Property litigation in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's 'outstanding property litigation team' regularly advise some of the nation's largest institutional investors, high-profile retail and leisure tenants, and financial institutions. 'First class litigator' Chris Perrin has a track record of cases in the Supreme Court, while Charles Jagger is an insolvency and professional negligence litigation expert with extensive expertise acting for corporate occupiers. Legal director Andy Feehan leads on major property management and right to light matters, while the 'extremely diligent and conscientious' Patricia Love has particular strengths in insolvency litigation and mixed use developments. The practice is headed up by Julie Middlemass in Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass

Other key lawyers:

Charles Jagger; Chris Perrin; Andy Feehan; Patricia Love

Testimonials

‘Andy Feehan is approachable, diligent and commercial. It is a pleasure working with Andy and his team on the many and varied litigation matters I currently have ongoing.’

‘The team are focused on the best outcome for the client. I have always found them extremely easy to deal with and quick to give practical, insightful advice. There is no pretension about this team and they demonstrate a clear understanding of our commercial objectives.’

‘Consistently excellent service provided to clients. A strong team with a depth of resource and experience to cover all potential issues.’

‘Patricia Love is extremely diligent and conscientious in her approach. No stone is left unturned in preparation for hearings and deadlines. Her advice is measured and practical. Easy to work with.’

‘The Addleshaw Manchester team is hugely experienced in all areas of property litigation. They are knowledgeable and yet down to earth and practical.’

‘Chris Perrin is a first class litigator. He knows his law and he applies it correctly. He is down to earth and commercial. He has a strong understanding as to the commercial needs of the client and how far a case has to be pushed in order to obtain those aims.

‘It is an outstanding property litigation team because of its depth of talent; from trainee to senior partner, everyone you deal with blends technical competence with pragmatic – at times, robust client-handling skills. They are just a very reassuring team to have behind you.’

‘Charles Jagger is excellent: very knowledgeable on both the substantive and procedural law, but also pragmatic, response, and friendly. His qualities typify the strengths of the team.’

Key clients

abrdn

Bruntwood Group of Companies

Co-operative Group

Hillview Group

Mapeley Estates

Marks and Spencer

Network Rail

Santander UK Plc

Property Alliance Group

Vue Cinemas

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hurstwood and Property Alliance Group in relation to a long running claim for historic business rates (claims issued in 2017). Successfully striking out 2 out of 3 grounds of claim.
  • Acting for CarVal Investors assuming conduct of over 100 lease renewal claims (single landlord/single tenant following a sale and leaseback portfolio) and managing the matters through to a series of batched trials.
  • Advised various landlords and a few tenants on the property aspects of various schemes to replace cladding on tall buildings (i.e. Grenfell issues) and deal with landlord and tenant issues.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Praised for having ‘unparalleled expertise and strength in depth’, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is particularly notable for its strengths in complex technical disputes in niche areas such as mines and minerals, legislation affecting residential developments, and judicial reviews. David McGuirk leads the practice with a specialism in disputes arising from commercial or residential property development, including rights to light. Principal associate Alex Wright leads on numerous high-profile infrastructure and business rates disputes, while senior associate Joanne Mills regularly assists with contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

David McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

Alex Wright; Joanne Mills

Testimonials

‘Eversheds’ property litigation team has unparalleled expertise and strength in depth. Its solicitors are leaders in their field and act on some of the biggest cases.’

‘David McGuirk is a calm and confident presence, whose opponents respect him and who inspires confidence in his clients.’

‘The team provide strong commercial advice. They can explain the legal position but are able to weigh this against commercial considerations very effectively.’

‘Alex Wright always makes himself available and responds to emails/calls quickly. He also gives his time to discuss matters before formal instructions are issued to assess whether legal proceedings are the right course of action. Really appreciate the time he gives to better understand legal implications before deciding whether to proceed.’

‘David McGuirk heads a strong litigation team in Manchester. They have extremely wide experience in all manner of property related disputes. They provide an efficient service, responding promptly as required and their advice is commercial, pragmatic and risk focused.’

‘At all times I felt in sound hands, and electronic communications were as effective as a face to face meeting. The advice was clear, the options well explained, my opinions taken on board, written communications were prompt and well composed. The outcome was better than I had originally hoped for, which speaks for itself.’

‘David McGuirk was unfailingly generous with his time and sage in his advice. At no time was any meeting rushed and his advice was clearly the fruit of experience and knowledge. Most compelling was his ability to acknowledge and accept my hopes and opinions and weave them happily into the ongoing process. I was very well served by David and his team.’

Key clients

HS2

Aviva Investors

The Co-operative Bank PLC

Toni&Guy

AXA IM

The Emerson Group

G4S

INOVYN

European Tyre Enterprise Limited (Kwik-Fit)

DXC

Work highlights

    Hill Dickinson LLP

    The property litigation team at Hill Dickinson LLP has an impressive client portfolio including household name retailers, established utilities and energy providers, and transport and logistics giants. Practice head Kevin Lee is praised for being an 'exceptional lawyer' specialising in mines and minerals and large scale protestor actions in the oil and gas sector. Ralph Bullivant  manages portfolios for major retailers and advises on high value dilapidation claims. Also recommended are Phil Parker who handles high value instructions from large logistics providers, and Helen Evans who has particular expertise in trespasser injunction claims and acts for market leading insurers.

    Practice head(s):

    Kevin Lee

    Other key lawyers:

    Phil Parker; Ralph Bullivant; Helen Evans

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is solutions-minded and does not make more of an issue than is merited.’

    ‘The team is lead by Kevin Lee. Have found him to be very capable and the ‘go to’ lawyer on specialist areas of expertise. An ability to dissect complex issues and contribute to formulating strategy adds a further dimension.’

    ‘The individuals have specialist knowledge to deal with the issues our business has.’

    ‘Very commercial and knowledgeable. Always keen to assist.’

    ‘Phil Parker has great commerciality and knowledge. Very easy to work with.’

    ‘The knowledge of the law and what is best practice to achieve our aims. Knowing that actual ligation is not always the answer and looking to resolve legal issues through negotiation where possible.’

    ‘Specialist knowledge especially in the areas of mines and minerals. Kevin Lee is an exceptional lawyer in this area and works hard to deliver advice which reflects the current field of play.’

    Key clients

    UKOG Plc.

