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Addleshaw Goddard

The Addleshaw Goddard team, which is described as ‘a powerhouse in the property litigation sector’, acts for a broad client base comprising of large institutional investors, household name tenants and financial institutions. One of the names to note at the firm is Charles Jagger, who has particular experience of advising corporate occupiers on matters such as dilapidations claims and high-value break notices, among other issues. Chris Perrin is experienced in representing clients in proceedings at the High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Legal director Andy Feehan covers a wide array of real estate cases, such as those concerning rent reviews, high-value dilapidations, complex repossessions and service charges. Managing associate Patricia Love is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:

Charles Jagger; Chris Perrin; Andy Feehan; Patricia Love

Testimonials

‘Patricia Love is outstanding in terms of professionalism, subject matter knowledge and problem solving. Patricia is proactive, and has a way of putting things on track such that everyone involved gets on board with the way forward.’

‘Patricia Love stands out – she has a brilliant legal mind.’

‘I have worked with Chris and his team for a number of years. They listen, consistently provide reliable, pragmatic, commercially viable advice, enabling me to speed up my decision making process. They are available when I want and provide a good turnaround.

‘Chris Perrin is a trusted adviser to me and my team.’

‘My experience of the AG Manchester team is that they have first class quality work, rivalling anything I have seen in a top London practice. They carry out that work to a very high standard.’

‘I have worked a great deal with Chris Perrin. I see Chris as one of the future key players in property litigation. He has superb work and great understanding of the subject both on a legal and practical level.’

‘A powerhouse in the property litigation sector.’

‘The team has strength in depth. They are all friendly and knowledgeable. Also very responsive.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Life

Bruntwood Group of Companies

CarVal Investors

Co-operative Group

Europa Capital

Mapeley Estates

Marks and Spencer

Midos Group/Davlea Estates

Network Rail

Property Alliance Group

Santander

Vue Cinemas

Work highlights

  • Acting for Angelgate Manchester Buyers Limited (AMBL) and its beneficiaries (approximately 320 individuals predominantly based in the Far East) were successful in the High Court in obtaining a declaration that the funds obtained from the sale of a failed residential development site in Manchester belonged to the investors and not the creditors of the developer as a whole.
  • Advising 150+ individual property investors on a group action professional negligence action arising from a failure to advise that the property investment could constitute an unlawful collective investment scheme and therefore be voidable pursuant to FSMA.
  • Successfully concluding longstanding High Court litigation for Standard Life against a high street supermarket operator concerning the conditional sale of a1 development site in Durham. The parties were in dispute over whether the proposed buyer had fulfilled certain pre-conditions which would have triggered a sale of the property.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a sizeable portfolio of local, national and international clients. It undertakes a full spectrum of litigated property matters for clients, including lease terminations and renewals, professional negligence, dilapidation claims and insolvency-related litigation. The practice is led by David McGuirk, whose ‘expertise in real estate litigation matters is second to none‘, with a notable specialism in disputes connected with residential and commercial property developments. Recently-promoted principal associate Alex Wright is one of the other key individuals in the team, as is ‘excellent and technically very able’ senior associate Joanne Mills, who has specialist knowledge of residential property and tenant insolvency. James Batham is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

David McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

James Batham; Alex Wright; Joanne Mills

Testimonials

‘We have a great relationship with the real estate litigation team at Eversheds. They are very easy to approach and work with and always willing to go the extra mile – whether that is on day-to-day instructions or urgent new instructions.’

‘David McGuirk, Partner – David is extremely knowledgeable and very good at what he does. David’s expertise in real estate litigation matters is second to none and he is also excellent at spotting the commercial factors and drivers that need to be taken into account, which is very important to us.’

Joanne Mills, Senior Associate – Jo is very personable, down-to-earth and easy to work with. Jo is extremely thorough in everything that she does and always keen to highlight new and evolving areas in the industry, which is very useful for us.’

‘Very reliable and provide excellent, commercially-minded advice.’

‘David McGuirk stands out. His technical knowledge is excellent but his advice is pragmatic and not too legalistic. Very reliable.’

‘Responsive and accommodating.’

‘Collaborative environment, strong command structure, competitive rates.’

‘David McGuirk – heads the team brilliantly, very good strategist. Joanne Mills – excellent and technically very able, with astute judgment.’

Key clients

Manchester Airports Group

Aviva Investors

The Co-Operative Bank PLC

Toni&Guy

AXA IM

G4S

INOVYN

Muse Developments

European Tyre Enterprise Ltd (Kwik Fit)

European Metal Recycling Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Valley Brook Investments Limited in professional negligence proceedings against an architect who incorrectly stated the development potential of a property. In a significant victory, the court found in the client’s favour.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Drawing on a strong team of experienced lawyers, Hill Dickinson LLP acts for clients in a wide variety of complex property disputes. Practice head Kevin Lee is known for his expertise in rights of light, as well as mines and minerals claims, while Ralph Bullivant has experience of acting for retail tenants in cases involving contested lease renewals. Also recommended are legal directors Phil Parker (who is described as ‘practical, knowledgeable and responsive’) and Helen Evans, who is experienced in trespass cases and protester actions in the oil and gas industry.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lee

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Bullivant; Phil Parker; Helen Evans

Testimonials

‘Phil Parker – practical, knowledgeable and responsive. Keen to get the best outcome for his client.’

Key clients

UKOG Plc

London Southend Airport

First Transpennine Express Limited

Title Insurer

First Group Plc

Transport for Greater Manchester Executive

Work highlights

  • Acting for UKOG Plc (the largest UK onshore oil company) in leading and widely publicised anti-protest injunction proceedings.
  • Defending London Southend Airport, the UK’s fastest growing regional airport, against 188 claims for compensation brought by neighbours pursuant to the Land Compensation Act 1973 following an extension of the runway.
  • Defending Transport for Greater Manchester Executive in multimillion-pound claim brought by the head tenant of the iconic Deansgate Arches, who is seeking damages caused by water ingress, to leisure business operating within the arches.

DLA Piper

The head of the ‘experienced and very capable team’ at DLA Piper is property litigator Martin Griffiths, who excels in disputes over developments and large-scale property portfolio management. Legal director Rachael Jones also takes a lead role in a number of litigated property matters, including lease renewals and dilapidations claims. Recent work included advising landlords on workarounds for Covid19-related restrictions on enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Jones

Testimonials

‘I have had dealings with Rachael Jones over the past year on a number of property litigation cases. She is extremely knowledgeable about real property law, and all the relevant litigation procedures and tactics.’

‘An experienced and very capable team who are truly committed to securing the best result for their clients.’

