Hall Of Fame

Firms To Watch: Property litigation

Headed up by Oxford-based Jane Bloomer, the Winckworth Sherwood LLP property litigation team is instructed by large retail and occupier clients to handle restrictive covenant disputes and lease renewals.

Property litigation in South East

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Demonstrating ‘a great energy and sense of cohesion’, the Charles Russell Speechlys LLP team is highly recommended for its handling of property litigation issues, particularly in relation to mortgage-based disputes, landlord and tenant claims, and property finance matters. The group represents clients ranging from banks to large multinational companies, with the ‘exceptional’ Guilford-based head David Haines noted for his vast expertise in property-related professional negligence claims and dilapidations. Richard Flenley, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, regularly assists with development-based disputes and property insolvency elements, while Peter Levaggi focuses on contentious property finance work. Natalie Deuchar boasts significant experience in dealing with leasehold enfranchisement matters. Joe Edwards typically acts for offshore property investment vehicles and specialist real estate lenders.

Practice head(s):

David Haines

Other key lawyers:

Richard Flenley; Peter Levaggi; Joe Edwards; Natalie Deuchar


‘The team at CRS has a great energy and sense of cohesion. They are all top lawyers, who gel into an impressive and efficient squad.’

‘They are efficient and meet deadlines, but they are also really fun to work with.’

‘David Haines is always able to separate the wheat from the chaff, knows a good point when he sees it, has a sound commercial head so knows when and where to spend money on a case, and when not to.’

‘Natalie Deuchar is a flying senior associate, punching well above her weight, being as happy with commercial matters as with complex leasehold enfranchisement claims.’

‘Richard Flenley is an impressive commercial property litigator who is ahead of the curve on Building Safety Act 2022 matters. Always thinks through the case properly at an early stage.’

‘Fee earners at all levels are impressive. The excellent quality of their trainees bodes well for the future of the firm.’

‘David Haines has been exceptional; provided a comprehensive budget for costs, managing costs within budget without exception and provided a consistently excellent cost-effective service. David makes himself available at short notice and was quick to identify/understand and was invested in achieving the client’s objectives.’

‘Attentive, friendly, astute, practical advice received from an experienced team where the objective is to ensure the client receives the most appropriate advice for the situation from the outset when dealing with litigation.’

Key clients

Nellsar Limited

NEC UK Limited

Air Products PLC

Warrant Investments PLC

The University of Surrey

The Trustees of the Meyrick Estate


The Save the Children Fund

wagamama Ltd

Citysprint (UK) Limited

Diocese of Guildford

Silversea Cruises (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Nellsar in a dispute with HMRC concerning stamp duty land tax and corporation tax in the context of acquisitions of care home properties and businesses by the client.
  • Representing NEC in a dilapidation claim prior to lease termination.
  • Representing the University of Surrey in High Court litigation concerning a campus hall of residence and relevant fire safety requirements.


Counting major property investors, HNWIs, and local authorities amongst its key clients, Cripps’ property dispute resolution team has extensive expertise in property insolvency and residential leasehold enfranchisement. Operating out of Tunbridge Wells, Miles Paffard leads the team, deploying his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’ to work on opposed business lease renewals, service charge disputes, and dilapidations. Mike Scott is a ‘first-rate litigator’, regularly handling contract disputes and development agreement issues, while Nitej Davda concentrates on residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Having been promoted to partner in May 2022, Richard Housley focuses on issues concerning easements and covenants. In early 2024, the firm merged with Horsham-based firm PDT Solicitors, which added the expertise of Gail Morris, Craig Burton, James Clewlow and James Clewlow.

Practice head(s):

Miles Paffard

Other key lawyers:

Mike Scott; Nitej Davda; Richard Housley; Gail Morris; Craig Burton; James Clewlow; Justin McConville; Mark Guggenheim


‘We have been dealing with the firm on various matters for many years and found all the practitioners to be extremely talented in their various fields. Their strength also lies in the fact that they are very responsive and commercially minded. Billing is very transparent to avoid any confusions in fees, a problem which we have never had with the firm.’

‘I found Richard Housley to be very responsive, reliable, prompt and with excellent commercial knowledge in the field and with a commercial mindset when giving advice to avoid undue legal costs. His communication was easily understood.’

‘Cripps are far and away the number one property team in the South East. Their property litigation knowledge is second to none and that is combined with a commercial sensibility which focuses on the best outcome for the client. Beyond that, they are without exception a really nice group of people to deal with. From a professional perspective everyone is respected and listened to, and although they can be tough in negotiations, they are never anything but professional and courteous.’

‘Miles Paffard is an exceptional lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge. His acumen is first class and he always brings a clear tactical focus to cases.’

‘Mike Scott is a first-rate litigator and his client care skills are peerless. He is also a first rate lawyer who always gets to the central issue of a case and focuses on the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

Wates Developments

Federated Hermes

ERGO Versicherung AG

M&G Real Estate

Cadogan Estates Limited

Kennedy Wilson Europe

AEW Europe

Aroundtown SA

Various Borough Councils

Park Holidays UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised numerous real estate investment trusts on Covid-related rent arrears, as well as on retailer and leisure insolvencies at shopping centres and retail parks.
  • Acting for the insurer ERGO on a right to light claim relating to a major development in the heart of London.
  • Acting for the applicant tenant in an arbitration under the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP’s real estate dispute resolution group uses a ‘collaborative team approach’, drawing upon its resources from the Guilford and Gatwick offices to handle property-related professional negligence claims and contentious issues relating to development sites. Practice head Emily Wood boasts over 20 years’ experience working on commercial real estate disputes, while ‘professional and tenacious’ Tina George specialises in enfranchisement and lease extension work. James Picknell has expertise in handling landlord and tenant disputes, and Cheraine Williams focuses on dilapidation claims and contested 1954 Act lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

Emily Wood

Other key lawyers:

Tina George; James Picknell; Cheraine Williams


‘A true team as they provide full service in a seamless delivery.’

