Firms To Watch: Property litigation

In early 2022 Child & Child recruited experienced real estate litigator Stephen Scott, formerly of CMS and Nabarro, as head of dispute resolution.

Firms in the Spotlight Property litigation

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, …

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has a sizeable team, with expertise in complex lease disputes, restrictive covenant cases and landlord and tenant matters. Akhil Markanday, an expert in joint venture and sale and purchase related disputes, leads the practice. Roger Cohen is well versed representing clients before the Supreme Court. Michael Metliss regularly advises institutional landlords such as Hermes, BlackRock and Tesco Pensions. Rebecca Campbell is noted for representing high profile clients before both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Akhil Markanday

Other key lawyers:

Roger Cohen; Rebecca Campbell; Victoria Blanchard; Michael Metliss

Testimonials

‘The advice is practical, commercial and honest. They respond very quickly and are very attentive.’

‘Akhil Markanday is simply the best. He is hardworking, focused, resolute when necessary and a great negotiator. He always understands the client’s position, even when there is emotion involved.’

‘Extremely responsive team who make you feel you are an important client. Very professional and a well balanced team with a high level of experience and expertise.’

‘The individuals I work with here are specialists in the field of Rights of Light. They also understand not only how to provide the correct interpretation of the law in this niche subject matter, but are also able to assist, advise clients and their advisors on how best to manage these risks.’

‘Other than their own skills set and specialist subject matter knowledge, they are are approachable, organised, pragmatic, realistic, attainable and most of all they are complete professionals.’

‘Akhil Markanday is brilliant, really great guy and brilliant lawyer.’

‘Rebecca Campbell is a real rising star. Very intelligent and really gets to the heart of the matter.’

‘An excellent understanding of the law enables this team to contribute to appeal strategy. They also conduct effectively appeals involving a number of different disciplines.’

‘Roger Cohen is an excellent team leader, huge experience of property litigation and a very strong intellectual grip on his cases. Rebecca Campbell has excellent commercial and litigation judgement.’

Key clients

National Grid

Ballymore

Landsec

Aviva

Tesco

BlackRock

Lodha

Grosvenor

BDO Stoy Hayward

Hermes

Nike Inc

Derwent London

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lodha Developers 1GSQ Ltd in a dispute concerning the termination of a £100m+ penthouse sale contract in its new luxury 1 Grosvenor Square development.
  • Acted for St Martins Property Investments Limited in a dispute heard by the Upper Tribunal, concerning the imposition of a telecoms access agreement.
  • Acted for US fashion brand Eileen Fisher on its exit from the UK property market as a result of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and forced closures of its UK business.

CMS

CMS has a large team comprising of specialists in varying areas; its strengths include the electronic communications code, energy related disputes, residential real estate and contentious matters relating to property insolvency. The practice is led by Danielle Drummond-Brassington. Her expertise lies within real estate telecommunication matters. Marcus Barclay is an expert in rent review, while Julie Gattegno has experience handling claims before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the County Court. Nick Lloyd is noted for his expertise in right of light insurance policies and litigation. Anna Ralston-Crane and Robin Biela are other well-regarded members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Drummond-Brassington

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Barclay; Julie Gattegno; Nick Lloyd; Anna Ralston-Crane; Robin Biela

Testimonials

‘One of the biggest, and certainly the best, property litigation teams in the country, with a great depth of talent.’

‘Marcus Barclay – the single best property litigation solicitor in the UK. He has enormous experience, knowledge and outstanding tactical insight.’

‘Excellent property litigation experience’

‘Nick Lloyd – one of the leaders in rights of light work. Robin Biela – a star – extremely bright.’

‘Full of stars – doughty and fearsome litigators.’

Key clients

Lincoln Skegness Solar Farm Limited

Quay Road Residents Association

Legal & General and Columbia Threadneedle

Ronnie Young

Global Radio Services Limited

Picturehouse Cinemas Limited, Gallery Cinemas Limited and Cineworld Cinemas Limited

Landsec

Urban & Civic Alconbury Limited

University of Sheffield

Acting for a leading infrastructure and engineering company

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has teams overseeing particular specialisms covering judicial review, rent review, telecommunications related cases, rights of light and residential matters. Will Densham 's expertise lies primarily with both rent review and rights of light disputes; he leads the practice, working alongside Stuart Wortley, who has niche expertise in protecting properties against trespass by urban explorers. Thekla Fellas is an expert in telecommunication related matters and assisted the Law Commission's consultation on the implementation of a new Telecoms code. Rashpal Soomal joined the practice from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Practice head(s):

Will Densham

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Wortley; Thekla Fellas; Rashpal Soomal

Key clients

Annington Property Limited

Aberdeen Asset Management

AP Wireless (II) UK Limited (APW)

Associated British Ports

Berkeley Homes

Blackstone Property Group/ReVantage Europe

Bloc Hotel

British Land

Canary Wharf Group

China General Nuclear Power Corp

Coventry City Council

Derwent London Plc

ED&F Man Group

Fordstam Limited

Go Ahead

IGas Energy

Land Securities

Legal & General

London Bishopsgate BV

Longmartin Properties Limited

River Court

Shaftesbury PLC

Sure Honest Limited

Teighmore Limited

The Leathersellers Company

University of Arts London

University of London

Utopia A Limited

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well known for its leading real estate insolvency expertise; both Mathew Ditchburn and Tim Reid are highly experienced here and often advise key industrial landlords. Ditchburn also leads the practice and has notable expertise in development disputes. The practice is also well regarded for its handling of rent review disputes. Paul Tonkin advises a range of clients, including retailers and financial institutions. He is often sought for his expertise in rights of light and vacant possession strategy. Another notable individual is Katie Dunn; she often handles high stakes and high value litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Ditchburn

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tonkin; Katie Dunn; Tim Reid

Testimonials

‘Good tactical advice on complex taxation matters.’

‘Paul Tonkin is especially patient and calm when dealing with complex real estate tax matters.’

‘Peerless in providing timely, strategic advice. Excellent value for money and do not make things unnecessarily complicated.’

‘Paul Tonkin is excellent and gives user-friendly, effective advice. He is available at short notice and is great value.’

‘One of the best property litigation teams in the country. They are second to none.’

‘I have found the litigation team to be very constructive in their advice and approach to problems’

‘Top ranking firm with excellent around expertise’

‘What makes this practice unique is the fact that they seem to have a very well-oiled organisation that runs impeccably.’

Key clients

ICG

Curzon Cinemas

English Speaking Union

British Land

Landsec

The Crown Estate

Argent (King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership)

M&G Real Estate

Hammerson

Oxford University

Aberdeen Standard

HM Revenue and Customs

Berkeley Homes

U+I Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in a claim against Beeson Property Investments Ltd and five other defendants.
  • Advised The Crown Estate in relation to its proposed redevelopment of 33-35 Piccadilly.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The team at Mishcon de Reya LLP is sought out by a wide range of clients including leading UK property companies, corporate occupiers, investment funds and high-net worth individuals. The practice is led by Daniel Levy who is well regarded for his handling of injunctions, judicial reviews, dilapidation matters and high value residential disputes. Joanna Lampert is a reputable real estate litigator, with over 20 years’ experience. Emma Macintyre is noted for her expertise in landlord and tenant issues. Chhavie Kapoor is the go-to rights of light expert. Mark Reading has a breadth of expertise, including restrictive covenant matters, penalty clauses and constructive trusts.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Levy

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Lampert; Michael Metliss; Chhavie Kapoor; Emma Macintyre; Mark Reading

Testimonials

‘A varied team, you can choose the style of lawyer you want very easily depending on the matter.’

‘Dan Levy is a really responsive, intuitive lawyer. Handles delicate matters really sensitively.’

‘Emma Macintyre is incredibly pragmatic and great at down to earth advice.’

‘Exceptional breadth of skills and capabilities. Commercial awareness.’

‘To my mind, the best Property Litigation firm in London by a long way.’

‘Daniel Levy is a very smart operator – technically highly astute, whilst always being totally focused on end result.’

‘They are determined. They do not give up. They use the best barristers and are good at choosing the ones best suited to the job.’

‘Joanna Lampert is far and away the best property litigator in the UK.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco)

Blackstone Property Management / Revantage / The Office Group

IWG plc (formerly Regus plc)

Delancey

TKMaxx

Smiggle

Hush Brasseries Limited

The Bank of New York Mellon (International) Limited and AEW UK REIT Plc

Neasden Studios

STJ Investments Limited (landlord of the Wolseley restaurant)

Charlie Davies-Gilbert (of The Gilbert Estate)

Work highlights

  • Acted for AEW entities in respect of claims against tenants for non-payment of sums during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised on all complex and high value real estate disputes for IWG in respect of its 300+ centres in the UK.
  • Advised Neasden Studios in relation to a high-value and complex claim brought by Netflix concerning the production location of Netflix blockbuster Bridgerton.

Addleshaw Goddard

The team at Addleshaw Goddard is headed by Frances Richardson. Her expertise lies within high-value and complex property disputes pertaining to contractual construction claims, insolvency disputes and emergency injunctions against protestors. The practice is well equipped to oversee cladding matters and joint venture disputes as well as living sector matters. The team was joined by managing associate Alison Oates from Ashfords LLP who has experience representing clients before the Supreme Court and expertise in both residential and commercial disputes. Gregory Simms is reputable for his rights of light expertise; he is also well versed in landlord and tenant matters, development disputes and overage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Frances Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Simms

Testimonials

Very commercial in their approach to litigation with a focus on achieving the optimum outcome depending on their client’s particular requirements.’

‘Fast and well considered advice. They ask the right questions and listen carefully to the answers and advise accordingly. Their advice is always right.’

‘Greg Simms’ expert knowledge has continuously aided in the delivery of a key project for several years now. Greg is enjoyable to work with.

‘Great advice. Very commercial.’

‘I trust them as they have been giving me great advice for many years. Always come with solutions not more problems!’

Key clients

Standard Life Assurance Limited

HB Reavis

Mount Anvil

Abrdn

Aviva

Travelodge Hotels Limited

British Land

Patrizia

Schroders (various funds)

Primark Stores Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

University Partnerships Programme (UPP)

Crosstree Real Estate Partners LLP

Local Pension Partnership Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Abrdn on a high court claim against its landlord, Transport for Greater Manchester, relating to substantial water ingress affecting Abrdn’s demised premises underneath a viaduct structure.

Ashurst

Ashurst has a track record of high-value litigation and arbitration; the teams’ expertise covers the resolution of insolvency, restrictive covenants and rights of light matters. In addition, the team is well equipped to oversee disputes concerning break options, dilapidations and the termination of agreements. Alison Hardy heads the practice. She advises a vast range of clients such as commercial landlords, commercial property developers, retailers, technology companies and occupational tenants. Chloe Meredith is noted for her breadth of expertise in vacant possession strategy and forfeiture.

Practice head(s):

Alison Hardy

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Meredith

Testimonials

‘Very proactive when changes in the law affect their clients.’

‘Good team work to ensure they give good service to clients at all times.’

‘The team at Ashurst are first class. They provide clear, concise and proactive advice at all levels, with great leadership.’

‘Alison Hardy – One of the sharpest minds in the industry. She quickly understands and simplifies complex issues.’

