Property litigation in South East

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jointly led by Peter Levaggi and David HainesCharles Russell Speechlys LLP's property litigation department combines 'exceptional legal talent with the sheen of a cheerful can-do attitude'. It generates a regular flow of both commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, and also has experience of property insolvency, leasehold enfranchisement and compulsory purchase order claims. Richard Flenley is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Peter Levaggi; David Haines

Other key lawyers:

Richard Flenley


Good at listening, tactful when dealing with the other side and always puts the client at ease‘.

Charles Russell Speechlys has a full-service property litigation team capable of handling disputes ranging from landlord and tenant to complex claims involving banking elements‘.

David Haines is without competition at both the national level and regionally; he is super bright, a great communicator and has a legal brain second to none‘.

Natalie Deuchar is bright, ambitious and on a stellar trajectory. She has a great rapport with clients and can think outside the box when unusual solutions are required‘.

Richard Flenley is able, personable and able gets down to work without a fuss‘.

Peter Levaggi is a great strategist‘.

Key clients

County Enforcement Group

CitySprint (UK) Limited

Charles Terence Estates Limited

NEC (UK) Limited

Bard Group

The Ernest Cook Trust

HW Fisher

Save the Children

National Crime Agency

wagamama Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Ernest Cook Trust on the various different impacts on its estate at Hartwell, Buckinghamshire as a result of the proposed HS2 railway line.
  • Acting for an individual in a long running property dispute over agricultural and residential properties.
  • Acting for the The Trustees of the Matliwala Family Charitable Trust in a contested and complex collective enfranchisement claim concerning freehold property at the Lawrence Wharf Docklands Estate.
  • Acting for clients, who all own properties in and around the proposed Lower Thames Crossing scheme promoted by Highways England (by development consent order). Dispute over compensation payable to the clients following the acceptance of blight notices by Highways England.
  • Assisted Henry Streeter Limited with successfully obtaining a very rare ‘unit of assistance’ in respect of property at the former Homebase store in Croydon to stop repeated trespass.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish  is active in investment and portfolio asset management work (with a focus on the retail sector), and also advises central government departments on their occupied estates. In addition, its work includes easement and covenant claims, option and overage claims and contentious property-related insolvency matters. Miles Paffard heads up the practice. Nitej Davda, who specialises in construction disputes, is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Miles Paffard

Other key lawyers:

Nitej Davda

Key clients

M&G Real Estate


Kennedy Wilson

AEW Europe

Home Office

ERGO Versicherung AG and AEGIS Syndicate 1225 / Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) Plc

Wates Development Limited

South East Water

Crown Prosecution Service

Peer Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for shopping centre owner Hermes on company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) and insolvency processes of a number of major retailers and restaurant chains.
  • Assisting ERGO with defending substantial rights to light claims.
  • Assisted Home Office with operating lease breaks to avoid substantial on-running liability and to settle dilapidation claim.
  • Representing a national property developer in adverse possession proceedings in the Land Registration First Tier Tribunal to avoid frustration of a proposed development.
  • Acting for Wates Development Limited – as the intermediate leaseholder of mixed use premises in Mayfair – in substantial leasehold enfranchisement proceedings.


Bryan Johnston heads up Dentons' 'commercially aware' real estate litigation group, which has 'superb technical knowledge'. The 15-strong team regularly acts for global banks, residential developers, insurers, retailers and public sector bodies. In 2018, the firm handled cases at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Senior associate Gemma Hunter-Barnes has experience of acting for clients such as Network Rail and Sports Direct in contentious property matters.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Hunter-Barnes


Able to approach high-value complex property litigation with both sound legal analysis and good tactical judgment‘.

Proactive and client focused property litigation experts‘.

Dentons are very approachable and a collaborative approach with counsel; they take the smaller instructions just as seriously as the larger ones‘.


Key clients

Network Rail


Sports Direct

Taylor Wimpey


Knight Frank



Thomson Reuters



Work highlights

  • Successfully acting for receivers of Knight Frank on a complex and multi-million pound recovery case of a property in West London.
  • Acting for The David Roberts Art Foundation Limited on multi-million pound sale enforcement claim.
  • Successfully acting for Sainsbury’s in a landmark Court of Appeal decision about the ratings of ATMs.
  • Advising leading investment fund, GE, in a complex lease dispute against global telecoms operator, EE.
  • Advising global hedge fund, Cerberus, on enforcement against residential assets following loan default.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's property litigation department has extensive expertise in residential and commercial property, with a notably strong track record in professional negligence claims, business ratings cases, social housing and collective enfranchisement. Practice head Emily Wood is on the Property Litigation Associate Law Reform Committee. Tina GeorgeVanessa Joll and senior associate Kristine Ng are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Emily Wood

Other key lawyers:

Tina George; Vanessa Joll; Kristine Ng


The firm has a well-regarded property litigation department, which provides cost-effective and holistic advice across the south-east region; the department goes toe-to-toe with leading London practices and always acquits itself well‘.

Strong specialist knowledge of Upper Tribunal procedures and very good on the client engagement front‘.

The team has genuine specialist knowledge and experience of property litigation; their approach is both highly practical and commercial‘.

The advice I receive from DMH Stallard is always clear and either comprehensive or concise, depending on what is called for‘.

Vanessa Joll is a calm, assured and unflappable litigator who delivers sound and reasoned advice with a friendly manner‘.

Kristine Ng is a confident and competent litigator who gets to the heart of problems and achieves results‘.

Emily Wood effectively contributes to business rates relief and exemption matters and represents well in business rates appeals‘.

Vanessa Joll is excellent at absorbing detail and identifying key points‘.

Kristine Ng has a practical commercial approach and is entirely focused on getting the best result for the client‘.

Emily Wood is a pleasure to work with‘.

Key clients

Crawley Borough Council

Dorrington Plc

Cats Protection

Cardtronics Europe Limited

Wigan Football Club

St Catherine’s Hospice

Liverpool Victoria

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Cadogan Estate

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Work highlights

  • Acting for collective group of leaseholders in relation to a complex collective enfranchisement of high value prime Central London property from significant a London estate with a deal value in excess of £25m.
  • Advising trustees of property investment trust on recovering possession of South London prime site in order to secure planning permission for significant development and release £5m+ value.
  • Acting for a London local authority seeking hoarding injunction and repossession of property in complex case against secure tenant.
  • Acting for a London authority in a substantial claim for costs of two major works programmes, which defendant tenant is defending on technical and unmeritorious grounds.
  • Acting for the freeholder on a claim for collective enfranchisement by the tenants of a large block of flats in central London.