‘James Picknell has incredible insight and is able to distill complex concepts to clear statements.’

‘The practice adopts a realistic approach to each case, avoiding pursuing endless cul-de-sacs, but relentlessly pursuing the client’s best interests.’

‘Tina George is professional, experienced and tenacious but remains friendly in her approach. She is very thorough is researching all possible avenues to identify the best route ahead.’

‘James Picknell has a forensic eye for detail and a great analytical mind. He is quick to analyse any problem and get to the root issues, with a methodical and structured approach to resolution.’

‘Very responsive. They are hands-on and efficient. Nice to work with as part of a team.’

‘Service provided is always a collaborative team approach to achieve the end result ensuring all staff within a team are involved.’

Key clients

Crawley Borough Council

Wealden & Rother District Council

Cats Protection Trustees Limited

St Catherine’s Hospice Limited

Dorrington PLC

Cadogan Estates PLC

Orbit Housing Association Limited

QBE Insurance Group

Liverpool & Victoria

Work highlights

  • Representing a consortium of green energy clients in a challenge against the Valuation Office relating to the current methodology of business rating in the area of anaerobic digestion.
  • Acted for a local authority in a dispute relating to a site over which a telecoms operator sought to exercise rights under the Telecoms Code, securing an order for its removal, and then reaching a favourable settlement for the client.
  • Acting for a property investor in Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) proceedings relating to the risk of losing its interest in a valuable property.

Freeths LLP

Co-headed by Mark Brown and Clare Bellis, the ‘technically astute’ real estate litigation team at Freeths LLP focuses primarily on the licensed leisure sector, acting for pub owners, national brewers, and hotel owners. Brown is based in Milton Keynes, and has vast expertise in dilapidation claims and forfeiture proceedings. Over in Oxford, the ‘dedicated and client focused’ Bellis has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of property litigation. Adam Boyd was promoted to partner in April 2022, and advises clients on complex development projects, while managing associate Rosalyn Shephard specialises in Agricultural Tendencies Act 1995 litigation. Andrew Dashwood-Begg handles commercial and residential property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown; Clare Bellis

Other key lawyers:

Adam Boyd; Andrew Dashwood-Begg; Rosalyn Shephard; Tristan Sharples


‘First class legal advice at a sensible cost. A firm which understands its clients and fosters an exceptional working relationship.’

‘Adam Boyd – an expert in his field. Incredibly knowledgeable and always determined to deliver the best outcome for the client.’

‘Clare Bellis and Rosalyn Shephard – both very dedicated and client focused. They give clear practical advice.’

Key clients

Punch Taverns

Tavern Propco

Vauxhall Tavern London Limited

Admiral Taverns / Hawthorn Leisure

Countryside Properties

Burger King UK

Trust Inns

Harworth Group Plc

Investra Capital

Wagamama Limited

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Tarmac Group of Companies

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited t/a Protyre

The Carington Estate, Buckinghamshire

Sir Edward Dashwood (West Wycombe Estate, Buckinghamshire; Picton Estate, Pembrokshire and Golden Grove Estate, Carmarthenshire)

Trinity College Oxford

Response Organisation

Bellway Homes Limited

Masternaut Group of Companies

Chancerygate Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Acting for Vauxhall Tavern London, the operator of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, in a £500,000 damages and specific performance claim against its landlord, Immovate, a Dutch property investment company which is under an obligation to keep the structure of the property in repair.
  • Acting for Rolf Munding, in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), in an appeal by Fairhaven Shipping Company (UK) against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal.
  • Advising a landed estate client on an Agricultural Holdings Act succession application following the death of the current tenant.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow’s property litigation practice is ‘technically excellent and commercially minded’, specialising in disputes relating to the use and occupation of land, as well as issues arising in contested possession actions. The firm’s offering is divided between the real estate disputes and financial services litigation departments, with Chris Marsden heading up the former, and Sarah Watley overseeing the latter. Marsden has extensive experience of handling right of light matters and construction disputes, while Watley focuses on complex residential and commercial possession claims. Susannah Marsh is an expert on professional negligence and title rectification issues, and Clair Phillips assists with latent defects and trust of land claims. Guilford-based Zoe Thompson is also highly regarded. Simon Beetham has moved to Foot Anstey.

Practice head(s):

Chris Marsden; Sarah Watley

Other key lawyers:

Susannah Marsh; Zoe Thompson; Clair Phillips


‘The firm is well respected locally and houses a large number of specialist lawyers in the property sector, meaning that it has the breadth and depth of support needed to deal with all types of property dispute. The firm is efficient, has some talented lawyers and is well respected locally.’

‘Clair Phillips is excellent with clients, thorough in her preparation and well respected.’

‘The team at Moore Barlow offer a breadth of knowledge and their strengths lie in their availability to offer advice and assistance with any issue.’

‘Chris Marsden is always great to work with.’

