Property litigation in North West
Addleshaw Goddard's 'first-rate' department is instructed by large institutional investors, high-profile tenants, developers and financial institutions on contentious and pre-contentious issues. The team is involved in retail, consumer, financial services and transport sector mandates. It has in-depth expertise in development work matters, and is involved in a number of cases involving rights of light and site clearance issues. Contentious landlord and tenant issues, professional negligence disputes and property-related insolvency cases are also a key component of the practice. Charles Jagger, Chris Perrin, legal director Andy Feehan and managing associate Patricia Love are key figures in the Manchester-based team.
Julie Middlemass (Leeds)
Aberdeen Standard Life
Marks and Spencer
Property Alliance Group
Manchester City Council
- Acting for Angelgate Manchester Buyers and its beneficiaries (approximately 320 individuals predominantly based in the Far East) to attempt to recover £27m of deposits in a failed residential development in Central Manchester.
- Advised Property Alliance Group on a claim for historic business rates where Property Alliance Group (and other landlords) utilised a business rates mitigation process.
- Advised Mapeley Estates on a complex opposed lease renewal of key property in Central London.
- Represented Standard Life Aberdeen in complex High Court proceedings against a retailer seeking damages for failure by the retailer to comply with its obligations to secure planning consent for a supermarket in Durham and thereafter to proceed to purchase the property.
- Advised Sunninghill and Ascot Property Company on a matter concerning the various rights and obligations of the tenants in a historic property called Chaters (in Ascot), an art deco masterpiece which was converted some years ago to high-value and prestigious apartments.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is engaged on a full range of property litigation work and boasts expertise across cases involving lease terminations and renewals, breach of covenant, rent reviews, dilapidations, rights of light and insolvency. The team assists clients to de-risk property portfolios and it acts for clients across the transport, education, industrial, chemicals, financial services, telecoms, consumer, aviation, energy and utilities sectors. James Batham is engaged by retail occupiers and developers and is instructed on professional negligence claims relating to complex transactions. Department head David McGuirk handles a raft of contentious landlord and tenant portfolio management and property disputes. Senior associates Alex Wright and Joanne Mills are also key figures. Gemma Staples has joined Pannone Corporate LLP.
Manchester Airport Group
Network Rail Infrastructure
Associated British Ports
European Metal Recycling
ETEL (Kwik Fit)
- The team co-ordinated possession proceedings on Clydesdale Bank’s behalf after an individual defaulted on his repayments.
Hill Dickinson LLP handles property disputes for clients across the retail, utilities, energy, insurance, education, transport and logistics sectors. Department head Kevin Lee stands out for his rights of light, mines, minerals and restrictive covenants expertise. Ralph Bullivant is active across high-value dilapidation claims and contentious break options. Consultant Craig Walker has handled high-value claims concerning the compulsory acquisition of land and handles telecommunications disputes. Legal director Phil Parker is instructed by retail and logistics clients and Julia Stansfield, who is also a legal director, acts for for title insurers on commercial and residential disputes and also handles property-related professional negligence cases. Senior associate Helen Evans is experienced in trespass injunction claims.
First Title Insurance
UK Oil and Gas
- Successfully represented UK Oil and Gas, who operate in the inshore oil and gas industry, on an application for an interim injunction to protect the claimant’s sites and operations from protesters.
- Acted for the claimant, Bridge Corporate Finance, in professional negligence proceedings against a firm of surveyors.
- Acting for C2C Rail in relation to issues concerning the redevelopment of Fenchurch Street and Barking stations.
- Acting for Signature of St Albans (Property) Guernsey before the Upper Tribunal to modify or discharge restrictive covenants pursuant to s84 Law of Property Act 1925.
- Defending Jones Bros. Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Company in a multi-defendant claim for injunctive relief and/or damages for alleged interference with the claimant’s sporting rights over part of a 3,500 acre estate.
DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its expertise in advising property investor clients, and is regularly instructed by pensions funds and institutional investors. Telecoms and complex dilapidations cases are a key area of expertise and the team also handles management work for clients with large property portfolios. Department head Martin Griffiths handles a range of complex landlord and tenant disputes, telecoms matters, rights to light issues, release of restrictive covenant cases and major development projects. Legal director Rachael Jones is also a key figure.