‘Martin Griffiths – Partner, a cool head and a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Rachael Jones – Legal Director. Truly impressive. Very experienced in handling complex legal issues, great client care skills, manages pressured situations brilliantly.

‘I have worked with this team for many years and have always found them to be approachable and to give prompt, pragmatic and focussed advice.’

‘Rachael Jones – in several cases she has gone above and beyond, providing not only the advice required but also background and context. This provides a greater understanding of the litigation as a whole and allowed for a reasoned and considered decision to be taken.’

Key clients

Schroders

Liverpool Football Club

Picton

Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

USF Nominees Limited (Unilever’s Pension Fund)

Heineken

Pilkington

Cheshire West and Chester Council

FI Real Estate Management

St James’s Place UK Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for an institutional investor client in bringing a claim for an implied easement and/or rectification of title to give them access to their £20 million development site.  Also pursuing the client’s previous solicitors for negligence in their acquisition of the site.
  • Advising a real estate management company on pursuing removal of a restrictive covenant to allow a £13m residential development of its office tower. Also advising the client on defending an action brought by its landlord to forfeit its long leasehold interest in the office tower and apply pressure on negotiations regarding CPO compensation.

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‘very pragmatic and approachable’ team at Shoosmiths LLP has recently focused on corporate occupier work, advising large corporations on their strategy in relation to Covid19 regulations, as well as handling disputes concerning developments. Wayne Nash, who leads the team, has expertise in the field of rights of light. Kirsty Black also plays a central role in the practice, taking the lead in a number of key matters.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Nash

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Black; Richard Symonds; Ben Kelly

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and approachable.’

‘Ben Kelly is always at the end of the phone and willing to work with you to resolve the problem in the quickest and simplest way.’

‘Wayne Nash – exceptionally strong advice/no prevarication; has the strength of his own convictions, which produces some excellent results.’

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Countryside Properties

Renaker Build

Allied London LLP

Select Property Group

London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited

Marston’s Plc

Watkin Jones & Son Group Limited

Frasers Group

Morgan Sindall Group

Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots UK/Boots Opticians/etc)

The Restaurant Group

Bensons for Beds

Odeon Cinemas Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited in a leading role alongside several other high profile tenants in High Court proceedings issued by a landlord concerning withheld rent to be defended on the basis of arguments arising from the covid pandemic including frustration; implied term; supervening illegality and rent cesser and considered in light of the Supreme Court decision in FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and others heard earlier this year.
  • Advising occupiers, both corporate and private, on responding to service charge consultations in respect of proposed multimillion pound re-cladding of buildings in the wake of new fire safety legislation following the Grenfell fire; the issue being widely covered in the national press and the subject of draft legislation being considered by Parliament.

Brabners LLP

The team at Brabners LLP is jointly led by Andrew Rogers, Jeff Lewis and Helena Davies. Notwithstanding the challenges caused by Covid-19, the firm has been able to win work from new clients, in addition to attracting mandates from longstanding existing clients. The firm is seen as a go-to by developers and local authorities, as well as landlords and tenants. Liverpool-based legal director Hannah Carter, who works closely with Rogers and Davies, is experienced in commercial, residential and agricultural real estate litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rogers; Helena Davies; Jeff Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Carter

Testimonials

‘We changed legal representation during a land dispute, and when we engaged Brabners, their approach helped us to win the case. Their professionalism and expertise was invaluable to us during this case.’

‘I am impressed with the work ethic of the team in that I am able to communicate with a senior member out of hours whenever necessary, which is a real plus in fast-moving litigation.’

‘Helena Davies from Brabners has provided us with exceptional services. She is compassionate to our situation but also remains calm and professional in her advice.’

‘Andrew Rogers is particularly knowledgeable and adept in dealing with rates and council tax litigation. Steady, adaptable and unflappable approach produces results.’

‘I have worked extensively with Hannah Carter over the years and throughout she has always provided excellent and practical advice when dealing with a number of complex property matters. She anticipates outcomes ahead of time and understands the needs of our business and as such our business has benefitted by her dealing with matters quickly and efficiently.’

‘The property litigation team at Brabners offers ‘to the point’ advice, which enables us to make informed decisions about risks needed to be taken in dealing with property issues that arise. The ‘straight talking’ team members save us time in having to decipher long-winded advice.’

‘Andrew Rogers is the lead for our relationship and ensures matters are dealt with appropriately and at the right level of resource.

‘The team have a good knowledge and understanding of property issues.’

Key clients

Warrington Borough Council

Bestway (Well Pharmacy)

Doncaster Sheffield Airport Ltd

Associated British Foods

TJ Morris Limited (t/a Home Bargains)

Wirral Borough Council

Merseyside Pension fund

Martin McColl Limited

Goldcrest Finance

Primark Stores Limited

Peel Ports Group

Matalan Retail Limited

The Shaw Trust Limited

J W Lees

The Liver Building Co Ltd

Leverhulme Estate

Coal Industry Social Welfare Org

Work highlights

  • Winning the tender in July 2020, the firm replaced four incumbent law firms as sole property advisers to Well. Now providing all the property litigation support for Well’s considerable portfolio in England and Wales (upwards of 700 units).
  • Advised Wainhomes on a wholly successful reported case in the Upper Tribunal where a resident applied to modify restrictive covenants over his home.
  • Advising Wirral BC on the redevelopment of Birkenhead Market, a key project in the regeneration of Birkenhead town centre.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's real estate litigation team in Manchester stands out for its property asset management expertise, as well as its strengths in landlord and tenant matters, and property insolvency-related work. In addition, the group works with practitioners play a key role in development and regeneration projects. Recently-promoted partner Rachael Reynolds, who heads up the practice in Manchester, acts for a mix of private and public sector clients, including shopping centres, local authorities and developers. She is supported by senior associate George Taylor, who plays a key role in the practice’s health sector offering.

Practice head(s):

Rachael Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

George Taylor

Testimonials

‘We always receive a prompt and efficient service. The team understand our needs, our ultimate objectives and try to ensure that they are met.’