Mundays LLP

Mundays LLP's team is led by James Picknell, who regularly acts for housebuilders, property developers and retailers, among others. The firm handles a broad cross-section of contentious residential and commercial property matters, including dilapidations claims, service charge disputes, possession actions, the recovery of rent arrears and property-related insolvency cases. Nick Martyn is another key figure in the group.

Practice head(s):

James Picknell

Other key lawyers:

Nick Martyn

Key clients

Ahli United Bank


Clearview Homes

Menzies Accountants

Octagon Developments

TM Lewin

Care Management Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for an offshore trust company against a leading global financial institution in a breach of lease dispute concerning amongst other things, Code rights acquired by a telecoms operator and the removal of that operator from the client’s premises.
  • Defending a director and property investment company against complex High Court proceedings concerning amongst other things, breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims and a beneficial interest claim in respect of central London premises which are the subject of the proceedings.
  • Successfully and swiftly resolved a complicated dilapidations claim for a commercial landlord which, prior to our appointment had been the subject of protracted correspondence between the appointed experts for more than two years.
  • Acting for a global logistics company in a dispute with an airport concerning the client’s occupation of warehouse units at the airport site.
  • Acted for a company and private client in their successful defence and counterclaim at trial of a claim based on express, implied and prescriptive easements and declarations as to the true nature of the legal rights, resulting in the recovery of circa 75 per cent of the clients’ total costs.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The 'very experienced' real estate dispute resolution team at Stevens & Bolton LLP  'consistently provides excellent advice'. It acts for clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, food and drink, travel and leisure, education and healthcare. The practice has had a notable increase in mandates from developers and real estate investors. Also notable is that, in 2018, the firm advised on a number of complex lease renewal claims. Helen Wheddon heads up the team, which includes Markus Klempa, who has particular expertise in devising vacant possession strategies.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wheddon

Other key lawyers:

Markus Klempa


Advice is given to clients in a personable yet highly professional manner, minus the egotistical overtones of many larger city practices‘.

All members of the team are vastly experienced in property litigation and have a sound understanding of the legal principles involved; they are very easy to work with‘.

Professional, knowledgeable, quick to respond and personable‘.

The team is understands unique issues and gives commercially-sensitive legal advice; it is incredibly prompt in its responses‘.

Andrew Steele’s knowledge is superb and his advice is very easy for a client or surveyor to understand‘.

Markus Klempa provides high-quality advice; he also demonstrates depth of knowledge and commercial acumen‘.

Helen Wheddon is well regarded and an excellent team leader‘.

Markus Klempa is clearly very bright and hard working; he always gives clear instructions‘.

I would recommend Naomi Campbell‘.

Key clients

CBRE Managed Services Limited

Day Group Limited

University of Surrey

Store Property Investments Limited

BOC/Linde Group

Octopus Healthcare Developments

Diebold Nixdorf

Kia Motors

Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care

TGI Fridays

Papa John’s


Work highlights

  • Advising a client on a proposed development of over 1,800 homes and commercial space which has involved numerous issues with the development site including easements, restrictive covenants and access issues.
  • Assisting a client with defending a multimillion pound complex High Court claim featuring novel points of law by an adjoining owner, who had held rights over the client’s land, which was part of a strategic development site.
  • Defending a High Court Chancery claim for the specific performance of an option agreement for the sale of client’s land and for damages, together with a substantial counterclaim.
  • Acting on a complicated and drawn out three way landlord and tenant dispute with claims from client’s superior landlord and its sub-tenant at its London premises.
  • The firm acted for a major national logistics business in a lease renewal of its substantial chilled warehouse premises.

Boyes Turner

In July 2018, Boyes Turner strengthened its real estate litigation offering by hiring Adrian Griffiths from Gordon Dadds LLP. The department is best known for assisting clients with challenging purchase order decisions, collective enfranchisement work and right-to-manage claims. Elsewhere, the group handles commercial landlord and tenant disputes and dilapidation claims. Associate Russell May works primarily for blue-chip clients and developers.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Russell May

Key clients

Guardian News & Media

Thomas Homes Ltd

Egretway Ltd

Computer Associates Limited

Oaklands (Reading) Management Association Ltd

Select Contracts UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Guardian News & Media on its liability under a lease.
  • Advising landlord client Computer Associates Limited on disputed commercial service charges totalling over £330k.
  • Advising management association company on a dispute concerning loss of parking spaces from its own land.
  • Advised a property developer on opposing an application for adverse possession of a piece of its land by a neighbouring landowner.
  • Represented an individual property owner seeking to build a £1.5m property on a plot of land and defending claims that the property could not be built because of a restrictive covenant.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has an excellent reputation in commercial asset management, where it handles contentious property issues for clients from the banking, retail and leisure, manufacturing and public sectors. Elsewhere, the firm advises other clients on real property disputes (including overage, easement and covenant disputes) and residential landlord and tenant work. Sean Palka is the practice head. Associate Claire Hitchman has niche expertise in mooring rights.

Practice head(s):

Sean Palka

Other key lawyers:

Claire Hitchman


Brachers's property litigation group is active across landlord and tenant disputes, ownership and rights over land issues and contentious environmental matters. Allis Beasley is sought out in particularly high value and complex cases. Another name to note is James Milis, who advises a wide range of clients including charities, educational institutions and corporates. Michael Oatham leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Oatham

Other key lawyers:

Allis Beasley; James Millis


The firm is responsive, easy to deal with, and has the breadth of experience to assist with most issues‘.

Clients are treated equally and sympathetically‘.

A highly efficient and dedicated team; I trust them to get the work done and always feel that I am in safe hands‘.

Allis Beasley and Emma Anderson are personable, responsive and really great to work with; I have complete faith in their advice‘.

Allis Beasley attracts a good client base and establishes a solid working relationship with both her clients and counsel; she is extremely pleasant to deal with‘.

Jame Millis is an excellent member of the team; he demonstrates utmost professionalism, attention to detail and commitment to the task at hand‘.

Key clients

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Hadlow College

West Kent & Ashford College

Alan Firmin Limited

Sevenoaks District Council

Benenden Hospital

East Malling Trust

James Baird (Home Farm) Limited

East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing a landowner in a multimillion pound dispute relating to contractual obligations to maintain sea defences.
  • Representing multiple tenants in the redevelopment of their marketplace.
  • Assisted a client with a disputed overage payment which had to be resolved so that land could be sold to a developer.
  • Represented a trust in an action for foreclosure of land pursuant to a legal charge.
  • Representing a company in its claim to remain on land and fulfil their environmental aftercare statutory obligations, and to continue receiving income from an electricity generating power station.