Martin Griffiths; Mark Beardwood (real estate team head)
Other key lawyers:
Martin Griffiths and Rachael Jones are very knowledgeable and give very balanced advice
The team is very commercial
Martin Griffiths provides consistently good and balanced advice
Rachael Jones is extremely good, knowledgeable and efficient
Liverpool Football Club
Universities Superannuation Scheme
USF Nominees Limited (Unilever’s Pension Fund)
Akzo Nobel (Dulux)
FI Real Estate Management
- Representing client in relation to obtaining relief from forfeiture of an ex-BHS retail unit.
- Acted for a landlord client on a high-value dilapidations claim.
- Acted for a city council on a CPO disturbance claim relating to a new road.
- Acted for a landlord client on a number of company voluntary arrangements in the retail sector.
- Acting for FI Real Estate Management on the removal of restrictive covenants preventing redevelopment.
Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed by investors, developers and occupiers on a range of landlord and tenant disputes and development issues. Its sector expertise is wide, and it spans the financial services, agriculture, housing and development, utilities, infrastructure, leisure, energy, retail and education sectors. The team has specialist knowledge of rights to light, electronic communications, tresspass, professional negligence, judicial review and vacant possession cases. Michael Smith has transferred from Leeds to Manchester to lead the local property disputes team. Senior associate Stuart McCann is experienced in the application of non-domestic business rates and agricultural law. Associate Patricia Mellody is also a key figure.
‘Michael Smith is always available to advise and comment on strategic matters. He is an excellent litigator and provides clear and concise advice and guidance on all matters. Clients wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him‘.
Balfour Beatty Group
The University of Manchester
JD Williams & Company
St Modwen Properties Group
Preston North End Football Club
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Morgan Sindall Group
- Represented Leeds City Council on obtaining vacant possession of various agricultural interests in order to enable the development of a new East Leeds Orbital Road.
- Advised Preston North End Football Club on various rights being asserted against it by neighbours in relation to the club’s development of a golf course to build a training ground for the club as well as a local housing development of 440 homes.
- Assisted Makro Self Service Wholesalers in recovering possession of a wholesale warehouse in the North Acton area of London which had been occupied by HS2 protestors.
- Advising Sunderland City Council in relation to recovering possession of land subject to agricultural tenancies in order to allow for the development of a 150 hectare, nationally significant, International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).
- Advising Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council on the redevelopment of the Merseyway Shopping Centre
Shoosmiths LLP is engaged on portfolio management instructions, and handles a raft of landlord and tenant cases. The team also represents a number of developer clients on cases involving development projects. Department head Wayne Nash is instructed by property developers, investors and occupiers and stands out for his experience in rights of light mandates. Richard Symonds is 'exceptional'; senior associate Kirsty Black stands out for her retail sector expertise; and associate Sophie Tracey is experienced in telecoms cases.
Wayne Nash is a brilliant operator
Kirsty Black has in-depth experience
The team is very commercial and approachable
Select Property Group
Watkin Jones & Son Group
Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots UK/Boots Opticians/etc)
The Restaurant Group
- Advised Marshall CDP on a rights of light risk assessment in connection with a proposed development scheme in central Manchester.
- Represented IQ Student Accommodation on a high-profile case involving rights of light relating to two schemes in Leeds and Coventry.
- Represented the landlord of a large retail park in the North West on the attempted break, by a household name retailer, of a large unit within the park.
- Represented the tenant of a large golf course and leisure complex in Hertfordshire on a lease dispute.
- Advised Renaker Build on the prevention of trespass by ‘urban explorers’ and the dangerous craze of ‘roof-topping’.
Brabners LLP is instructed by retail, logistics, automotive and property developer clients across landlord and tenant disputes, property-related professional negligence claims, leasehold enfranchisement and agricultural matters, as well as Party Wall Act disputes, business rates and council tax disputes. Liverpool team head Andrew Rogers is instructed by developers, local authorities, landlords and tenants. Helena Davies, who recently joined from DWF, heads the team in Manchester and Stuart Irons heads the Preston-based team. Senior associate Hannah Carter is also a key figure in Liverpool.
