Health England

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole property lawyers to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the team provides regular advice on various property litigation matters. Recently, this included securing several lease breaks at offices around the UK, and resisting and reducing claims for dilapidations made by landlords.

Druces LLP

'Combining sound strategic advice with good technical knowledge and clear guidance on the options available', Druces LLP acts for an extensive roster of commercial property joint ventures and commercial property developers alongside occupiers and landlords of commercial property. The group handles the full remit of commercial and high-value residential property matters with typical instructions pertaining to contentious landlord and tenant relations, property finance matters and disputes arising from commercial property insolvencies and property developments. The 'bright, realistic and sensibleJulian Johnstone heads the practice and 'is a pleasure to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Julian Johnstone

Testimonials

The team will fight tooth and nail to secure the best outcome for the client while managing expectations and not sugarcoating issues.’

Julian Johnstone has a no-nonsense approach that gets straight to the heart of a matter and examines issues thoroughly.

Julian Johnstone has a deep technical knowledge, which, combined with his vast experience produces advice, which is both clever and pragmatic.

The team’s real strength is the ability to translate sound legal knowledge into commercial and practical solutions.

Competent, expert knowledge expedited to the highest standard.

Key clients

Aquila Developments

Comland

Conde Nast Publications

Dogs Trust

Dunmoore Group

Enstar Capital

Gatwick Airport

Henderson Global Investors

Ratcliffes Surveyors

Topland Group

Urban Evolution

Yours Clothing

Work highlights

  • Represented Dunmoore Group in property disputes arising out of its commercial property portfolio, including a dispute rent review claim.
  • Assisted D&A Syndicates with the recovery of possession of a New Look store following the retailer entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), while also advising the syndicate investor clients on the termination of leases over a number of properties.
  • Defending Brooking against a multi-party claim under the Defective Premises Act arising out of an alleged faulty heating system and subsequent flood at a property development several years after completion of the development by the client.

Edwin Coe LLP

Working closely with its construction team, particularly on adjudications and matters concerning build issues and professional negligence, as well as other departments, Edwin Coe LLP's property litigation team led by Joanna Osborne is well placed to assist a wide range of clients, including landlords and tenants, developers, local authorities, individual investors and private clients, with various commercial property disputes. Recently, the team has been particularly active handling property portfolio-related matters and landlord and tenant disputes. Leasehold enfranchisement specialist Katherine Simpson joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish in September 2018.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Shams Rahman; Katherine Simpson

Key clients

United Technologies Group

Smiths Pension Trustees

Connie Investments

Hawksford Trust

Newrest-Servair LCY UK

Provincial Equity Finance

Henley Homes

Reading Heights

Work highlights

  • Assisting a number a companies within the United Technologies Group with various landlord and tenant issues, which arose across the portfolio.
  • Acted for the landlord of the Edwardian Hotel (now renamed the Avni Kensington Hotel), Connie Investments, in a dispute with its tenant, Avni Kensington Hotel, over the interpretation of the rent review provisions and the security of tenure exclusion provision in the tenant’s lease.  
  • Advising Smiths Pension Trustees on various contentious issues arising from its property portfolio including lease renewals and dilapidation claims.
  • Advising the aviation caterer Newrest Servair LCY UK on planning and noise abatement disputes with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.  
  • Advising the Salvation Army International Trustee Company on a possession claim involving multiple parcels of land at its international head office at Sunbary Court in London.

Glovers Solicitors LLP

The 'highly focused and knowledgeable' team at Glovers Solicitors LLP led by the 'very experiencedEdward Vaughan puts its emphasis on commercial property work while also handling matters in the residential property sphere; instructions from both sectors routinely feature insolvency and property finance elements. Its clients are typically drawn from the restaurant, hospitality and leisure industries but its roster also includes administrators and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Edward Vaughan

Other key lawyers:

Kenny Friday

Testimonials

Kenny Friday gets good results, manages clients well and is technically excellent.

They work closely together to ensure continuity of services across cases when one or the other is committed elsewhere.