‘Chloe Meredith -Super-bright and engaging.’

‘Clear practical advice. Transparent fee quotes and efficient turnaround times.’

‘Alison Hardy is a pragmatic and very commercial lawyer. She is always there as a sounding board and takes the time to understand your business and industry.’

Key clients

Transport for London and its subsidiary Docklands Light Railway Limited

EP Kilroot Limited

The Official Receiver acting as liquidator of the Thomas Cook Group

Norges Bank Investment Management Limited

Norges Bank

Dupict Properties Limited

Batut Trustee 1 Limited and Batut Trustee 2 Limited as trustees of the Batut Property Unit Trust

Johnson Hatton Office Trustee 1 Limited and Johnson Hatton Office Trustee 2 Limited

Greater London Authority

IBM United Kingdom Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised special managers of Thomas Cook on the management of its real estate portfolio following the entry of 26 Thomas Cook companies into liquidation in 2019.
  • Acted for Docklands Light Railway in a contractual dispute arising from a PFI contract with its concessionaire, City Greenwich Lewisham Rail Link plc, concerning operational requirements.  
  • Advised E P Kilroot Limited in a dispute before the High Court of Northern Ireland against Northern Ireland Electricity Plc concerning a new lease of the foreshore at their main power station in Kilroot.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP comprises highly skilled and experienced lawyers including Emma Humphreys, whose expertise encompasses both commercial and residential contentious property matters, with particular focus in break rights, business tenancy renewals and rights of light. The practice is led by David Haines who, splits his time between Guildford and London - his specialisms lie within commercial dilapidation claims, compulsory purchase order work and covenant and easement disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Haines

Other key lawyers:

Emma Humphreys

Testimonials

‘Responsive, astute and commercial.’

‘Commercially astute.’

‘Very experienced property litigators. Combines offices in London, Guildford and Cheltenham with teams in property cases sometimes spanning all three offices.’

‘Emma Humphreys – very client focused. Extremely practical and looks for solutions to problems.’

‘David Haines – very commercial and strong understanding of the legal principles.’

‘A first rate team which can hold its own.’

‘Emma Humphreys – a thoroughly commercial, user friendly solicitor with a good legal brain.’

‘The property litigation team is highly skilled, they are leading experts in the field of leasehold enfranchisement and they provide an excellent service.’

Key clients

The Mountain Trust Company as Trustees of the OCA Trust

Actis LLP

Pivotal Homes

Workspace Group

London Hotels Collection

RCL Cruises

Bellway Homes Ltd

Berkeley Group

Church Commissioners for England

Proudreed Limited

Derwent London Plc

Eton College

Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd

Hollybrook Limited

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

Manhattan Loft Corporation

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Ballymore Group

London & Cambridge Properties

abrdn

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Dentons

Dentons advises clients across a range of real estate litigation matters; the team's expertise includes rent review, property insolvency and restructuring, alienation, rights of light, restrictive covenants, nuisance and negligence claims. The practice is headed by Bryan Johnston. He is known as a specialist in property litigation; his particular specialisms include the Electronic Communications Code, party walls, development agreements and portfolio management. The practice advises a broad range of clients from insurers, retailers, investors and corporates, to public sector bodies, local authorities and government agencies.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Johnston

Testimonials

‘The depth and breadth of experience available and the speed and quality of advice is excellent.’

‘Their knowledge of my portfolio is excellent, and their willingness to deliver results under tough time constraints is extremely valued.’

‘Very skilled and knowledgeable team.’

‘Bryan Johnston who leads the team is an excellent property litigator with a particular expertise in rights of light.’

‘The Dentons team are a very strong and practical team who focuses intensely on what the client needs to achieve.’

‘Bryan Johnston is at the top of his game – a true expert on lots of areas, particularly rights of light. He puts the client’s needs above all else to a degree I have rarely seen.’

‘Bryan Johnston is a great person to work with. He is delightful company, knows his stuff and is someone you want to listen to.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Co-operative Group

The Official Receiver

Taylor Wimpey

ATS Euromaster

Argos

London Borough of Southwark

Sainsbury’s Bank

Prestbury

Secure Income REIT

Work highlights

  • Advised Ashtead Warren Property Association Limited on a Right of Way dispute over The Warren.
  • Advised liquidator in relation to the property portfolio of Carillion Construction Limited on general real estate litigation advice.
  • Advised National House Building Council on the Grenfell Tower inquiry concerning the co-ordination, management and production of disclosure documents, witness interviews and hearings.

Forsters LLP

Forsters LLP‘s expertise covers forfeiture, enfranchisement disputes, rights of way, rights of light, service charge disputes and telecoms code matters. Ben Barrison recently took over as head of the property litigation practice from Natasha Rees, who is now the firm’s senior partner. Barrison is described as ‘one of the very best property litigators around – great on the law, but does not let it distract him from seeing the bigger commercial and tactical picture.’ Another reputable individual is Jonathan Ross; his specialisms lie within rent review and dilapidation claims. Anna Mullins was promoted to partner in April 2021, while the team was also recently boosted by the arrival of Julia Tobbell from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP,

Practice head(s):

Ben Barrison

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Rees; Jonathan Ross; Anna Mullins; Julia Tobbell

Testimonials

‘The team provides in-depth advice and are one of the leading practitioners in the field of leasehold reform, strengthened recently by some senior hires.’

‘They are very approachable and work well as a team in providing clients with clear advice.’

‘This is a firm which is really going places. Its roots lie in high-end residential work, but it has increasing capability across all aspects of property litigation.’

‘Natasha Rees: there is nothing that Natasha does not know about enfranchisement: she is a standout leader in this field and an absolute delight to work with.’

‘Natasha Rees – extremely highly regarded and knowledgeable in the area of leasehold reform.’

‘Forsters LLP has long been considered a market leader in the real estate disputes sector, well able to hold its own against the big hitting City firms.’

‘Its lawyers are all genuine real estate specialists and even within the diverse areas that make up real estate litigation.’

‘Forsters deployed the appropriate specialist advice to ensure our interests and reputation have been optimally safeguarded. We have complete confidence in them.’

Key clients

The Phillimore Estate

Lawrence Wharf Limited

Aldford House Freehold Limited

Giles Fearn and Others

The Crown Estate

British Airways Pension Fund

PATRIZIA

The Mercers’ Company

The Corporation of Trinity House

Abrdn

LaSalle Investment Management

Monckton Properties Limited

Realstar

Schroders

Notting Hill Genesis

Work highlights

  • Acted for tenants of Neo Bankside in a nuisance claim against the Tate Gallery, concerning the use of the viewing gallery.
  • Advised The Phillimore Estate on the transition to the Estate’s new CEO.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on the full spectrum of contentious property matters. Its handling of high-profile litigation includes the Tate Modern nuisance case brought by owners of apartments overlooked by the gallery’s viewing platform, on which Matthew Bonye has been leading. He is also the practice head. Frances Edwards, Graeme Robertson and Matthew Weal are noted for their expertise in landlord and tenant issues, contractual disputes, rent review, landlord consents and business lease renewals. Tom Leech left the practice after being appointed as a High Court Judge of the Chancery Division in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Bonye

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Weal; Frances Edwards; Graeme Robertson

Testimonials

‘The team work efficiently and knowledgably to assist us with our property litigation matters. They also clearly understood our commercial drivers.’

‘Matthew Weal – good communication throughout, practical and commercial advice.’

‘Great expertise when it comes to contentious property matters.’

‘Calm and with deep expertise on contentious property matters. Matthew Weal was very able and responsive.’

‘Matthew Bonye has a wealth of experience and is right at top of his game. Able to grasp and give holistic up dates and briefings.’

‘Strong, honest and robust advice. Strong team and kept you with your key solicitor so you knew who to speak to and who was dealing with your case, which is unlike some other firms I deal with.’

‘HSF has one of the leading rating practices in the country. The quality of the team is excellent at all levels. One of the real star teams for the field.’

‘Matthew Weal is definitely one to watch, a future star in the making.’

‘They are a experienced and knowledgeable team that have advised us through litigation matters and also advised where there is the appropriate thing to do, or not, in the particular circumstances.’

Key clients

British Land Plc

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Almacantar

Blackstone

Argent

Lendlease

Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

The Madison Square Garden Company

Hammerson

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tate Modern in the Supreme Court hearing of Fearn & Others. V. Trustees of the Tate Gallery, concerning a nuisance claim.
  • Acted for Financial Conduct Authority in its nationally renowned Supreme Court win, on the key issue of how Covid disruption is treated in tens of thousands of leasehold insurance contracts.
  • Acted for Native Land (Ludgate House Limited) in its dispute concerning millions of pounds of business rates claimed in respect of its development property near Blackfriars.

Osborne Clarke LLP

The team at Osborne Clarke LLP handles a wide scope of property litigation matters including high value development disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, neighbourly matters, residential and mixed-use property disputes and business rates disputes. The team is led by Gary Lawrenson who has over 20 years' worth of experience. He has particular expertise in rights of light matters. Carl Roche is noted for his specialist focus in energy related property matters where he advises numerous renewable energy investors within Europe. Rebecca Francis has particular expertise in disputes pertaining to residential property. Donal Kelly is also noted due to his deep knowledge of commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gary Lawrenson

Other key lawyers:

Carl Roche; Rebecca Francis; Donal Kelly

Testimonials

‘Gary Lawrenson puts himself in the client’s shoes and gives clear, commercial advice. Gary puts our strategy first, as opposed to driving fees for his own fee agenda.’

‘Osborne Clarke’s Property Litigation Team is simply superb – I cannot fault them. Carl Roche  is always incredibly thorough and really commercially-minded.’

‘Carl Roche is superb – he is always pragmatic, commercial, and fantastic at explaining the key issues in simple terms which make perfect sense to non-lawyers.’

‘Osborne Clarke have a real focus and deep understanding of real property issues relating to development. In my view they are second to none in spotting the angles and giving the right tactical advice to solve the problem.’

‘Carl Roche – This guy is a real star. He has a seriously good legal brain, and constantly looks for tactile angles to create advantages for his client.’

‘The team has strength and depth in all areas of prop lit. This means the team is really clued-up about the law and has buckets of practical experience.’

‘Donal Kelly is the masterful head of the London commercial landlord and tenant disputes team. He is especially adept with disputes concerning the 1954 Act, rent reviews, and break notices. He knows the law inside out and knows how to use this to gain ground on points that matter most to his clients.’

‘Rebecca Francis is great with client relationships and fully on top of the detail in each claim. Rebecca sees a case through from beginning to end with a proper holistic approach and always with an eye for what is best for the client.’

Key clients

British Land

GLP (formerly Gazeley and client for over 10 years)

Barratt Homes (client for over 5 years)

Taylor Wimpey

Foresight Group

Eskmuir Properties (client for over 10 years)

CLS Holdings plc (client for over 5 years)

UNITE Group Plc (client for over 5 years)

SSE Plc

Olympian Homes

Ghelamco

M&G (client for over 5 years)

Encavis AG

Technicolor Limited

Bioenergy Infrastructure Group

ARA Europe

Altus Group (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented MonSolar IQ Limited, a solar farm owner and subsidiary of Encavis AG, in a precedent setting rent review case in the Court of Appeal.
  • Represented Taylor Wimpey in respect of the implementation of its right to light risks management strategy at its flagship mixed use development in Leyton, East London.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP advises a vast range of clients including property developers, housebuilders, institutional investors, investment funds and banks. It has a full service practice with certain specialisms in rights of light, energy and infrastructure related property disputes, insolvencies and mass protest and trespasser actions. The practice is led by Melissa Thompson; her specialisms include high value development disputes and landlord and tenant matters. Siobhan Cross recently moved into a new role leading the real estate sector’s offering on climate change mitigation; Richard Bartle was promoted to partner in the team in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Siobhan Cross; Richard Bartle

Testimonials

‘Well respected established team part of strong national offering.’