‘I have dealt with several members of the team for 15 plus years and they are always available, willing, proactive, as well as reactive when needs be, and efficient. Their technical knowledge and advice is first class and I don’t feel there is a fee, fee, fee type attitude as with other firms.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

Lend Lease

Land Securities

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Quintain Limited

St Helens Borough Council

Bolton Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

Laduree

Property Alliance Group Limited

Japan Centre Group Limited

Clas Ohlson Limited

Bradford City Council

Criterion Capital

Loreal (UK) Limited

Arthur J. Gallagher (U.K.) Limited

IQ Student Accommodation Services

HMRC

Blackpool Council

HSS Hire Service Group Limited

GB Railfreight Limited

Derwent London

easyJet

Sun Valley Limited

Wigan Council

Cale Street Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic advice to Royal London in connection with multiple retail CVAs and administrations, including Pizza Express, Caffe Nero, Clarks, New Look, Pizza Hut, LK Bennett and others, often on an urgent basis.
  • Defending a tenant client, a major nationwide logistics operator, in relation to longstanding, complex and large scale dilapidations litigation with its landlord of former office premises. The claim is worth in excess of £1m.
  • Advising a landlord client, a major shopping centre owner, in respect of a strategically key redevelopment of multi-let premises, including managing time-critical opposed renewal proceedings to meet the development programme.

J B Leitch Ltd

J B Leitch Ltd is a well-known name among large-scale institutional property and asset landlords and managers. It handles a wide range of cases for clients, such as those concerning breaches of covenants, lease forfeiture, enfranchisement and right to manage. Also notable is that the team is sought after for its expertise in fire safety and other building safety measures. Director and principal solicitor Jonathan Leitch, who founded the firm, is knowledgeable about the law applicable to long leasehold residential and mixed-use properties. Legal director Philip Parkinson is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Leitch; Philip Parkinson

Other key lawyers:

Katie Edwards

Testimonials

‘Genuine niche firm specialising in highly technical and complex service charge litigation and debt collection; very practical and no-nonsense; real specialists.’

‘Despite having instructed the firm for so many years, the relationship never feels stale. They always make an effort to go the extra mile.’

‘Phil Parkinson’s brain is an enormous encyclopaedia of property litigation. He has a remarkable amount of experience both in his advisory work and litigation together with an incredible memory of previous cases, legislation and case law. Because of his vast level of experience, Phil is usually able to correctly predict the outcome of a case at a very early stage.’

‘Phil is supported by some great solicitors. Katie Edwards is most definitely a rising star in the property litigation world. She is all over the detail and no matter how complex and stressful a matter is, she deals with it with a smile on her face without fail. Katie is an absolute pleasure to deal with and extremely capable.

‘A northern powerhouse whose clients range from the institutional to the wealthy individual. Provides value for money and incredible expertise, particularly in landlord and tenant issues.’

‘Philip Parkinson is the standout individual – unparalleled understanding of the leasehold world, both as to the legal issues but also the commercial drivers for his clients. He understands their needs perfectly.’

‘JB Leitch’s litigation team have built a track record of successful cases based on top quality advice making them our ‘go to’ firm for litigation. Their clear and helpful case experience and case commentaries are often published on their website and through social media.’

Key clients

Amber Management

Ballymore Asset Management

Berkeley Group plc

Blenheims Estate & Asset Management Ltd

Blue Property Management UK Limited

Bloq Management Services Limited

Castle Estates Block Management Limited

Crabtree PM Ltd

E & J Estates

Encore Estate Management

Estates & Management Ltd

FirstPort Property Services Limited (previously Peverel)

Forte Freehold Management Limited

Foster Maddison Property Consultants

Freehold Managers plc

GEM Estate Management Ltd

HomeGround Management Limited

Inspired Property Management

Keppie Massie Ltd

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

Lamberts Chartered Surveyors Ltd

London Residential Management Limited

Long Harbour Ltd

Mainstay Residential Ltd

Mann Island Management Limited

Orion Land & Developments Ltd

Pier Management Limited

Premier Estates

Proxim Property Management Ltd

Rendall & Rittner Ltd

Residential Management Group

Residents Quarter Ltd

Shenstone Properties Ltd

Slough Borough Council

Trinity Est

Work highlights

  • Advising Holding & Management (Solitaire) Ltd connection with a number of significant building defects affecting a large development, including fire safety issues and building safety issues with an estimated value of £8m.
  • Successfully advising Abacus Land 1 (Propco 1) Ltd on a claim by commercial tenant in respect of building safety defects and building disrepair, with works valued at approximately £1m. Case considers new point of law for which there is no existing legal precedent relating to the liability of the parties to repair the property’s common parts. Judgment recently awarded in favour of the client, together with indemnity costs award.
  • Advising an institutional landlord on forfeiture of a head lease, which included property values of approximately £12.2m.

Land Law LLP

Land Law LLP's practice is led by experienced property litigator Steven Jennings, who is ‘a true expert in his field‘. His work includes commercial landlord and tenant cases, such as those involving dilapidations and service charges, as well as restrictive covenant cases and matters relating to rights to light and other easements.

Practice head(s):

Steven Jennings

Testimonials

‘I have always received prompt attention, with the work carried out at a high level. Work delegated within the team is always overseen by a senior member. Steven Jennings is a stand out practitioner and provides solid legal advice coupled with good common sense. He invariably provides an opinion at the outset, having studied the relevant documents and correspondence and without the need to consult counsel.’

‘We work regularly with Steven Jennings. His knowledge is second to none and is highly respected because of this. His assertive style when approaching litigious issues gives us as the client a lot of confidence. Steven also brings a commercial approach to any issue. A combination of this with his industry knowledge helps set him a part from competitors.’

‘Steven Jennings is a true expert in his field when it comes to property litigation. What sets Steven apart is his solution-focused approach when providing advice and how tuned in commercially he is across everything he does.’

‘Steven Jennings has a tremendous wealth of experience in real estate litigation. Very approachable, commercial and professional.’

‘They are a very friendly practice to deal with and deal with all my instructions in a timely and professional manner. No matter how large or small an instruction they seem to deal with it in the same efficient manner.’

‘Land Law stands out from the crowd. Extremely helpful and approachable, available when needed, prompt and efficient in their dealings with you and quick to respond with solutions. The people I have dealt with have been of a great calibre. I would highly recommend them.’

‘Steven Jennings has extensive knowledge and experience and is a great problem solver. He is always available to speak with, is friendly and able to offer a solution which is sound, commercially based and very well explained.’

Key clients

Bruntwood Group

Peel Holdings and group companies

Watch This Space Limited

Beaconsfield Estates LLP

Trafford Bruntwood (Stretford Mall) LLP

Oddfellows Friendly Society

Eric Wright Group

Hollins Murray Group

Comedy Store

Amari Metals Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting a development company that is developing a cleared site in the centre of Manchester upon which ten houses are to be built and has encountered major issues with regard to rights of light claims being made by the owners of surrounding properties. There has also been a major dispute concerning access to the site.
  • Acted in respect of a dilapidations claim of circa £1million against a client’s former tenants relating to several industrial units in Rotherham.
  • Supported clients who have operated a comedy venue for 20 years in arches under a viaduct which is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester.  Clients’ premises have suffered from ingress of water emanating from the viaduct above.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP's specialist real estate litigation team acts for regional and national developers facing a wide range of development constraints, such as rights of light, access rights and restrictive covenants. It also advises on contentious matters arising from overage agreements, promotion agreements and option agreements. Also notable is that the firm acts for commercial landlords, tenants, management companies and managing agents. Seán Hackett leads the team, which includes Laura Pile.