    London Southend Airport

    First Title Insurance Plc

    Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

    Aviva Insurance Plc

    Iceland Foods Limited

    Co-Operative Group

    Transport for Greater Manchester

    Lancashire County Cricket Club

    National Car Parks Limited (NCP)

    Downing Students

    DHL Group

    Lookers Plc

    Kuehne + Nagel Limited

    Associated British Ports

    Derwent Holdings Limited

    Hamilton Heath Estates Limited

    Persimmon Homes Limited

    Rainier Group

    Work highlights

    • Acting for UK Oil & Gas Plc. in respect of High Court applications for injunctions against environmental protesters.
    • Acting for London Southend Airport in relation to claims for compensation brought by numerous claimants pursuant to the Land Compensation Act 1972.
    • Acting for DAMAC Group in defending High Court proceedings relating to rights of light 50 Storey landmark development in Vauxhall, London.

    DLA Piper UK LLP

    DLA Piper‘s property litigation practice is notable for advising clients across several sectors including government outsourcing, telecommunications, and hospitality and leisure. Expert litigator Martin Griffiths leads the team, drawing on significant expertise in advising on high-value development projects, managing complex property portfolios, assisting with rent review disputes, and acting in relation to option agreement disputes. Legal director Rachael Jones handles numerous dilapidation disputes and lease renewals, working with pension funds and institutional investors.

    Practice head(s):

    Martin Griffiths

    Other key lawyers:

    Rachael Jones

    Testimonials

    ‘Without exception I have found everyone I have dealt with to be thoroughly competent and easy to work with’

    ‘My most recent case has been with Rachael Jones. It was a very difficult and complicated case which went on for a number of months and concluded with a successful mediation settlement. Throughout Rachael was very easy to work with, even when the lockdown hit us, and we were both working from home and having to do many things remotely. In all respects I found her to be first class’

    ‘Straightforward commercial advice.’

    Key clients

    4th Industrial Limited

    Telefonica Digital Limited

    Jones Lang LaSalle

    Telestream UK Limited

    The Pollen Estate Trustee Company Limited

    ASM Global

    Hochtief UK Construction Limited

    John Wood PLC

    Schroders Real Estate

    Liverpool Football Club

    Picton

    Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited

    USF Nominees Limited (Unilever’s Pension Fund)

    Heineken UK Limited

    Pilkington UK Limited

    Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

    FI Real Estate Management

    St James’s Place UK Plc

    Downing Developments

    M.R.C. Pension Trust Limited

    London Borough of Southwark

    UK Insurance Ltd

    AECOM Limited

    Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

    Corum XL

    CBRE Investment Management

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Nuveen

    Elan Homes Limited

    Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

    Toys R Us Properties (UK) Limited (in LPA receivership)

    Lab Selkirk House Limited

    ABB Limited

    Arvato Limited

    Capital & Centric Limited

    SGS-UK Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acting for the pension fund of a global plc in advising as to liability for replacement of combustible insulation panels at a prominent hotel site in London. Value of works to be carried out in the region of GBP1 million.
    • Acting for an institutional investor client in making an application for injunctive relief against multiple neighbouring property owners and occupiers to prevent persistent blocking of our client’s GBP65 million industrial estate.
    • Acting for a French institutional investor client in bringing a claim for an implied easement and/or rectification of title to give them access to their GBP20 million development site. Also pursuing the client’s previous solicitors for negligence in their acquisition of the site.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Praised for being a 'well rounded team with expertise in all fields', Shoosmiths LLP has particular strengths in development, investment, and residential property matters. Practice head Wayne Nash specialises in right to light matters and has been involved in numerous High Court cases regarding injunctions and freezing orders. The 'simply outstanding' Kirsty Black has significant expertise in advising retail clients and corporate occupiers affected by recent legislation changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and Ben Kelly advises on various development constraints.

    Practice head(s):

    Wayne Nash

    Other key lawyers:

    Kirsty Black; Ben Kelly

    Testimonials

    ‘The team brings absolute expertise to any property litigation issue/problem, which in itself is unique. They approach issues in a pragmatic, professional and down to earth manner and explain difficult concepts in simple terms. They key to this success is clearly the ethos of the team.’

    ‘Ben Kelly as senior associate in the property litigation team is a stand out individual. The ability to tackle unique and unusual legal issues is a key character trait. Ben prepares and delivers advice with real quality, so difficult to find outside of London.’

    ‘Every interaction was professional, but also personal. Thinking outside the box and applying regulations to the clients way of working is a strength that the property litigation team has.’

    ‘Kirsty Black and the team are very reactive with a high level of knowledge of the sector. They are always available on hand to deal with any queries or instructions and have always worked “with” us in getting matters resolved. This way of working and having this kind of client-lawyer relationship is unmatched and I could not recommend this team more highly!’

    ‘Kirsty Black is simply outstanding. She delivers quality legal advice but never loses sight of the commercial aspects. She is my go to on all property litigation matters.’

    ‘Shoosmiths are a well rounded team with expertise in all fields. I find this very beneficial when a transaction is being undertaken as various teams can assist with specific matters (eg tax, planning etc).’

    ‘They go the extra mile to ensure that I understand the more technical legal issues so that I can provide the relevant instructions.’

    ‘Kirsty Black is in a class of her own when it comes to retail tenant work.’

    Key clients

    Allied London LLP

    Anywl Homes

    Bensons for Beds

    Dixons Carphone

    Estee Lauder

    Euro Garages

    Frasers Group (Sports Direct/Game/Flannels/Jack Wills/Cruise/DW Fitness/House of Fraser)

    Holland and Barratt

    Lancashire County Council

    London & Scottish Property Investment Management Limited

    Marshall CDP

    Marston’s Plc

    Mountain Warehouse

    Property Alliance Group

    Renaker Build

    Select Property Group

    The Restaurant Group

    Travelodge Hotels Limited

    Walgreen Boots Alliance (Boots/Boots Opticians)

    Work highlights

    • Instructed to advise Boots/Boots Opticians on their major strategic projects including a large sale and leaseback property portfolio (280 stores) with 126 lease renewals currently making their way through the court system.
    • Advised a large house builder on a dispute to successfully secure the purchase agreement for a 142 unit development site in Chester following an attempt by the seller to terminate the agreement.
    • Advising numerous developers, such as Renaker and London & Scottish, on any development constraints regarding right to light.

    Brabners LLP

    The 'talented team of solicitors' at Brabners LLP acts for clients across a full range of real estate disputes. The practice is led by Andrew Rogers, Jeff Lewis, and Helena Davies who together advise local authorities and major retail clients on complex high-value litigation matters, including portfolio management and disputes. Jessica Parry joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, and has significant expertise dealing with institutional investors.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Rogers; Helena Davies; Jeff Lewis

    Other key lawyers:

    Jessica Parry

    Testimonials

    ‘Helena Davies is always compassionate yet to the point in her communications. She builds relationships but also gets results. What is more, she reacts very quickly, takes issues seriously and wins (often) challenging fights. In any David vs Goliath fight, you need her! Can’t recommend her highly enough!’