‘The team is a very experienced nationwide team.’

‘Excellent in breadth, depth and commitment.’

‘Pinsent Masons has one of the most outstanding property litigation teams in the country, with the strength and depth to deal with the largest cases, as well as the cross-disciplinary expertise to handle a wide range of issues that can arise in property cases.’

‘Richard Bartle is an obvious rising star; an excellent legal brain allied to tough, no-nonsense litigator’s instincts make him a go-to solicitor on commercial property disputes, especially in cases involving allegations of fraud.’

‘Melissa Thompson commands massive respect in the market; she is a top choice for high-value and legally complex property disputes.’

Key clients

Pavilion Property Trustees

Oracle Corporation

Grosvenor

The Portman Estate

Legal & Contingency

Royal London

London Local Authorities

Legal and General

Land Securities

Berkeley Homes (South East)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hotel Management International Limited in a 5-day trial concerning a dilapidation claim, before the Property Business Courts and Technology and Construction Court.
  • Advised Legal & Contingency on rights of light issues associated with rights of light insurance policies and claims.
  • Acted for Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings Limited in its claim against Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd in S&H’s claim for service charge arrears and concerning conclusive-evidence clauses.

Clyde & Co

As of July 2022, Clyde & Co merged with BLM under the Clydes name; the combined practice has a full service offering, with the team handling contentious lease renewals, dilapidation claims, breaks and terminations and forfeiture of tenancies. The practice is headed by Keith Conway who has over 30 years’ worth of experience representing clients before both Courts and Tribunals. His expertise includes party wall work, arbitration, expert determinations and alternative dispute resolution. Another notable individual includes Jeremy Stephen who is acknowledged for his expertise in rights of light work. He was promoted to partner in May 2021. Key names to have joined the team as part of the BLM merger include Stuart Evans and senior associate Priya Sejpal.

Practice head(s):

Keith Conway

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Stephen; Priya Sejpal; Stuart Evans

Testimonials

‘An excellent team with huge amounts of experience.’

‘Keith Conway is just full of knowledge and experience in this field. He can turn his hand to most areas of property litigation and has the combination of being an good lawyer and extremely practical.’

‘The Clyde & Co property litigation team is excellent.’

‘Jeremy Stephen is a standout performer. Excellent strategist. Very responsive. Reassuring client manner. Always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Priya Sejpal and Nick Gee stand out. Both are excellent at developing relationships and providing swift and good value advice.’

‘Keith Conway – brings oodles of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the property market and its players.’

‘Keith Conway’s knowledge and experience is second to none which, combined with his personal touch, leaves clients feeling so reassured, even in the most testing litigation. He has built up a really strong team, including bringing in Jeremy Stephen as a partner.’

‘The team is led by the very experienced and savvy Keith Conway – a man you would want to have on your side.’

Cripps

Cripps has expertise across the practice, with the team advising on contentious matters relating to residential leasehold enfranchisement, residential management, investment and portfolio asset management, property insolvency, real estate insurance claims and high value rights to light claims. The team is led by both Miles Paffard  and Kerry Glanville. Paffard has advised clients across many property markets, including those in retail, infrastructure, distribution and residential. Glanville, an authority on landlord and tenant issues, has more than 30 years’ experience in dispute resolution, with particular expertise in the recovery of service charges.

Practice head(s):

Miles Paffard; Kerry Glanville

Other key lawyers:

Laura Southgate

Testimonials

‘Personable approach to litigation backed up with a strong grasp of the law.’

‘Laura Southgate provides a firm yet considered view on contentious matters, whilst keeping a commercial perspective on the matter in dispute. The partners are backed up by strong junior solicitors.’

‘The team comprises expert litigators and is also strong on diversity.’

‘Laura Southgate is thorough and efficient.’

Key clients

Cadogan

The Crown Estate

The Dulwich Estate

ERGO

The Eyre Estate

Federated Hermes

The John Lyon’s Charity

M&G Real Estate (Prudential Assurance Company)

The Portman Estate

Sloane Stanley Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted for ERGO on a multi-million pound rights to light claim relating to a major development in London.
  • Advised Federated Hermes, M&G Real Estate, Kennedy Wilson Europe and AEW Europe in connection with an ever increasing number of retailer insolvencies.
  • Advised on a variety of claims for Legal & Contingency, ranging from absence of easement claims to restrictive covenant claims and absence of planning permission or building regulations claims, valued at £1-3m.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper regularly advises on high-value and complex contentious matters; its team recently oversaw a £310m claim pertaining to the acquisition of a commercial building in Canary Wharf before the High Court. The practice is led by Ian Brierley. His clients includes those based in the UK, US and within Europe. James MacDonald-Pearce is another notable individual; he has over 15 years’ experience of commercial property litigation. He is well equipped to handle matters concerning break options, covenant construction and development constraints. Acknowledgement is also given to Caroline Yuen for her expertise in nuisance and service charges claims.

Practice head(s):

Ian Brierley

Other key lawyers:

James MacDonald-Pearce; Caroline Yuen

Testimonials

‘Hands-on, tactically astute and able team.’

‘Ian Brierley is the godfather of property litigation.’

‘Excellent firm with good all round experience.’

‘Ian Brierley – excellent experience and legal knowledge.’

‘James MacDonald-Pearce – a real thinker. Extremely bright.’

‘Great team. Works well together.’

‘Ian Brierley is experienced and has a broad range of knowledge.’

Caroline Yuen is excellent – well organised and on top of endless deadlines.’

Key clients

Formal Holdings Limited

Yianis Group

UK Pension Fund

Far East Consortium

European Medicines Agency

Ocean Outdoor

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Acted for several defendants in a cross-jurisdiction, complex claim in the London Commercial Court for alleged fraudulent receipt of circa £100m.
  • Acted for Yianis Group in a case concerning No. 1 West India Quay, a 36-storey tower in Docklands.
  • Acted for several defendants in High Court claim relating to the acquisition of a large commercial building in Canary Wharf with a GDV of £310m.

Farrer & Co

The practice at Farrer & Co has a range of specialisms that cater to clients needs; the team is renowned for its advice to charities, not for profit organisations and schools. The practice is led by Siobhan Jones who has longstanding experience as a specialist property litigator. Her expertise includes the resolution of beneficial interests, negligence, covenant construction and neighbourly matters. Jo Ord  is noted for her broad expertise in matters concerning dilapidations, possession proceedings and telecommunications. Tom Dobson's expertise is sought for matters concerning landlord and tenant work, property finance disputes and agricultural work.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Jones

Other key lawyers:

Jo Ord; Tom Dobson

Testimonials

‘Fantastic all round.’

‘Jo Ord – very switched on and decisive. Gives clear tactical advice.’

‘An exceptional team who genuinely care about their client’s interest.’

‘Jo Ord – a very able, likeable lawyer with a good commercial brain. Siobhan Jones – a formidable property litigator combining charm with real genuine ability.’

‘The team is very well resourced at all levels – every fee earner is talented and highly capable. They work brilliantly together and collaborate effectively with counsel.’

‘Siobhan Jones is a brilliant team leader: she is great at seeing the big picture and developing tactics but also very engaged on the detail.’

‘Tom Dobson is an excellent all rounder; he is a great lawyer, an effective communicator, highly organised, very good on tactics and thinking strategically to achieve client aims. Always a pleasure to work with and a true star.’

‘The whole team is great! They are fun, human and approachable.’

‘Jo Ord Jo is impressively quick to review matters and her tenacious advice makes sense.’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

AFTC Limited (Noble Group)

Porcelanosa

JH Muirfield

University of Oxford

S&P Farms (Beaumont Brook and Bradwell Power Station)

Derhalli

All Souls College, Oxford

Duchy of Lancaster

Duchy of Cornwall

Diageo Pension Trust Limited

Royal College of Surgeons

Church Commissioners

Vevil Group

Louvre Group of Hotels

Citi Bank

C Hoare & Co

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Advised Charities Property Fund on a stream of commercial landlord and tenant matters including lease renewals and insolvency issues.
  • Advised the Duchy of Cornwall and the Duchy of Lancaster on a range of contentious property matters.

Gowling WLG

The team at Gowling WLG are well equipped to oversee property litigation matters at all levels, with a track record of representing clients before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The practice is also well regarded for its expertise in telecoms. Clive Chalkley has over 20 years' worth of experience as a litigator and often handles complex and high profile disputes. He co-heads the team with Martin Thomas who has over 30 years' worth of real estate litigation expertise. His expertise also encompasses landlord, tenant and freehold property disputes. Another notable individual is Anne Waltham; she is well regarded for her expertise in rights of light matters.

Practice head(s):

Clive Chalkley; Martin Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Anne Waltham

Testimonials

‘The team are the most accessible and straightforward legal team I work with. They are dynamic and adaptable, deploying skill, intelligence and charm whether in front of us, the court or their opponents.’

‘Martin Thomas is a very skilled solicitor advocate and gives fantastic advice in an easy to use manner.

‘Clive Chalkley is outstanding. He combines brains, commercial nous, an ability to make big calls and a winning sense of humour.’

‘A really good team with excellent experience in all areas of property litigation.’

Key clients

The Arch Company

Cornerstone

U&I (formerly Development Securities)

GVC (Ladbrokes Coral)

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Cellnex/OnTower

SEGRO

Royal London

TfL

St Modwen

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has a record of working with a broad range of clients, from Battersea Power Station Development Company and Clivedale Properties, to Pandora Jewellery and Freedom Sportsline Limited. Amanda McNeil  heads the practice and is often sought for advisory over rent disputes. Bhavini Patel is noted for her vast experience representing retail and leisure tenant clients in rent arrear matters. Another individual to note is Hollie Wright; she is entrusted with representing long leasehold owners of high value residential property.

Practice head(s):

Amanda McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Bhavini Patel; Hollie Wright; Rob Boucher

Testimonials

The range of knowledge across the various areas of property litigation is impressive. Strength in depth.’

‘Bhavini Patel – very effective communicator who leaves no stone unturned in fighting the clients corner.’

‘Hollie Wright – superb attention to detail and extremely dedicated.’

‘Amanda McNeil – experienced and canny, understands how to achieve the clients objectives.’

‘Rob Boucher is a stand out performer, both within the firm and in the wider market. Rob is a very, very clever lawyer. He is particularly knowledgeable in enfranchisement and residential leasehold matters.’

‘Good attention to client needs and great at accommodating client’s every changing diary commitments. Tailored and specific advice. No fence sitting.’

‘From top to bottom this team excels in their grasp of their client’s needs and tailors their approach to litigation accordingly. They approach litigation in a practical and cost effect way always putting the client’s interest first.’