Andrew Rogers; Helena Davies; Stuart Irons
Other key lawyers:
‘I used Brabners because of their particular expertise in relation to a dispute relating to business rates. They had acted in the lead case on this area of law so they were the obvious choice to represent us.’
‘The team service our needs with minimum fuss.’
‘Brabners do their best in a frustrating area of the law, heavily weighted in favour of the tenant.’
‘Helena Davies is passionate, personable and knowledgeable about her subject. Meets deadlines and is proactive in providing advice.’
‘Andrew Rogers was the partner who had conduct of our matter. He was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and efficient in all of his dealings with us. We were impressed with the counsel he instructed and the way the action was handled and eventually settled. He had a very practical and hands on approach and was easy to deal with and attentive throughout.’
‘Andrew Rogers is a very able and knowledgeable lawyer who provides solid advice.’
‘Swift response with full advice around complex parameters.’
Associated British Foods
TJ Morris Limited (t/a Home Bargains)
Merseyside Pension Fund
Warrington Borough Council
The Shaw Trust
- Instructed by a property developer client in circumstances where it had sold a parcel of land for residential development.
- Represented Sinara Consultants on a boundary dispute between two major properties in London.
- Instructed by CCR Motor Co on a dispute with its former landlord.
- Represented a bridging lender client in relation to its claim for a shortfall of loan monies owed to it following repossession of the subject property (against which the lender’s charge had been secured).
- Represented a pension fund in a case relating to a mixed-use property comprising 14 residential apartments on long leases and three commercial units on the ground and first floor.
DAC Beachcroft LLP stands out for its asset management and leasing expertise and the team acts for a range of institutional investors, shopping centre owners, property funds and REITs. It is also regularly instructed by commercial and public sector clients on high-value and strategic property disputes, and is often engaged on disputes involving development and regeneration projects, and rent reviews. Leeds-based consultant Lesley Hughes; Clare Hartley, who is also based in Leeds; associate George Taylor; and legal director Rachael Reynolds, who heads the Manchester-based team, are the key contacts.
Clare Hartley (Northern lead – Leeds); Rachael Reynolds
Other key lawyers:
Royal Mail Group
Intu Shopping Centres
Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for Greater Manchester Pension Fund
St Helens Borough Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council
Oldham Borough Council
Property Alliance Group
Japan Centre Group
Bradford City Council
Arthur J. Gallagher (U.K.)
- Advised Royal London in connection with the implications of the House of Fraser CVA.
- Advised Landsec in connection with proposals from Wandsworth Borough Council to carry out works affecting the Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth.
- Advised Safran Nacelles in connection with the restructuring of its UK property interests.
- Represented St Helens Borough Council in CPO compensation proceedings relating to a claim of approximately £1m.
- Settled a retention dispute for Greenridge Property Investments.
DWF is instructed by developers, investors, retailers and local authorities on property litigation cases. Alan Walker leads the North West property litigation team and is noted for his telecoms sector expertise and Jeremy Steele is instructed by retail and investor clients. Helena Davies has joined Brabners LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Pannone Corporate LLP is regularly instructed in cases across the retail, development and telecoms sectors. It acts for local, national and high-net-worth individual clients on lease renewals and termination, residential and commercial possession, forfeiture lease covenants, dilapidations, service charges, rent review, rent arrears, insolvency, consents, development issues and telecoms disputes, and is also engaged on disputes involving termination procedures, trespass, professional negligence protest, boundary issues and CPOs. Department head David Brown is 'excellent' and director Gemma Staples, who recently joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, is also singled out for praise.
Other key lawyers:
The team is an agile, well-regarded and fast-growing recent entrant in this market
Gemma Staples has masses of experience, especially on commercial property litigation matters
Gemma Staples brings real confidence, organisation and dynamism to large and difficult cases; and she is also very good at managing a legal team efficiently
David Brown is an outstanding partner with a wealth of property litigation experience; he is a good judge of character and uses this to good effect
Diamond Resorts Group
Manchester Central Convention Centre
Manchester City Council
Transport for Greater Manchester
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
- Represented Diamond Resorts Group on an easement dispute which resulted in a Supreme Court analysis of the character of an easement.