Practice head(s):

Seán Hackett

Other key lawyers:

Laura Pile

Testimonials

‘Strong in real estate litigation across the board, with a growing reputation in service charge litigation in the tribunals.’

‘Sean Hackett – his wide experience of landlord and tenant claims, and his attention to detail, enables him to provide robust practical advice for his clients. Laura Pile – efficient and effective, Laura is able to get to grips with complex claims quickly and guide her clients through tricky areas with consummate ease.’

‘I am extremely impressed by the advice received and the way the team have dealt with an extremely complicated property litigation issue.’

‘A dedicated, highly experienced team drawing upon strengths in various related disciplines and are able to respond quickly and provide focussed advice and representation.’

‘Hands-on involvement, like to think outside the box. The individuals are very well-versed in dealing with even the most complex and voluminous cases, and are extremely dedicated and meticulous in their preparation and presentation.’

Key clients

Atmore Investments Limited

Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd

Akzo Nobel

Philip J Davies (Holdings) PLC

Gladman Developments Limited

Monckton Properties Limited

Fortis Developments Limited

Brunswick Investor Company Limited

The Downes Partnership

Abbasi & Salek Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advising Atmore Investments Limited in respect of its dilapidations claim against M&S who were the former tenants of the property who had entered into a guarantee and indemnity on the assignment of the lease to the tenant who subsequently entered into a CVA. The matter is complex in that the claim against M&S is sustained based on the fact the that indemnity was not compromised by the CVA.
  • Advising Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd on its UK-based time share portfolio. Acted for the client in the most recent development in new classes of easements before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
  • Advising Akzo Nobel in respect of its multimillion-pound rental portfolio. This demonstrates the team’s capabilities in commercial portfolio management for blue-chip corporations.

Pannone Corporate LLP

The team at Pannone Corporate LLP has a broad workload spanning development issues, professional negligence and lease covenants. The practice is led by property litigator David Brown, who is known for his strengths in contested lease renewals, dilapidations claims and handling general estate management issues for developer clients. Director Gemma Staples, who works with Brown, is a ‘first-rate property litigator' with a particular focus on the retail and telecommunications sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Staples

Testimonials

‘We work with Gemma Staples whom we find very professional and thorough.’

‘The team work very well together, it doesn’t matter who you speak to, they always know what is happening with the case.’

‘Pannone Corporate strikes an excellent balance: they have the big-firm capacity to handle large and complex cases, but the small-firm responsiveness and personal touch. They have the flexibility and skills to manage cases that cross between different fields, for example real estate litigation that raises company law, insolvency or property damage issues.’

‘Gemma Staples (director) is a first-rate property litigator. She has masses of experience and keeps a cool head even in demanding and high-pressure cases. She has excellent commercial sense, having worked with a wide range of businesses, from multinationals to small family concerns.’

‘The whole property litigation team have been very responsive through the Covid pandemic despite most of the team working from home. They have shown adaptability to the changing corporate insolvency and property rights with the ongoing moratoriums.’

‘Whole team have been very supportive and responsive during this challenging period for tenants and landlords.’

Key clients

Diamond Resorts Group

Emerson Group

Manchester Central Convention Centre

Manchester City Council

Revolution Bars Limited

Slicker Recycling Limited

Total Fitness Health Clubs Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Tradebe Management Limited

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising a recycling company on a claim for trespass, nuisance and environmental contamination valued at in excess of £500,000. A highly complex matter involving the assessment of a variety of contaminants in soil, contributory contamination from historic use and other sources; and possible remediation strategies, which are dependent on the anticipated future use of the land in question.
  • Acting for a property investment company pursuing a dilapidations claim valued at circa £300,000 against a former national retailer.
  • Advising the owner of a number of retail and business parks on the recovery of rental arrears from various retailers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and maximising % recovery.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's ‘knowledgeable and collaborative’ team acts for clients in the utilities, infrastructure, electronic communications, development and financial services sectors. Practice head and ‘exceptional property litigatorMichael Smith has particular expertise in issues relating to the Electronic Communications Code, and he has taken cases to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Michael Smith

Testimonials

‘Michael Smith, partner, is an exceptional property litigator. He is an able lawyer, a master of coordinating substantial litigation and also a commercial team player.’

‘Close team, knowledgeable and collaborative with clients.’

Key clients

United Utilities

Hanover Capital Limited

Aviva

Retirement Villages Development Limited

Linnaeus Group Bidco Limited

Various clients

Work highlights

  • Acted for the successful landlord Hanover Capital Limited in a claim for the renewal of a tenancy of a telecommunication mast site. The claim concerned a determination of the new rent payable under a renewal lease of a telecommunications site ordered under the LTA 1954.
  • Acting for Aviva in the case of  EE Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited v (1) Aviva Investors Ground Rent Holdco Limited and (2) Aviva Investors Ground Rent GP Limited(‘Aviva’) TCR/141/2020 & LC-2020-68. Aviva is objecting to this application by EE Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited for the grant rights under paragraphs 20 and 26 of the Electronic Communications Code, to install electronic communications apparatus on the roof of property owned by Aviva.
  • Acting for Retirement Villages Development Limited (‘RVDL’), which is within the Retirement Villages Group, in a dispute surrounding an option granted by  Punch Partnerships (PTL) Limited over strategic development land.

TLT

TLT's varied portfolio of contentious property work includes landlord and tenant disputes, rent reviews, lease renewals and contractual disputes. Practice head Matthew Forrest has grown the practice to include work from major retailers, banks, developers, leisure operators and public sector clients. Working closely with Forrest is James Chadwick, whose clients include major financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Forrest; James Chadwick

Testimonials

‘Difficult cases are their expertise. Always commercial and thinking outside the box. Also working exceptionally hard in order to get great results.’

‘Matthew Forrest – Partner – unflappable – a very good lawyer with a great deal of commercial understanding.’

‘TLT has an outstanding team with a number of highly impressive property litigators.’

‘James Chadwick is a very impressive solicitor, who is always on top of his brief and has a lot of good quality work with financial institutions.’