‘The team that I predominantly deal with are technically excellent and commercially minded, which enables decisions to be made and recoveries to be effected at the best rates for creditors and lenders alike.’

Key clients

Travis Perkins

Churchill Retirement Limited

Inland Homes Plc

Business Mortgage Finance 4, 5, 6 and 7 PLC

London’s Royal Docks

Oblix Capital Limited

Octopus Real Estate

British Heart Foundation

South Somerset District Council

Southampton University

Allgera Care Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Derek Mason and Peter Hayward of MDT London, as receivers for Trimount Properties (Brickfields), following their appointment over a development of seven luxury residential properties in Surrey.
  • Acted for Business Mortgage Finance 5 & 7 in a case initially brought before the High Court and subsequently before the Court of Appeal, which provided clarity to the lending industry on the liability of both the broker and the lender when a secret commission is paid.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

The Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP team demonstrates considerable strength in handling commercial landlord and tenant work, along with developing multi-site exit strategies for corporate occupiers. The firm acts for clients across the healthcare, automotive, and leisure industries, with Helen Wheddon leading the team on development work, including right of light cases and insolvency issues. Since joining the firm as partner in August 2022, Caroline DeLaney has focused on all aspects of property litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Managing associate Markus Klempa works on restrictive covenant issues and complex possession claims, while Stephanie Newton supports on development work and telecoms matters.

Practice head(s):

Helen Wheddon

Other key lawyers:

Caroline DeLaney; Markus Klempa; Stephanie Newton


‘Helen Wheddon is a stand out partner for us and delivers excellent service.’

‘An easy going firm with excellent expertise.  We have utilised Stevens & Bolton on various matters from property to technical trust matters and their advice has been excellent and at competitive prices.’

‘Helen Wheddon made us feel super supported during a highly stressful time for the company. ‘

‘Helen Wheddon has a brilliant understanding of complex litigation proceedings and the ability to form a logical plan to handle client expectations.’

‘Caroline DeLaney stands out in her knowledge, experience, demeanour – her advice is always spot on.’

‘Markus Klempa has provided excellent litigation advice.’

‘Stevens and Bolton provide a high quality, professional and personal service.’

‘Markus Klempa – excellent professional advice and top class management of the case.’

Key clients

Bluebell Railway

Boundary Real Estate Partners

Kia Motor’s (UK) Limited

Papa John’s GB Limited

Samsung Electronics UK Limited

Structadene Group/Pearl & Coutts

Harris Reeds Limited

Hugo & Hudson Limited

Store Property Investments Limited

Montreaux Developments Limited

Day Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a freeholder in a claim relating to liability for remediation costs under the Building Safety Act.
  • Advising landowners on their rights and options for a Telecoms Code renewal of an expired lease.
  • Representing a family-owned property investment group in real estate disputes across its substantial property portfolio made up of commercial and mixed-use properties in London and the South West.

Boyes Turner

Counting residential sales and letting agencies, institutional landlords, and property management companies amongst its key clients, Boyes Turner’s real estate litigation team routinely handles residential block estate management dispute work and dilapidation claims, and is led by senior associate Russell May, who specialises in landlord and tenant disputes, as well as disputed break clauses. Associate Richard Pulford joined the firm in February 2022, and has over 11 years’ experience working on all aspects of property litigation, including possession and disrepair claims. The whole team is based in Reading.

Practice head(s):

Russell May

Other key lawyers:

Richard Pulford


‘Russell May is very helpful and will always respond to enquiries straight away. He give his honest opinion even though it’s not always what the client wants to hear to make sure there is no a false sense of security.’

‘Smaller firm so more personal contact with good response times. Good knowledge and reasonable fee levels appropriate to the level of advice required.’

‘I have found their work ethics and attention to detail commendable. My case has not yet been finalised but so far I am very satisfied with how my case has been handled.’

‘A very speedy and reliable service getting straight to the heart of the matter and suggesting practical and realistic measures to mitigate further problems in a very complex matter.’

‘A very professional and personable service with direct access to the fee earner dealing with the matter.’

‘All our interactions with the Boyes Turner team have been polite and prompt. Any inquiries we have made have been answered in full with time taken to explain details when needed. Invoices have been easy to understand and email communications all work smoothly.’

‘We have worked with Russell May for the past two years. He has always been well informed and precise in his outlining of our case at every stage we have been through. He has given us useful advice and pointed out options for us to consider with clarity and good detail.’

‘Russell May provides clients with an excellent good quality and responsive service always presented in a pragmatic, jargon-free way. I always enjoy working with Russell.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a national newspaper in relation to a disputed commercial lease guarantee with a potential value of £10m.
  • Acted for a group of owners of top floor flats in order to contest the legality of a proposed development by the freeholder to add an additional storey on to their block of flats.
  • Acting for a social housing provider on a variety of property disputes, from seeking possession from tenants in breach of their leases to defending tenant claims for disrepair.

Blake Morgan LLP

Demonstrating ‘broad range and insight’ in relation to all elements of property litigation, the Blake Morgan LLP practice is highly regarded for its advice on judicial review claims in the High Court, and its handling of landlord and tenant disputes. Zoe Wright leads the team from Reading, offering extensive expertise in the telecoms property sector, and regularly handling claims for possession. Southampton-based legal director, Simon Pestell, acts for many commercial property developers, assisting with redevelopment schemes and reviewing property portfolios. In Oxford, Thomas Djan-Krofa focuses on restrictive covenants, easements, and adverse possession claims.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Wright

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pestell; Thomas Djan-Krofa


‘Knowledge and teamwork. If they are unable to discuss with the main file handler there is always someone else that is just as knowledgeable about the case.’