    ‘Jessica Parry is extremely thoughtful and responsive and has guided us carefully through the litigation maze. Besides the prompt attention she has been direct and honest with us and clearly has gone the extra mile in sifting through documents, in chasing up witnesses and in selecting and briefing counsel. She also participates actively and very constructively in strategic discussions regarding the property beyond the more narrow issues being litigated. Jessica and Brabners have given us such confidence through painstaking updates, conference calls and Zoom meetings.’

    ‘Talented team of solicitors. Always provide a professional service.’

    ‘I would like to give special mention to Jessica Parry who has provided exceptional service on a range of complex instructions. Matters are always dealt with in a timely and professional manner and her legal advice sets her apart in a competitive field .’

    ‘The property litigation team at Brabners are well resourced to deal with our litigation needs in property terms. They deal with work at appropriate levels and provide proactive advice in order seek to resolve matters with as little fuss and expense as possible.’

    ‘Andrew Rogers’s availability and sound reasoned advice is ‘second to none’. We can always rely on Andrew to offer a solution which meets with the needs of the business.

    ‘The property litigation team at Brabners have always been responsive, proactive and given us timely advice when needed. They have quickly gotten under the skin of our business and leverage this insight brilliantly when discussing litigation strategy.’

    ‘Helena Davies is extremely responsive, down to Earth and knowledgeable. She gives no-nonsense practical advice delivered in a way that is easily understandable by our business stakeholders; massively important when trying to quickly and efficiently resolve dispute.’

    Work highlights

    • Advising a landlord on a £6m+ claim works to a quay wall, carried out by a landlord pursuant to a “Jervis v Harris clause”, being litigated in the Technology and Construction Court.
    • Advising various local authorities on wide-ranging disputes across their portfolios, including Wirral Borough Council on the regeneration of Birkenhead market.
    • Acting for international high-net-worth clients regarding a highly contentious adverse possession claim in relation to their land near Heathrow.

    DAC Beachcroft LLP

    With sector strengths in retail, government, telecommunications, and residential property, the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is notable for its property management and insolvency expertise. Practice head Rachael Reynolds handles complex asset management, risk assessments for local authorities, and high value landlord and tenant work. She is supported by senior associate George Taylor who regularly advises NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers in relation to a variety of estate management issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Rachael Reynolds

    Other key lawyers:

    George Taylor

    Key clients

    Royal Mail Group

    Lend Lease

    LandSec

    Royal London

    Quintain Limited

    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

    Loreal (UK) Limited

    Arthur J. Gallagher (U.K.) Limited

    IQ Student Accommodation Services

    Blackpool Council

    HSS Hire Service Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising Royal London on lease management and dispute strategy throughout this next phase of the pandemic in relation to its in-town retail portfolio.
    • Advising on a significant claim for a national manufacturing company arising from liabilities alleged to be owing following our client’s operation of a break clause at one of its key manufacturing sites.
    • Acting for a local authority to defend attempts made to forfeit and claim damages in relation to a strategically key commercial lease in an area earmarked for regeneration.

    J B Leitch Ltd

    The team at J B Leitch Ltd specialises in advising industry-leading clients on property management matters and disputes. Director and founder of the firm Jonathan Leitch is a commercial litigation specialist, regularly handling matters involving long leasehold residential and mixed-use properties. 'Excellent lawyer and tactician' Philip Parkinson co-leads the team and has particular expertise in complex service charge recovery and residential and commercial forfeiture. Associates Katie Edwards and Camilla Waszek are also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Leitch; Philip Parkinson

    Other key lawyers:

    Katie Edwards; Camilla Waszek

    Testimonials

    ‘J B Leitch is a highly regarded outfit in the North West specialising in service charge recovery and associated leaseholder work. They have identified a niche and have gone on to build an excellent practice and set up.’

    ‘Philip Parkinson is stand out, very collaborative and commercial. Of note are also Camilla Waszek and Katie Edwards. They are all excellent.’

    ‘J B Leitch are very well connected and are particularly forward thinking with regards to IT innovations that can improve their business.’

    ‘Philip Parkinson is superb. He is extremely well connected, contactable and manages the relationship between clients and barristers effectively.’

    ‘JB Leitch stand out most obviously by reason of their speciality with respect to leasehold matters and especially residential service charge recovery. Their ability to service at short notice large volume bulk work is essentially unparalleled across the country. They invest heavily in case management / technology to streamline things as much as possible, so fees are very competitive and matters can be passed between fee earners easily.’

    ‘Philip Parkinson is truly excellent in all respects. Clients love him, he is an excellent lawyer and tactician, and he somehow manages to juggle all that comes across his desk; he can always recall the issues in every case which is quite some skill with such a large caseload!’

    ‘Their ability to handle high volume cases makes them an invaluable asset for any large corporate landlord. Their reporting provides great insight as to their performance on cases and turnaround times.’

    ‘Absolutely super team. At the sharp end and up-to-date with all the latest legislation. Excellent communication and in a timely manner. We are in very safe hands with the team.’

    Key clients

    Abbeystone Management Limited

    Alliance Managing Agents Limited

    Blenheims Estate & Asset Management Ltd

    Bright Willis

    Broadlands Estate Management

    Centrick Limited

    Dickens Heath Management Company Limited

    E & J Estates

    Elmdon Real Estate LLP

    Encore Estate Management

    Estates & Management Ltd

    Estates & Management Ltd LRA

    Farmtrend Ltd

    FirstPort Property Services Limited

    FirstPort Property Services Limited (Retirement)

    Freehold Managers PLC

    Hallmark Property Management Limited

    HHL Property Management (UK) Limited

    HomeGround Management Limited

    Inspired Property Management

    Kingston Property Services Limited

    Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

    Knight Frank

    Lee Baron Group Ltd

    Legacy & Equity Group Ltd

    Liv Group Limited

    Mainstay Residential Limited

    Marlborough House Management

    Matthews & Goodman North

    MetroPM Limited

    Michael Laurie Magar Limited

    Parkfords Management Limited

    Pembroke Property Management Limited

    Pier Management Limited

    Pinnacle Places Limited

    POD Group Services Limited

    Premier Estates Limited

    Principia Estate & Asset Management Ltd

    Principle Estate Management LLP

    Radcliffe Investment Properties Limited

    RCP Property Management Limited

    Remus Management Limited

    Rendall & Rittner Ltd

    Residential Management Group Ltd

    Residents Quarter Ltd

    SDL Bigwood

    Specialist Property Asset Management Limited

    Trinity Estates

    Warwick Estates Property Management Ltd

    Xenia Estates Limited

    Zenith Management Limited

    Work highlights

    • Defended an application made by RMB 102 Ltd [2021], the freeholder of a mixed-use block for amendment to the service charge proportions specified within the residential head lease at the property, such that that residential leaseholders became liable for 100% of the costs of fire safety works to be undertaken.
    • Represent Barking Central Management (No.2) Ltd who proposed to carry out urgent fire safety works to three properties forming part of a development and made an application to the First-tier Tribunal for dispensation from the consultation requirements under Section 20 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
    • Acting for Adriatic Land 5 Limited in an appeal against a First-tier Tribunal costs decision, and its decision to give lessees statutory costs protection when this wasn’t applied for. It is anticipated that the Upper Tribunal decision will be reported.