‘Deep relevant expertise based locally in Manchester.’

‘Easy to work with, clear communication, commercial, value for money.’

Key clients

JD Sports plc/JD Sports Gyms

Covent Garden Market Association

Tim Horton (UK & Ireland)

Manchester Airport Group

Pets at Home, Vets 4 Pets and Companion Care Services

WH Smith

TUI Travel plc

Santander UK plc

Punch Pubs

Nationwide Building Society

Wasabi Co. Ltd

Seneca Property Limited

Eric Wright Construction Limited/Eric Wright Group plc

MCR Property Group

Morris & Perry Ltd/Morris & Perry (Gurney Slade Quarry) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Covent Garden Market on proceedings relating to the £200m redevelopment of New Covent Garden Market the UK’s largest wholesale market.
  • Advising Pets at Home on multi-party High Court litigation concerning property defects and alleged disrepair.
  • Instructed to oppose an ‘Aldi Application’ and defend an associated claim issued in the High Court (Business and Property Courts, Companies and Insolvency List) by Joint Liquidators of three development companies against the directors of the companies and other associated parties including the lenders as interested parties.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's diverse client base spans the technology, investment and public sectors. Practice head Sian Evans advises clients on all aspects of commercial and residential property litigation. Working with Evans is principal associate Peter Hall, who acts for large and small businesses, private individuals and public sector bodies. Hall places a particular focus on high-value landlord and tenant disputes, as well as issues connected with the redevelopment of land.

Practice head(s):

Sian Evans

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hall; John Darnell

Testimonials

‘Provided clear concise advice on a range of property matters, good breadth of knowledge available across the team. Reporting and tracking of key dates via easy to use database.’

‘John Darnell – Always available for advice and great at providing options whilst ensuring keys dates etc are in hand and dealt with.’

‘Very thorough.’

‘Peter Hall is a stand-out. He thinks deeply about his cases.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited (Barratts David Wilson Homes)

Bruntwood Group

Clarion Housing Group

Emerson Group (Jones Homes)

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Derbyshire County Council

Markem-Imaje UK Limited

Various Eateries Trading Limited (Strada Restaurants)

Warrington Borough Council

Halton Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised BDW Trading Limited on dealing with rights of way in favour of Network Rail affecting a development site and obtaining consent from Network Rail to develop. The matter was important because construction had already started on site and the plots were in the course of being sold.
  • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester on obtaining possession of premises from a business tenant, which will enable the redevelopment of both the site in question and also neighbouring land for a large scale residential scheme.
  • Acted for NV Buildings who are the residential management company for blocks of apartments in Salford which require replacement of cladding as a result of Grenfell.

DWF

DWF hired director Stuart McCann from Pinsent Masons LLP in March 2020 to head up its practice, following the departures of Alan Walker and Jeremy Steele for Knights plc. McCann has expertise in a wide range of sectors, including retail and infrastructure, In addition, he acts for public bodies. Another key member of the team is senior associate Thomas Armstrong, who has expertise in telecoms litigation, and acts for major broadband and mobile network operators.

Practice head(s):

Stuart McCann

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Armstrong

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced in Electronic Communications Code litigation.’

‘I have worked with Stuart McCann on several cases over the last couple of years, and have found him to be very impressive. He always does a great job for his clients, and the quality of his instructions is very high.’

Key clients

EE Limited

Costa Limited

Premier Inn Hotels Limited/Whitbread Plc

BT Plc

Greene King Limited

Severn Trent Water Limited

The Adidas Group

Speedy Hire Plc

Peel Holdings

Lancashire County Council

HHGL Limited t/a Homebase

Shell UK Limited

Liverpool John Moores University

Work highlights

  • Advising EE Limited on a dilapidations claim made against it in respect of its former occupation of office premises in the Bristol area. The claim is for approximately £4 million.  It involves complex issues of valuation under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927, supersession, causation and technical engineering issues.  
  • Advised on the landmark case law decision EE Ltd and Hutchison 3G UK v Meyrick 1968 Combined Trust of Meyrick Estate Management.  The first ever case on the new redevelopment ground of opposition available to landlords under the Electronic Communications Code to oppose the grant of a new code agreement to code operators.
  • Instructed to act on an exclusive basis for Costa Limited in England, Wales and Scotland in relation to all real estate litigation matters. This involves providing daily advice in relation to over 2,500 stores in the UK with an acquisitions target of over 100 per annum (the client being one of the most acquisitive retailer in the UK).

Forbes Solicitors

The team at Forbes Solicitors is ‘very strong in terms of its technical ability and professionalism’. It handles a wide range of contentious property matters, such as land and boundary disputes, commercial lease renewals, breaks and terminations, as well as dilapidations claims. Michael Chambers co-heads the practice with Stephen McArdle, who has an ‘ever-expanding reputation for obtaining results‘, and senior associate Laura Hallett Lea.

Practice head(s):

Michael Chambers; Stephen McArdle; Laura Hallett Lea

Testimonials

‘Very straightforward, easy to deal with, good advice.’

‘Forbes have a strong property litigation team. The team deals with a wide range of property disputes with an increasing emphasis on commercial property. In an exceptionally competitive market Forbes rival bigger, national firms, for local work and offer a broad experience across the property litigation spectrum.’

‘Stephen McArdle is a leading figure with an ever expanding reputation for obtaining results. Stephen has a friendly style and personality and brings the best out of all professionals within a team (including experts and counsel).’

‘Forbes are a fantastically professional firm who we certainly look up to from a professional point of view. The team is very strong in terms of its technical ability and professionalism. Work is generally turned around quickly and efficiently compared to firms of a similar size.’

‘The team we deal with are extremely proactive and will do anything to help. Advice is always clear and unambiguous. I like the work ethic and professional standards of the team.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Represented the owner of a large property in connection with a boundary dispute which held up the sale of the property. Successfully represented the client to trial.
  • Representing a fire authority in connection with all property dispute related matters across all sites.
  • Representing a local authority in relation to a landslip claim being made by neighbouring property owners.

gunnercooke LLP

gunnercooke LLP's client roster includes landlords, developers, investors, occupiers and management companies. Tom Seabrook is dual-qualified to practise as a chartered surveyor and solicitor, giving him a unique vantage point in dilapidations claims and other matters involving construction and building defects. In addition, his other contentious experience includes service charge disputes, rent reviews, and disputes over boundaries and easements. Jen Morris provides strategic advice to help unlock development sites. The team has been strengthened by the arrival of Paul Pinder from Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP in October 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Tom Seabrook; Jen Morris; Paul Pinder

Testimonials

‘Tom Seabrook has a very pragmatic approach, which matches his instinct in property cases borne of his experience as a chartered surveyor. He is robust and direct which makes working with him straightforward, for which I am grateful.’