‘Thomas Djan-Krofa stands out. He is fully cognisant of all matters in issue and is sure to work closely with counsel to provide a better service for his clients. He is consistently knowledgeable, timely, and involved, thereby obtaining notable results for his clients. He is a joy to work with.’

‘Broad range and insight.’

Key clients

Activate Learning Group

Canal and River Trust

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

IWG Services (Regus)


Metro Bank plc

Sorbon Estates Limited

Southern Co-operative Group Limited


St Johns of Winchester

Trustees of Bromham Estate

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Sorbon Estates to handle work relating to its investment and development property portfolio, including tenant CVAs, tenant default, forfeiture, telecoms wayleaves, disputes regarding restrictive covenants and easements, development access disputes with third party landowners, disputes with long leaseholders, and trespass claims.
  • Acting on behalf of Southern Co-operative Group in a case relating to the unlawful occupation by third party licensees of a property let to Peacocks Stores and threat of application for permission to forfeit resulting in assignment of the lease.
  • Acting for receivers appointed by Metro Bank in respect of a mixed-use building following default by the borrower landlord, disclaimer of the commercial ground floor lease by liquidators for the tenant, and a vesting order application made by the occupying sub-tenant.


Headed by Michael Oatham, the Brachers litigation team brings ‘absolute clarity of thought and decision making‘ to all elements of property claims, with particular expertise in dilapidation claims and right to remain cases. Acting for NHS trusts, local authorities, and public bodies, Allis Beasley deploys her ‘practical nous‘ when handling large-scale development and contractual disputes. James Millis focuses on landlord and tenant claims, as well as professional negligence matters. Stephen Rogers joined as a senior associate from in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Oatham

Other key lawyers:

Allis Beasley; James Millis; Stephen Rogers


‘Absolute clarity of thought and decision making, going to the heart of any property litigation matter giving clear advice and following through to a satisfactory conclusion.’

‘This team excels at dealing not only with the humdrum, but also complex and challenging problems. It delivers excellent service, where necessary within demanding timelines. While dealing thoroughly with details, the team never loses sight of overall objectives and priorities.’

‘Allis Beasley is outstanding. Her work is meticulous. She often considers matters that might otherwise have been overlooked. However, this comprehensive approach does not bring clutter. Clarity of purpose and commercial considerations remain undiluted.’

‘Allis Beasley has a great deal of relevant knowledge and experience and has a very calm and considered approach to working. She can be relied upon to deliver to the brief in a timely and professional manner.’

‘Allis Beasley is very approachable, has sound judgment, and offers legal advice tempered with practical nous.’

‘Allis Beasley is an absolute star. She is approachable, affable and alert, always appraised of the latest developments in the property law field.’

‘I have worked with Allis Beasley on a number of cases, she is a very strong litigator and good at dealing with clients.’

‘Efficient, cost-effective and commercially focussed advice and service.’

Key clients

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Kent County Agricultural Society

East Malling Trust

Knauf (UK) GmbH

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Sevenoaks District Council

Dover District Council

Alan Firmin Limited

East Kent Hospital University NHS Trust

Beneden Hospital


Acting for both developers and objectors before a range of courts, IBB Law’s Uxbridge and Reading offices cover the whole spectrum of contentious property work. The firm is well regarded for its handling of commercial landlord and tenant matters, as well as high-value dilapidation claims. Jon Mowbray heads up the group, handling overage and right to light disputes, and restrictive covenants. Andrew Olins focuses on restrictive covenant and complex easement issues, and Caroline Cowley deals with breaches of lease and forfeiture troubles, having joined the firm as partner in January 2023. Associate Ellen Hitchman is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jon Mowbray

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Olins; Caroline Cowley; Nicola King; Ellen Hitchman; Sonia Ali

Key clients

Aviva Plc

Clancy Group

Dolce & Gabbana

Galliard Homes

Heathrow Airport

London Square Quadrant


Spitalfields Housing Association



Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Fielding a ‘dynamic, hard-working and insightful’ real estate litigation team, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP specialises in handling the gamut of property disputes, from complex dilapidation claims to restrictive covenant issues. The firm has experience acting for clients in property disputes up to the Court of Appeal and High Court, with the ‘superb’ John Morrison providing vast expertise in commercial and residential landlord disputes. Associate Amy Evans is regularly acts on cases concerning easements and right to light. The team is based in Oxford.

Practice head(s):

John Morrison

Other key lawyers:

Amy Evans


‘The firm has an outstanding range of expertise together with a significant depth of available resources. In particular there is an ease of communication and ability to establish effective personal working relationships. The range of expertise has proved invaluable in identifying and covering new related issues.’

‘The property litigation team are a dynamic, hard-working and insightful team that provide real value to each instruction through a broad knowledgebase and a keen understanding of our business and what we want to achieve in any given scenario. Response times and communication is exceptional across the team and I truly feel valued as a client.’

‘I’ve worked on instructions with both John Morrison and Amy Evans for several years and they both consistently provide a service beyond expectation. Both are very keen to understand what we want to achieve and take the time to understand the role of any given instruction and how this plays into the bigger picture of our business.’

‘Their knowledge, communication, advice and turnaround times provide me with confidence as a client.’