Brethertons LLP

Brethertons LLP's cross-practice property litigation offering is headed up by Alison McCormack, Debbie Phillips and Roger Hardwick. The group also works on agricultural litigation, boundary disputes and service charge, and ground rent debt recovery matters. Hardwick is recommended for residential leasehold and enfranchisement.

Practice head(s):

Alison McCormack; Debbie Phillips; Roger Hardwick


Although Brethertons has a clear leasehold property specialism, it is a well-rounded practice and can call on other experts when required‘.

Roger Hardwick is an absolute star; he has boasts a large and varied residential property case-load and is always one step ahead in anticipating potential issues‘.

Roger Hardwick is exceptional in his commercial approach to complex matters and his in-depth knowledge of leasehold property‘.

‘Associate Sharan Dhadda is also exceptional‘.

Key clients

Tuscola (FC101) Ltd

Various Leaseholders of Clevedon Court, London

Work highlights

  • Brethertons acted for Tuscola (FC101) Limited (“Tuscola”) in connection with a claim by a nominee purchaser company formed by the majority of the leaseholders of flats in Artillery Mansions, London SW1H 0HW to acquire the freehold of Artillery Mansions pursuant to s.19 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, following an alleged failure by Tuscola to offer the leaseholders the right of first refusal.
  • Brethertons LLP act on behalf of Benbow House Residents Limited (BHRL) and various leaseholders in relation to Light Obstruction Notices (LON) served Chiswick High Limited, the freehold owner of Riverside House, a development situated immediately to the East of Benbow House.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's property litigation department is 'a favourite for household name clients'. The firm advises on the full range of contentious property matters for clients operating in the retail, leisure, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. London-based partner Keith Conway is the practice head. Associate Armel Elaudais in Guildford is the name to note for right to light matters, telecoms issues and specific performance claims.

Practice head(s):

Keith Conway

Other key lawyers:

Armel Elaudais


The Clyde & Co team offers a premium service and possess exception legal knowledge; clients love it for its punchy, practical approach to issues‘.

Keith Conway and Armel Elaudais are both widely respected and loved by clients; they work exceptionally hard and have a superb grasp of client demands‘.

Key clients

BOC Limited

Muller UK & Ireland Group LLP

Robert Wiseman & Sons Limited

Mountview Estates plc

Clearstream Banking

European Vision Limited

Henley Property Dev 3 LLP, Henley Ark P LLP and Henley Ark 1000H2 Limited

Clinica Fiore Limited

Kathleen Eade (acting through her litigation friend, Christine Whyke)

Kingswood Wealth Group

Crew Clothing


Spelthorne Borough Council

Dixons Carphone plc

Inditex group

C & J Clark International Limited

AkzoNobel UK Limited (Dulux)

Dairy Crest Limited

Grainger plc

B&Q plc

U+I plc

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for Zara on its plans to expand its Oxford Street store to create a major UK flagship store.
  • The firm is acting for Clarks in relation to opposition to the lease renewal of its store in a shopping centre.
  • The firm advised Dixons Carphone on the highly publicised closures of 92 Carphone Warehouse stores.
  • The firm is acting for investment company Heartland A/S in lease renewal proceedings.
  • The firm is acting for Akzo Nobel in relation to the lease renewal of its Dulux UK headquarters and adjacent decorator centre warehouse premises in Manchester.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's Milton Keynes team has a strategic focus on the licensed leisure sector, and mostly acts for pub owners, brewers, pub operators, nightclubs and hotel owners. Mark Brown undertakes a wide range of real estate disputes and has specialist expertise in challenging Assets of Community Value/ advising on the Pubs Code. In Oxford, the group focuses on contentious agricultural work with landed estates forming much of the client base. Clare Bellis' professional negligence expertise on property matters 'adds an extra dimension to the firm's capabilities'

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown; Clare Bellis


Associate Rosalyn Shephard was excellent; she provided first-class advice‘.

A small team with expert knowledge and a wealth of hands-on experience of all possible stages of a dispute‘.

Clare Bellis is a great lawyer and very easy to deal with‘.

Key clients

Greene King plc

The Restaurant Group plc

Shepherd Neame

Casual Dining Group

Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Fuller Smith & Turner

Savills UK

Hall & Woodhouse

Punch Taverns

Fedex / TNT

Tarmac Group of Companies

Oxford University Press  

GEFCO UK Limited

Wadham College, Oxford

Sir Edward Dashwood

The Blenheim Estate

NSF Safety and Quality Limited

Masternaut Group of Companies

The Carington Estate

Resmed UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Mendoza Limited on obtaining an Order terminating its tenant’s secured tenancy of the Duke of Wellington in Spitalfields, without renewal.
  • The firm has been acting for various multiple pub operators in London and the South East in Pubs Code arbitration proceedings, as they seek to convert their tied pub tenancies into free-of-tie tenancies.
  • Acting for MD of a large agribusiness in heavily contested application in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for a succession to an Agricultural Holdings Act tenancy.
  • Acting for two separate charity landowners seeking vacant possession of agricultural land for development.
  • The firm is advising a county council in the South East on regaining possession of two AHA holdings, which are being badly managed.

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors's client roster includes real estate investors, educational institutions, builders, landowners and farmers. Noted for its 'good all-round landlord and tenant knowledge', the firm handles contentious lease renewal, dilapidation claims and breach of covenant cases. It also represents private landowners in right of way disputes, boundary disputes and land access and residential possession cases. The 'communicative, clear and honest' Jeremy Ferris has recently taken over leadership of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Ferris


I received superb service from this well-established firm‘.

The team’s strength lies in its in-depth expertise and attention to detail. It is very efficient and always provides a practical and commercially-minded service‘.

The firm has the ability to call upon colleagues within the firm who specialise in different practice area that may be needed as a case progresses‘.

Able to take clients who have limited or no knowledge of the law through the various options, explaining legal jargon where necessary, enabling them to make informed choices‘.

The thoroughness and timely communication of Furley Page has not been matched by the other firms I have worked with

Confident in their knowledge of the relevant law‘.

Jeremy Ferris is communicative, clear, honest and shows empathy from the very beginning; he cuts through the jargon with advice that is concise and to the point‘.

Jeremy Ferris has the rare combination of strong technical understanding of real property matters and a tactful approach when dealing with clients‘.

Jeremy Ferris is very efficient and a pleasure to work with due to his commercial mind and ability to quickly grasp complex‘.