    Land Law LLP

    The team at Land Law LLP advises major clients nationwide including developers and institutional landlords, and regularly provides litigation assistance for in-house property lawyers. The practice is led by 'first class litigator' Steven Jennings with expertise in handling commercial lease issues, such as dilapidation claims and break notices. He is supported by Siân Westby who has experience advising clients on a range of landlord and tenant litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Steven Jennings

    Other key lawyers:

    Siân Westby

    Testimonials

    ‘Land Law LLP can draw on considerable legal experience and are able to apply years of experience to an area of the law which requires careful consideration on all sides. Litigation often requires collaboration but it starts with knowing the law and what the backstop is and Land Law have that capability.’

    ‘Steven Jennings has a distinguished career which has given him a very diverse number of legal challenges to help resolve. He is able to listen to the background, offer up options and then work with the client to navigate the best route forward.’

    ‘The department has depth , is very commercial and well integrated with the rest of the real estate practice.’

    ‘Steven Jennings is a first class litigator with an unrivalled wealth of experience’

    ‘They combine the client familiarity of a friendly high street office, with the technical expertise of a national real estate firm. This is unique in my view.’

    ‘With Sian Westby I have litigated an extremely difficult boundary dispute. Sian at all times gave extremely sensible and practical advice. She was really willing to roll her sleeves up and understood how to get the client to her destination.’

    ‘The Land Law property team are friendly, approachable, helpful and always available to assist with legal issues, they are a pleasure to deal with. They are innovative with their technology which helps greatly when dealing with a high volume of property documents.’

    ‘We have worked with Steven Jennings for a number of years, he is a stand-out partner. Always accessible, approachable, possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in his work area, and explains his advice in clear plain language. He has a commercial straightforward approach to all problem solving, and is a highly valued individual to our organisation, and who we always turn to if we need advice on property matters whether they are litigious or not.’

    Key clients

    Bruntwood Group

    Peel Holdings and group companies

    Watch This Space Limited

    The District Estates Limited

    The Dunard Group

    Oddfellows Friendly Society

    Eric Wright Group

    Hollins Murray Group

    The Roundhouse Group

    Harbourside Marina, Liverpool

    Rushbond Plc

    Work highlights

      Myerson Solicitors LLP

      The specialist real estate litigation practice at Myerson Solicitors LLP advises clients in commercial and residential property development as well as the commercial property portfolio ownership and letting sectors. The team is led by Sean Hackett who mainly works with PLCs and large commercial entities on chancery matters and leasehold disputes. He is supported by Laura Pile who is recognised for handling high value First Tier Property tribunal claims and complex High Court matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Seán Hackett

      Other key lawyers:

      Laura Pile

      Testimonials

      ‘Seán Hackett is approachable and provides detailed and thoughtful advice as well as pragmatic solutions. He is always keen to understand our goal when seeking the advice which makes it more tailored and helpful. His knowledge of property litigation and the issues involved is impressive.’

      ‘It is evident that Seán Hackett has an encyclopaedic knowledge of landlord and tenant claims. His ability to convey complex and nuanced issues in a succinct and digestible manner has been invaluable to us.’

      ‘Laura Pile is excellent in terms of subject matter knowledge and her approach to problem solving. She is a go-to person who is very friendly and always happy to provide support.’

      Seán Hackett is precise, practical and persistent in his pursuit of the best results for his clients. Seán deals with real property claims and has particular expertise in the commercial landlord and tenant field. He is ably supported by Laura Pile who has a wealth of experience in First Tier Tribunal work, acting for a number of clients with national portfolios of tenanted properties.’

      ‘Commercial, responsive and quick.’

      ‘Seán Hackett is the head of property litigation at Myerson and is a supremely well qualified and able property litigator. He is calm, pragmatic and sees litigation as a means to an end for commercial clients, not an end in itself.’

      Key clients

      O’Gara Developments

      Gladman Developments Limited

      Akzo Nobel NV

      Imperial Chemical Industries Limited

      Tatton Estate

      Philip J Davies (Holdings) PLC

      Atmore Investments Limited

      Renaker Build Limited

      Fortis Developments Limited

      NHR Limited Directors Pension Scheme

      Mr Mark Davies

      Abbasi & Salek Partnership

      Monckton Properties Limited

      The Downes Partnership

      Work highlights

      • Advised Philip J Davies (Holdings) PLC in relation to disputes arising from its £38m property portfolio.
      • Advised Gladman Developments (part of Barratt Group) on the structure of the sale of the freehold reversions to their residential developments, ensuring that the disposals did not trigger rights of first refusals on the disposals.
      • Acting for Akzo Nobel and Imperial Chemical Industries PLC in respect of its multimillion-pound rental portfolios lease renewals.

      Pannone Corporate LLP

      Pannone Corporate LLP advises clients on a full range of real estate litigation matters including professional negligence, lease covenants, and lease renewals and terminations. David Brown heads the team and handles disputes regarding nuisance and contaminated land. 'First-rate property litigator' Gemma Staples acts for banks, insolvency practitioners, and developers and has a particular interest in the retail sector.

      Practice head(s):

      David Brown

      Other key lawyers:

      Gemma Staples

      Testimonials

      ‘The practice seems to have an expert for everything.’

      ‘Gemma Staples has been excellent in the work she is doing for us and is very easy to engage with.’

      ‘Extremely knowledgeable.’

      ‘Pannone Corporate is a firm with an extremely strong presence in property litigation. They have an excellent client base in the North West of England and are strong enough to take on a wide range of clients from around the country. The firm has achieved prominence through building in-depth expertise in its chosen fields; clients can be extremely comfortable that they will receive a top-quality service at competitive rates’

      ‘Gemma Staples is a first-rate property litigator with masses of experience in the biggest and most high-pressure commercial property cases. She is a laser-sharp lawyer, has an excellent way with clients, and gives top-draw, commercially-focused advice on cases large and small.’