‘John Morrison is a superb litigator and a great team player – every case I have worked on with him has been superbly prepared.’

‘John Morrison is a supremely capable property litigator. Like clients – and unlike some opponents – he sees litigation as a means to an end and works hard to bring cases to a businesslike conclusion. He is just the solicitor to go to if you are a landowner in a tight spot.’

‘John Morrison is fantastic, and Amy Evans is brilliantly commercial and hugely popular with clients.’

‘Amy Evans is our main contact. Amy is responsive and is happy to answer the smallest enquiries. Nothing is too much trouble for her.’

Key clients

Flight Centre (UK) Limited

White Stuff Limited

Pinnacle Group Limited

East Tower Apartments Limited

Fortitudo Limited

Thatcham Research

Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

23.5 Degrees Limited

Selco Trade Centres Limited

Merchant Seamans War Memorial Society t/a Care Ashore

Work highlights

  • Represented East Tower Apartments throughout long-running litigation with its landlord regarding the reasonableness of utility charges, applications for consent to assign and the recoverability of landlord’s costs at No 1 West India Quay.
  • Acted for a private client and defeated her neighbour’s claim for a prescriptive easement.
  • Acted for AT & DR Property Investment Partnership in a dilapidation dispute with a high street clothing retailer in which the primary issue was whether a lease clause providing that the landlord’s loss is a debt and not damages was valid.

Shoosmiths LLP

Representing clients ranging from residential landlords to corporate occupiers, the Shoosmiths LLP real estate litigation group shows considerable strength in handling property-related High Court claims and complex strategic disposal work. Operating out of Reading, the ‘commercially astute’ Simon Foster heads the team, contributing vast expertise in the full breadth of commercial and residential property litigation. Senior associate Eleanor Grindley focuses on residential landlord and tenant disputes. Senior associate Aimee Teague is a ‘standout performer’, regularly acting for institutional investors and property funds. Milton Keynes-based Richard Willcox is highly regarded for his non-residential property litigation knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Simon Foster; Nick Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Aimee Teague; Eleanor Grindley; Richard Willcox


‘Simon Foster has been excellent at understanding our point of view and really works hard to solve the issues at hand. His empathy for my situation has really made a difference. He is flexible to maintain a long-term relationship, which shows that we are valued as a client. I feel very well supported when issues come up.’

‘Simon Foster is exceptional in construction disputes. He has an enviable following of developer and housebuilder clients, and is also well regarded by investors. I have worked with him and various associates, and he gets the balance right between directing the team and strategy, and being hands-on. He is ferociously practical in his advice, and invariably manages to bring it to fruition.’

‘Particularly impressed by Aimee Teague, who combines the dedication and diligence you’d expect with excellent communication and a positive approach and demeanor.’

‘The team have really taken the trouble to get to know our business and what is important to us, which is imperative. They have a true in-depth knowledge which is why we have such a long-standing relationship. That commercial knowledge and awareness has allowed us to resolve any contentious issues swiftly and with the business commercial objectives at the forefront.’

‘Aimee Teague is conscientious and personable, but behind all of that she has technical skills and commercial understanding beyond her years. Aimee always fights our corner and keeps me on track. I am glad she is on our home team.’

‘Simon Foster is a good lawyer, commercially astute and enjoyable to work with. Aimee Teague is efficient, effective and pleasant.’

‘I’ve worked with Simon Foster over a number of years. He is an excellent lawyer and very client focused. I would highly recommend him.’

‘Aimee Teague is certainly a standout performer for us and really knows our portfolio as well as members of my team.’

Key clients

UKRO Property Holdings

Tottenham Park Islamic Cemetery Association

McKay Securities Limited

Anthony Bethell

Marsh Corporate Services Limited

Nissan Motor (GB) Limited

AEW Europe – Festival Place Shopping Centre, Basingstoke

Persimmon Homes Limited and BDW Trading Limited

William Lacey Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for UKRO on all matters relating to their £200m portfolio, including in an arbitration arising from the tenant’s challenge to payment of rent arrears which accrued during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Successfully acted for Tottenham Park Islamic Cemetery Association in proceedings before the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for McKay Securities and Workspace on day-to-day portfolio management, including the validity of break notices, dilapidations and exit strategies.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Deploying a ‘succinct, practical, and commercial’ approach, the Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP property disputes practice has recently handled Covid-19 rent arrears arbitration schemes and complex break notices. Based in Southampton, Mark Barley leads the team, providing expertise in contentious landlord and tenant matters, including lease renewals and dilapidations. Managing associate Vicki Young routinely handles adverse possession claims and land contract breaches, while associate Lauren Meade focuses on negotiating settlements and resolving commercial property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barley; James Rees

Other key lawyers:

Vicki Young; Lauren Meade; David Jones


‘Great team providing sound solid legal advice.’

‘A brilliant team who provide great legal advice across their sector of expertise.’

‘Well informed and experienced. Commercially astute. Clear and concise analysis and advice.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate


Addington Capital

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Carpetright Limited

Ann Summers

English Heritage Trust

Halifax Pension Nominees Limited

BDB Pitmans

Demonstrating significant expertise in landlord and tenant litigation and statutory noise nuisance issues, the Reading-based BDB Pitmans practice regularly advises major real estate developers and national companies. Leading the team is Phil Smith, who frequently acts for clients on contractual claims and complex property disputes, and legal director David Williams, an expert on distressed real estate situations and assignments from insolvent tenants. Associate Sophie Squire focuses on housebuilder work and break notices, while David Gwillim heads up the contentious construction side of the team, supporting public authorities and private developers.