‘A truly excellent firm with strength in depth. They have a great client base, a wide-range of specialists and they work together superbly.’

‘Howard Kennedy have savvy property clients who want savvy litigators – a perfect match.’

Key clients

Pitney Bowes

Ballymore Properties Limited

Clivedale Properties

Richemont (Cartier, Mont Blanc)

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Smith & Williamson LLP

Companies within the Galliard Group

Pandora Jewellery

Checkout

Reiss

Shop Direct Holdings Limited

Freedom Sportsline Limited (t/a Footlocker)

J P Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Shop Direct Holdings Limited in proceedings concerning its tenants seeking to exercise the break option of its lease.
  • Acted in a claim in the First Tier Tribunal for the exemption from the service consultation requirements for the Battersea Power Station.

Maples Teesdale LLP

Maples Teesdale LLP is a niche commercial property practice with particular expertise in business tenancy renewals. It is also well equipped to deal with management and development work. The practice is headed by Dellah Gilbert. Her vast expertise encompasses rights of light disputes, issues pertaining to easements and neighbouring land and professional negligence. Rosalind Cullis  is highlighted for her broad contentious experience representing landed estates, asset managers, banks and retail and office tenants. The team is also well equipped to advise through the insolvency process, assisting clients in CVAs and obtaining orders for rent.

Practice head(s):

Dellah Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Rosalind Collins

Testimonials

‘Direct access to partner level advice which is clear and concise.’

‘Dellah Gilbert is clear in her advice and commercial in her approach.’

‘Rosalind Cullis is very efficient, organised, knowledgeable lawyer and I have every confidence in her ability. In particular I am impressive by the prompt responses I get and the clear, easy to understand advice.’

‘The Maples team offer a partner led value for money service.’

‘Ros Collins and her team think commercially as well as legally.’

Key clients

Legal & General

Abrdn

Royal & Sun Alliance

BMO Real Estate Partners

Patrizia AG

CBRE Investment Management

CLS Holdings Plc

Cineworld/Picturehouse

City of London Corporation

The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited (part of The Ascott Group and CapitaLand)

Work highlights

  • Advised Cine UK Limited in the defence of a claim for arrears of rent and other monies fallen due under its lease during periods of enforced enclosure.
  • Acted for The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited in business lease renewal proceedings.
  • Acted for The Rotunda Unit Trust in challenging its registration of notice through the High Court.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has broad expertise across the full spectrum of property related matters, overseeing business leases, restrictive covenants, rights of way, rights of light, party walls, telecommunications. It advises clients within the retail, charitable and not for profit sectors. Jason Hunter leads the team and focuses on matters pertaining to cladding, building and fire safety. Paul Greatholder is well versed in matters concerning enforcement of lease terms and recovery of money, however has specialist expertise in business tenancy law. Edward Cracknell has a broad range of expertise including adverse possession, dilapidations and rights of way matters. Stephen Small is noted for his vase knowledge in commercial, residential and mixed use property related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jason Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Greatholder; Ed Cracknell; Stephen Small

Testimonials

‘Excellent speed of response, knowledge and pragmatism.’

‘Jason Hunter and Paul Greatholder are both excellent in understanding the issues quickly and seeking to resolve wherever possible.’

‘They are not merely clever problem solvers – they are also fun, and great to work with. I commend particularly: Paul Greatholder, Ed Cracknell and Jason Hunter.’

‘Fantastic team that offer a first rate service at a surprisingly affordable price for London.’

‘Ed Cracknell: Very solid and reliable. Good in dilaps and boundary disputes.’

‘Stephen Small – previously unsung hero; very, very reliable and sound judgement.’

‘This is a very strong property litigation practice, with a loyal client following, which acts for the full range of clients. The team is led by some very strong partners and is high quality at all levels. Clients get a very good service and are in very safe hands.’

‘Paul Greatholder is exceptionally good. He is a first class lawyer: bright, diligent, tactically astute, sensible, responsive and client-focused. He has a very loyal client following and is highly respected by his peers. When I am asked to recommend good solicitors, he is always on my list.’

Key clients

Pret a Manger

Grainger

Clipstone

Ilchester Estate

Sirosa

Edward Gostling Foundation

Borough Market

Get Living

Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust

Lok ‘N Store

Royal Shakespeare Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust before the Supreme Court in what is now the leading authority on discharge of restrictive covenants affecting land.
  • Advised Sirosa on substantial service charge dispute with Next relating to prominent building on London’s Oxford Street.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood offers an 'exceptional combination of legal and practical advice', enabling clients to treat the practice as a one-stop-shop. The practice is led by Andrew Myers  who has almost 30 years' of property litigation experience. Sophie Schultz  is noted for her wide client base which includes developers, lenders, corporate occupiers and investors. Andrew Bambury is well versed before the courts, representing clients in both the Court of Appeal and High Court cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Myers

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Schultz; Andrew Bambury

Testimonials

‘SH have a no-nonsense approach to servicing their clients and provide solid, sound advice.’

‘What I love about SH is the tenacity, skill and sense of commercial reality possessed by Andrew Myers.’

‘The team is small but with a condensed brilliance which leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Andrew Myers – the most clever interrogator in the business.’

‘Exceptional combination of legal and practical advice, which seems very often to lead to the best achievable outcome.’

‘Andrew Myers combines an exceptional legal mind with very practical advice, often resulting in an excellent outcome.’

‘Sophie Schultz is a mega brain. She is brilliant on technical points but remains very practical and gives clear advice.’

‘Andrew Bambury is a star in the making.’

Key clients

Schroders

HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited

Langham Estate

Mercia Real Estate

Centrica Combined Common Investment Fund

Natwest Pension Trustee Limited

Lothbury Property Trust Company Limited

‘c2c

Capital Industrial LLP

Batchworth Golf Club

Westbrook Partners

Longmead Capital

London Metric plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for property developer, Firethorn Trust, which plans to redevelop a site in Canary Wharf into a 35 storey tower for use as a hotel and apart-hotel.
  • Acted for HSBC UK Bank plc on a valuers’ negligence claim against Savills.
  • Acted for two Mercia Real Estate companies in relation to a substantial nuisance claim regarding an industrial site in the West Midlands that has caused them very substantial losses over many years due to dust pollution.

Taylor Wessing LLP

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP comprises real estate specialists with expertise in a broad range of areas. The practice has particular strength in matters concerning rights of light, dilapidations, service charges and injunctions. The team is led by Saleem Fazal. He advises a broad range of clients including developers, corporate occupiers and investment landlords. His expertise includes vacant possession strategy, strategic lease renewals and service charge disputes. Another noteworthy individual includes Emma Archer due to her range of expertise in both commercial and residential property related matters.

Practice head(s):

Saleem Fazal

Other key lawyers:

Emma Archer

Testimonials

‘Saleem Fazal has built a good team: the various personalities, with their different styles of people skills, complement each other well – yet, there is a common thread: they are all pleasant (and even fun, when appropriate) to deal with.’

‘Saleem Fazal is commercially astute, and always looking for an angle to help the client. His efficiency means that he manages to split his time between Liverpool and London without compromising his case work.’

‘Emma Archer is a fabulous people person, patient and pleasant at all times. She is also smart and savvy – just the sort of lawyer you would want on your side.’

‘Taylor Wessing are extremely quick to react to client requests and needs.’

‘There is a good spirit about the place and it is clear that the individuals enjoy being at TW which adds greatly to the ease of working with them.’

‘Ably lead by Saleem Fazal, they are highly motivated and well informed.’

‘They have a unique specialism in being able to  see round corners and anticipate issues before they arise. that in turn greatly increases the chances of success as well as problem avoidance.’

‘Saleem Fazal. Easy to deal with. Good relationships with client.’

Key clients

30 St Mary Axe / aka “The Gherkin”

Secure Income REIT

Hollister

Canada Life Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

Kessler Group

Camden Property Holdings Limited

Pike Investment Trust

Knotel UK Ltd & Knotel Inc

County Hall Freehold Limited

Kevin Taylor

Mr John Henry Mundy

Stranton Properties

Smithfield Market Tenant’s Association

Work highlights

  • Advised the owners of the iconic “Gherkin” building on real estate management matters including the settlement of a complex dilapidations claim against the former tenant.
  • Advised the Kessler Group on two rights of light claims in respect of neighbouring properties.
  • Advised Camden Property Holdings on the strategy to obtain vacant possession of a development site in the St Pancras redevelopment zone.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP places particular focus on four areas of work - commercial property institutional investment, development, service charges and enfranchisement. In addition, the team includes experts in the Electronic Communications Code and advises both public and private sector clients. Paul Marco leads the team; he is well versed in matters concerning vacant possession strategy, dilapidations, rent reviews and property related insolvency. Douglas Rhodes specialises in fire safety and service charge related matters. Nicholas Levy is noted for his handling of disputes arising from the acquisition, management and disposal of real estate. Rachel Kerr's expertise includes strategic advice on Court proceedings for injunctive relief.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marco

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Levy; Douglas Rhodes; Rachel Kerr

Testimonials

‘The Trowers’ team has a deep understanding of the real estate market, commercial drivers and their client’s goals.’

‘Nick Levy is a stand-out advisor who really takes the time to understand his client’s needs and priorities.’

‘They are simply excellent across the board. The team operates at a national level and the fact that each of their offices are integrated means that their client service is second to none.’

‘Paul Marco, Douglas Rhodes and Rachel Kerr are absolute super-stars.’

‘Doug Rhodes is an exceptional lawyer, happy to get immersed in the detail and willing to go the extra mile to get a result.’

Key clients

CLS Risk Solutions Limited

National Bank of Kuwait

J D Wetherspoon plc

Caprice Group

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Aegon Asset Management – Fund: Scottish Equitable Limited

Westminster City Council (Investment Property – telecoms portfolio)

Trinova Real Estate

Grosvenor Estate

Pitmore

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented an Aegon Asset Management – Fund: Scottish Equitable Limited in a 1954 Act lease renewal dispute.
  • Acted for Grosvenor in a successful First-tier Tribunal application to confirm that its method of apportioning service charges in respect of maintaining a garden square was fair and reasonable.
  • Advised Pinnacle University Properties Limited and Crescent Moon Properties Limited on an ongoing High Court claim for the return of a deposit following the termination of agreements for lease in a failed property development scheme in Liverpool.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell is entrusted by an array of clients to oversee a variety of contentious matters, working with landlords, investors, occupiers, developers and insolvency practitioners. The team's expertise caters to a wide range of sectors with particular focus upon those within retail, development and religion. Adam Colenso has over 25 years' worth of experience; his focus lies within adverse possession, restrictive covenants and village green registrations. He also leads the practice. Jonathan Hibberts acts for clients includeing London Diocesan Fund, Welby Group and CALA Homes.

Practice head(s):

Adam Colenso

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hibberts

Testimonials

‘Adam Colenso is a brilliantly good lawyer. The solicitor I would want most to instruct me on a covenant case. He is technically totally on the ball and is astute and intelligent in his approach to trial preparation.’

‘The firm has great breadth and depth of experience across property litigation, as a result of having a large property, development, planning and construction teams resulting in wide ranging specialist knowledge and sector experience.’

‘In terms of innovation, they were very well equipped at the start of the pandemic to adapt to remote systems as they already had effective remote systems and platforms, including data rooms.’