Key clients

Azzurri Restaurants

Prezzo

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Wagamama

Investec Bank

Hampshire Trust Bank

Close Brothers

ABN Amro (Channel Islands)

Strata Residential Finance

Derbyshire Home Loans

The Mortgage Works (UK)

Tompkins Barron Developments

Groveland Pub and Restaurant

Richoux Group

Work highlights

  • The team continues to provide ongoing property litigation advice to leading names in the UK casual dining sector, including Azzurri Restaurants, Prezzo, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Nando’s Chickenland and Richoux Group. Recently, the team advised these clients on a various property matters affecting their respective estates, including dilapidation and disrepair disputes, boundary matters, breach of covenants, arrears recoveries, forfeitures, lease renewals and disputed rent reviews.
  • Advising various restaurant clients, including Azzurri Restaurants, on the implications and consequences of the insolvency of sub-tenants or assignees.
  • Assisted Groveland Pub and Restaurant with its defence against repeated attempts by its pubco landlord to forfeit its lease.
  • The team continues to assist various landlord clients (including receivers who have been appointed over properties) with enforcement actions against tenants, who are unlawfully sub-letting premises through short-term websites such as Air BnB.

Hamlins LLP

At Hamlins LLP, the 'commercial, tenacious and friendly' team 'goes the extra mile for its clients'; it is particularly adept at handling contentious commercial and residential property work pertaining to leases and business rates, restrictive and leasehold convenants as well as rights of light matters, boundary disputes and possession proceedings following failed payments. The 'completely dedicated and hugely client-focusedKate Andrews heads the team, which includes 'extremely committed, supportive and down-to-earth' residential real estate litigator and 'fabulous tacticianSarah Finch, who was elevated to the partnership in July 2018 and 'knows her law inside out'.

Practice head(s):

Kate Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Finch

Testimonials

They consistently provide a high-quality service, fearlessly working to ensure the best outcomes possible for their clients.

Kate Andrews does not hesitate to go the extra mile whilst being very skilled at delivering bad news when it needs to be.’

Sarah Finch relishes the battle but never loses sight of her client’s best interests.

What they lack in size, they make up in impact.

Kate Andrews is a something of a rottweiler; you wouldn’t want to be on the other side when she is unleashed.

At Hamlins they work together as a unit consulting each other so you get the combined knowledge and experience of all parties.

They have extensive experience, knowledge and a good track record.’

Incredibly quick and on the ball.

Key clients

National Car Parks

M&M Asset Management/ Apollo Global Real Estate Management

Grainmarket Asset Management

Kolup Investments

MTD Coln Industrial

Remington Properties

Tower Bridge Yacht and Boat Company

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

Sateria Investments

Harringay Meat Traders

Marwees

Clockfair

Cabot Investments

Triplark

Indra Prastha

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lunar Stretford in business rates hearings pertaining to the administration of a scheme devised to ensure exemption.
  • Assisted Whistletree with repossession proceedings on the basis that the defendant’s mortgage term has expired and the debt remained unpaid.
  • Assisted Charles Hay & Son with an emergency injunction, sought at the High Court, to restrain the Port of London Authority from removing ancient moorings from the River Thames.
  • Defended the landlord, National Car Parks (NCP), against allegations brought by tenants of a property in Lexington Street in London for breach of various repairing obligations.
  • Acting for an adjoining property owner in a boundary dispute with a developer.

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's team has a particular focus on real estate litigation for clients in the creative industries, including big-name advertising and marketing businesses, while the team also has notable expertise with regards to applications for interim injunctions to protect property assets, and has been advising Harrods on its High Court injunction against fur trade protestors. 'Lawyer's lawyer' Brian Kilcoyne heads up the practice, while other key members of the team include housing litigation head Paul Hayes and managing associate Mario Betts.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kilcoyne

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hayes; Mario Betts

Testimonials

‘The team has a remarkably wide range of clients, from housing associations through to wealthy private individuals to specialist lenders.’

‘Mario Betts is a highly accomplished and thoughtful litigator in real estate litigation.’

‘Lewis Silkin is a modern, approachable firm with a reputation for being thoroughly decent and having something of a down to earth/cool vibe.’

‘Brian Kilcoyne is an excellent all-rounder; he has a good legal brain but is also practical; and good fun to work with.’

‘Paul Hayes is a down-to-earth, hands-on, get things done lawyer. His strength lies in his logical and practical approach to all cases. He gets through an amazing workload and clients love him for his straight-talking, ‘tell it as it is’ ways.’