- The team provides continuing trespass support to Transport for Greater Manchester.
- Advised a high-net-worth family on the contentious sale of a business park.
- Represented a high-net-worth individual in connection with occupation of the family home by a former partner.
- Represented a client in a contentious possession claim of residential and commercial premises in central Manchester.
TLT is regularly engaged on property disputes across the leisure, retail, housing, energy, financial services and public sectors. The team handles a range of landlord and tenant cases involving rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes. The team acts for commercial landlords, tenants, public sector bodies, housing associations, property developers, investors, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. Portfolio management is also a key area of activity for the team. Matthew Forrest acts for clients across the retail, leisure, energy and development sectors, and James Chadwick is experienced in advising financial services sector clients.
Matthew Forrest; James Chadwick; Mark Routley
The team is quick to react and deals with complex and difficult matters
James Chadwick is very helpful and approachable.
Pets at Home Limited/ Companion Care (Services) Limited / Vets4Pets
Manchester Airports Group
Nationwide Building Society
SUK Retail (Staples/Office Outlet)
Landwood Commercial (Manchester)
Lloyds Banking Group
- Represented Iceland Foods in an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to the determination of the scope of the expression ‘trade processes’ as it appears in the regulatory provisions governing the inclusion of plant and machinery in non-domestic rating valuations. Iceland won on appeal to the Supreme Court, overturning the decisions of the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
- Acting on behalf of developer EMD (Walthamstow) in relation to a contested lease renewal involving licensed premises in Walthamstow.
- Advised Vets 4 Pets in relation to claims arising from the redevelopment of premises impacting upon the client’s rights under their lease and their ability to operate from the location.
- Acted on behalf of Pets at Home in relation to a dispute arising from the deflection of the floor slab at their central distribution centre.
- The team is instructed by a major high street building society on all property litigation and management matters relating to its high street branch portfolio. Recent instructions have included lease renewals (contentious and non-contentious), dilapidations disputes, party wall issues, contested break options and general property management issues/disputes.
Weightmans LLP regularly handles large and high-value property portfolio management mandates and is adept at landlord and tenant disputes. The team is engaged on a number of cases involving rent collection, arrears, tenant insolvency and dilapidation disputes. The retail, education and public sectors are key areas of focus. Sian Evans in Liverpool heads the social housing and real estate litigation department. Associate John Darnell, who is also based in Liverpool, manages the national property litigation team.
Other key lawyers:
John Darnell; Peter Hall
Halton Borough Council
Royal Mail Group
A S Watson Group
Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Council Pension Fund
Metropolitan Police Authority
London Metropolitan University
- The team advises AS Watson Group (Superdrug Stores PLC, Savers Health and Beauty Limited, The Perfume Shop Limited) and Three Mobile on property litigation matters in England and Wales. Work includes lease renewals both opposed and unopposed, dilapidations and any other property-related disputes.
- The team successfully obtained an injunction order for Derbyshire County Council in the County Court against a neighbour who had unlawfully blocked an entrance to a primary school, claiming ownership of it.
gunnercooke LLP's 'responsive team' stands out for its 'combined knowledge, experience and professional judgement'. Its property litigation department advises on disputes involving development sites, residential management company disputes, service charges, dilapidations, landlord and tenant issues, easements, restrictive covenants and other third-party interests. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jen Morris from Land Law LLP, who leads the team with Tom Seabrook, who is an 'excellent litigator, and is hardworking and knowledgeable'.
Jen Morris; Tom Seabrook
Jen Morris gives practical advice with clarity and has the ability to quickly assess the issues and get to the points in dispute
Tom Seabrook is professional, experienced and determined, and his tenacity and attention to detail is second to none
Henry Boot and associated companies
- Acted for Styal Road Management Company on a claim by tenant at upmarket apartments for unreasonably withholding consent to alterations.
- Advised Toaster in a claim against an offshore property developer and the local authority, concerning expected noise and nuisance from a proposed redevelopment in central London.