Practice head(s):

Phil Smith

Other key lawyers:

David Gwillim; David Williams; Sophie Squire


‘My experience of being instructed by the team is that they are: incredibly hard-working, reliable, flexible and innovative in their thinking, willing to look at creative solutions, supportive, able to grapple with new areas of law and practice.’

Key clients

Grandir UK Limited

Karali Group (now Arden)

Bewley Homes Plc

Brookworth Homes (Ovingdean) Limited

CALA Homes Group

Fairview New Homes

Montreaux Estates

Clarion Housing Association

Brookworth Homes

Oakford Homes

Dean Wilson LLP

Acting for clients on lease renewals, dilapidation claims, and rent charge arrears, Dean Wilson LLP’s property litigation practice is praised by clients for inspiring 'great confidence'. Based out of Brighton, team head Claire Whiteman has over 20 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of property litigation, notably leasehold and freehold issues. Gabrielle Moffatt is ‘dedicated and excellent’, boasting expertise in landlord and tenant disputes, while Duncan Wilks focuses on contentious rent reviews and trusts of land matters. Solicitor Daniel Dickson handles licensing disputes and statutory lease extensions.

Practice head(s):

Claire Whiteman

Other key lawyers:

Gabrielle Moffatt; Duncan Wilks; Daniel Dickson


‘Gabrielle Moffat – worked with her a long time, dedicated and excellent in addressing the issues and working to resolve the dispute. Good communication and tailored service. Highly recommend.’

‘Good, honest communication. Prompt responses. Professionalism – despite my lack of knowledge, the team at Dean Wilson always made me feel welcome and broke subject matter down so I could understand.’

‘Claire Whiteman acted on our behalf and she was excellent. She was very empathetic to our problem and very patient with us as it was all a new area for us. With her advice, patience and doggedness we successfully concluded our issue and had all costs refunded. It felt like a very personal service.’

‘They provide clients with clear and detailed advice in an area of property that is quite specialised.’

‘Claire Whiteman, Gabrielle Moffatt and the whole team at Dean Wilson are outstanding. Their advice and work is professional, relevant and exactly what is needed in difficult situations.’

‘Duncan Wilks is a pleasure to work with. He has a talent for quickly getting to the crux of the matter and his advice is always clear and easy to understand. His advice will always include his recommendation, which differs from some of his competitors who simply list all the options and pitfalls but are apt to sit on the fence as far as a recommendation is concerned.’

‘We are being advised by Gabrielle Moffatt. She has been supportive and extremely helpful in dealing with the complex and continuing problems we are facing, in a situation which involves dealing with some extremely aggressive and difficult people. We have received excellent advice and Gabrielle Moffatt’s thoroughness, helpfulness, professional and personable approach has been very supportive and beneficial during that time we have been seeking advice from her.’

‘Each practitioner that I work with has an in-depth knowledge of the material that we are working on. This gives us great confidence.’

Key clients

Fairfax Properties Limited

Shoreham Port Authority

The Leaders Romans Group

The Pirin Group

LSK Properties Limited

Perth Holdings Limited

The Connells Group (including Sequence (UK); Fox & Sons; William H Brown)

Co-Operative Group Estates Services

Debenham Property Trust

Legal Protection Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for RTM Company in High Court injunction proceedings to stop development on a London block of flats due to interferences with the RTM management functions.
  • Represented an overseas corporate landlord in a lease renewal and dilapidation claim against Lloyds Bank.
  • Acted for a property trust in the forfeiture of two residential London flats.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Counting clients from across the public, educational, charity, and commercial property industries as part of its roster, Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s property litigation team specialises in handling leasehold enfranchisements and enforcing restrictive covenants. Mark Banham heads the team from Reading, boasting a wealth of experience in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, along with residential lease extensions. Associate Philippa Garrod joined the group from Blandy & Blandy LLP in January 2022, bring expertise in real estate litigation matters to the team. In further team news, Tim Brookes joined as legal director in September 2022 and Alanis Ingham-Cotterell was promoted to solicitor in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark Banham

Other key lawyers:

Philippa Garrod; Alanis Ingham-Cotterell; Tim Brookes


‘FSP have built a team of quality individuals, all specialists in their field, they offer good sound common sense advice, they are transparent with their scope and charges, and as a client you know exactly where you are. They have a good stream of talent coming through which gives confidence that there is continuity within the firm.’

‘The individuals I have worked with at FSP have provided excellent service, the big difference is the level of communication, it is clear that they are uber-professional and passionate about what they do.’

‘What makes it unique is that it has not lost its personal touch.’

Key clients

Euro Car Parts


University of Reading/Thames Valley Science Park

Ascot Racecourse Limited

WSH Group

Grant & Stone Limited

Searcys 1847 Champagne Bar Limited/Benugo (part of WSH Investments Limited Group)

Gardner Leader LLP

With Alastair Goggins leading the litigation division, and Michelle Di Gioia heading up the property-focused side, Gardner Leader LLP‘s Newbury-based team is recommended for its strength in mortgage repossession claims and breaches of leases. Goggins specialises in contentious matters involving trust disputes and estoppel claims, while Di Gioia handles rent arrears and restrictive covenants. Andrew Shipp focuses on TOLATA claims, while Maidenhead-based senior associate Sam Pinder assists with complex property litigation. Alex Tigwell joined the team as partner from Guillaumes in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins; Michelle Di Gioia

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shipp; Sam Pinder; Alex Tigwell


‘The team had sufficient bench strength to handle all aspects of my case. Further, I selected this firm due to their network of contacts in the wider legal world, which was helpful in my mediation exercise and valuable should this case have gone to court.’