‘Brian Kilcoyne is a lawyer’s lawyer – he is a savvy litigator and an entertaining and amusing character.’

Key clients

Sager House Ltd

Pizza Express Group

Interpublic group

Christies Auction House

Trustees of the Meyrick 1968 Combined Trust

Sackville Property Development Ltd

Canada Goose

Rio Tinto Group

Harrods

British Fashion Council

Work highlights

  • Advising publishing client Walker Books on opposition to a substantial development on a neighbouring property.
  • Acted for Canada Goose in obtaining an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 in the High Court against protestors (including PETA) protesting against the sale of fur and other animal products at Canada Goose’s flagship European store on Regent Street.
  • Advised Harrods in relation to obtaining High Court injunctions against protestors protesting at the store against the sale of fur products.
  • Advising and representing a north London mosque in a claim for CPO compensation against the London Borough of Brent arising out of the South Kilburn Regeneration Scheme.
  • Advising on a shareholder dispute relating to a £500m development scheme at Station Hill Reading.

Macfarlanes LLP

Rated for its 'good commercial advice', Macfarlanes LLP receives a steady flow of instructions from public companies, institutional and retail investors, developers and private individuals; frequently, these mandates pertain to disputes arising from development agreements, landlord and tenant insolvencies and overage provisions as well as from general landlord and tenant relationships and those between neighbours. The 'reassuring and analytical' Doug Wass heads the practice, which includes the 'highly capable' Mark Lawrence; the latter 'gives clear and concise advice' on all aspects of contentious real estate, specialising in high-value claims, and made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Doug Wass

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lawrence; Andy Mather

Testimonials

They have an outstanding understanding of the construction industry and the difficulties of dealing with any issues that arise.

Very good at identifying the issues and applying the law against relevant commercial considerations.

Mark Lawrence’s sophisticated approach to the legal and factual nuances of a case is very impressive.

Key clients

Realstar

Legal & General

Canary Wharf

Ekistics

Grove Developments

St William Homes

Omnicom

The Garrick Club

Genting

Stanhope

Weston Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Garrick Club in a trespass and nuisance dispute with the owners and occupiers of a neighbouring building in central London.
  • Acted for Chester Race Company (CRC) in a dispute with Stephenson Developments (Southern) arising from the termination of the development agreement following Stephenson Development’s failure to progress the development site.
  • Acting for Omnicom and DDB UK in contentious rent review proceedings with the landlord Network Rail.
  • Defending Industrial Property Investment Fund (IPIF) against a claim brought by a tenant, AMX UK, including breaches of repairing covenant, rent payment and insurance obligations, among others.
  • Advising Canary Wharf on a dispute with Morgan Stanley regarding its proposed intra-group assignment of various leases of large office blocks in Canary Wharf.

Memery Crystal LLP

Frequently acting for leading retailers and major landlords, Memery Crystal LLP's 'responsive and well organised' team is routinely called upon to assist with disputes arising from property portfolios and property developments. It provides 'sensible and practical advice' on lease renewal proceedings, restrictive covenants, dilapidation claims, rent arrears and insolvency-related matters, among other commercial and residential property issues. The 'efficient and helpfulRichard Evans heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Evans

Other key lawyers:

Adam Gross

Testimonials

They understand that it is important to view matters in a commercial way and deal with them pragmatically.

They fully explain the options and possible consequences in simple language.

‘Splendid attention to detail.

Provides an excellent service.’

Key clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

St. Modwen Properties

Wyevale Garden Centres

Steinhoff UK

Travis Perkins

Samba London t/a SushiSamba

Castrum Estates

Chailey Homes

Asda

Charterhouse Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Freshwater Group of Companies with various property disputes across its residential and commercial portfolio. In the commercial arena, these disputes have involved rent and service charge collection, forfeiture of leases, recovery of possession, lease renewal proceedings, breach of covenant, dilapidations and other asset management work.
  • Acting for St. Modwen Properties in a range of property litigation matters pertaining to the client’s portfolio of property holdings in the Midlands region. This includes forfeiture of commercial leases, insolvency disputes, dilapidations claims and arrears recovery.
  • Advising Wyevale Garden Centres on all aspects of its nationwide portfolio, including recovery of outstanding rent and other arrears.
  • Representing Travis Perkins in contentious lease renewal proceedings following the landlord (Camden Council) opposing the renewal.
  • Advising SushiSamba on a breach of covenant claim issued in the High Court.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Working in close conjunction with its real estate transactional and various other departments, Norton Rose Fulbright's workload frequently pertains to contentious matters arising from property portfolios, property developments and corporate insolvency scenarios as well as landlord and tenant relationships. Clients include investors, developers, landlords, financial institutions, joint venture partners and corporate occupiers. David Stevens heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Stevens