      ‘The team were always available to assist and worked around me. The team were knowledgeable of both my business and the sector I was operating along with, of course their own specialist area of law.’

      ‘Working in tandem on various projects and being available when I needed them, the team provided invaluable advice that helped this business continue trading in the face of sometimes some very aggressive tactics from landlords that had no intention of working collaboratively to solve shared problems.’

      Key clients

      Canal and River Trust

      Emerson Group (inc Orbit Investments and Orbit Developments)

      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 & West Midlands Combined Authority

      Work highlights

      • Advised on a dilapidations matter against an international retailer of circa £300k and successfully recovering damages which were more than 5 times the defendant’s original offer.
      • Challenged a landlord’s attempt to forfeit its lease, thus enabling the tenant to continue to trade out of the property which also contributed to the survival of the business, which was in an insolvency process.
      • Advised a national property investment company on the recovery of rent arrears brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and successfully recovered in excess of £400,000.

      Pinsent Masons LLP

      Pinsent Masons LLP's 'first rate team' have sector strengths in electronic communications, utilities, waste and infrastructure. Michael Smith leads the practice with experience in handling complex cases at Supreme Court level, and acts for landowners and key investment clients in telecoms matters. The addition of Hannah Carter from Brabners LLP has bolstered the firm's agricultural disputes practice.

      Practice head(s):

      Michael Smith

      Other key lawyers:

      Hannah Carter

      Testimonials

      ‘Pinsent Masons LLP is a one-stop shop for legal advice where a wide range of subject mater experts are readily available when needed. Different disciplines within the firm work collaboratively to provide the best advice for their clients.’

      ‘Michael Smith, always works relentlessly to deliver the best service to their clients, acts professionally and with integrity.’

      ‘A first rate team which holds its own against any London firm.’

      ‘Michael Smith is very good at responding quickly, making himself available, managing expectations on timing, and being clear with fees.’

      ‘They are always there to help through tricky situations which come up regularly. The advice is concise and they are very informative.’

      ‘All their people are extremely approachable, grounded, keen to become part of our company team, have experts in all fields we require despite our wide ranging functions. Always put us first and available at all times of the day, night and weekends reflecting our own 24/7 business. Not only very capable lawyers but really keen to fully understand our business and own strategies to deliver a better service. Also really cognisant of the wider issue of reputation/brand.’

      ‘Michael Smith is a great lawyer, extremely studious, hard working, knows the legislation appertaining to our business inside out, great with our people at all levels, gets stuck in still despite now being a partner and still treats us as his number one client. Continues to be my first point of contact (again despite being a partner) on any need we have.’

      Key clients

      United Utilities

      Retirement Villages Development Limited

      St Modwen

      Balfour Beatty

      Homes England

      Water Plus

      Accor UK Business & Leisure Hotels Limited

      Aviva

      Work highlights

      • Advising UU in long-running litigation concerning UU’s discharges into the Manchester Ship Canal, and defending UU in complex litigation against it by University of Salford for reimbursement of allegedly overpaid drainage charges.
      • Advised RV in connection with its successful claim against Punch Partnerships (PTL) Limited for declaratory relief as to the continuation of RV’s option to buy strategic development land (owned by Punch).
      • Advised Accor UK Business & Leisure Hotels Limited in response to telecommunications tribunal proceedings brought by EE Limited and Hutchison 3G Limited for interim and permanent rights under the Electronic Communications Code.

      TLT

      With a client portfolio comprising commercial and residential landlords, financial institutions, and property developers, the team at TLT provide a full property litigation service. Matthew Forrest leads on disputes relating to commercial clients in the retail, leisure and development sectors. Practice co-head James Chadwick regularly handles real estate disputes for financial service clients. Legal director Tom White is also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Forrest; James Chadwick

      Other key lawyers:

      Tom White

      Testimonials

      ‘They are commercial and never cease to assist on difficult and complex matters.’

      ‘We have worked together last year on several matters including a very high value dispute. Matthew, the leading partner, is an excellent litigator with a thorough understanding of both the relevant legal principles, and how to apply them to the facts. I would recommend him unreservedly on all property litigation matters.’

      ‘A very good regional firm which punches above its weight.’

      ‘Matthew Forrest always impresses with his deep understanding of the law and the commercial realities of the dispute.’

      ‘This is an experienced, versatile team who offer sound commercial advice. They are forward thinking, organised and extremely dedicated.’

      ‘Matthew Forrest is a trusted advisor, gives sound considered advice, tailored to circumstances and matching the right professional team to the legal issues/client. Extremely thorough and knowledgeable, Matthew is mindful of the commercial pressures for his clients and is careful to provide value for money in giving advice. Excellent strategic thinker. Tom White works well with Matthew and gives proactive, commercial advice.’

      ‘We engage with TLT’s property lit team mostly in the context of security issues i.e. title rectification, land registry disputes and indemnity claims, challenges to the validity of our security. The team are our “go to” for such matters, partly for their market-leading expertise, and partly for the ease with which instructions can be made, dealt with and resolved. Property litigation is just one box this team tick in their wholesale retail offering on which we rely heavily.’

      ‘James Chadwick has a wealth of experience and an uncanny ability to see through the trees to identify the heart of the issue.’

      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

      WHSmith

      TUI

      Lloyds Bank plc

      Santander UK plc

      Punch Pubs

      Work highlights

      • Assisting Covent Garden Market Authority with all property and/or landlord and tenant aspects of their redevelopment, including securing vacant possession, ensuring business continuity for tenants during the redevelopment process and ensuring a smooth transition for tenants into the new market.
      • Instructed in relation to all property litigation and management matters relating to Pets at Home Limited’s 450 plus stores in the UK, including advising in relation to both contentious and non-contentious lease renewal claims, break options, general property management and disputes.

      Weightmans LLP

      The property litigation team at Weightmans LLP handle real estate disputes work for commercial developers and investors, and local government bodies. Experienced litigator Sian Evans heads up the practice with experience in advising commercial and residential clients. Peter Hall has a particular focus on high value landlord and tenant disputes and telecommunications law, while Karen Neald has expertise in claims for adverse possession and trespassing.

      Practice head(s):

      Sian Evans

      Other key lawyers:

      Peter Hall; Karen Neald; John Darnell

      Testimonials

      ‘Pragmatic and capable.’

      ‘John Darnell is highly skilled and particularly good in complex property litigation. Gets results.’

      ‘Wide ranging expertise which was especially helpful in dealing with recent complex disputes. Clear, concise advice provided within the timescales required.’