I would strongly recommend Sarah Woolnough for litigation‘.

Key clients

University of Kent

Day Lewis plc

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company

Barretts of Canterbury Ltd

Robert Brett & Sons Ltd – The Brett Group

ABC Drugstore Ltd

Total Dentalcare Limited

Metropole (Folkestone) Limited

London Borough of Wandsworth

H R Bell Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a client – as the owner of apartment in former Manor House in Devon – on land that was mistakenly not transferred to him at purchase.
  • Advised H R Bell Limited as landlord on the enforcement of tenant covenants at commercial premises.
  • Acted for Total Dentalcare in dispute with Landlord, which involved lease renewal proceedings and claim for dilapidations.
  • Advised a landowning charitable organisation on removal of squatter from open land.
  • Advising a village parish council on application to Land registry for adverse possession of access track.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

The property litigation practice at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is particularly highly reputed for terminal dilapidation claims and High Court litigation. It is also sought out for advice on cladding issues associated with large residential developments. High-end retailers, residential developers and commercial developers are among the firm's clients. Andrew Olins specialises in restrictive covenant cases. Jon Mowbray acts for commercial and residential property owners impacted by major project developments, such as HS2 and the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Practice head(s):

Jon Mowbray; Andrew Olins


When it comes to property litigation, the team punches pound for pound with big City firms‘.

Andrew Olins has an unrivalled knowledge of restrictive covenants, easements and dilapidations. He brings an academic eye to practical problems with the addition of unerring commercial nous‘.

Key clients

Aviva PLC

Civil Service Sports Council


Dolce & Gabbana

Frogmore Real Estate

Galliard Homes

Monument Group

Paragon Housing


Zodiac Aerospace

Work highlights

  • Assisting Galliard Group with defending claims brought by NHBC  for the cost of re-cladding the 11 blocks of flats comprising the development following the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Representing BAM Group in claims against McGee Civil Engineering Group and others in the High Court for breach of collateral warranties concerning BAM’s mixed-use development site at Glory Mill, High Wycombe.
  • Acting for BUJ Architects LLP in a claim against Investin Group to recover professional and other fees payable on contingencies for promoting a site owned by Investin near Canary Wharf for a 750-room hotel.  Obtaining a worldwide injunction freezing Investin’s assets to the value of the claim.
  • Successfully acting for private individual Michael O’Byrne in a claim in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to modify restrictive covenants burdening his six-acre property outside Oxford, which prohibited the property being developed.
  • Successfully acted for developer AG NAM in a claim against the owners of circa 200 neighbouring residential properties.

Moore Blatch LLP

Moore Blatch LLP's contentious property work is managed by the asset recovery & dispute resolution team. Its client roster includes property developers, landowners and banks and lenders. Sarah Watley heads up the asset recovery litigation and sales teams, which are active in commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. Mortgage repossessions are another key area of specialisation. Chris Marsden heads the real estate litigation team, while Thomas Middlehurst works on complex boundary disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Watley

Other key lawyers:

Chris Marsden; Thomas Middlehurst


‘In relation to our experience with Moore Blatch we found them to be very professional, knowledgeable and coupled with a realistic and practical approach’.

‘Thomas Middlehurst conducted our case in a professional, realistic and practical manor. Despite the continuous threatening bravado and bluster from the claimant’s solicitor, Mr Middlehurst’s responses were always professional rather than emotional. Mr Middlehurst had the ability to take the emotion out of the issue and was always realistic in his communication of the potential outcome scenarios’.

Key clients

Commercial First Business Limited

Sidha Investments Limited

Richmond Charities

Work highlights

  • Acted for landlord client in its opposition to the renewal of a lease by a retailer tenant.
  • Acted for an international pharmaceuticals firm on its relocation to new premises, which included advice on a dilapidations claim relating to the old premises and a £2m JCT contract dispute (relating to fit out of new premises) and adjudication with the main contractor.
  • The firm is acting for the owner of a large parcel of land in West Sussex valued at £6m, but which is subject to a number of agreements with national telecommunications providers. It is advising on the various issues arising under the code in order to obtain vacant possession of the land.
  • Acting for a client who is the freehold owner of two residential blocks of flats, the title of which includes a rear car park. The client is pursuing a claim in trespass against the neighbouring owner for Wrotham Park damages assessed at £220,000.
  • The firm is acting for a number of leaseholders of a large  block of residential flats in South West London to challenge the overcharging of an estimated £500,000 of service charges and administration charges against the leaseholders under various section 20 notice in respect of extensive renovation works to the building.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's real estate litigation group is 'approachable, clear and always willing to help'; it shows 'persistence in the face of difficult and rare problems'. Team head John Morrison advises on both commercial and residential property disputes, and has a notable specialism in contentious matters involving the education sector. The practice regularly handles lease renewals, terminations and dilapidations cases, and generates work from both private clients and corporate entities.

Practice head(s):

John Morrison


The firm responds quickly and always provides a clear explanation of the situation in a straightforward and professional manner‘.

Knowledgeable, clear in their advice and highly responsive‘.

John Morrison finds answers as opposed to telling you about problems‘.

John Morrison is a pleasure to work with; he always gives sound advice in a simple and pragmatic manner‘.

Unlike some in the legal profession, John Morrison never comes across as condescending and is always professional’.

Key clients

Berendsen UK Limited

Flight Centre (UK) Limited

White Stuff Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Somerville College, University of Oxford

Verco Office Furniture Limited

White Oak Transport Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owners of a factory/distribution site on the removal of travellers from their adjoining development site, where their occupation posed significant health and safety risks.
  • Advised commercial landlord White Oak Transport Services Limited on repeated forfeitures of units on its industrial estate, which included defeating a counterclaim for damages for loss of profits based on an allegation of unlawful forfeiture.
  • Acting for a leading hotel developer in defending threats by neighbouring owners and occupiers to injunct a multi-million pound hotel extension on the basis of interference with rights of way.
  • Representing a trust as landlord of an extensive country estate in relation to applications by its tenant for licence to carry out unusual and ambitious alterations and simultaneously to assign the farm business tenancy in conjunction with the sale of the adjoining stately home.
  • Acting for a group of private residents opposing an application to the Upper Tribunal for modification of restrictive covenants to permit the development of a large residential care home on a prestigious and high-value residential estate.