Key clients

57 Whitehall Sarl

BMO Global Asset Management

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Civitas Social Housing

Commerz Real

Deliveroo

WELPUT

HB Reavis

IMI

Ivanhoe Cambridge

McLaren

Park Plaza Hotel Group

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Schroder Real Estate

Thales Properties

Work highlights

  • Defended Circus Apartments in High Court proceedings issued by its landlord pertaining to a number of alleged breaches of tenant covenants; and subsequently acted for the clients in its counterclaim, seeking a declaration that the landlord has unreasonably delayed and refused consent to assign and underlet the premises.
  • Advised 57 Whitehall Sarl on the development constraints and potentially contentious aspects of the redevelopment of the Old War office in Whitehall.
  • Assisting the property fund WELPUT with property management matters arising from the its high-value portfolio of London property assets, including any disputes with tenants, rent reviews, lease renewals, break clauses, contentious consents, possession issues and development issues.
  • Advising Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft on all potentially contentious issues arising out of its UK property investment portfolio, including 54 Act renewals and tenant disputes.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Accredited mediator, 'very competent litigator' and 'excellent strategistRudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Jonathan Roberts jointly head the 'technically minded, very responsive and strategic' team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, which routinely acts for financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and corporate investors in development-related disputes, including rights to light and right of way issues as well as vacant possession actions, alongside contentious matters pertaining to lease extensions, general enfranchisement and insolvency scenarios.

Practice head(s):

David Burns; Jonathan Roberts; Rudi Ramdarshan

Other key lawyers:

Pammi Babbra

Testimonials

Very diligent and knowledgeable.

Rudi Ramdarshan is very knowledgeable and immensely hard working and goes the extra mile for his clients.

Rudi Ramdarshan is a walking encyclopaedia of litigation knowledge.

Extremely helpful and pleasant team. Any questions the clients has are always responded to quickly and informatively.

Highly recommended.

The team is capable of adapting to a fast moving and complex litigation with very hostile and aggressive adversaries.

The team’s perseverance and dedication is to be applauded.

The team provides quick and comprehensive advice to its clients and gets it right.

They are competitively priced given the excellent quality of service they provide.

Key clients

Glass House Asset Management

Dominvs Group

Al Sraiya Group

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Cranfield Investments

Drakesfield Group

London Stretch

Keystone Holdings

ILM Capital

Comptoir Group

Altin Homes

Delphinus Developments

Work highlights

  • Instructed by longstanding asset manager client Glasshouse Asset Management to obtain possession over a portfolio of 56 properties across London owned by six separate companies and let to four different defendants.
  • Acting for a developer in a right of way dispute concerning a development site.
  • Assisted Bristol Properties with obtaining an injunction against a commercial tenant, who inflicted damages on the client’s property followed by his eviction.

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP's 'efficient, responsive and knowledgeable' team is particularly rated for its 'deep insight and experience in enfranchisement work' but the group is also routinely called upon to act in tenancy insolvencies and disputes arising from service charges, among other issues. Clients include property companies, individuals and groups of individuals. The 'excellentMeera Patel, who is experienced in compulsory purchase work, and 'diligent, creative and professional' lease enfranchisement specialist Samantha Bone are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Meera Patel; Samantha Bone

Other key lawyers:

Simon Serota

Testimonials

Simon Serota has an incredible depth of knowledge and imaginative ideas to deal with knotty problems.’

Stand-out specialists in enfranchisement work.

Case work between the team members appears to move seamlessly when additional support is needed.

Exceptional level of expertise.

A solid team that has worked together well for many years and fit together in a complementary way.

Meera Patel is fantastic with negotiations and correspondence and has a razor sharp eye for landlord and tenant work.