‘An excellent firm with several offices in the Lancashire area and a very strong offering in property litigation.’

‘Excellent communication and prompt advice and service. Faultless availability even out of normal business hours. Very experienced and extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend GunnerCooke to anybody requiring property litigation advice – very impressed!’

‘Tom Seabrook – Simply provides fantastic service and his knowledge is exceptional. Prompt, professional and very responsive – all great qualities that I value very highly in the professionals that I engage. I would, and indeed do, recommend Tom to all of my family, friends and colleagues.’

Key clients

Work Post Limited

Cheshire Homes Group

Sentielle, Inc

Polyseam Limited

Edge Asset Management

RAM Properties Limited

Henry Boot PLC and associated companies

Work highlights

  • Acting for Work Post Limited where landlord wished to re-gear lease in exchange for rental increase.
  • Acting for tenant Polyseam Limited in defence of landlord’s dilapidations claim.
  • Advised offshore property investor on re-gearing a lease with the freeholder, the Wellcome Trust.

Harrison Drury & Co

Harrison Drury & Co's team is ‘always willing to go the extra mile for clients’. It has experience of a wide variety of matters, including commercial and residential landlord and tenant work, the enforcement of real property rights, and property contract and negligence claims. Practice head Colin Fenny, who specialises in contentious development matters, is praised for his ‘pragmatic approach to managing complex situations’.

Practice head(s):

Colin Fenny

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Bamber; Jody Thomasson

Testimonials

‘Harrison Drury were recommended for their expertise in commercial and residential disrepair claims – great advice, experience and value for money.’

‘Hayley Bamber from Harrison Drury is an excellent lawyer. She’s available at all times, responds quickly, explains how it is, gets things done, knows what is important to clients and doesn’t sit on the fence. She is totally in control, calm and collected and completely reliable and trustworthy. I would definitely recommend her to others.’

‘Colin Fenny is experienced and good with clients.’

‘The team are very approachable, professional and efficient. We have dealt with Harrison Drury for over 10 years and have always had a professional and positive experience. All members of the firm are responsive and proactive and always suit our needs.’

‘A very dedicated team with a commercial focus. Always willing to go the extra mile for clients.’

‘Jody Thomasson works tirelessly for her clients . She has a razor-sharp focus and is able to produce detailed analysis at very short notice.’

‘We work with a number of lawyers up and down the country but what we have really valued about working with Colin Fenny is his pragmatic approach to managing complex situations. Colin is accessible and conversations are kept focused. Has good industry knowledge, is mindful of cost v impact/solution.’

Key clients

Barton Grange Group Limited

Trustees of the Dunkenhalgh Estate

Eric Wright Group Limited and Eric Wright Pension Trustees

Sir Simon Towneley (Worsthorne Estate, Cliviger and Burnley)

MAC Roofing and Contracting Limited

MH Stainton Limited

Trustees of the Legh Estate

Wishcare Limited

Cronin Properties Limited

Robert Silverwood (Lowther Café)

John Weld-Blundell

Alison Hatch

Glendale Liverpool

Glendale Managed Services Limited

Parkwood Leisure Limited

Collinson Construction Plc

Kindvital Limited

Person 1st Childcare Limited.

Auk Properties Limited

Tustin Developments Ltd

Jameson properties

Northern Trust Limited

Edge Hill University

Pillar Construction Limited

Trustees of the Graythwaite Estate

Glenn Ford and Abid Hussian

Pringle Construction Ltd

Victorian Plumbing Limited

Ashland Nursing Home Ltd

Leigh Welfare Miners Institute

Dee and Patrick Miller

Mullet Conversion Limited

K Pumps Ltd

Almond Gibson Ltd

Damian Lee Buildings Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising on a large lease renewal on behalf of the client, a landlord, in contested unopposed lease renewal proceedings under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 relating to a commercial quarry. A dispute arose over the terms of the new lease and particularly the rent payable and entitlement to premium and royalties involving complex legal and commercial arguments that requiring expert evidence.   Proceedings commenced in High Court with an expert valuer in quarry leases appointed and the parties reached a mutually beneficial settlement shortly after the claim was listed for a five-day High Court trial.
  • Barton Grange Limited, who own a large complex in Garstang which includes a garden centre and entertainment complex, informed the team that travellers had taken over large parts of the car park.  Swiftly obtained an application from the court to abridge time, getting in front of a judge the next day to obtain an injunction.
  • The client entered an agreement to purchase a Lloyds Pharmacy branch, taking on a lease of the property for £500,000 and had paid a non-refundable deposit of £200,000 which Lloyds were claiming the right to retain due to the Client’s failure to complete by the agreed completion date.  Robustly defended the client’s interests to get the deal back on the table. Negotiated with Eversheds acting for Lloyds in order to resurrect the deal and ensure that it completed before the NHS contract expired.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has a strong track record in matters such as contested lease renewals, possession actions and dilapidations claims. Senior associate Rebecca Jones , who is ‘a leader in her field‘, handles a range of property disputes. She is supported by senior associate Phillip Warburton, who has broad commercial and residential property law expertise. Bruce Jones is the department head. Andrew Weinberg has retired.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Jones

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Jones; Phillip Warburton

Testimonials

‘Kuits have a collaborative team whereby partners, associates and trainees collectively contribute to each specific matter. They are particularly adept at ensuring that any one of the team can pick up and handle any query.’

‘Rebecca Jones is a leader in her field and brings a certain degree of calmness and surety to proceedings. Philip Warburton has provided a swift and sound level of service since joining the team.’

‘We have been very happy with the performance of this team in helping us through some difficult situations. We have had excellent results and would have no hesitation in recommending them.’

‘All my dealings with all members of the team have been very satisfactory.’

‘Strong team with excellent client management.’

‘Rebecca Jones goes the extra mile for her clients. She is on top of the factual and legal details of a case, and is also able to step back and consider the matter practically and commercially.’

Key clients

Beech Properties Limited

David Samuel Properties

IO Oil and Gas

London & Scottish Property Investments Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

University of Salford

Work highlights

  • Advised IO Oil and Gas UK LLP on a break notice on property at The Shard in London, including issues arising from unlawful assignment by the client’s own sub-tenant.
  • Provide day-to-day asset management assistance to London and Scottish Property Investment Management on a variety of matters, relating to assets held by the Real Estate Investment Trust in respect of £750m worth of regional office and light industrial property space.
  • Advised University of Salford on securing vacant possession to facilitate a multi-million pound redevelopment to create a world-leading robotics facility, as part of a £2.5bn, 240-acre major regeneration scheme.