Shoosmiths LLP

The property litigation team at Shoosmiths LLP is active in landlord and tenant disputes in both the residential and commercial property spheres. Leasehold enfranchisement is a notable area of strength for the group, which has a specialism in the retail sector. Practice head Zoe Wright has niche expertise in property-related telecommunications laws. Another key figure is senior associate Simon Pestell, who focuses on complex boundary disputes. Senior associate Lucy Barry departed for an in-house role at Canal & River Trust in June 2018.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Wright

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pestell

Key clients



Coca-Cola European Partners GB Limited

Canal & River Trust


Thomas Cook UK Ltd


McKay Securities PLC

Bletchley Park Trust Limited

Anderselite Ltd

The Moat School Limited

First Mile Limited

DXC Technology Group

TLC (Radlett) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a tenant seeking to enfranchise a house under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, where the landlord failed to serve a counter notice and consequently proceedings were issued in the county court for a declaration of the tenant’s right to enfranchise.
  • Acting for a group of tenants seeking to acquire the right to manage and serving the relevant notices on the investor landlord under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.
  • Advising a social housing developer on terminating a telecoms lease, including advice on the impact of the incoming new Telecoms Code under the Digital Economy Act 2017 and providing tactical advice concerning when to serve Code notices to secure vacant possession of the site as swiftly as possible.
  • Acting for a tenant seeking to acquire a new lease under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 where the landlord (a private individual) was initially absent but subsequently was found and refused to enter into the new lease.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides a dedicated property portfolio management service for a number of major retail clients. It also has strong relationships with clients in the financial services, transport and infrastructure industries. Mark Barley, who heads up the group, undertakes a broad range of matters, from portfolio management for institutional landlords to cases involving foreshore and mooring issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barley


Mark Barley is very strong on the dispute resolution front‘.

Key clients

The Crown Estate


Addington Capital

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports


Ann Summers


Post Office

Historic England

Work highlights

  • Assist Specsavers with strategic management of its property portfolio. The firm is acting for the client in various lease renewal cases across the country – in a number of different county courts – so as to protect the right to lease renewal in a number of locations.
  • Assist Post Office with strategic management of its property portfolio, which is critical to the continuity of Post office services across the country.

Moore Barlow

David Foster and Simon Fulford jointly lead the property litigation offering at Barlow Robbins LLP, which saw a recent increase in mandates acting for or against developers. The scope of its work in this space included restrictive covenant proceedings, adverse possession claims, rights of light disputes and right of way disputes. Elsewhere, the group has won work from a number of new parish council clients. It also acts for owner-managed businesses, high net worth individuals, charities and private schools.

Practice head(s):

David Foster; Simon Fulford


Barlow Robbins always provide clear commercial advice on contentious property matters‘.

Simon Fulford provided practical and concise advice on all stages of our case‘.

Key clients

The Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers

The National Rifle Association

Ringway Group Ltd/Eurovia Group Ltd

Walton-on-Thames Charity

The Royal School

Compassion UK

Thomas H Collison Ltd

Halebourne Ltd and associated companies

Walberton Parish Council

Howard Morley & Sons

Work highlights

  • Acted for Walberton Parish Council in dispute against Wates Developments Limited, Wates (Walberton) Limited and Arun District Council. The client was keen to prevent the development of Tuppers Field and, at the very least, obtain proper compensation for the development of 150 houses
  • Assisted a client with settling a long-running and bitterly-fought lease renewal.
  • Representing claimant developers in a dispute with neighbouring owners.
  • Acted for a charitable housing association in possession proceedings.
  • The firm acted for the defendant tenant in a contested lease renewal case.

Dean Wilson LLP

Dean Wilson LLP's property litigation group, which is led by Claire Whiteman, is experienced in lease extension and enfranchisement claims, and matters concerning rent and service charge arrears. Property-related statutory enforcement (including HMO licensing, noise abatement and Community Assets Listing) is an area of recent growth for the firm. Gabrielle Moffatt demonstrates strong capabilities in development-related disputes and commercial landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Claire Whiteman

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Moffatt


The team’s depth of knowledge is excellent, and it is well integrated with other practice areas‘.

Provides practical advice with down-to-earth language, minus the jargon‘.

They conduct a strategic assessment of all the options available  are are resolute in their approach‘.

Very tough in negotiations‘.

The firm has a modern approach that makes it approachable and instills confidence in clients‘.

A very well respected go-to firm for property litigation‘.

Gabrielle Moffatt was wholeheartedly committed to our situation and was always straightforward and mindful of our needs; she demonstrated complete and full understanding of the process‘.

Gabrielle Moffatt is understanding, competent and flexible in her approach‘.

Key clients

Batcheller Monkhouse


Shoreham Port Authority

Pepper Fox Ltd

Austin Rees

The Gym Group Limited

Leaders Ltd

Gary Pickard / Jacksons

Ellman Henderson Ltd

Hydehead Properties Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a business tenant in disputed lease renewal proceedings based on redevelopment ground under the 1954 Act.
  • Representing a freeholder of a block of flats in a dispute over the appropriate capitalisation rate in the valuation of ground rents under leasehold extension and enfranchisement legislation.
  • Represented a flat owner in an appeal against City of London Noise Abatement Notice.
  • Acting for a freeholder in claim against leaseholder for unauthorised alterations discovered in context of dealing with a lease extension.
  • Acting for a landlord of block of flats regarding its blanket ban on keeping dogs.


According to one client, EMW Law LLP's property litigation team is marked out for its 'excellent quality of service'. It undertakes a significant amount of work for major institutional investors, and it also acts for entities in the telecoms, logistics and banking industries. The group's key areas of expertise include claims concerning rights of light, the Party Wall Act, leasehold enfranchisement and dilapidations. Charles Clay is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Charles Clay


EMW Law’s team demonstrates strength not just as partner levels but all the way through to junior lawyers‘.

Charles Clay is an excellent lawyer, an astute tactician and a true gentleman when dealing with clients‘.


Key clients

Santander UK Plc

Arqiva Services Ltd

Redwood Bank

Vax Ltd

Bidfood Ltd

Cashino Gaming Ltd

Milton Keynes Community Foundation Ltd

Praesepe PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in contentious lease renewal proceedings relating to its Central London premises.
  • Defending a tenant in a substantial dilapidations claim in the Technology & Construction Court.
  • Acting for a major logistics company in relation to a dispute over access and parking rights at the client’s  main centre of excellence.
  • Acting for vendor in a complex overage dispute.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

In a key development at Field Seymour Parkes LLP, in 2018, Paul Dench was hired from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and took over as practice head from Joe Lott, who left the firm to become a full-time mediator. Having joined the firm as a senior associate, Dench recently made partner. Praised by one client for providing 'first-class service', the group regularly acts for charities, real estate investors, educational institutions, landed estates and property developers. In addition to handling standalone contentious mandates, the team also provides support to the broader real estate group in property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Dench


Comprehensive and extensive knowledge and expertise combined with a can-do mentality‘.