‘Jonathan Hibberts – very bright, intuitive and commercial.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable people. Very helpful and approachable. Very hardworking and committed to getting the best results.’

‘I mainly work with Adam Colenso. He is insightful, very knowledgeable, extremely diligent, leaves no stone unturned. Also an extremely good judge and tactician.’

‘An innovative and proactive approach to problem solving and legal knowhow.’

Key clients

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Care UK

Robert Dyas

Manpower

CALA Homes

Hugo Boss

Devonshire Metro Limited

Summix

London City Mission

London Diocesan Fund

Welby Group

CALA Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Dragon Investment Management Limited on a dispute against the developer and NHBC over the contracts for the construction and purchase of a large block of flats in London.
  • Advised client on a dispute over lease obligations in respect of two leases of one of the largest UK professional services firm’s headquarter building.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team has a range of expertise including development obligation disputes, building safety and cladding issues, rectification of development option agreements and lease covenants. The practice is led by Emma Chadwick. She has over 25 years' worth of experience in property litigation and is a former barrister. Her expertise includes land and development risk in contract disputes, overage disputes and boundary and easement issues. Paul Dunbar is noted for his vast knowledge in commercial landlord and tenant disputes involving dilapidation claims, lease renewals and service charge disputes. Mention is given to Charlotte Coleman for her expertise in party walls and restrictive covenant issues.

Practice head(s):

Emma Chadwick

Other key lawyers:

Paul Dunbar; Charlotte Coleman

Testimonials

‘The team members’ strength lies in their technical knowledge and expertise in resolving disputes.’

‘Paul Dunbar has a great depth of legal and market knowledge, which he deploys to the benefit of his clients, whether in litigation or dispute resolution.’

‘Charlotte Coleman has a cool and calm manner, which makes for an effective and happy team, and puts clients at their ease, getting the best out them in the litigation process.’

‘Emma Chadwick is experienced and fights relentlessly on behalf of her clients Paul Dunbar is one of the most savvy and commercially minded proplit practitioners in London. Charlotte Coleman is a thoroughly excellent and experienced senior associate.’

‘Winckworth Sherwood are a premier property litigation firm. Their range of clients is exceptional as is their client services.’

‘Emma Chadwick is exceptional and is a market leader.’

‘Very experienced and can deal with all property related matters.’

‘The team has huge experience in acting for housing associations, developers and retailers.’

Key clients

Canary Wharf Group

Barratt

Network Homes

Berkeley Group

A2Dominion

Notting Hill Genesis

Greenwich Hospital

Aviva

Crest Nicholson

Yellow Brick

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fairhold Holdings in respect of a First Tier Tribunal case concerning VAT on service charges.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

The practice at Boodle Hatfield LLP has particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement work in addition to business lease renewals. The team acts for both landlords and tenants. Colin Young heads the team; his expertise lies within breaches of covenants, rent recovery and tenant insolvency. Another noteworthy individual includes Kellie Jones. Her clients include those from the Middle East; she oversees their London properties and the landlord and tenant issues that arise.

Practice head(s):

Colin Young

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Jones

Testimonials

‘They have been present, proactive, and exceptionally efficient and professional every step of the way, and at every unexpected turn the case has taken.’

‘Kellie Jones has offered professional advice and guidance that is invaluable and consistently excellent.’  

‘A very strong central-London base with good historic ties to commercial and residential property owners and strong experience of property-related litigation.’

‘Kellie Jones –  Very good at understanding client’s requirements.’

‘Colin Young – hugely experienced property litigator.’

‘Very highly regarded specialist team particularly for high end residential disputes.’

‘Kellie Jones is an experienced calm and knowledgeable litigator who oozes common sense.’

‘Colin Young is conscientious, capable and confident – the sort of lawyer you want on your side.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has an array of expertise including in high-value property contract disputes, professional property services negligence, title, easement and covenant disputes and asset management disputes. The team is also well versed in property finance disputes. The team is led by Ben Hatton. He has vast experience representing clients before the courts, including before the County Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal Litigation. Jane O'Leary is noted for her expertise in high-value, multi-jurisdictional real estate based disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ben Hatton

Other key lawyers:

Jane O’Leary

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance have a small but effective property litigation team who are able to offer clients a top-quality service, particularly in matters which cross disciplinary divides, where the property litigators can call on other expertise within the firm.’

‘Ben Hatton – a dedicated professional. Goes above and beyond for his clients.’

‘Excellent top ranking firm with all round experience.’

‘Ben Hatton is a safe pair of hands.’

‘The team always provided us with very professional advices based on wider perspectives.’

‘All members always kept client oriented point of views. Their frequent follow-up calls were very helpful.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Canary Wharf Group plc

(Official Receiver of) British Steel

(Official Receiver of) Cardwool Limited

American International Group

Angelo Gordon

Asphaltic Land Limited

Apollo

Colony Capital

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Elliott Management Corporation

Flatfair Limited

General Electric International

GIC Private Limited

Goldman Sachs

Heimstaden Bostad AB

Hemisphere

Hondo Enterprises

Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Limited

King Abdallah District Management & Development Company

Mitsubishi Estate London Limited

Native Land

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Nuveen Real Estate

Permira Advisors

Rothesay Plc

Wells Fargo Bank

Zetland Capital Investors LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Angelo Gordon in relation to tenant NCP’s insolvency and the Restructuring Plan proposals pursuant to new legislation introduced by the UK Government in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Mitsubishi Estate London Limited in relation to its redevelopment of Warwick Court in the heart of London, near St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Advised the Official Receiver and Special Managers of British Steel on the sale of the business and assets to Jingye Steel and Iron.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP advises clients from a range of sectors including retail, telecommunications, government, local government and healthcare. The practice is headed by Guy Knight  whose expertise extend across 30 years' worth of experience. He is well versed in restrictive covenant disputes. Another noteworthy individual is Rosa-Maria Kane. She is well regarded for her work in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters, boundary disputes, agricultural tenancies and right to light disputes.

Practice head(s):

Guy Knight

Other key lawyers:

Rose-Maria Kane

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice unique is the combination of legal expertise and ethical values.’

‘The property litigation team deals with complex and interesting litigation often concerning real property issues, such a easements and covenants.’

‘Guy Knight has a sensible approach and puts clients at their ease.’

‘Guy Knight is able to get stuck in to whatever problem is thrown up and deal with it in a practical and commercial way.’

‘An up and coming star is Rosa-Marie Kane who shows intelligence and is beyond her years.’

‘Guy Knight is very experienced, in particular in development work. Friendly, commercial and sensible. Gives clear advice to clients and knows his stuff.’

‘Rosa-Maria Kane: I have always found her to be very engaged, intelligent and dedicated to her clients.’

‘A good team with strong technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Great Arthur House Leaseholders

Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Lloyd’s of London

Arab Investments Limited

Davitt Jones Bould

The practice at Davitt Jones Bould has a track record of assisting clients on contentious matters relating to famous landmarks including St James's Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park and New Burlington House. The team is led by both Peter Allinson and Madeleine F Davitt.  Allinson was a former barrister at Kings Chambers before joining the firm. Davitt is well regarded for her advice to central government departmental and non-departmental bodies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Allinson; Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Maeve Bonner

Testimonials

‘Great variety of skills, knowledge and experience. DJB are able to deploy the right person to the issue regardless of the topic.’

‘Individuals are very easy to work with and professional, but still interact very well on a personal level. Madeleine Davitt is amazing in her attention to detail with clients however big or small and has amazing capacity to make you feel valued.’

‘Each lawyer prides themselves on legal skill, communication skill and intimate knowledge of the property world.’

‘Peter Allinson is totally focused on ensuring quality throughout the firm, not only on the legal front but also on technology across the firm which supports excellent client service and technical quality of all work done.’

‘DJB bring the ‘small firm’ mentality to the London market.’

‘They are a first rate organisation run brilliantly by Peter Allinson.’

‘The team at DJB is very accessible and easy to work with. The level of client care, expertise, practical focus and advice is always structured in a way that is suitably adapted to the client’s business needs.’

‘I have worked with Maeve Bonner and find that she has exceptional technical expertise in both non-contentious and contentious real estate. I believe that her expertise is underpinned by a superb track record in various areas of real estate practice.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Habitat for Humanity

Office for National Statistics

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Runnymede Borough Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Department of Health and Social Care

Chichester District Council

National Highways

Natural England

Work highlights

  • Advised The Royal Parks on a number of contentious matters.
  • Successfully defended North Somerset Council against a claim for judicial review relating to the development of a special needs school.
  • Advised several Central Government bodies on property litigation cases.

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP advises clients across the full spectrum of contentious property matters; its expertise includes joint venture disputes, nuisance claims, building defect claims, planning appeals, easement disputes and residential possession. The team is led by Joanna Osborne. Her expertise is vast and includes professional negligence, misrepresentation and rectification claims. Shams Rahman  is noted for his leadership throughout cases, guiding clients through mediations, trials and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Shams Rahman; Emma Gregory

Testimonials

‘The practice as a team is one that seems to positively engage in best practice, and work collaboratively and responsibly to provide a best service to its clients and those it engages with.’

‘Joanna Osborne stands out legally and professionally and is always willing to listen and discuss, a good negotiator, helpful and thorough.’

‘Shams Rahman is highly experienced with very sharp legal mind.’

‘Joanna Osborne is an exceptional property litigator and role model for aspiring female solicitors in real estate. She is great to work with as her extensive experience means she is able to drill into the issues from both the legal and the client’s perspective to find workable solutions.’

‘Emma Gregory is very good associate. She is focused, efficient and dependable. Excellent client management skills.’

‘Edwin Coe offers full service but with the personal touch and specialisms of a boutique firm. The property litigation team is expertly led by Joanna Osborne and with strength in depth including partner Shams Raman.’

‘Joanna Osborne is an exceptional lawyer, astute tenacious and commercial. She always stands up for her clients and is totally committed.’

‘Shams Rahman is excellent at dealing with clients who face difficult situations. Strategizes and manages cases deftly and has good judgement.’

Key clients

Smiths Pension Trustees Limited

Adair Limited

Janus Et Cie (UK) Limited

Ioannis Mallas

Connie Investments Limited

Heathrow Developments Limited

Abbey Sands Leaseholders

West Heath Place Leaseholders

Corporate One Limited

Lebronze Alloys UK Limited

Fladgate LLP

The team at Fladgate LLP has a vast range of expertise spanning across the full spectrum of property litigation matters. Those expertise includes sub-lettings, possession of premises, enforcement of covenants and dilapidation disputes. Alison Mould is noted for her broad knowledge in claims pertaining to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Janet Keeley has extensive experience within the judiciary process and has represented clients throughout the process, overseeing court claims, arbitrations, expert determination, mediation and negotiation. Armel Elaudais is noted for her skills in rights of light and telecommunication matters, while Adam Gross is another key team member.

Other key lawyers:

Alison Mould; Janet Keeley; Armel Elaudais; Adam Gross

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and effective. Sensibly priced but great value. Friends to businesses. Many benefit from them enormously.’

‘Alison Mould is as good as it gets.’

‘The property litigation team has strength in depth.’

‘Fladgate have worked with us for many years and they have an excellent grasp of our values and commercial interests. They are quick, decisive and have always delivered great results for our business.’