- Defended well-known retail chain Steamer Trading on a claim brought against it as a former tenant, under authorised guarantee agreement for rent, rates and dilapidations.
- Acted for Haynes International on a claim against a neighbouring occupier relating to excessive use of right of way across the client’s land.
- Defended GK Investments in a claim brought by a local authority landlord.
Specialist firm J B Leitch Ltd provides niche advice for residential freehold investment companies and residential block management companies; 'the team works tirelessly to achieve the outcome required in a friendly and professional manner, whilst managing expectations proportionally'. It represents institutional landlords of residential and mixed-use developments, and residential management companies of large blocks, on a range of volume matters and complex technical cases. Director Jonathan Leitch and legal director Philip Parkinson head the property litigation team. Rob Denman heads the firm's real estate department.
Jonathan Leitch; Philip Parkinson
Philip Parkinson has an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of how the sector operates and an almost photographic recall of past decisions and how they apply to a particular problem
The firm is a real leader in residential leasehold disputes
Philip Parkinson’s knowledge of the law in the area of residential leasehold work is enormous; he is hugely commercial, and is well accustomed to obtaining a solid settlement result for his clients, or fighting on if need be.
The firm’s service charge and forfeiture expertise is unparalleled
Blenheims Estate & Asset Management
E & J Estates
Elmdon Real Estate
Encore Estate Management
Estates & Management
FirstPort Property Services
Forte Freehold Management
Grangeford Asset Management
Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
Lamberts Chartered Surveyors
Leasehold Property Management
Rendall & Rittner
Residential Management Group
Simarc Property Management
Slough Borough Council
The Freehold Group
- Successfully represented the freeholder in proceedings for the recovery of interim fire safety costs through service charge.
- Successfully represented the freeholder in proceedings for the recovery of ‘waking watch’ fire safety costs through service charge.
- Successfully represented the freeholder in proceedings for the recovery of replacement building cladding costs and interim and long-term fire safety measures through service charge.
- Represented the freeholder on a complex boundary dispute at a property in Central London, which is subject to valuable proposed redevelopment.
- Represented Abacus Land 1 in complex tripartite litigation concerning the powers inherited during the acquisition of right to manage and their effect on commercial premises.
Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for a number of North West property developers, property agents, public and private companies, and high-net-worth individuals on property disputes, and regularly supports the firm's commercial property department on real estate transactions. It handles landlord and tenant matters, and is active on easement disputes, development issues, right to light matters, boundary disputes, telecoms issues, nuisance claims and professional negligence cases. Residential property litigation is also a key area of expertise. Litigation head Andrew Weinberg leads the department which features associates Rebecca Jones and Phillip Warburton. David Jones has joined Glaisyers LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Jones; Phillip Warburton
Andrew Weinberg inspires confidence; he brings broader commercial expertise to his specialist property litigation practice to good effect
Rebecca Jones has an impressive command of her cases and the respect of her clients
The team is thorough and commercial at all times
The team has strong expertise and knowledge in the field of property litigation and is very client focused and effective
The team has strong attention to detail and an emphasis on achieving the client’s commercial or strategic objectives
London & Scottish Investments
Land Securities Group
Property Alliance Group
David Samuel Properties
Heaton Group (Manchester)
- Advised The Shack (Manchester) on an opposed lease renewal matter.
- Represented Cantt Pak on a case involving a contract to sell land for £1.2m.
- Advised the landlord of a property on a break notice served to a tenant.
- The team advised Heaton Group (Manchester) on a vacant possession strategy.
- The team advised a landlord client after a property owned in Manchester was occupied by persons unknown for the purposes of protest action, causing a significant delay in development.
Specialist firm Land Law LLP is experienced across a range of property litigation mandates. Its expertise spans property management, landlord and tenant matters, and the team is also adept at cases involving restrictive covenants, rights to light and other easements. Steven Jennings now heads the team after the departure of Jen Morris to gunnercooke LLP. Associate partner Karen Taylor and solicitor Siân Westby are also key figures.