A very strong and consistent attitude is demonstrated across the whole team‘.

Knights plc

At Knights plc, commercial real estate disputes are a key area of focus. The firm primarily handles commercial lease renewal proceedings, commercial landlord and tenant disputes and professional negligence claims. Kate Clarke is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Kate Clarke

Laytons LLP

Both national and regional housebuilders feature on Laytons LLP's client roster, which also features SMEs and private individuals. It generates work across a number of sectors, including social housing. Also notable is that the practice has had a marked uptick in mandates, particularly those involving a cross-border dimension. Practice head Simon Foster focuses on property rights and property contract disputes. Another name to note is associate Luke Arnold, who has significant in-house experience.

Practice head(s):

Simon Foster

Other key lawyers:

Luke Arnold

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP is sought out to handle dilapidations claims, lease renewals, breaches of covenants,  rights of way and boundary disputes. The firm is particularly active in the advice to private clients and property developers, as well as corporate entities. Helen Bell is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bell

Key clients

Trustees of the Debenham Property Trust

Hargreaves Properties Ltd

Rubicon West Plc

Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd

Stredder Pearce

Vanstian Limited

Hargreaves Properties Ltd

Southern Water Services Limited

West Sussex County Council

East Sussex County Council

Portslade-by-Sea (Investments) Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted landowner with successfully reaching a settlement in a dispute with a developer neighbour over boundaries, trespass & rights of way.
  • Representing Hargreaves Developments Limited as the freehold owner of commercial premises in a dilapidations claim.
  • Representing Vanstian Limited as the freehold owner of commercial premises in a dilapidations claim, which followed the expiry of a lease.
  • Successfully applied for right of way to be registered in favour of a client.
  • Successfully recovered possession of mixed-use property on behalf of a client.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore's property dispute resolution group works closely with the firm's commercial property department, with which it shares a number of repeat clients. The firm generates contentious work from entities in the charity, restaurant, real estate investment, public authority and property development sectors. Commercial landlord and tenant work forms the bulk of the work. The team is jointly led by Nicholas Horton and Mark Steggles.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Horton; Mark Steggles


The lawyers are very proactive, easy to deal with and have a friendly attitude; they are also experienced in their field of work‘.

Mark Steggles, Guy Evans and Kate Turnham are very responsive and willing to explain situations in as much detail as the client needs‘.

Key clients

The Association of Conservative Clubs Limited

British Transport Police

Royal British Legion Industries Limited


Marley Pensions Limited / Marley Pension Trust Limited

Hautford Limited

Drakes Plumbing Supplies Limited

Fernham Homes Limited

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People

LEFA Enterprises Limited

J Clubb Limited

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for Hautford Limited as the tenant in a dispute, which has arisen from the landlord withholding consent for the tenant to make application for planning consent.
  • The firm is acting for a developer in a development dispute. The dispute concerns the re-routing of a private right of way in the face of opposition by an adjoining landowner.
  • Acting for The Association of Conservative Clubs Limited as an interested party in litigation over the distribution of surplus funds following sale of club property.
  • Acting for landlord charity in a commercial landlord and tenant dispute, which concerns the enforcement of various tenant breaches of covenant.
  • The firm is acting for Old Hall Street Properties Limited as the landlord in proceedings over a tenant’s failure to insure premises, which have burnt down.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans, which undertakes a significant amount of advocacy in-house, is well-known for acting for major real estate developers in complex disputes. In addition, it represents private individuals and companies in landlord and tenant litigation, and it also excels in real estate litigation involving insolvency issues and construction disputes. Practice head Phil Smith is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Phil Smith

Key clients

CALA Homes (formerly Banner Homes)

Bewley Homes


Thames Water

Toshiba Tec UK Imaging Systems Ltd

Langham Homes

Hibu (UK) Ltd

Vanderbilt Homes

CVR Global LLP

Shanly Homes

Karali Limited

Moor Park (1958) Ltd

Work highlights

  • The firm assisted the management company of a large (500+ houses) private estate in North London in the enforcement of its rights over the approximately 6 miles of estate roads which it owned.
  • The firm is providing ongoing advice to CALA on a substantial project to regularise the use of a private sewage treatment plant in the West Midlands. The matter is notable because of the amount in issue – approximately £1 million – and that there are presently around 45 counterparties and prospective Defendants to the claim.
  • Advice to a private individual on responding to appeal now proceeding in the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery), following success in first instance at First Tier Tribunal (Land Registration). The case arose from a claim for adverse possession arising out of an initial boundary dispute.
  • Advising Sky Telecommunications Services Ltd on a claim against JB Riney following road works carried out in Holborn Circus, London, severing the fibre optic network, causing a significant network outage. The matter involved a series of potential defendants and Part 20 defendants seeking to apportion blame elsewhere, represented through a web of insurers, loss adjusters and experts.
  • The firm assisted Vanderbilt Homes Ltd with the defence of various claims raised by an adjoining owner in nuisance, under the Part Wall Act and in alleged infringement of the adjoining owner’s rights of drainage.

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP undertakes all types of commercial and residential landlord and tenant cases, including lease extensions and enfranchisement matters. Senior associate Jessica Irwin is experienced in acting for clients at the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in cases relating to long leasehold flats and houses. High net worth individuals, landed estates, charities, small and medium-sized enterprises and owner-managed businesses are key clients. Philip D’Arcy heads up the dispute resolution group.

Practice head(s):

Philip D’Arcy

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Irwin


‘Jessica Irwin brings an unruffled and unflappable personality to the table. Her advice is always logical and objective, but also takes into account the client’s requirements and best interests.’

‘Jessica Irwin is easy to work with and well-prepared. This is particularly important in commercial lease cases (dilapidations, service charges and interpretation of covenants) where the devil is in the detail. Jessica provides her clients with the benefit of a diligent and considered approach to litigation.’

‘Pippa Lee delivers great client care. At every stage of litigation her focus is on explaining the often complicated legal scenarios to clients in meaningful ways which enable them to make informed decisions.’