Wallace understands its clients requirements and  solves problems with the use of sound practical advice.’

Key clients

Freshwater Group of companies

Soho Estates

Martin’s Properties

Hays

BDB Pitmans

Following the merger between Bircham Dyson Bell and Pitmans, the firm now operates under the name BDB Pitmans. Its property litigation team is jointly led by the 'approachable and knowledgeableSimon Painter and Neil Emerson and is best known for its high-end residential property work, which frequently involves unlawful alterations and noise nuisance claims as well as enfranchisement disputes but the practice also handles commercial property issues including those involving an insolvency element.

Practice head(s):

Simon Painter; Neil Emerson; Andrew Couch

Testimonials

Very good level of service with very quick response times.

They have a clear, practical approach to resolving disputes, paying close attention to the relevant legal principles and always look for practical solutions.

Their careful analysis is impressive.

Simon Painter gives full and careful attention to the detail of the case as well as the overall picture. He is also a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Clarion Housing Group

The Ministry of Defence

Fred Perry

Smurfit Kappa UK

The Landmark Trust

City & Country Group

Bank of Ireland

Peel Holdings

The National Landlords Association

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sarvenaz Fouladi, a private individual, who brought an action against the long lessee and the landlord of a high-value flat close to High Street Kensington in central London.
  • Acting for Cacique Investments and Damor Investments, the owners of two flats in a Knightsbridge property containing four flats, in a dispute with the owners of the other two flats, who attempted to exercise their right to acquire the freehold by collective enfranchisement.
  • Acting for a private individual, who sought to challenge the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on a leasehold valuation point relating to the lease extension of his flat in Chelsea, London.
  • Provided advice to the Secretary of State for Defence on tenant eviction and associated rent arrears matters.
  • Acting for Brompton Estates Nominees No. 1 and Brompton Estates Nominees No. 2, the landlord of commercial retail premises located in South Kensington, in court proceedings against the tenant, Boots UK, opposing the grant of a lease renewal on the grounds of redevelopment under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Blake Morgan LLP

Noted for its 'commercial focus and determination to obtain the best result for the client', investor and developer clients routinely instruct the 'tenacious' team at Blake Morgan LLP to assist with landlord and tenant and development disputes, in both the commercial and residential property sectors, such as breach of contract matters and dilapidation claims. Claire Lamkin, who divides her time between London and Oxford, and 'real fighterDavid Wadsworth jointly head the team following former practice head Daniel Kidd's departure in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Claire Lamkin; David Wadsworth

Testimonials

Always delivers a bespoke service with every effort to keep costs down and results as favourable as possible.

David Wadsworth has a an almost surgical skill to get to the heart of any legal matter extremely quickly while the client is made aware at every stage of what is happening.

David Wadsworth seems to be ten steps ahead of any situation and uses this ability to reassure his clients.’

Key clients

Meadow Partners

Oxfam

Dorrington Properties

Maker Properties

Space NK

Molton Brown

Bouygues UK

Melia Hotels

Work highlights

  • Assisted the landowner client with a dispute over overage payment due to the client under a development contract with a national housebuilder.
  • Acting for the Peabody Trust in a dispute over costs incurred when replacing cladding in a building, in which the client owns 30 flats.

Collyer Bristow LLP

Working closely with its construction team, Michael Grace heads the property litigation team at Collyer Bristow LLP, which is well versed in handling various landlord and tenant disputes, insolvency-related matters, property portfolio management issues, service charge arrears and litigation arising from business lease renewals. Clients include privately-owned property investment, development and management companies, high-net-worth individuals and companies in the retail and leisure industries.

Practice head(s):

Michael Grace

Other key lawyers:

Paul Henson

Key clients

Aldersgate Investments

BMC Properties and Management

Cheval Residences

Citylink Group

The Deltic Group

William Pears Group

FirstRand Bank

Crest Nicholson

IPSUS Developments

Work highlights

  • Acted for the commercial tenant, Chicago Leisure, in a title dispute with a number of NatWest’s beneficiaries.
  • Advised the landlord client, IPSUS Developments, in the recovery of rent arrears from a tenant company in administration.
  • Advising Cheval Residences on all its contentious property portfolio management matters.
  • Acted for the lessees, Wayland Investments and Palace Gate Discretionary Trust, in a dispute with their landlord and freehold owner over service charges and the maintenance of service charge records.
  • Acted for the commercial landlord, Holborn Estate Nominee, in a dispute with its tenant, who was in breach of its lease.