‘I chose this firm based on the reputation of Alastair Goggins, someone recommended to me by a colleague who was involved in a similar litigation. Alastair exceeded my expectations, he approached the case in a careful methodical way, setting out all options at each stage of the engagement and was always available to provide advice and guidance.

‘Very pragmatic approach and easy to work with.’

‘Alastair Goggins is a delight to work with, efficient and a good tactical lawyer.’

‘Michelle Di Gioia is experienced, knowledgeable and a first-rate litigator.’

‘Andrew Shipp deals with commercial and property disputes and is strong in both areas.’

‘They are an accessible, friendly and very competent firm who I do recommend regularly to lay clients in search of a good litigator. They take great care over their work and are efficient and I believe they give a good service level to their clients. I very much enjoy working with them.’

‘Sam Pinder stands out – he is a reasonably junior, but very capable member of the team. He gets on well with both clients and the Bar and is well thought of. He cares a lot about his clients and will always go the extra mile to ensure a deadline is met and met properly.’

Key clients

Newbury Building Society

Managed Legal Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Newbury Building Society in possession claims.

Machins Solicitors LLP

Headed by Luton-based Neil O’Callaghan, Machins Solicitors LLP’s dispute resolution practice fields 'a team of top class, highly professional, proactive lawyers'. Highly recommended associate Holly Baker routinely acts for letting agents and residential landlords, and senior solicitor Janice Young focuses on commercial landlord and tenant matters. Benedict Smith is ‘commercially astute’ when handling contentious probate and trusts of land issues.

Practice head(s):

Neil O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Janice Young; Holly Baker; Benedict Smith


‘Benedict Smith is responsive and commercially very astute in addition to being a very good lawyer indeed. He is the whole package.’

‘Holly Baker is incredibly hard working and has a tactical awareness beyond her PQE. I have worked with Holly on three matters, one a multi-million property dispute. Holly had a fantastic tactical awareness (e.g. what disclosure should we seek, when should we send Part 36 offers) that belied her PQE. She was fun to work with. Unflappable during a crisis – of which there were many.’

‘Holly Baker goes beyond the call of duty for her clients. She has strong legal knowledge and tactical skills which ensures that her cases are run to their full potential.’

‘Easy to get hold of, very responsive on email. Friendly and approachable team. Knowledgeable in their relevant fields.’

‘We mainly deal with Holly Baker who is fantastic, she is approachable, helpful and we would recommend her.’

‘Janice Young is a hugely experienced and helpful property expert.’

‘A team of top class, highly professional, proactive lawyers with great communication skills.’

‘I cannot praise Holly Baker highly enough. She guided me through the process of repossessing a property and at all stages kept me in touch and well advised. Always approachable she was a complete professional and we would highly recommend.’

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP’s property litigation department has vast expertise in commercial dilapidation disputes, TOLATA cases, and lease renewals. The ‘approachable and professional’ team operates out of Brighton, East Grinstead, and Lewes, with ‘standout’ practice head Helen Bell bringing over 30 years’ experience in handling landlord and tenant disputes to the team. Jo Ironside focuses on complex lease extensions and acquisition orders. Associates Marika Monaghan and Paul Rooke handle right of way claims and boundary disputes, and possession actions, respectively. Nick Stockley joined from Dawson Hart in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bell

Other key lawyers:

Jo Ironside; Nick Stockley; Paul Rooke; Marika Monaghan


‘The property litigation team here is very approachable and professional offering calm, measured and commercial advice.’

‘Helen Bell – exceptional. Her speed and efficiency is second to none. Difficult clients do not phase her. Extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Marika Monaghan is astute, thorough and dedicated to her clients.’

‘I have always found Marika Monaghan to be an excellent property solicitor. Frequently her clients have never been involved in litigation previously; Marika takes considerable care to take them through the process, ensuring that they are aware of the risks and expense of litigation and the stress involved and giving sensible advice on potential outcomes. Her client care is excellent.’

‘Jo Ironside and her department are probably one of the best and most experienced leasehold enfranchisement teams outside of central London. Nothing is too complex for them and clients are very much in safe hands.’

‘Helen Bell is a standout extremely dedicated property litigator. Helen is very astute in her case management and strategy and her client care is excellent. It is rare for Helen not to get an excellent outcome for her clients and much of what she does comes from repeat business.’

‘Paul Rooke is developing an enviable reputation as a litigator and is extremely proactive in his case management.’

‘Helen Bell – incredibly driven, thorough and extremely knowledgeable. Never leaves a stone unturned!’

Key clients

Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd

Britekey Limited

Essex Court Investments Limited

Portslade-by-Sea (Investments) Limited

33A Brunswick Square (Hove) Limited

Hadstone Limited

Crown Office Trading Limited

Hargreaves Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of building contractor Britekey to recover unpaid invoices for refurbishment works and successfully defended a counterclaim for £250,000 alleging defects to workmanship and overcharging.
  • Advising residential leaseholders of their rights to claim against their freeholder for failure to keep the roof in repair causing damage to their property and personal injury due to mould.