Steven Jennings is an excellent lawyer, manager and litigator; he is always prepared and is always on top of the game
Watch This Space
GE Group and associated group companies
Peel Holdings and associated Peel group companies
Tata Chemicals Europe
Eric Wright Group
Rubix (formerly Brammer)
Righton & Blackburns
- The team obtained an injunction to stop ‘free runners’ trespassing on the client’s portfolio of 130 commercial buildings.
- Represented a major international hotel chain on a £1m claim by a restaurant for for water damage.
- Provided expert determination of whether a £6m purchase of development land should proceed.
- Advised on a water damage claim by fashion retailer Diesel against building owner.
- Advised on trespass and related issues between a car dealership and an adjoining development site.
Myerson Solicitors LLP acts for regional and national property developers on a range of matters including restrictive covenants, access rights, telecoms tenancies, rights of light and site clearance strategies. The team is also regularly instructed by landlords, management companies and managing agents of long leasehold residential portfolios and residential investment portfolios; and also acts for commercial landlords and tenants on portfolio management matters. Newly promoted partner Seán Hackett heads the team. Tim Norman and senior solicitor Laura Pile are also key contacts.
Philip J Davies (Holdings)
The Harvey Homes Group
The City of Liverpool Investment Company
Mr Peter Kashem
Veriti & Co.
Mr Mark Davies
Abbasi & Salek Partnership
- Advised Philip J Davies (Holdings) on options post disclaimer of lease of whole by Carillion’s liquidators.
- Advised Marnshaw following the tenant company entering into administration.
- Advised Atmore Investments on a terminal dilapidations claim under old lease against M&S following the CVA of tenant.
- Advised on a terminal dilapidations claim against the Ministry of Justice.
- Advised client on third party rights over an access road.
Squire Patton Boggs is often engaged on cases involving vacant possession of multi-tenanted redevelopment sites, and the chemicals and agricultural sectors are key areas of focus for the team. Director Helen Hoath is experienced on a range of real estate litigation cases and is noted for commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Cases involving rent reviews, service charges, break clause issues, easement issues, opposed lease renewals and complex title rectification are key areas of activity. The team also handles cross-border instructions. Leeds-based David Holland heads the team.
David Holland (Leeds)
Other key lawyers:
Royal British Legion
Manchester City Football Club
Findel Group of companies
Stewart Milne Group of companies
Luxfer Group of companies
Quintain (Wembley Retail Park)
Lubrizol Group of companies
Peel Group of companies
- Acted for a developer client in opposing an application to succeed to an agricultural holding on death.
- The team advised on an application to register title to part of a large site by adverse possession.
- The team advised on a high-value landlord and tenant dispute for a large commercial entity.
- The team provides ongoing advice in connection with original tenant liability under two leases of an industrial site.
- Advised a Middle Eastern consulate in relation to the exercise of a break in its lease, following its relocation.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for its 'personal touch' and is instructed by a range of commercial clients, local authorities, government bodies and housing associations on disputes. Team head Guy Willetts is based across the firm's Manchester and Birmingham offices and handles rights of light, property management cases, landlord and tenant issues, and disputes concerning development agreements. Lynn James is also a key contact in Manchester, as is senior associate Sam Coward.
Sam Coward is very professional and answers queries in a timely manner; his written reports are comprehensive, and he is balanced in his approach to disputes
The Riverside Group
Bromford Housing Group
One Vision Housing
Equity Housing Group
Great Places Housing Group
The Guinness Partnership
Secretary of State for Education
Interserve (and all of its related and subsidiary companies)
St Helen’s Council as Landlords of commercial property
The West Midlands Local Authorities’ Pension Fund Property Portfolio
South Lakes Housing
- Represented Eclipse Property (HFX1) on its appeal against a notice served upon it by the Borough Council of Calderdale, pursuant to s215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
Butcher & Barlow LLP's property litigation team handles commercial landlord and tenant matters, and complex land disputes involving restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and registration issues. The team particularly stands out for its agricultural sector expertise and its clients include developers, investors, institutional lenders, professional services firms, landed estates and agricultural occupiers. Department head Alex Sandland is very 'supportive and very determined; he is a tough cookie, and is great to have on your side'. Associates James Holton, who is a landlord and tenant specialist, and Catherine Gregson are also recommended.