Colman Coyle

'Handling matters in an exemplary professional and ethical manner', Colman Coyle has a strong profile for various contentious tenancy-related matters such as contentious lease interpretations, rent reviews and dilapidation claims as well as development-related issues including right to light and trespassing. 'Leading lightNeil Curbison heads the 'client-focused and experienced' team and has 'a very good nose for the right tactical move in a case' while 'trying to steer the client through avoiding litigation rather than encouraging it'.

Practice head(s):

Neil Curbison

Testimonials

Neil Curbison is extremely knowledgeable and keeps the client well informed.

Genuinely concerned to resolve the client’s problems.

Colman Coyle is unique in that it’s a mid-sized firm which can deal with relatively complex and high value cases due to the level of in house expertise.

Swift to respond and straight talking.

Pragmatic and highly motivated team; members collaborate actively and effectively at all levels to discuss ideas and share knowledge and experience, to the immense benefit of the client.

Formidable opponent for other firms.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Roundlistic in Court of Appeal proceedings pertaining to the question as to how far consumer rights legislation can be relied upon by a lessee in the context of a statutory lease extension under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.

Fletcher Day

With particular expertise in retail and leisure industry work, Fletcher Day handles landlord and tenant disputes, neighbourly issues, such as right of access and right of way, alongside property purchase disputes and property development-related matters across the commercial and residential property sectors. Chris Hill and Greg Barnbrook jointly head the practice, which also acts for individuals.

Practice head(s):

Chris Hill; Greg Barnbrook

Key clients

British Steel Pension Fund

Toni & Guy Group

Cote Restaurants

Jackson & Rye Restaurants

Newbury Properties

Seed Property Group

Gelato Mio

Berjaya Hotel Group

Spaces Group

O’Mara Properties

Salaft Properties

Sawalana

Attention Seekers Productions

Inspired Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Seed Property Group in a development dispute with a tenant of the freehold building it acquired and wishes to develop by extending and adding additional dwellings.

Goodman Derrick LLP

With expertise in the residential and commercial property sectors, Goodman Derrick LLP provides 'valuable advice' to clients, including retail chains, property developers, investors and high-net-worth individuals, on leasehold enfranchisement issues and matters arising from the management of residential blocks, including service charges, restrictive covenants, dilapidation claims and boundary disputes, among others. Craig Walker heads the team and has particular expertise in commercial and tenant issues.

Practice head(s):

Craig Walker

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Rider; Paul McAndrews

Testimonials

Supports clients with enthusiasm and always strives for positive outcomes.

Key clients

Game Retail

QA

Simmons Bars

FBN Bank (UK)

Shelter

Work highlights

  • The team handles all of Game Retail’s lease renewal work concerning properties within its portfolio including associated disputes.
  • Assisting the training provider QA with various disputes arising from its commercial property portfolio.
  • Assisting Simmons Bars with all its contentious issues arising from its property portfolio while also providing support with applications for premises licences and licence variation hearings.
  • Acted for the leasehold owners of a property in London W18 in First Tier Property Tribunal lease extensive hearings with their landlord.

Ince

Following the merger with Ince & Co in October 2018, Gordon Dadds LLP now operates under the Ince brand. Its team, jointly led by Justin Neal and the 'incredibly experiencedIan Chappell, routinely assists commercial and residential property developers, financial institutions and major retail companies, with litigation arising from the acquisition, sale, development and management of land as well as landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Justin Neal; Ian Chappell

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Bingham; Janet Ayres

Testimonials

Very commercial and will go the extra mile.’

Ian Chappell is not afraid to be aggressive and argue his corner. He is switched on and very commercial.

Adrian Bingham is lovely to work with and a careful lawyer.

Key clients

Berkeley Homes

St James Group

Ryman

Berkeley Corporate Finance

Inspired Asset Management

London & UK Property

Yates Estates

St George Central London

BDW Trading

Unique Property Group

CIT Group

Southwark Square

Roquebrook Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a commercial landlord to pursue rent arrears of over £100k from a guarantor under the terms of an Authorised Guarantee Agreement.
  • Acted on behalf of a business tenant in lease renewal proceedings for its estate agency premises following the receipt of a Section 25 Notice from its landlord opposing the new lease.