‘Alison Mould – breadth of knowledge and experience is very impressive. Very personable and readily available to discuss in depth quite challenging situations and make them easy to understand.’

‘Excellent property litigation team with interesting work. Commercial and client outcome focused.’

‘Janet Keeley is calm and unflappable in the midst of litigation. She is very sensible and commercial but also sticks to her guns when required.’

Key clients

Fishbourne Developments Ltd.

Origin Housing Limited

Yo! Sushi

Beaverbrooks The Jewellers Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fishbourne Developments Ltd. before the Court of Appeal in a dispute relating to an option agreement relating to farmland near Winchester.
  • Advised the commercial fund generating arm of Origin Housing Limited in connection with the entire range of property litigation issues.
  • Advised Yo! Sushi in connection with all of its property work.

Glovers Solicitors LLP

Property specialist firm Glovers Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in matters concerning property finance and insolvency. Its clients include leading lenders such as Investec Bank, Close Brothers and United Trust Bank. In addition, the team is well versed in advising dining, hospitality and leisure clients. Kenny Friday has extensive experience in professional negligence, insolvency and commercial litigation matters. He, alongside Paul Dench lead the practice. Dench joined the practice in September 2021 from Field Seymour Parkes LLP. He advises clients on forfeiture, lease renewal and boundary issues.

Practice head(s):

Kenny Friday; Paul Dench

Testimonials

‘Good understanding and very speedy responses.’

‘Kenny Friday is always available at short notice to provide detailed advice as needed.’

‘Very experienced and excellent sector knowledge, in particular restaurants and mortgage work.’

‘Kenny Friday is excellent. Tactically astute. Legally excellent. Provides a superb service to the clients.’

‘Immense experience working for both commercial landlord and commercial tenants. The quality of the clients is a testament to the practice.’

‘Paul Dench is extremely affable, and well liked by his clients, but is equally able to trade blows with the other side when he needs to. Always calm and collected. Never puts a foot wrong. Huge experience.’

‘Glovers specialise in property law. As a relatively small firm, the team works effectively together to deal with all aspects of property law on both the contentious and non-contentious sides.’

‘Paul Dench takes a sensible and commercial approach to litigation and always tries to find a sensible solution for his clients in order to avoid court attendances wherever possible.’

Key clients

Zizzi Restaurants Limited

Coco di Mama Limited

Prezzo Trading Limited

Nando’s Chickenland Limited

Wagamama Limited

McMullen & Sons Limited

Everyman Media Limited

Oaxaca Limited (t/a Wahaca)

Dishoom Limited

Flat Iron Steak Limited

Bayley & Sage Limited

Deep Blue Restaurants Limited

Italian Bear Chocolate Limited

Miscusi UK Limited

Investec Bank Plc

United Trust Bank Limited

Hampshire Trust Bank plc

Close Brothers Limited

Strata Residential Finance plc

ActivTrades Plc

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as principal property litigation advisers to Azzurri Restaurants, Prezzo, Nando’s, GBK and Wagamama across a diverse range of property matters affecting their extensive estate portfolios.
  • Acted as property litigation advisers to Investec, Close Brothers, Hampshire Trust Bank, United Trust Bank and various insolvency practitioners concerning different property-related matters, including the enforcement of mortgages and other security, professional negligence disputes and insolvency options.
  • Acted for restaurant client in recovering possession of its new restaurant premises from trespassers within a matter of days of the unlawful occupation.

Hamlins LLP

The team at Hamlins LLP is well equipped to advise a range of clients, including property managers, investors, residential leaseholders, developers and commercial landlords and tenants. Practice head Kate Andrews has ample experience handling breaches of leasehold covenants, including applications for consent to assign and development disputes - she has 'boundless energy and complete commitment to her client's interests', and works alongside the 'razor sharp' Sarah Finch.

Practice head(s):

Kate Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Finch

Testimonials

‘I have found the team at Hamlins extremely proactive and very quick to help. As a woman, they are very easy to work with – working with their female lawyers is a breath of fresh air.’

‘Sarah Finch is a great and supportive lawyer. She has excellent instinct and knowledge and understands her clients very well.’

‘Kate Andrews is outstanding. She gets straight to the point, is ultra efficient, and is more or less always available.’

‘The Hamlins’ team are fantastically plugged into the commercial realities and needs of the clients. They bring good quality legal expertise and litigation acumen to bear on every case.’

‘Kate Andrews has boundless energy and complete commitment to her client’s interests.’

‘Sarah Finch has a razor sharp legal mind, a keen and creative eye for tactics and always has her feet on the ground.’

‘Kate Andrews is a first rate lawyer. She has exceptional skills at doing deals to avoid litigation in part due to her excellent negotiation skills and her interpersonal skills.’

‘Sarah Finch is the go to person on property matters, especially in specialised areas like Suburb Trust restrictions. Nothing phases Sarah Finch.’

Key clients

10M GROUP LIMITED

21 Upper Brook Street Limited

3SIXTY RESTAURANTS LIMITED

78 Wigmore Street Funding Co. Limited

Abbey Commercial Ltd

ACE RENT A VAN LIMITED

Acemark Properties Limited

Allvest Company Limited

Antipodean (UK) Limited

Ashtead Estates Limited

AVIDA (LONDON) LIMITED

Azure Services Ltd & Azure Resorts Ltd

HAPPY INVESTMENTS LIMITED

Bakerloo Limited

BASS ORTHODONTICS LIMITED

Basura Restaurants Limited

Beavor Lane LLP

BEDFORD ARCADE PROPERTIES LIMITED

Berger Crest Investments Limited

Bikem Limited

Blenheim Estates Limited

Brindley House RTM Company Limited

BROMLEY PARK GARDEN ESTATES LIMITED

BROSH LIMITED

Brukaros Ltd

CABOT INVESTMENTS LTD

Camberwell Developments Limited

Carlton Real Estates Developments Limited

CDR Nomineeco 1 Limited & CDR Nomineeco 2 Limited

Centrick Commercial Limited

Centrick Limited

Chas Newens Marine Co Limited

Cheshire Street Limited

Chiswick Quay Freeholds Limited

Citylake Investments Limited

Civic Centre Ltd

Clockfair Limited

CLUB LA COSTA (UK) PLC

Container Space Limited

Cooley (UK) LLP

CRAFTRULE LIMITED

CRAMION CO. LIMITED

CRED INVESTMENTS HOLDINGS LIMITED

CROCUS HOME LOANS LIMITED

CROWN VIEW ESTATES LIMITED

CROWNPARK INVESTMENTS LIMITED

Cumberland Court Investments Ltd

Cyan Properties Limited

Daejan Investments Limited

DESIGN WAREHOUSE LIMITED

Diamond Resorts (Europe) Limited

Dickens Heath Management Company Limited

DOLLIS AVENUE LLP

DOQUEST LIMITED

Dovetail Clerkenwell Ltd

Drone Major Group Limited

Ebury Greencrest LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Epwin Logistics Limited in a claim pertaining to specific performance of a development agreement and the requirement of an easement or right of way to be granted.
  • Acted for National Car Parks Limited in a dispute pertaining to the failure of a local authority developer to develop a fully functioning “fit for purpose” car park in accordance with a specification in an option agreement.
  • Advised Tripark Limited in a case involving the interpretation of the right to manage legislation where tenants make applications for consent to assign.

Lewis Silkin

The team at Lewis Silkin advises clients on a wide range of matters; their expertise includes insolvency, telecommunications, dilapidations, rights of light, housing management litigation, trespass and development. Brian Kilcoyne has over 30 years’ worth of experience. He is well versed before courts and has conducted cases before the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Criminal Courts and the Lands Tribunal. Mario Betts is also noted for his expertise in commercial landlord and tenant disputes and property insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kilcoyne

Other key lawyers:

Mario Betts

Testimonials

‘A small but excellent team of property litigators, with especial expertise in dealing with the cross-over between insolvency and property.’

‘Brian Kilcoyne – one of the leading property litigation solicitors in the country with a huge amount of experience. Very clever and commercially astute.’

‘Mario Betts – a really first-rate property litigation solicitor who is a complete delight to work with.’

‘A small but perfectly formed Property Litigation team.’

‘Brian Kilcoyne – his technical legal knowledge is unrivalled and then when its combined with his beguiling manner and tactical instincts you want him with you not against you.’

‘Mario Betts – leaves no stone unturned and seems to thrive on chasing down the difficult and creating order.’

‘The firm is people focused, building relationships with individuals and in turn involving them in the decision making process. Those making up the team have years of experience and practical “know-how”.’

‘Brian Kilcoyne has an encyclopaedic knowledge of law and in particular property law. His analysis of tricky legal issues is more akin to that of a top property silk than a busy solicitor.’

Key clients

PizzaExpress (Restaurants) Limited

John Lewis Partnership

Mercedes-Benz

Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.

Walker Books Limited

Havas Media Limited / Havas UK Limited

Vevo (UK) Limited

Sir George Meyrick/The Meyrick Estate

Howden Joinery Group PLC

Habinteg Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Pizza Express (Restaurants) Limited in relation to the landlord’s appeal in the High Court in respect of a contested claim under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
  • Advised Pizza Express (Restaurants) Limited in relation the property litigation aspects of its £500m Company Voluntary Arrangement.
  • Advised a serviced office developer in relation to possible rights of light claims by neighbouring properties and establishing a robust legal defence to claim, saving the client potentially £5m-£6m.

Memery Crystal (part of RBG Legal Services)

Memery Crystal (see also Rosenblatt) has a full service property litigation practice. Its clients include an array of entities, including investors, developers, banks, retailers, property owners and asset managers. The practice is led by Richard Evans who advises clients on a wide range of matters relating to breach of covenants, rent reviews, boundary disputes, rent recovery and forfeiture. The team has been strengthened by the firm’s recent combination with Rosenblatt – that deal has seen experienced litigator Caroline DeLaney join the team. Liam Bell was promoted to partner in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Richard Evans

Other key lawyers:

Caroline DeLaney; Liam Bell

Key clients

ASDA Stores Limited

Blue Diamond UK

British Garden Centres

Chailey Homes

Charterhouse Group

Dandi Living

Freshwater Group of Companies

Lordsgate Properties Limited London Relay Limited

Samba London Limited (SushiSamba)

St. Modwen Properties

The Mall Shopping Centre Group

The Sapcote Group

The Wooldridge Partnership

Travis Perkins Plc

Newmark Properties

V-Fund

Universal Consolidated Group

International Caledonian Assets Group

The Max Barney Estate Yes Telford Homes

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of The Mall Shopping Centre Group on claims valued at over £2m against high street retailers including Cineworld, Nando’s, Subway, and Claire’s Accessories, including extensive advice on Covid moratorium restrictions.
  • Advised Chailey Homes on all matters arising out of its acquisition and development of land for house building, with a particular emphasis on contractual purchase and option disputes.
  • Advised British Garden Centres, Blue Diamond UK and Hillier Garden Centres on all contentious aspects of their respective garden centre portfolios.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright advises a vast array of clients including investors, developers, landlords, financial institutions, joint venture partners and corporate occupiers. In addition to contentious property advice and representation, the team is also well equipped to handle alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. David Stevens is well regarded for his expertise in tenant insolvency, service charges, overage disputes and forfeiture. He heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Stevens

Testimonials

‘An international firm with the substantial resources needed for heavyweight litigation.’