Key clients

Phyllis Court Members Club Limited

Genetic Disorders UK (GDUK)

Gerald Palmer Eling Trust Company

Lister Wilder Limited

Fulcrum Worldwide (UK) Limited

SEA Windows & Doors Limited

Leywood Estates Limited

H&T Properties Ltd/ Berkshire Property Services Limited

Nirvana Spa & Leisure Ltd

Reading Blue Coat School

Wellington Country Park Limited

Gigastream PLC

The Trustees of Drayton Parochial Charities

Quadriga Worldwide Limited

Work highlights

  • The firm acted for landowner Englefield Estate Trust Corporation in litigation arising from travellers trespassing on farm land. It issued urgent proceedings and represented client at County Court hearing to obtain immediate possession order and arrange urgent enforcement action.
  • Advising a charity on statutorily protected agricultural tenancy, specifically  which statutory regime applied and how to regain possession.
  • Acted for a charity in court proceedings to obtain possession of Almshouse.
  • Advised a parish council on liability and potential quantum of compensation for local residents following a number of years of smell-related nuisance from a water treatment plant affecting residents, particularly during summer months.
  • Advised and represented a client on assured shorthold tenants of a large property let at a relatively high rent who failed to pay their rent.

Blaser Mills Law

Alka Kharbanda leads the real estate litigation department at Blaser Mills Law, which acts for high net worth individuals, property developers, and logistics and healthcare companies. The team works closely with the family practice, as well as the wills, trusts and probate department. Alex Wyatt, who has specialist social housing knowledge, is a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Alka Kharbanda

Other key lawyers:

Alex Wyatt

Key clients

Stanford Developments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the leaseholder of a block of 22 flats, which had been poorly managed by the previous leaseholder.
  • Acted on behalf of a client in connection with the sale of their home for development purposes.
  • Acted on behalf of a freeholder in relation to the legal aspects of block management, including taking legal action against two leaseholders to recover service charge arrears.
  • Acting for a client in connection with two telecommunication masts on the roof of a block of flats owned by the client.
  • Advised a first time buyer of a property on a potential misrepresentation by the seller / developer.

Dutton Gregory

Dutton Gregory has an excellent record handling all types of contentious issues relating to commercial and residential properties. It fields a property litigation team, which is headed up by senior associate Louise James, and sits within the commercial litigation department. In addition to James, Claire Bunton is another key figure in the group. The firm also operates a separate specialist landlord and tenant department, which is led by Robert Bolwell, whose experience includes dilapidations claims, possession cases and contentious issues associated with large block management portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bolwell; Louise James

Other key lawyers:

Claire Bunton


This is a very strong property litigation team which is unique in its focus on residential tenancy disputes‘.

I have always found the property team at Dutton Gregory to be very efficient and conscientious; they are a pleasure to work with‘.

The team is approachable and provides an outstanding service to both clients and counsel‘.

I was impressed by the efficiency, professionalism and breadth of knowledge of professionals at Dutton Gregory‘.

The team was timely throughout and always made sure we fully understood the advice offered and actions taken every step of the way‘.

Dutton Gregory is very much a ‘Goldilocks’ firms; it is large enough to offer sufficient resources and small enough to take a personal approach to its clients‘.

The firm’s landlord and tenant practice is in a class of it`s own; the lawyers are approachable and offer succinct advice which enables me to complete the task as needed‘.

Key clients

Countrywide Estate Agents


Work highlights

  • Assisting a client with various interlinked matters in a protracted and highly sensitive dispute between neighbours in relation to a property of significant value.
  • Advising a client on various contentious commercial lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, including both opposed and unopposed claims.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey's highly regarded property litigation department generates repeat work from clients in the retail, technology and infrastructure and development sectors, among various others. It has had a recent increase in portfolio management mandates, and also matters relating to residential property development. Kate New, who heads up the practice in Southampton, focuses on commercial landlord and tenant issues. as well as development disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kate New


Foot Anstey is a solid, competent firm when it comes to property litigation‘.

Kate New has a practical, no nonsense approach‘.

Key clients

Beechcroft Developments Limited

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Screwfix Direct

Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) Limited

B&Q Plc

Grass Valley (A Belden Brand)

Work highlights

  • The firm advises Screwfix on its occupational property portfolio comprising over 500 trade counter/stores.
  • The firm advised Beechcroft Developments on the determination of a joint venture development agreement, where a defaulting party sought to terminate the agreement in a manner in which it would avoid paying contractual damages owed to the client.
  • The firm advised B&Q on an urgent break notice where the landlord was looking to frustrate the break right.

Gardner Leader LLP

The practitioners in Gardner Leader LLP's property litigation group demonstrate a 'high degree of competence and understanding'. It has recently had a notable increase in mandates from large companies, trusts and town councils. First Tier Tribunal claims and adverse possession claims are other areas of growth. The team also specialises in mortgage repossession work. Alastair Goggins heads up the broader litigation team. Michelle Di Gioia leads on the property litigation front.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins; Michelle Di Gioia


Gardner Leader is a local firm with a national outlook; it is very well respected‘.

The team was easily accessible and always exhibited a timely responsiveness to case developments; its knowledge of statute and case law was truly impressive‘.

Key clients

Natures Way Foods Limited

Swynson Limited

Division One Limited

Rivar Limited

Lettings & Property Management Company

Mid Thames Area Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and friends Trust Limited

Real Estate Manager and Investor

Managed Legal Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on terms of displaying business signage when consent is being unreasonably refused by the landlord.
  • The firm is acting for a leaseholder in a dispute with its landlord over alleged breaches of covenants under the lease, including the issue of water penetration into the landlord’s retained premises.
  • Acting for a private individual, who is in a dispute with her mother over the extent of beneficial interests in various properties and land.
  • Acted for an individual in a contested application for adverse possession.
  • The firm successfully acted for an individual in a claim for a Prescriptive Easement in a long-running dispute that was determined at the First Tier Tribunal in 2018.

Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP

Contentious property work is managed by Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP's 'highly committed, capable and accessible' commercial litigation team, which is led by Kenneth Stangoe. Lease renewal proceedings, planning disputes, boundary disputes and rent and service charge recovery are among the areas of activity. The group acts for private clients, as well as commercial entities (including those active in the retail and leisure sectors) and public bodies.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Stangoe


The firm has a strong focus on understanding detailed aspects of an assignment and thereby produces impressive legal analysis and advice that is both practical and commercial‘.

In the field of dispute resolution and property litigation, Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors is in the same league as major city firms‘.

The team has the unique ability to isolate the key problem in any litigation and hone in on that point of contention without distraction‘.

Kenneth Stangoe is a practical, solution-driven lawyer with a deep understanding of client’s needs, impressive analytical skills and an exceptional tactical approach‘.

Kenneth Stangoe is completely focused on the issue in question and always provides well-targeted advice which is succinct and comprehensible‘.