      ‘Highly knowledgeable. Quickly identifies the issues and potential options and resolutions to the issue at hand. Excellent communication skills.’

      ‘Strong and commercial.’

      ‘Peter Hall is top quality.’

      Key clients

      BDW Trading Limited (Barratts David Wilson Homes)

      Bruntwood Group

      Clarion Housing Group

      Ramac Holdings

      Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

      Derbyshire County Council

      Various Eateries Trading Limited (Strada Restaurants)

      Warrington Borough Council

      Halton Housing

      Nextdom Property Limited

      Work highlights

      • Advised Various Eateries Trading Limited on liability under a guarantee of a prime central London site and negotiated a concession agreement with the current landlord and tenant on terms which relieved our client from substantial liability for rent accrued during lockdown and which amounted to a ‘win-win’ for all parties.
      • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester on obtaining possession of premises from business tenants to enable the redevelopment of both the site in question and also neighbouring land for a large-scale residential scheme.
      • Instructed to represent Ramac Holdings (Trading) Limited in a trespass matter and unlawful occupation of an unoccupied unit within a shopping precinct and adjacent to residential area.

      DTM Legal LLP

      The team at DTM Legal LLP is led by Anna Duffy who regularly advises investment and development clients on contentious lease renewals, while Richard Thomas handles disputes regarding rights of institutional charge holders and freehold owners. James Holton, who joined the team from Butcher & Barlow LLP, has expertise in a range of landlord and tenant matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Anna Duffy

      Other key lawyers:

      Richard Thomas; James Holton

      Testimonials

      ‘We have worked with DTM for many years and they have always protected the company in litigation matters.’

      ‘Anna Duffy and her colleagues offer an excellent service and answer all of our questions!’

      ‘First class client care – my contact clearly develops close and effective ties with her clients and carries their confidence and support. Very efficient in file handling and responding/managing queries or issues.’

      ‘Anna Duffy is a knowledgeable and busy property litigator. Her key quality is client care and file management. She liaises with me on litigation issues very effectively with minimum fuss.’

      Key clients

      The Atmore Group

      Oxton Court Limited

      Hooton Estate

      AAH Pharmaceuticals

      JSM Property Group

      Handelsbanken Plc

      Scottish Power

      Work highlights

        DWF

        DWF's national practice is led from Newcastle by Jonathan Smith; the key name in Manchester is Stuart McCann, who made partner in 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Jonathan Smith

        Other key lawyers:

        Stuart McCann

        Key clients

        Hanro Limited

        Capital Park Leeds Plc

        BT Plc

        Grainger Plc

        PD Teesport Limited

        Northumberland Estates

        Wigan Council

        Mileway

        Custodian REIT

        Advance Northumberland

        Work highlights

          Gorvins Solicitors

          Specialising in both commercial and residential disputes, the team at Gorvins Solicitors advises landlords, property owners, and commercial tenants. The practice is led by Guy Lightowler who regularly handles complex High Court-level cases and advises both landlord and tenants on a range of matters. Senior associate Danielle Clements is also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Guy Lightowler

          Other key lawyers:

          Danielle Clements

          Testimonials

          ‘They know what they’re doing in the legal landlord and tenant litigation. I have dealt with them a few times and have been happy with results.’

          ‘Guy Lightowler always returns my calls or contacted me in good time to put me in the picture of my case .’

          ‘Communication with the Gorvins team was easy from the start. I initially called in to the offices without an appointment and discussed my needs with the receptionist. I then had access to a solicitor to deal with my commercial lease and when it seemed that I needed a litigation solicitor I was recommended to another member of the team. The whole process was efficiently and quickly dealt with.’

          ‘Guy Lightowler was the litigation lawyer who dealt with our case. He listened to our needs, gave advice on different pathways we could take, and eventually succeeded in extending our lease enough to prevent us having to shut down the business. He regularly phoned us and talked through all the processes.’

          Key clients

          A & J Property Limited

          District Surveyors Association Limited t/a LABC

          Ian Edgar (Liverpool) Limited

          Williams Group

          Work highlights

            gunnercooke LLP

            With experience handling high-profile complex disputes, the team at gunnercooke LLP regularly advise landowners, investors, and management companies. Dual qualified as a chartered surveyor, Tom Seabrook has a unique understanding of the market and considerable expertise in residential management company disputes and in commercial dilapidations. Jen Morris, who heads the real estate litigation practice from Manchester, provides strategic advice to clients with a focus on landlord and tenant matters.

            Other key lawyers:

            Jen Morris; Tom Seabrook

            Testimonials

            ‘I have found them to be quick to respond, giving good practical advice and is attuned to the problem in hand.’

            ‘Jen Morris is brilliant. Jen is responsive, thorough, practical and just the lawyer you need when a complex dispute becomes difficult.’

            Key clients

            Brook Hotels No 1 Limited

            Robinson Webster (Holdings) T/A Jigsaw

            Mr Pretzels (UK) Limited

            Polyseam Limited

            Cloud Imperium Games Limited

            RAM Properties Limited

            Henry Boot PLC and associated companies

            Seatriever International Holdings Limited

            Christine Blundell Make Up Academy Limited

            Work highlights

              Harrison Drury & Co

              Harrison Drury & Co's 'enthusiastic and collaborative practice' advises clients on a range of landlord and tenant issues, contract disputes, and boundary matter such as trespasser claims. Colin Fenny leads the team with specialisms in contentious development and professional negligence claims. Hasin Amin advises landlords and tenants on commercial property disputes, while Joseph Mitchell has wide ranging experience in handling rural and agricultural disputes.

              Practice head(s):

              Colin Fenny

              Other key lawyers:

              Joseph Mitchell; Alex Walmsley; Hasin Amin

              Testimonials

              ‘Joseph Mitchell worked on my case and was prompt to react, gave the best, worst and most realistic outcomes. Any communication was swift and I was always kept up to date. From engagement to closure Joseph went the extra mile and have recommended him and for other work. Joseph really does know the ‘ins and outs’ along with detail and how to neutralise a stressful situation. A real asset to his employer.’

              ‘Helped to resolve a difficult situation with an a jointing property in a very professional manner. He had the skills within the firm to solve the problems we had and bring the matter to a conclusion in a timely manner. Costs where quite high but this was due to the extra work required in witness statements etc.’

              ‘Alex Walmsley represented us throughout the process. I found Alex to be very knowledgeable and all questions I had where answered. Alex went out of his way to visit the site personally to ensure he fully understood the case. The Case lasted around 22 months due to Covid etc Alex remained very positive and reassuring throughout.’