Alex Sandland and James Holton are commercial and easy to work with
The team is highly knowledgeable, approachable, friendly and commercially minded
The team operates pragmatically and in a way that always maintains focus on reaching an amicable resolution to the dispute wherever possible
James Holton is highly skilled in keeping the client regularly informed; he is approachable, yet assured in his administration
The Trustees of the Booth Charities
Renew Land Developments
Black & White Developments
Apex Construction and Design
- Defended a property investor on a 1954 Act application for a renewal lease.
- Acted for a tenant firm in multi-party dilapidations and rent arrears litigation concerning its former offices.
- Represented a client in a dispute with receivers in relation to a £4m dispute.
- Represented a property investor in a dilapidations claim against a national retailer which had occupied the premises as its head office for 26 years.
- The team is retained by a substantial country estate to advise on a multitude of disputes and prospective litigation.
DTM Legal LLP is engaged by investment, retail, landed estates, construction and utilities clients on a range of contentious matters involving landlord and tenant relationships, which include business lease renewals, breach of covenants, forfeiture, rent reviews, insolvency, dilapidations, contentious break clauses, recovery of land from unlawful occupiers, rent and service recovery, lease surrenders, boundary disputes, and rights of light. The team offers portfolio management advice. Anna Duffy in Liverpool heads the team, and is ably supported by Richard Thomas in Chester.
Other key lawyers:
David Currie & Co
The Atmore Group
FI Real Estate /Pro-Investments Limited
Strutt & Parker (management of Peckforton Estate)
The Windmill Group
- Advised on a dilapidations settlement and on the surrender of premises.
- Advised a group on its property portfolio and contentious property issues.
- Advised on disposals relating to adverse possession in the land registry of First Tier Tribunal; handled disputes in relation to breach of covenant claims, and advised on management issues in relation to the property portfolio.
- Actied for the receivers in respect of possession of property.
- Advised on security against land; recoveries and transfers of land to connected parties.
Forbes Solicitors is instructed by a range of large businesses, housing associations and public organisations on property litigation and land disputes. The healthcare, construction, sport, education, pensions, charity and agricultural sectors are key focuses for the team. Associate Stephen McArdle, who joined in 2018 from KBL Solicitors LLP, is a property litigation specialist. Former team head Robin Stephens has retired.
Stephen McArdle; Michael Chambers
- Advises a Premier League football club in relation to all its property-related matters and disputes.
- Handled a construction dispute which involved professional negligence and insolvency.
- Advised a client on a lease renewal and dilapidations.
- Advised on a breach of covenant, potential injunction and damages claim.
- Handled a claim in respect of a landslip against a local authority.
Gorvins Solicitors handles commercial and residential property disputes for landlords, property owners and commercial tenants. Guy Lightowler, who stands out for his 'attention to detail', leads the team and is instructed by developers, management companies, entrepreneurs and local authority clients. Senior associate Danielle Clements handles a range of landlord and tenant issues, and is engaged on a number of boundary and neighbour disputes. Consultant Jonathon Crook is also a key figure.
The team is very professional, well organised, very client focused, deals with correspondence very promptly and has the client’s interest as a top priority
Guy Lightowler is an intelligent, client focused and tactically astute operator; he takes a realistic line when required, but always fights the client’s corner to get the best commercial result
- Represented a client on an application to the Land Registry to claim adverse possession of a parcel of land adjacent to land jointly owned by him and his brother.
- Advised client on issues relating to a residential property, purchased from a house builder, with unsatisfactory conditions and proposed repairs within a two-year period.
- Advised client in connection with its occupation of a warehouse at Groveport Docks in Scunthorpe.
- Defended companies in public interest winding up proceedings brought by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in relation to the operation of a scheme for the mitigation of National Non-Domestic Rates (ie business rates) on unoccupied commercial property which it is alleged misuses the provisions of the Insolvency Act and and/or subverts the legitimate use of insolvency procedures.