‘David Stevens is a great pleasure to work with, with great experience of a wide variety of litigation.’

‘NRF provides practical legal advice that focuses on clients’ strategic and commercial objectives. The have acted in some very high profile property litigation for blue chip companies.’

‘David Stevens is a very experienced lawyer who thinks carefully about the strategic implications of every step in the litigation. He is always 2 or 3 steps ahead.’

Key clients

57 Whitehall S.A.R.L.

Banco Nacional de Angola

BMO Asset Management

BMW (UK) Limited

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Canada Pension Plan Investment

Centrica PLC

Civitas Social Housing plc

Commerz Real

Dagenham Docks Limited

ERGO Versicherung AG, UK Branch

IMI plc

Ivanhoe Cambridge/Residential Land

L1 Capital

Olympia Limited

Palace Capital plc

Purplebricks Group Plc

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Schroder Real Estate

Shell UK plc

Thales Properties Limited

WELPUT (a Schroders property fund managed by BentallGreenOak)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Shell UK plc in a substantial service charge dispute against its former landlord of Shell Mex House on the Strand and resisting landlord’s recent High Court challenge to the validity of a favourable expert determination.
  • Acted for the defendant developer, Reef Estates (Wimbledon) in defending High Court injunctive proceedings by an adjoining landowner seeking to restrain ongoing redevelopment works to a high-profile flagship 7 storey development in Wimbledon, London, on the basis of an alleged infringement to the adjoining owner’s right of light.
  • Advised 57 Whitehall S.A.R.L. in respect of the development constraints and potentially contentious aspects of the high profile redevelopment of the Old War office in Whitehall.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP has specific expertise in disputes pertaining to development and construction, tax issues, bankruptcy and restructuring, statutory claims and landlord and tenant issues involving service charges, dilapidations and rent reviews. The practice is led by Katherine Campbell. Her expertise includes conveyancing disputes, trespass and nuisance cases and surveyors negligence claims. Another noteworthy individual includes Brad Trerise; he advises on commercial real estate disputes and has experience in various asset classing including retail and light industrial.

Practice head(s):

Katherine Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Brad Trerise

Testimonials

‘Well resourced team with a number of different skills and always the right person at the right level for the job in hand. Always feel well served by the Reed Smith team.’

‘Brad Trerise is very efficient and provides practical and concise advice whenever needed.’

‘I work most consistently with Katherine Campbell who is excellent and very responsive.’

‘You don’t have to chase, you ask once and everything is done.’

‘Brad Trerise deals with all our affairs. He is knowledgeable and reactive.’

‘Excellent at handling large, complex litigation yet equally committed to getting the right result for the client however big or small the task.’

‘We have worked with Reed Smith for years now and they are incredible in all they do. They are very efficient and up to date.’

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

The team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has particular expertise in lease enfranchisement matters as well as claims arising from the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Rudi Ramdarshan often advises ultra-high net worth individuals, charities and corporate investors. David Burns is also noted due to his expertise in residential lease extensions and right of first refusal matters. Together, the co-lead the practice. Victoria Huxley was promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Huxley

Testimonials

‘The property litigation team at RFB legal is outstanding. The team really do work as part of a seamless team.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is a great litigator and a leader in his field. He is the ‘go to’ in relation to commercial lease disputes.’

‘David Burns is a top drawer property litigator with a great technical mind. He consistently achieves outstanding results for his clients.’

‘Victoria Huxley is one of the hardest working solicitors I know.’

‘David Burns is completely unflappable, he is capable of steering clients through to the most complex cases towards a best-case outcome.’

‘Partner availability and engagement was exceptional. Communication was seamless and very appropriate.’

‘The Property litigation department at RFB legal has truly unique team dynamic. It is a very collaborative team.

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is an inspirational leader and a leading individual in the field. He has a an encyclopaedic knowledge of the civil procedure rules and is known for his technical excellence.’

Key clients

Glasshouse Asset Management

Dominvs Group

Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Cranfield Investments Limited

Drakesfield Group

Keystone Holdings Limited (Isle of Man)

ILM Capital

Comptoir Group

Bloomsbury Institute

London Stretch Ltd

Stafford Park Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for offshore company Stafford Park Limited (Isle of Man) to recover a high value Central London Property following dissolution of its company.
  • Acted for Glasshouse Asset Management in their vacant possession and development strategy across their portfolio of mixed-use properties located in prime London locations.
  • Acted for Drakesfield Management Limited in their enfranchisement and lease extension work involving prime London Property.

Wallace LLP

The practice at Wallace LLP offers a full service, advising clients on matters from opposed lease renewals, forfeiture and dilapidations, to the electronic communications code, rent reviews and injunctions. The team is led by Meera Patel and Samantha Bone; Patel is well regarded for her advice on right to light disputes, compulsory purchases and break notices, while Bone’s specialism lies within leasehold enfranchisement. Senior associates Rhiannon Saunders and Yasaman Tamiz joined from Pinsent Masons LLP and Lennons Solicitors respectively.

Practice head(s):

Meera Patel; Samantha Bone

Other key lawyers:

Simon Serota

Testimonials

‘Great strength in depth. A hugely impressive array of talent at every level.’

‘Simon Serota, simply outstanding, a great thinker, lawyer and strategist.’

‘Samantha Bone -a go-to lawyer for collective enfranchisement, what she doesn’t know about Leasehold Reform isn’t worth knowing.’

‘Simon Serota is technically excellent and has a good team.’

‘Meera Patel is very approachable but very commercially minded and helps to guide the client through the options available.’

‘The team at Wallace are always contactable, keen and knowledgeable combined with being very proactive.’

‘Meera Patel is outstanding. She is knowledgeable and efficient combined with being quick thinking and an excellent communicator.’

‘The team are excellent in their knowledge and ability to solve unexpected complications.’

Key clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

Soho Estates Limited

Martin’s Properties Limited

Hays

Henry Schein UK Holdings Limited

Giraffe Concepts Limited

The Dolphin Square Estate S.a.r.l

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Harry Ramsden’s Limited

Amestown Limited

Solomon Unsdorfer – Section 24 Tribunal Appointed Manager of the Canary Riverside Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted successfully for a landlord on an appeal to the Upper Tribunal to review and overturn a decision of the first-tier Tribunal in relation to the calculation of relativity in a lease extension claim.
  • Acted for Freshwater Group on more than 300 cases annually in respect of various leasehold enfranchisement matters.
  • Advised Sol Unsdorfer, the Tribunal appointed Manager of the Canary Riverside Estate, in a challenge to the restructuring of Virgin Health Club.

Axiom DWFM

The team at Axiom DWFM advises a range of clients including landlords, tenants, investors and individuals. Their expertise includes tenancy evictions, housing disrepair, fraud and negligence. The practice is led by Demetris Dionissiou and advises chartered accountants, estate agents and construction companies.

Practice head(s):

Demetris Dionissiou 

Testimonials

‘Sharp focus on commercial objectives. Excellent client care.’

‘Impressive attention to detail. Outstanding commercial acumen. Robust and determined but not unduly aggressive.’

‘Knowledgeable and accessible partners.’

‘They are responsive and interested in achieving their client’s litigation objectives.’

‘Very good at building a rapport with customers, the team makes you feel incredibly comfortable in discussing and resolving issues.’

‘Demetris Dionissiou is a fantastic lawyer. He is intelligent, committed to the cause, and extremely hardworking. He is always well-prepared and strategically spot on. I recommend him very strongly.’

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans' team is well equipped to advise clients on a range of dispute resolution matters, including court proceedings, property tribunal cases, arbitration and mediation. Simon Painter heads the team; his specialisms cover both commercial and residential property disputes and has experience representing clients before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Simon Painter

Testimonials

‘Always ready to offer immediate help regarding property queries that we may have. Proactive in dealing with troublesome landlord matters. Knowledgeable and deal with property matters with ease.’

‘They care about the service that they office to clients – always very helpful and extremely knowledgeable’

‘Excellent client case, patient and thorough approach to case management and preparation, depth and breadth of knowledge.’

‘Simon Painter – strong foundation stone of any team; thoughtful, knowledgeable and steady.’

‘BDB Pitmans is an exceptional firm with the highest calibre clients.’

‘Good service and commitment from smaller firm.’

‘Simon Painter has in-depth knowledge of property law matters, good tactical awareness, a practical approach – he is hard-working and dedicated to clients.’

Key clients

Clarion Housing Group Limited

The Ministry of Defence

Fred Perry Limited

Able Humber Ports Limited

Smurfit Kappa UK Companies in England and Wales

The National Grid

City & Country Group Plc

Bank of Ireland

Peel Holdings Ltd / The Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd

The National Landlords Association

Druces LLP

Druces LLP advises on both commercial and residential property matters, overseeing issues from recovery of rent arrears and insolvency to cladding issues and individual lease extensions. Benjamin Lomer leads the team following his promotion in May 2021. Overall disputes head Nigel Adams joined the practice from RWK Goodman in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ben Lomer

Testimonials

‘Ben Lomer; pragmatic, commercially minded timely advise.’

‘Ben Lomer has always shown excellent knowledge and client interaction skills to achieve the best possible outcome for clients.’

Key clients

Blueprint Homes Ltd

Comland Plc

Conde Nast Publications Limited

Enstar Capital

JT Ross Property Group

London Trocadero LLP

Opus Trust Group

Ratcliffes Surveyors

Smith & Williamson LLP

Transworld Business Advisors

Yours Clothing

Work highlights

  • Acted for London Trocadero LLP in proceedings concerning commercial rent arrears recovery.
  • Acted for National Retailer in connection to its property portfolio and the realisation of its portfolio including breaking leases, re-gearing existing leases and assistance with negotiations on those due for renewal.
  • Acted for Blueprint Homes Limited as a freeholder developer of premises in S.E. London consisting of residential blocks comprising 49 residential flats together with a transformer chamber, parish hall, nursery and office, in respect of alleged cladding issues.

RWK Goodman

The merger of Royds Withy King and Goodman Derrick has created RWK Goodman, where the property disputes team is now led by Caroline Preist in Bath. She has over 30 years' worth of experience and handles the full range of contentious matters. In London, Nick Martyn is also noted due to his specialisms in leasehold enfranchisement and commercial landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Preist

Other key lawyers:

Nick Martyn; Ian McEwan

Testimonials

‘Nick Martyn was highly recommended to me. I felt confident that my situation was being dealt with professionally at all times; he allowed me to call him at any time and always reassured me that the problem could be dealt with.’

‘Good practical advice on all property related issues.’

‘Ian McEwan has provided solid advice on various lease related issues.’

Key clients

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

Victoria Collett and Neil Hamilton

Scribbler Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation on a claim for an injunction.
  • Acted for Neil Hamilton and Victoria Collett in proceedings pursuant to the Access to Neighbouring Land Act.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's expertise covers commercial forfeiture, property fraud, ratings disputes, CVAs and lease exits. Key names include Andrew Tugwell; he is dual qualified as a chartered surveyor and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as a mediator. Jane Harte-Lovelace advises a range of companies, board members and nigh-net-worth individuals. Greg Barnbrook is noted for his expertise in both commercial and residential property disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tugwell; Jane Harte-Lovelace; Greg Barnbrook; Ed John

Testimonials

‘Jane Harte-Lovelace was a pleasure to deal with. She provided advice promptly in a way that was intelligible to non-lawyers. Most importantly she was practical in the advice she gave and as well as being brilliant on legal aspect.’