Payne Hicks Beach

With a focus on Prime Central London residential property work, the team at Payne Hicks Beach, which is now led by Matthew Spring following former practice head Andrew Tugwell's move to Keystone Law in October 2018, receives regular instructions from high-net-worth individuals, including family offices, and investors. Much of its work pertains to leasehold enfranchisement, property developments and landlord and tenant relationships but the practice is also adept at handling commercial property instructions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Spring

Key clients

Morshead Mansions

Saga Group

Fiat

your-move.co.uk

Snap-on Tools

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Albion Land

Work highlights

  • Defending the seller as well as the buyer of leasehold interest of a flat in a large block in Highgate against the allegation to have breached the leasehold covenant; the claim was brought by the landlord.
  • Representing a group of leaseholders in a 1930s block in proceedings pertaining to the defective implementation of a multi-million pound new heating and hot water system which is in breach of lease provisions and has led to substantial cost overruns that are being claimed by way of service charge.
  • Assisted Morshead Mansions with its claim for shareholder levies to fund works to an apartment block in Maida Vale.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Acting for landlords and tenants alike, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's client portfolio includes investment managers, office occupiers, retailers and charities alongside residential landlords and tenants. In the commercial property space, the team led by Donald Lambert is particularly active in contested lease renewals and tenant insolvency matters, while, in the residential property sphere, the group is adept at assisting with the recovery of service charges and lease matters. Handling development-related work, including various neighbourly issues and restrictive covenants, as well as social housing litigation are other key areas of expertise. Housing association specialist Ben Robinson made partner in April 2018.

Practice head(s):

Donald Lambert

Other key lawyers:

David Masters; Ben Robinson

Key clients

Kames Capital

Sellar Property Group

Curzon Asset Management

Wandle Housing Association

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Pinnacle Places

Southern Housing Group

Munroe K Luxembourg

Alpha Real Capital

BPHA

Work highlights

  • Acted for a landlord in property matters, including repairing obligations, pertaining to New Look’s CVA.
  • Advising Adnac Business Park on its challenge to a restrictive covenant in order to develop land adjacent to the M23.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP

The property litigation team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP is led by Simon Hartley, who handles a wide range of contentious commercial real estate work and has significant experience in rent reviews, but the group is also well versed in dealing with residential property matters, including landlord and tenant disputes and property issues associated with insolvency scenarios.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Jane Emberton

Simmons & Simmons

Frequently acting for real estate fund managers, sovereign wealth funds and corporate occupiers alongside landlords and developers, the 'commercial' team at Simmons & Simmons is experienced in handling commercial landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidation and breach of covenant claims and contentious lease renewals, as well as various property development issues such as rights to light and vacant possession actions. 'Exceptional' team head Carol Hewson is 'a true relationship partner who really knows and supports her clients'.

Practice head(s):

Carol Hewson

Testimonials

Real trusted advisors.

The team has a true understanding of the client’s business.

They aren’t afraid to join the dots and give commercially sound advice.

Key clients

Deka Immobilien Investment

Columbia Threadneedle

VPS Group

Office Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Great Elm Assets in vacant possession, telecommunications and rights of light issues pertaining to the redevelopment of 101 Finsbury Pavement and 20 Ropemaker Street in London.
  • Assisting a tenant bank with a breach of covenant claim against its landlord.
  • Acting for the tenant of an educational institution in South East London in proceedings pertaining to its opposed lease renewal application.

TLT

With commercial property work at its core, TLT is well placed to act for commercial landlords and tenants, housing associations, property developers and investors in landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews and lease renewals. 'Calm' team head Jason Juden is 'very thorough and reassuring with clients', who also highlight his 'excellent judgement' and 'good analytical skills'.

Practice head(s):

Jason Juden

Testimonials

‘Jason Juden leaves no stone unturned to get to the bottom of a case.’

‘Solid litigation team, with good quality clients and work.’

Rob Whitaker – sensible, commercial associate.