KK Thompson Solicitors
Niche offering KK Thompson Solicitors is a 'small team that offers a bespoke, client-friendly service that is founded on excellent knowledge of the law'; and it is 'extremely pro-active in all transactions; it is well organised and communicates effectively'. It has a strong property litigation focus and is noted for its retail sector expertise; it is instructed by commercial landlords, offshore pension funds, investment companies and high-net-worth individuals on contentious matters. Directors Kate Thompson, who is 'adept at thinking outside the box', and Karl Thompson, who has a 'forensic approach but simplifies his advice to make it easy to digest', lead the team.
Kate Thompson; Karl Thompson
The team is responsive, commercial and straight-talking; it not only delivers legal advice, but the team problem solves and provides solutions
Kate Thompson is a problem solver and devises practical solutions to complex issues
Karl Thompson is very knowledgeable on landlord and tenant matters, gives considered and well-reasoned advice, and deals with matters efficiently and expediently
Taylor Business Park
Taylor Estates (Cheshire)
LiveWire (Warrington) CIC
Roger Hannah and Co
Munroe K Asset Management
Poplar Services Printers
Apollo Land and Buildings
- The team acts for Roubaix Group in relation to its retail property portfolio throughout the UK.
- The team provides portfolio management and legal advice to one of the largest management agents in the North West, Roger Hannah, which services thousands of commercial properties across all property sectors.
- Acted for LiveWire (Warrington) CIC on a contentious proposed lease.
- The team provides Barnfield Construction with general portfolio management advice, which involves a range of issues including rent recovery, service of various notices pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, considering and advising upon notices, break option advice and dilapidations disputes.
Nexus Solicitors Limited
Nexus Solicitors Limited acts for landlords, managing agents and tenants on a range of leasehold and property disputes. Claims for tenancy renewals, dilapidations, service charge disputes, and rectification are key areas of activity, as are claims concerning break notices, breaches of covenant and forfeiture. Director Debbie Whiteley heads the team.
The team is professional, qualified and efficient
Debbie Whiteley is thorough, technically superior and stands out for her tenacity
- The team continues to act for a group of more than 30 leaseholders in relation to disrepair, misrepresentation and forfeiture issues relating to a large development in Barrow-in-Furness.
- Successfully settled an Upper Tribunal reference for compensation arising out of the compulsory purchase of commercial premises as part of a large redevelopment scheme in Liverpool.
- Represented four landlords, based outside the UK, whose managing agent has retained rents and has failed to maintain the rental properties in a claim for an account of rents and termination of the management agreement.
- Advised the holder of an option notice over a property in a dispute as to whether the option is capable of being exercised at any time or is limited to a specific period.
- Advised a technology company on a dispute over termination of a contract and the retention of data.
Slater Heelis LLP stands out for its ability to 'understand the client's business'. The team acts for UK and overseas clients on a range of residential and commercial property disputes. It is regularly engaged on advisory work, high-value disputes and landlord and tenant disputes. Recently promoted partner Daniel Stern heads the team. Chris Bishop is also a key figure.
Other key lawyers:
The team has the determination to get to know the client’s expectations and requirements
The team has the ability to think outside the box, and has ‘terrier’-like determination to achieve a successful result for the client
Daniel Stern is a go-to person for his leasehold and contract law knowledge; his ability to grasp an issue quickly is quite outstanding, and he cuts to the chase effectively
The Feltham Group
PJ Livesey Group
- Represented CERT Properties in obtaining vacant possession of a large multi-let, mixed-use office and leisure building in Manchester City Centre for redevelopment.
Bridge Law Solicitors Ltd
Bridge Law Solicitors Ltd handles a range of property litigation mandates and is regularly instructed by individuals. It handles disputes involving easements and boundaries, rights to light, trespass and sale of land, and the team also handles landlord and tenant cases. Director Claire Stewart 'goes the extra mile' and is ably supported by Sophie Murgatroyd.
Claire Stewart; Sophie Murgatroyd
The care, sympathy and professionalism given to clients is exceptional
Kennedys handles a range of landlord and tenant disputes, and is regularly engaged by property developer clients on contentious cases. Cases involving repossession, trespass and enforcement proceedings are a key area of expertise, as are property-related professional negligence disputes. Senior associate Tom White leads the team in Manchester.
Tom White is hardworking and meticulous