              ‘Colin Fenny is very pragmatic.’

              ‘I have always been particularly impressed by the teams ability to quickly respond to urgent situations and respond well as they develop even when the matters arising are particularly complex and unique. The ability of the team far out ranks other practices we have had the opportunity to utilise over the years. The diversity of the teams knowledge is exactly what we look for and gives us great confidence in their work.’

              ‘I have worked with several members of the team but I would recommend Hasin Amin as a valuable member of their team. His actions are always prompt efficient and quick. The diligence he shows in handling our work is second to non and is very effective in bringing about the resolution we are looking for. He is also a very personable individual who we have no problem recommending or utilising on a regular basis’

              ‘I have dealt with Harrison Drury in regard to property disputes and related issues. I find that this practice is both knowledgeable and expert in property and related matters and therefore can truly call themselves experts in this area. It is refreshing to work with a firm that has true expertise in property related matters and I have had many experiences where this service is provided as ‘an add on’ by other firms.’

              ‘Harrison Drury are an enthusiastic and collaborative practice with a fresh ‘can-do’ attitude unlike other staid legal firms simply relying on their longstanding existence as their key business marketing strength. Their employees at all levels are very friendly and helpful.’

              Key clients

              Cumbria Zoo Company Limited

              Work highlights

              • Secured an urgent interim injunction on behalf of Cumbria Zoo Company Limited, with the High Court upholding the claim for unlawful forfeiture/relief from forfeiture arising from landlord’s peaceable re-entry.
              • Prepared a defence and application for relief from forfeiture in the alternative, successfully settling the matter at mediation.
              • Acted in this claim for interference with an implied easement for water supply. The matter was successfully resolved by way of mediation before it reached the final hearing – the client had their water supply and drainage reinstated to the property.

              Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

              With sector coverage spanning education, retail, energy, and development, the team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP advise large property developers, public institutions, and high net worth individuals. The practice is headed by Bruce Jones , while Rebecca Jones handles complex landlord and tenant disputes and specialises in High Court and County Court matters brought against protestors.

              Practice head(s):

              Bruce Jones

              Other key lawyers:

              Rebecca Jones

              Testimonials

              ‘Kuits are unique in that communication is partner or senior associate led, which ensures the most appropriate level of response. The firm has excellent staff retention which promotes continuity.’

              ‘The specialist property litigation team at Kuits provides us with an excellent service. Unlike many other firms this team does property litigation day in day out so their expertise is truly specialist. Their ability to cut through to the key issues and focus on commercial outcomes is exceptional. They work closely with the commercial real estate team to deliver the service in the way we want with excellent results.’

              ‘We would single out Rebecca Jones who brought her national firm experience to Kuits and delivers a fantastic service. She think around issues in a way which delivers excellent outcomes.’

              ‘At all levels I have found a consistent level of awareness of all the legal and commercial aspects and a commendable concern to ensure that the client is getting value for money.’

              ‘Most recently my dealing have been with Rebecca Jones on a number of complex real estate litigation cases. I found her very efficient, knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

              ‘Rebecca Jones is a fantastic lawyer. She is very hands on with her clients, and makes sensible strategic decisions. She is a pleasure to work with.’

              Key clients

              David Samuel Properties

              London & Scottish Property Investments Limited

              Persimmon Homes Limited

              University of Salford

              Work highlights

              • 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.

              Squire Patton Boggs

              The team at Squire Patton Boggs has particular sector focus on clients in the chemical industry, whilst also advising telecoms operators, energy providers, and agricultural landowners. Legal director Helen Hoath is experienced in commercial landlord and tenant matters such as rent review, break clause issues, and easement and title issues.

              Practice head(s):

              David Holland

              Other key lawyers:

              Helen Hoath

              Key clients

              The Co-operative group of companies

              Studio Retail group of companies

              HB villages

              The Taylor Wimpey group of companies

              EDF Energy

              The Inovyn group of companies

              Preston City Council

              Watkin Jones

              Cellnex Telecoms/On Tower UK Limited

              Work highlights

              • Provided strategic Rights to Light advice to a Local Authority on the redevelopment of its city centre.
              • Acting for Co-op Group on management issues arising from its large property portfolio.
              • Acting for Cellnex Telecoms/On Tower UK Limited on the renewal of Code agreements and other management issues across its large portfolio.

              Trowers & Hamlins LLP

              The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP have 'considerable experience in property litigation', advising clients on both commercial and residential disputes. 'Absolutely superb' litigator Lynn James leads the practice - she has experience representing high-profile matters in the First Tier Tribunal, and has a particular focus on leasehold management disputes. Sam Coward handles matters for housing associations and public bodies.

              Practice head(s):

              Lynn James

              Other key lawyers:

              Sam Coward

              Testimonials

              ‘There is a superb level of expertise in commercial landlord and tenant cases in this team.’

              ‘Strong team for housing associations, lenders and others in the market with particular focus and requirements – highly favoured by many of their clients over other panel firms from what I can see.’

              ‘Lynn James is absolutely superb. Very easy to deal with, a real eye for detail, leaves no stone unturned. Totally dependable, and will go out of her way (days off, evenings, whenever) to fit in a needed conversation. Sam Coward also worth of mention as a strong associate, has been very impressive in the last year on several matters.’

              ‘Personable, professional and courteous. Happy to explain anything for those less knowledgeable clients (like me!) in a clear and concise way.’

              ‘A great team with considerable experience in property litigation. Has a breadth of experience both of high value private clients and also public bodies and government ministries.’

              ‘Trowers & Hamlins have an in depth knowledge of dealing with housing associations and are proactive in keeping us informed of current and new legislation and case law. They also offer a range of free training sessions which are invaluable.’

              ‘I have worked closely with Lynn James who has a great understanding of shared ownership, leases and transfers. We have benefitted greatly from her advice, particularly with cases where an application has been made to the First Tier Property Tribunal. Lynn responds very quickly and goes the extra mile to make sure we have a full understanding of the law and explains things clearly.’

              ‘I would also mention Sam Coward who is very knowledgeable in the management of our commercial portfolio. Sam has provided one to one training and, again, explained things in a very simple way which we greatly appreciate.’

              Key clients

              Manchester Life Management Limited

              The Guinness Partnership Limited

              Accent Housing Limited

              One Vision Housing Limited

              The Riverside Group Limited

              Great Places Housing Group

              Moat Homes Limited

              CareTech Holdings PLC

              Secretary of State for Education

              London & Quadrant Housing Trust

              Hyde Housing Association

              St Helens Council

              Work highlights

              • Advised One Vision Housing Limited on an application for dispensation under Section 20ZA of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
              • Advised The Guinness Partnership Limited on an application for dispensation under Section 20ZA of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

              Butcher & Barlow LLP

              Butcher & Barlow LLP‘s property dispute resolution team is led by Alexander Sandland who is qualified as a mediator and specialises in agricultural disputes and Property Tribunal proceedings. Lead solicitor Catherine Gregson handles matters concerning covenants and easements, title issues, and rectification.