Squire Patton Boggs

The team at Squire Patton Boggs acts for clients from the retail, energy and chemicals sectors. Director Helen Hoath is experienced in an array of contentious real estate matters, including commercial landlord and tenant disputes, easement disputes and restrictive covenants.

Other key lawyers:

Helen Hoath

Key clients

Co-op Group of companies

Studio Retail group of companies

Peel Group of companies

Clarity Travel Limited

H B Villages

Kemira Chemicals (UK) Limited

Northern Gas Networks Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Co-operative Foodstores Limited with obtaining modification of restrictive covenant to permit the sale of alcohol.
  • Strategic advice to a client where it had provided multiple Authorised Guarantee Agreements for a travel company which went into liquidation.
  • Persuading a landlord that leasehold land should be valued for the purposes of rent review without a gas pipeline.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's team is adept in both commercial and residential real estate litigation. Led by practice head Lynn James, it acts for clients such as leaseholders, private and public landlords, management companies and financial institutions. Areas of expertise include service charge disputes, leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions, boundary disputes, dilapidations and rights of way claims. Senior associate Sam Coward is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Lynn James

Other key lawyers:

Sam Coward

Testimonials

‘We have a very positive working relationship and find that the staff in this team will go the extra mile. The team are very thorough and you feel confident that the advice they give has been well considered.’

‘We work mainly with Lynn James and Sm Coward as we deal mostly with leaseholders. They are both extremely approachable and know their stuff! We feel confident that they have considered all aspects of any case we bring to them and are also available to give a quick piece of advice.’

Key clients

Bromford Housing Group

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Accent Housing Limited

One Vision Housing Limited

The Riverside Group Limited

Great Places Housing Group

Moat Homes Limited

Cambian Group

Secretary of State for Education

Homes England

HH No 1 Limited

THT Development Limited

One Manchester Limited

One Housing Group

St Helens Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group Limited in relation to a claim that has been brought against the client for payments said to be due to the LPA Receiver pursuant to a lease of a property held by the client.
  • Act for Onward Homes Limited who was brought into legal proceedings by the Defendant, in respect of a claim being brought to enforce a planning obligation pursuant to section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP's ‘commercially-minded and solutions-driven’ team includes Alex Sandland, whose expertise includes agricultural disputes, as well as contentious land and title matters. Associate James Holton has a focus on contentious landlord and tenant issues, such as lease terminations/renewals, dilapidations, forfeiture and service charges. Another key associate is Catherine Gregson, who acts for landowners, farmers and estates.

Practice head(s):

Alex Sandland

Other key lawyers:

James Holton; Catherine Gregson

Testimonials

‘I choose the team at Butcher Barlow LLP due to a very strong referral culture. Their effective and functional teamwork allows them to collaborate and share resources with other colleagues throughout the firm, in order to deliver high quality outcomes in very complex issues that cannot be tackled individually.’

‘Catherine Gregson from Butcher Barlow LLP has a passion for real estate/property litigation and fosters a high level of commitment to her work understanding my objectives and advocates on that basis.’

‘Provides quick and efficient advice on all disputes with considerable knowledge of the relevant case law and process to put them above the rest.’

‘James Holton in particular deserves a special mention. He is knowledgeable and very commercially minded, which enables him to provide clear and concise advice to the client, and this helps put them at ease. He does not get bogged down and provides clear advice to resolve the dispute.’

‘Commercially-minded and solutions-driven.’

Key clients

The Trustees of the Booth Charities

Joseph Holt Limited

Black & White Developments

GB Properties

Apex Construction and Design

Brighouse Farmers

Junction Property Limited

Branley Homes Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a commercial tenant on a contested multi-lease renewal worth several million pounds against a major institutional landlord.
  • Advised an investor landlord on a seven-figure dilapidations claim against a blue-chip tenant following the expiry of multi-lease premises.
  • Acting for a management company in a tribunal application in relation to fire safety works at a large leasehold property.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's team in the North West is a core part of the firm's national offering. The growing practice covers a variety of contentious matters, including disputes related to the right to light, professional negligence and property portfolio management. Practice head Aaron Macauley, who is ‘very calm and measured’, acts for a number of household-name clients and he has featured in a number of reported cases recently.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Macauley

Testimonials

‘Aaron gave me very good advice and we had a very satisfactory out of court settlement.’

‘A diverse motivated team that never fails to impress. Particularly strong on development work (particular for Housing Associations), leasehold matters, and 1954 Act work.’

‘The team at Clarke Willmott are very efficient, thorough with their communication and are very approachable.’

‘Aaron Macauley: very calm and measured, and very efficient.’

‘Aaron Macauley – Excellent on residential property matters including complex leasehold issues, leads Manchester team. Very hard working.’

‘Deep experience in the property world, which they bring to bear on the litigation side of things. Adept at reading and understanding plans, maps, developments and the needs of developers.’

Key clients

BDW Trading Limited/David Wilson Homes

BPHA Limited

BurgerKing Limited

Dr Christopher Chinery

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Florala Properties Limited

Hansteen Holdings PLC

James Sinclair

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

The Mapeley Group

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of BPHA in relation to a high value dilapidations claim relating to a block of 19 residential flats which had been let to BPHA for the past 25 years and were to be returned to the landlord at the end of the lease.
  • Act on behalf of Florala Properties Limited in relation to a right to light claim brought by the adjoining owner in relation to an alleged infringement of the adjoining owner’s rights of light by the multi million pound development of what is now the Moorgate, in the City of London.
  • Acted on behalf of London & Quadrant Housing Trust in the Telecommunications case of Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v London & Quadrant Housing Trust [2020] UKUT 282 (LC) which dealt with the terms of the Telecommunications Code to be imposed on L&Q.

DTM Legal LLP

Anna  Duffy leads the team at DTM Legal LLP, with particular expertise in landlord and tenant matters such as break clauses, contentious lease renewals and dilapidations. She has most recently advised property investment clients on Covid19-related issues with tenants. Richard Thomas is also active in property disputes work, which forms a part of his wider litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Anna Duffy

Other key lawyers:

Richard Thomas

Testimonials

‘The practice partner coordinated very good results for us. Good selection and team performance, including selection of counsel.’

‘We dealt with Anna Duffy who I can highly recommend.’