‘Greg Barnbrook provided consistent and ongoing support in a complex case.’

‘Andrew Tugwell: not only is he very experienced but he is also a chartered surveyor and I find this makes his advice stand out.’

‘Andrew Tugwell is the individual that stands out. He has very long track record and an ability to understand and find commercial solutions because of his dual qualification.’

‘A great firm with a wide range of specialisms.’

‘Greg Barnbrook – an excellent solicitor with a commercial mind and a fierce persona in protecting his client’s interests.’

‘We were always kept fully informed of the litigation throughout the whole process and if additional costs were to be expended it was fully discussed with us first.’

‘Greg Barnbrook was always helpful and would ensure we fully understood our position and options at every stage of the process.’

Key clients

Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited

Your-move.co.uk (and LSL Property Services PLC Group)

Offshore HNW Individuals

Bloomsbury Publishing plc

Personal Touch Financial Services Ltd

The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair

E.surv

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Limited

Coventry Gliding Club

Private landowner client

BrightHouse Group (in administration)

Conran Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited in respect of its headquarter building in Kensington and landlord and tenant issues following damage to the property.
  • Advised Your-move one in court proceedings regarding rent liability and lease renewals.
  • Advised Group of 14 property holding companies plus a related charitable trust in relation to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic regarding their retail and leisure clients across a portfolio of approximately 45 prime casual dining restaurants, coffee shop and pub and bar sites.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Payne Hicks Beach LLP's practice comprises skilled practitioners with expertise in alternative dispute resolution, handling both commercial and residential matters. The team is led by solicitor-advocate Matthew Spring, an 'extremely able and knowledgeable solicitor with a phenomenal work ethic'. Scott Goldstein is noted for his involvement in the Education and Training Committee of the Property Litigation Association.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Spring

Other key lawyers:

Scott Goldstein

Testimonials

‘PHB is a first-rate litigation firm. The lawyers are capable of dealing with diverse claims efficiently whilst taking a strategic approach to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.’

‘Scott Goldstein is excellent. He is details focused without losing sight of the wider commercial and strategic position.’

‘Matthew Spring – working with Matthew is like working with a chess grand master – he is several moves ahead, meticulous in his planning, and an exceptional advocate.’

‘An extremely effective team able to handle complex property litigation disputes with great skill.’

‘Matthew Spring is an extremely able and knowledgeable solicitor with a phenomenal work ethic.’

‘Scott Goldstein is a highly effective litigator, bringing great experience and insight to every dispute he is involved in.’

‘Scott Goldstein is an excellent operator. Always ready to question facts and re-appraise opinions; he leaves no stone unturned.’

‘The quality of the service provided is second to none.’

Key clients

Morshead Mansions Limited

David Wismayer

K Group Holdings Inc and Park Lane Holdings Inc,

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP advises clients on development disputes, contentious insolvency matters and TOLATA claims, amongst other areas. Donald Lambert heads the team; senior associate Kerra Jelbert is noted for her work on commercial asset management, while senior associate and barrister Laura West is 'exceptionally diligent and a true litigator; prepared to get into the detail of matters.'

Practice head(s):

Donald Lambert

Other key lawyers:

Kerra Jelbert; Laura West; Ben Robinson; David Masters

Testimonials

‘Ben Robinson is a stand-out individual; his calm, collected unflappable exterior belies exception client care skills combined with tactical nouse in litigation. He has particular strength in leasehold matters including cladding/ fire safety issues.’

‘Highly commercially aware and technically excellent. The team also has a warm and friendly approach that inspires confidence in individual and corporate clients alike.’

‘Kerra Jelbert – handles matters for blue chip clients with a perfect balance of pragmatism and business sense.’

‘David Masters – very experienced. Thoughtful, good judgement.’

‘The legal team understands their drivers, their processes and even the obstacles they face commercially. Their working relationships with their clients helps Penningtons deliver good outcomes.’

‘Donald Lambert is intelligent, measured and thoughtful. He has the ability to see interesting, viable legal angles that can support his clients’ positions. He is very commercially minded and highly aware of the drivers of his clients.’

‘Laura West is exceptionally diligent and a true litigator. She is prepared to get into the detail of matters and is singularly determined to find points that assist her clients.’

‘The team takes an appropriately commercial approach to dealing with disputes between landlords and tenants. They take the time to understand clients’ specific goals and work to use the law as a tool to assist with achieving them. They are not afraid to deliver difficult advice.’

Key clients

CGW Snooker LLP

Monkhill Limited

Munroe K Luxembourg SA

Southern Housing Group

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Sellar Property Group (developers of The Shard)

Peabody Trust

Cross Stone Securities Limited

Rock Asset Management

Work highlights

    Weightmans

    National firm Weightmans merged with RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP in June 2022; the combined team has expertise in dilapidations, enfranchisement and residential property management. Simon Hartley  heads the London team. He is well versed in array of sectors including retail, healthcare and real estate.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Hartley

    Testimonials

    ‘Always picks up the phone or replies very promptly. Fantastic level of service.’

    ‘Knowledgeable, commercial and speedy.’

    ‘Simon Hartley – very good property litigation and dilapidations knowledgeable. Very commercial.’

    ‘The team I dealt with were very coordinated, always answering doubts as quick as possible and explaining issues.’

    ‘Simon Hartley is very knowledgeable and also a pragmatic and commercial lawyer. He has an in depth interest in commercial dilapidations and is well known as a practitioner in that area.’

    Key clients

    Newflex Leases Limited

    J.H. & R.R. Mundy (Roofing Supplies) Limited

    MacIntyre Hudson LLP

    Ten Hyde Park Square Limited

    Pankhurst Family Trust

    MDDUS Property Limited

    Four Seasons Health Care Limited

    Knightsbridge Residents Management Company Ltd

    P J Care Limited

    27 Lennox Gardens Limited

    Bramgard Freehold Limited

    Maypole Dock Limited

    Lanafame Limited

    Avison Young UK

    Sir Robert Ogden Estates Limited

    Sheraton Dwellings Ltd

    Lawrence Barnes Ltd

    6 Embankment Gardens RTM Company Limited

    Mary Adwoa Akyaa Boakye

    Work highlights

    • Acted for J.H. & R.R. Mundy (Roofing Supplies) Limited in relation to an attempt to review a purported lease of its premises, which led to the defence of a claim by its landlord for a declaration that the lease was valid.
    • Advised Maypole Dole Limited in relation to an overage claim for over £1m against the developer who purchased its development site.

    Simmons & Simmons

    The team at Simmons & Simmons advises property companies, developers, funds and banks. The team is led by Jason Juden following his arrival from TLT in 2021. His expertise includes disputes relating to rent reviews, forfeiture, alienation, service charge recovery and insolvency.

    Practice head(s):

    Jason Juden

    Testimonials

    ‘A well resourced and very experienced team.’

    ‘Jason Juden is an astute tactician who exudes calm and is a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Good legal knowledge and experience of the market’

    ‘Jason Juden – very experienced in particular in landlord and tenant matters.’

    Key clients

    Salter Property Investment Limited

    Native Land

    Chelsfield

    Instant Managed Offices

    Fairview Homes

    Social Supported Housing GP LLP

    Legal & General

    Deka

    Peabody

    Cadburys

    Stevens & Bolton LLP

    Guildford’s Stevens & Bolton LLP has strong expertise in matters arising from landlord and tenant issues. In addition, the team is also well equipped to deal with issues pertaining to development work. Helen Wheddon has great expertise in rights of light matters; she leads the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Helen Wheddon

    Testimonials

    ‘They stand out as honest, straightforward individuals who know their subject and can inform their client in simple language. Any individual wanting legal help would be doing themselves a disservice if they did not pick Stevens & Bolton.’

    ‘Helen Wheddon was excellent.’

    ‘The practice is unique in respect of its people, being highly experienced yet delivering a best in class service in an approachable style.’

    ‘Helen Wheddon has included me in every step of the process, keeping me updated and ensuring I have fully understood each step that we have taken.’

    ‘Helen Wheddon is so professional yet really approachable which I have found a rare quality when dealing with other firms.’

    ‘Helen Wheddon – very responsive and knowledgeable.’

    ‘We have a longstanding relationship with the team due to the consistently high level of service, accurate and timely advice, and reasonable fees we see.’

    Key clients

    Boundary Real Estate Partners

    Bluebell Railway

    Harris Reeds Limited

    Day Group Limited

    Bonane Limited

    Der Touristik

    Samsung Electronics UK Limited

    Stockbourne Group

    Store Property Investments Limited

    Structadene Group/Pearl & Coutts

    Work highlights

    • Acted for landowner clients in an option dispute over the price to be paid by a developer to acquire clients site under the terms of the agreement.
    • Acted for a developer on a contentious rights of claim where the neighbouring owners were threatening an injunction for injury to prevent the scheme progressing.
    • Advised investor in commercial property on its ability to recover possession of shop premises from Edinburgh Woollen Mill following its appointment of Administrators.

    Watson Farley & Williams LLP

    Watson Farley & Williams LLP's practice oversees contentious insolvency matters, cladding and fire safety disputes and high-end residential disputes. Dev Desai heads the team. His expertise extends across landlord and tenant disputes and professional negligence claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Dev Desai

    Other key lawyers:

    Alexander Mulroney

    Testimonials

    ‘WFW provide sound and prompt advice. They communicate at a senior level and provide a fantastic litigation service.’

    ‘Alex Mulroney is a rising star whom I expect to climb the ranks swiftly. Excellent advice and clear communicator.’

    ‘I find the team very knowledgeable and on top of current issues as they arise. They are quick to issue guidance notes and papers on current topics and changes to legislation and regulatory guidance.’

    ‘Great people who are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I have full faith in their advice and execution.’

    ‘The team are well resourced & their considerable depth of expertise is always readily available.’

    ‘Dev Desai & Alexander Mulroney – both are excellent communicators & present their advice on complex issues in a clear & concise manner.’

    ‘Despite being a small team, they punch above their weight and give their clients a full-scale service.’

    ‘Dev Desai is a great tactician; he thinks carefully about how litigation can be used effectively to achieve the client’s ultimate goals.’

    Key clients

    BP Investment Management Limited/Ropemaker Properties Limited

    The Advertising Association

    Eastern Pyramid Group Corporation SA

    The Guide Association (AKA the Girl Guides)

    Nordea Bank

    Optimus Wind Limited (a subsidiary of Ørsted)

    Collier Contracts Limited

    Austringer Group of Companies

    South Coast Furnishing Company Limited

    De Villiers South West Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Eastern Pyramid in the Court of Appeal concerning the leaseholders’ statutory claim for the right-to-manage Spire House, Lancaster Gate, London.
    • Advised and represented The Guide Association in respect of a multimillion pound arrears of rents from tenant The Resident hotel in Victoria, central London, including litigation in the High Court.
    • Acted for Austringer in relation to its mixed-use development projects in London and Preston.