              Practice head(s):

              Alexander Sandland

              Other key lawyers:

              Catherine Gregson

              Testimonials

              ‘Sound, professional team.’

              ‘Alex Sandland takes a bullish approach to litigation, no nonsense straightforward person to deal with.’

              ‘Absolutely brilliant people – hold your hand through litigation.’

              ‘Alex Sandland is just amazing at what he does.’

              Key clients

              GB Properties

              Work highlights

              • Advised large landed estate on multi faceted land registration and title issues.
              • Advised client substantially and pervasively in conventional civil proceedings; Judicial Review; Application to the European Court of Hunan Rights; referrals to the Local Authority Ombudsman and later to the information commissioner.
              • Advised a group comprised of businesses owners and individual land owners in a collective action challenging a revocable licence being enforced and which interfered with their easements and express rights.

              KK Thompson Solicitors

              The 'amazing team' at specialist firm KK Thompson Solicitors is led by siblings Kate Thompson and Karl Thompson, and is notable for advising commercial landlords, offshore pension funds, investment companies and high net worth individuals with property interests.

              Practice head(s):

              Kate Thompson; Karl Thompson

              Testimonials

              ‘Kate Thompson and Karl Thompson are an amazing team and a pleasure to deal with.’

              ‘Kate Thompson is a first class solicitor and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.’

              ‘The practice is unique in the ease of contact with the person dealing with any project.’

              ‘Kate Thompson and Karl Thompson are both knowledgeable and fast acting’

              ‘The team at KK Thompson are always available for contact, the advice is appropriate. The personal touch is important for us and we’ve worked with them for a very long time.’

              ‘Kate Thompson takes the time to truly understand the nuances of public sector agreements and contracts to ensure she is providing a product and service that is bespoke to us. She asks lots of insightful questions and always offers a number of options to us. No challenge is too big and she has a fantastic ability to think differently and work round issues and problems. She is honest, professional and acts with integrity, all values that align with our company.’

              ‘Brother and sister firm Karl and Kate are still punching way above their weight, looking after clients you’d normally expect to be using one of the big firms. Cool, competent and masters of their trade. Small, but pretty close to perfect.’

              ‘Karl Thompson offers a very personalised and diligent service that always exceeds expectations. His advice is clear and concise and puts the client’s needs at the forefront.’

              Key clients

              Roubaix Group

              LiveWire (Warrington) CIC

              Taylor Estates (Cheshire) Limited

              Roger Hannah and Co

              Culture Warrington

              Achieve Lifestyle

              Kutchenhaus

              Barnfield Construction Limited

              Munroe K Asset Management

              Falcon Land and Building Ltd

              Thor Ablestar Land and Building Ltd

              Green and Partners

              Work highlights

              • Advising to Barnfield Construction across their mixed portfolio in the North West.
              • Advising Roubaix Group regarding an unlawful assignment which was attempted by a well-known supermarket to a less known entity; the assignment was successfully challenged and the PLC ultimately entered into a longer more lucrative lease with the client which was hugely beneficial.
              • Advised LiveWire (Warrington) CIC on a complex lease renewal at a significant rent on one of the client’s flagship leisure centres, as well as providing property advice to on all of its leisure facilities across the Warrington Borough.

              Slater Heelis

              Daniel Stern  heads up the practice at Slater Heelis, largely focusing on high-value dilapidations, boundary and easement disputes, and enfranchisements. Experienced litigator Chris Bishop leads on numerous complex disputes and is also recommended.

              Practice head(s):

              Daniel Stern

              Other key lawyers:

              Chris Bishop; Lauren Adams

              Testimonials

              Daniel Stern has done a good job throughout and it is a credit to his firm they have many avenues to call upon – a good asset.’

              ‘Daniel Stern was my solicitor. I developed a great friendship with him due to his great service. He was extremely knowledgeable and advised me very well during my difficult situation.’

              ‘The team is highly effective and able to conduct the most complex cases in a calm, confident way. They are very tactically astute.’

              ‘Chris Bishop, Lauren Adams and Daniel Stern. Very impressive lawyers, I enjoy working with them as they are very collaborative in their approach.’

              ‘Accessibility, honest speaking, collaborative, easy to work with.’

              ‘Daniel Stern – focused and dedicated to any cause.’

              Key clients

              Philip Moody

              John Hamilton

              Elvina Sarkodieh

              De Trafford Estates Group

              Work highlights

              • Successfully represented Philip Moody in a complex, multi million pound co-ownership dispute regarding a valuable old mill in the city centre in Manchester, which concluded in a ten day hearing in the High Court.
              • Representing the DeTrafford group in all of its contentious property matters across all of its developments, covering hundreds of units.

              Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall (WHN)

              Dealing predominantly with commercial landlord and tenant disputes, the 'fantastic team' at WHN Solicitors is led by Daniel Long who specialises in rent and service charge recovery and insolvency. Eleanor Longworth has expertise in residential long leasehold disputes in connection with the collection of ground rent and service charge arrears.

              Practice head(s):

              Daniel Long

              Other key lawyers:

              Eleanor Longworth

              Testimonials

              ‘Eleanor Longworth is truly unique and is one of the most gifted lawyers I have come across.’

              ‘Eleanor Longworth has a huge depth of knowledge about every element of property litigation. She also provides this exceptional service with empathy for me as a client during what was a very difficult time, and she made efforts to diffuse the dispute, as opposed to her counterpart who was seeking to spark fires and drag the dispute out. I would highly recommend her to any client across the UK for any property related matter.’

              ‘Always available to talk, quite happy to explain.’

              ‘Mainly dealt with Eleanor Longworth who keeps you updated and there is never a reason to have to chase.’

              ‘WHN provide a niche area of work to a high standard with their property litigation team. They have very approachable, down-to-earth and offer commercial solutions to many types of problem.’

              ‘Daniel Long is particularly impressive as he gets to grips with problems quickly and can take action promptly within a reasonable budget and on-hand to offer advice at every step as a case develops.’

              ‘Solid no nonsense advice from a well informed team who deliver what they say.’

              ‘Daniel Long leads a fantastic team by example, proactive case handling with a pragmatic approach to resolving the most complex of disputes.’

              Work highlights