Harold Benjamin

Harold Benjamin's property litigation team is 'efficient and responsive to both clients and counsel'. It has a wealth of experience of matters such as landlord and tenant disputes, rent arrears, dilapidation claims, lease renewals, construction disputes and boundary disputes. Jon Mahony is the practice head.  Richard Budd is 'a tenacious and methodical litigator'. Another name to note is Keith Boddy, who has expertise in lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Mahony

Other key lawyers:

Richard Budd; Keith Boddy


I would not hesitate in recommending Harold Benjamin’s Property Litigation team; it has a clear depth of experience‘.

I appreciate Richard Budd’s ability to give clear and considered instructions under time-pressured circumstances; he clearly articulates the needs of the client but also manages expectations‘.

Richard is also a strong and insightful negotiator, with a poker face to match. He is extremely tactical in mediations and willing to walk away from the table if it is commercially and practically in his client’s best interests‘.

Key clients


Ladbrokes Coral Group

Nitin Shah

Acre-Heathrow Ltd



Chill & Relax Ltd

4C Hotels

Work highlights

  • Acting for retailer Boucheron in commercial lease dispute at Central London County Court. Case concerns a commercial lease renewal, where the landlord did not want to renew the lease on the ground of redevelopment of the site.
  • Acted for Ladbrokes Coral Group on multiple lease renewals with over 100 sites in England and Wales.
  • The firm acted for a private client as the claimant in two sets of proceedings against the same defendant. Both claims were for possession and rental arrears in relation to an assured shorthold tenancy of which the defendant was a tenant.
  • Acted for the owner of a Heathrow Airport hotel in a construction dispute.
  • Acted for a client in a boundary dispute involving two ex-council properties.

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Frankie Tierney, who heads up Herrington Carmichael LLP's real estate litigation group, represents clients in particularly complex matters before the High Court, the Technology & Construction Court and the Property Tribunal. Clients include real estate developers, landowners, investors, corporate and commercial entities and private individuals. The firm has a demonstrable record of handling cases of a commercially sensitive nature. Robert Syms is another notable individual in the team.

Practice head(s):

Frankie Tierney

Other key lawyers:

Robert Syms

Key clients

Flavia Estates


Work highlights

  • Representing a coach/bus company operating across the South of England in a complex dispute concerning its leased commercial premises whereby alleged breaches placed the client at risk of immediate forfeiture, which would in turn have brought its operations to a halt.
  • Representing private clients in respect of historic discrepancies with the title of their home requiring injunctive proceedings to support claims for ownership via constructive trust and adverse possession to bring about a transfer of the disputed land to the Clients.
  • Representing six commercial tenants of a retail development in a dispute with their Landlord as to excessive service charges and securing substantial reductions.
  • Representing a leading UK based supplier of aggregates and minerals in a complex dispute in respect of significant sums owed to it impacted by a counterclaim asserting amongst other claims, misrepresentation in respect of regulatory waste permits and securing a significant payment plus costs for the client.
  • Representing a leading property management company across 28 separate sites of residential blocks of flats in dealing with issues of breaches of lease, unpaid service charges and removal of disruptive occupiers as and when required.

Pinney Talfourd LLP

Pinney Talfourd LLP's 'friendly and approachable team of specialists' is led by Stephen Eccles, who is recommended for contentious commercial lease renewal work. Elsewhere, the group's work includes right-to-manage and enfranchisement cases, boundary disputes, possession cases and advice on residential letting issues. Clients include estate agents, developers and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Eccles


The lawyers are at all time courteous and efficient in their day-to-day communications and interaction‘.

They take a pragmatic approach, concentrating on the desired commercial outcome rather than pursuing litigation for its own sake‘.

We are satisfied with all facets of the service we receive‘.

This local firm has gone from strength to strength over the years; its customer service is great‘.

The team comprises a number of individuals who are all key players and boast a variety of skills‘.

I have always found Pinney Talfourd to be a very competent firm‘.

Stephen Eccles has guided us knowledgeably through our business over the years; he is always easy to contact‘.

Stephen Eccles and senior associate Edward Garston show great attention to detail‘.

Stephen Eccles is competent, organised, reliable and professional yet friendly‘.

Stephen Eccles has good business acumen and a well-rounded knowledge of the Landlord & Tenant Act; he has the ability and the commercial sense to achieve the best results‘.

Key clients


Sequence (UK) Limited

Abbey Developments

A.M.O.S Properties

Kiani Group

K1 Management Limited

RMS Estate Agents Ltd

UK Aggregates Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for estate agent Sequence (UK) Limited on an application for renewal of 30-year lease of post offices premises in Bournemouth. We were instructed to serve a Section 26 Notice, deal with all matters arising through to completion of the new lease.
  • Acting for a client on the termination of a 15-year lease where all of the premises were underlet to a third party.
  • Acting for a client in termination of a 25-year lease of commercial premises in Bedfordshire and dealing with sub-leases by service of Section 27 Notices, then advising on termination and dilapidations liabilities.
  • Acted for Sequence (UK) Limited as the tenant in court proceedings, which arose from the landlord serving a Section 40 Notice and a Section 25 Notice under the LTA 1954 terminating the lease.
  • Acting for client to terminate a 15-year lease where all of the premises were underlet to a third party.


VWV's specialist team 'combines a deep understanding of contentious property issues with keen commercial acumen'. In addition to handling the gamut of general property disputes, it is active in insolvency-related litigation, where it often acts for landlords in matters where tenants have entered into administration. The group also generates work from high street lenders. Developer clients are another key work stream, with the group providing advice on options, development agreements and title/covenant issues. Laura Seaman and Michelle Bendall jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Seaman; Michelle Bendall


VWV’s Watford office has attracted work from local surveyors and schools by explaining the relevance of some ostensibly dry, technical legal developments‘.

I find this firm a pleasure to deal with‘.

Laura Seaman and David Marsden both have formidable knowledge and experience and never cut corners with their preparation; they fully understand the practical realities of litigation‘.

The team at VWV is very approachable and professional; it works well with both clients and other property professionals‘.

Laura Seaman’s advice has always been clear, concise and very practical‘.

Work highlights

  • Acting for lender in enforcing security against extensive property in Guildford with unauthorised third party occupier.
  • Assisting a client with enforcing security against historically significant property in Essex.
  • Assisted a client with action to clear site of five protected business tenants to allow developer to proceed.
  • Assisted client with possession action to secure possession of a commercial unit in Park Road.
  • Acting for client in recovery action over two residential properties taken as security for bridging finance.  Charge removed fraudulently without authority of lender.