Key clients

Atmore Investments Ltd

Oxton Court Limited

Hooton Estate

AAH Pharmaceuticals

Anglesey Country Cottages

Handelsbanken Plc

Scottish Power

Gorvins Solicitors

The property litigation team at Gorvins Solicitors is prominent in both the commercial and residential property spheres, where it handles disputes arising from disrepair, lease renewals, break clauses, boundary disputes and breaches of restrictive covenants, among other issues. Experienced litigator Guy Lightowler, who heads up the practice, handles matters in the county court, high court and property tribunal. Consultant Jonathan Crook is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Crook

Testimonials

‘Gorvins have an excellent reputation in South Manchester and offer a wide range of legal services. This reputation means that, when recommending Gorvins to clients, there will be no need to look elsewhere regardless of how a matter develops.’

‘Guy Lightowler is an excellent litigation solicitor. He has an excellent encyclopaedic knowledge of property law and a clear vision of where he needs to get to in a matter and how long it is likely to take.’

‘Guy Lightowler (Partner) gave the personal touch on some issues and was always at the end of the telephone when needed.’

‘Gorvins were effectively recommended by a practice who had come up against them. We were trying to find a solicitor to handle a tenant/letting issue. Gorvins appear to me to work with real authority, matching what was conveyed by the other practice.’

‘My father and I always felt that Guy Lightowler was in complete control of the situation and his calm, sure-handed manner was vital in bringing the dispute to a conclusion.’

Key clients

Rowlinson Group

Rowlinson Timber Limited

A & J Property Limited

District Surveyors Association Limited t/a LABC

Ian Edgar (Liverpool) Limited

Williams Group

The Property Alliance Group (PAG) and subsidiaries

KK Thompson Solicitors

The practice at KK Thompson Solicitors is jointly led by sibling team Karl Thompson and Kate Thompson, who provide ‘an excellent standard of service'. They serve a varied client base that includes commercial landlords, offshore pension funds, investment companies and high-net-worth individuals. Karl displays particular strengths in the retail sector, where he has been notably active supporting clients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Complementing his litigation experience, he is increasingly sought out to advise on alternative dispute resolution (particularly expert determinations) and litigation avoidance. Kate has expertise in commercial landlord and tenant cases, such as those concerning contested lease renewals, service charge disputes, alienation and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):

Kate Thompson; Karl Thompson

Testimonials

‘KK Thompson Solicitors are a family-run business. This means that their service is agile but comprehensive. I’ve always been able to reach Karl and Kate quickly and found their knowledge and expertise to be of great assistance in dealing with complex matters.’

‘The key differences are the personal touch and the commercial advice. Such advice is also prompt.’

‘Both Karl and Kate Thompson provide an excellent standard of service.’

‘Kate is extremely professional and exceptionally efficient. She puts other solicitors to shame with her proactive approach. Kate always ensures she has a sound understanding of our needs as her client and does her utmost to protect our interests.’

The service has been swift and professional and the fact the team were contactable and helpful made things all very easy.’

‘Personal approach and straight to the point. You always know where you stand and have confidence in the advice that is given.’

‘Karl Thompson provides a bespoke service and is able to cut through the noise to provide meaningful and concise litigation advice. He has a non-adversarial approach and is always looking at all the options without having to ultimately litigate. A very thorough and knowledgeable individual.’

‘Kate is a fantastic property solicitor, her advice and attention to detail is why we use KK Thompson and we will continue to use them for the foreseeable future.’

Key clients

Roubaix Group

LiveWire (Warrington) CIC

Taylor Estates (Cheshire) Limited

Roger Hannah and Co

Culture Warrington

Globe Enterprises Limited

Barnfield Construction Limited

Munroe K Asset Management

Titan Land and Building Ltd

Saturn Land and Building Ltd

Vanguard Land and Building Ltd

Thor Ablestar Land and Building Ltd

Green and Partners

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Roubaix group on its retail portfolio in the UK. One particular recent highlight involved succeeding in a contested break notice against a well-known high street retailer worth £600,000 to the client in future rent. Other instructions span all areas  of property litigation, including lease renewal proceedings, break option advice, serving of notices, rent and service charge recovery, interpretation of lease terms, tenant insolvency and dilapidations.
  • Ongoing advice to Livewire (Warrington) CIC, the largest provider of leisure facilities across the Warrington borough. Advice is continuous and relates to its entire portfolio, which consists of leisure centres, gyms and sports facilities. Many of these facilities are sub-let to food outlets, pharmacies and NHS services.
  • Providing property litigation advice to Taylor Estates (Cheshire) Limited across the entire portfolio/SPV’s and being instrumental in assisting this client in building a multimillion pound portfolio across various property sectors. Instructions range from simple rent recovery to multimillion pound disputes. One particular recent highlight related to a complex occupational dispute against a large public body tenant worth £5m to the client.

Kennedys

Kennedys is increasingly gaining recognition for the strength of its team's real estate expertise, as is reflected by its growing client portfolio, which includes property developers, institutional landlords, tenants, local authorities and healthcare bodies. In addition to demonstrating strong capabilities in litigation, the group is increasingly being sought after in an advisory/risk management capacity. Associate Daniel Rainsford, who heads up the practice, undertakes a wide range of work for residential and commercial clients. In addition to being knowledgeable about the entire ambit of landlord and tenant disputes, he also handles property disputes that involve estates, as well as property damage claims. Senior associate Andrew Davidson has particular experience of acting for developers in complex disputes with landowners.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Rainsford

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Davidson

Testimonials

‘The property team draws on its obvious strengths in other sectors and deploys a collaborative approach to instructions ensuring that clients get the most comprehensive advice.’

‘Daniel Rainsford has a firm attention to detail and attends to matters in a meticulous manner. He is pleasant and courteous to deal with.’

‘Very commercial and pragmatic. Good at keeping counsel abreast of developments in longrunning cases, which is critical where there is satellite litigation.’

Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis' practice, which is led by Daniel Stern, is active in cases arising from high-value dilapidations, enfranchisements, boundary and easement issues, and party wall act disputes, among other matters. The firm's client base includes management and residential management companies, owner-managed businesses, and family-owned property investment and development companies. Alongside Stern is experienced associate Daniel Wise, who has particular expertise in handling claims on behalf of and against developers, as well as landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Stern

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wise

Testimonials

‘Prompt response to emails, lateral thinking when dealing with problems and terrier-like qualities.’

Key clients

Daniel Bell

Ricoman Limited

De Trafford Estates Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ricoman Limited in a tri-party dilapidations dispute where the client was caught between its sub tenant and the landlord.
  • Represent developer De Trafford Estates Group and its various group companies in all contentious matters regarding any disputes on any of its developments.