‘Jason Juden has an excellent understanding of what a business person needs to determine when to fight and when to walk away. He has a very logical mind and knows how to focus on what is important and what is only noise. He is very practical and very competent. He has good overall judgement of a problem and gives advice on what can be achieved and what cannot. He has been a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jason Juden has good experience and is reassuring with clients.’

Key clients

Ludgate House

Westbourne Capital Partners

Twentieth Century Fox

Ilchester Estates

Riverwood Homes

R&K LLC

TLG LLC

GC Campden Hill

Avonstone Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented Avonstone Properties in a misrepresentation and forfeiture proceeding.
  • Advising R&K LLC on a large dilapidations claim against a government department in central London.
  • Advising R&D LLC on a forfeiture and service charge claim involving tenant and subtenant J B Leitch & Co.
  • Advising TLG LLC on a breach of covenant of quiet enjoyment and nuisance claim pertaining to a central London property involving a freeholder subtenant.
  • Acting for Ludgate House in contested possession proceedings in relation to a major central London development site.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP is particularly active in development-related disputes such as rights of light, rights of way and restrictive covenants but the 'hard-working, available and responsive' team led by 'calm and measured' senior counsel Andrew Ross also handles disputed lease renewals and CVA-related property claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ross

Key clients

Azzurri Trading

Beazley Management

Benson Elliot Services

Bridgepoint Advisers

Carpetright

Chelsea Stadium

Clearbell Capital

Lothbury Property Trust Company

McAleer & Rushe

Northridge Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chelsea Stadium, the stadium owners at Stamford Bridge football stadium, in defence of a claim brought by neighbours that the proposed £1bn development of the stadium would interfere with their rights of light.
  • Acting for Lothbury Property Trust Company in a challenge raised by a neighbour, who claimed that the external seating at one of the client’s buildings will be obstructing a right of way to the entrance of the neighbour’s office.
  • Acting for Lothbury Property Trust Company in a dispute over recent refurbishment works and the question whether they are recoverable under a service charge.
  • Handled several disputes for Carpetright pertaining to lease terminations under its CVA.

VWV

Led by Bristol-based Michelle Bendall, the team at VWV handles a wide range of contentious commercial and residential property matters and is particularly active for charities and investors alongside education and retail sector clients. Typical work includes break notices, contested lease renewals and development-related matters as well as rent reviews, restrictive covenants, easement disputes and possession claims. Katie Hickman is the main contact in London.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Bendall

Other key lawyers:

Katie Hickman

Key clients

Land Remediation

Amplio Group

The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral

Richemont Group

Crest of London

St Albans School

Penoyre & Prasad LLP

Frecrest Properties

Powell-Cotton Settled Estate

Work highlights

  • Instructed by ten defendants in a 20-party High Court litigation involving the validity of unilateral notices and the claimant’s claim for specific performance of 14 contracts for the grant of long leases.
  • Acted for the defendant housing association in obtaining summary judgement against the claimant, who sought over £250,000 from the client following a staircasing dispute.
  • Assisted a charity client with the removal of travellers from its land in West Sussex.
  • Instructed by a market trader to prevent its adjoining freeholder from taking action in respect of an alleged trespass.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

With particular focus on commercial real estate, Watson Farley & Williams LLP's team led by Dev Desai handles instructions from various private and public sector companies involving contentious matters arising from landlord and tenant relationships, rent reviews and property-related insolvency and telecoms issues but the team also provides advice on high-end residential disputes. The practice has a multi-disciplinary approach and routinely acts in conjunction with its corporate, tax and restructuring colleagues.

Practice head(s):

Dev Desai

Key clients

Frasers Property

Jorge Hinneberg

Canadian Solar UK Projects

Investec Bank

Debenhams Retail

British American Tobacco

Ropemaker Properties

Telefónica UK

Delph Property Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Investec Bank in a rent review dispute pertaining to a solar farm lease.
  • Acted for Ropemaker Properties in a dispute with a wholesale fish supplier over breaches of lease and environmental damage.
  • Acted for British American Tobacco in a dispute with Factcroft, a former landlord, over alleged liabilities arising out of a lease where Intacloth, the current tenant, had gone into administration.
  • Acted for Markel International Services, the anchor tenant of the Walkie Talkie building in London, in a dispute over noise disturbance.