Pinney Talfourd LLP

Operating out of Hornchurch, Pinney Talfourd LLP’s property litigation group provides a ‘diversity of services’, ranging from representation in TOLATA claims to lease extension matters. The team assists HNWIs, landlords, and estates, with ‘outstanding’ practice head Stephen Eccles contributing over 30 years’ experience in handling all aspects of property litigation, including cases in the Court of Appeal. Senior associate Lisa Eastwood is ‘articulate and compassionate’, specialising in landlord and tenant disputes, while associate Oliver-James Topping is a ‘hard worker’, focusing on forfeiture and dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Eccles

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Eastwood; Oliver-James Topping


‘The firm has been well established in the locality for a number of years and continues to grow. Its strength comes from its diversity of services with each team expertly run.’

‘Particular merit must be given to Stephen Eccles. His attention to detail and ability to deliver it is exceptional. He gives a constant service and a trusted level of advice which suits business needs.’

‘Certain individuals stand out by virtue of their quality of advice, attention to detail and providing a swift response. They are also very good at confirming any issues arising which receive prompt attention. At the present time, Oliver-James Topping stands out for practicing these qualities.’

‘Stephen Eccles has been outstanding in all aspects of my case. He has very pleasant manners and is honest in his approach. I had every faith in him and in his abilities.’

‘The team are diligent, collaborative and dedicated. There are clear lines of communication between team members and they are unafraid to step in to support one another to ensure the clients’ needs are met.’

‘Lisa Eastwood is an articulate and compassionate expert.’

‘Lisa Eastwood – her experience and guidance upon lots of face-to-face meetings helped deliver a personal touch that makes matters far more easy to understand.’

‘Oliver-James Topping is a hard worker. He is relentlessly upbeat and deals well with the obstacles that clients can present. He deals with matters sensitively and with consideration. He has a good telephone manner and is a very likeable individual. The clients always speak very highly of him.’

Key clients


Sequence (UK) Limited

Abbey Developments Limited

A.M.O.S Properties

Kiani Group

Sevring Limited

Sevring One Limited

Textile Recycling and Aid International Limited

UK Aggregates Limited

New Homes Group

Countrywide Estate Agents

Trudy Evans

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a claim for property misdescription.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Representing property developers, HNWIs, and investment funds, the Tunbridge Wells-based Thomson Snell & Passmore team has expertise in landlord and tenant disputes, as well as adverse possession claims. The ‘pragmatic and knowledgeable’ Mark Steggles heads the group, specialising in property insolvency litigation and professional negligence claims, while Alison Sparks provides ‘expert advice’ to clients from the food and pension sectors. Associate James Parratt handles commercial and residential service charge disputes, and Grace Mercer focuses on enfranchisement claims. Guy Evans joined the firm as an associate from Russell-Cooke LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark Steggles

Other key lawyers:

Alison Sparks; James Parratt; Grace Mercer; Kate Jardine; Guy Evans


‘Alison Sparks is really conscientious. She knows real property matters inside-out, but also has a fantastic manner with clients. Alison is the best real property disputes lawyer that I have been instructed by within the year.’

‘Mark Steggles – pragmatic and knowledgeable. Mark is thorough and has a reassuring manner.’

‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities are the quality of the team; their responsiveness and quality of case management; and commerciality when resolving disputes.’

Key clients

Old Street Properties Limited

FL Capital Properties Limited

Yellow Tree Capital Associates limited

Close Brothers Limited

Winterbrook Properties Limited

Kitewood Investments Limited


Britannia Refined Metals Limited

Bel UK Limited

Hoopers Limited and Parkstone Limited

The Association of Conservative Clubs

Brakes (Asysco Company)

Work highlights

  • Advised Yellow Tree Capital Associates on enforcement options and strategy against a defaulting borrower and guarantor.
  • Acted for Hoopers and Parkstone in a three-day trial in the High Court Business & Property Courts.
  • Advised Britannia Refined Metals on dealing with a commercial tenant who had become insolvent.

TWM Solicitors LLP

With expertise spanning the whole spectrum of contentious property issues, TWM Solicitors LLP’s team is highly recommended for its knowledge of lease renewals, landlord and tenant disputes, and professional negligence matters. Based in Guilford, David Hitchcock leads the dispute resolution side, and David Stockley heads up the collective enfranchisement division. Simon Burdett-Dixon has ‘a very analytical mind’, focusing on complex dilapidation and covenant disputes, while Wimbledon-based Eileen Barry handles asset recovery and construction issues. Stuart Downey is an expert on relevant trust and probate matters.

Practice head(s):

David Hitchcock; David Stockley

Other key lawyers:

Eileen Barry; Simon Burdett-Dixon; Stuart Downey; Charlotte Dowding; Blaise Joubert; Nicole Watts; Anne Laylo


‘A first class team who are approachable, friendly and proactive. As part of a multi-service law firm they can call upon a wide range of legal expertise to advise on all sorts of litigation from individual/personal disputes all the way up to large commercial/business disputes. Give clear, practical and objective advice on how to achieve your end goals whilst also keeping costs down.’

‘Simon Burdett-Dixon is excellent. He’s extremely knowledgeable, has a very analytical mind and an easy way of explaining complex legal issues in easy-to-understand terms. Also has a keen eye for balancing outcome vs costs.’

‘TWM Solicitors are a thoroughly professional team with excellent case management, and have the ability to resolve tricky and complicated matters. They are prompt, explain matters to mutual clients clearly and thoroughly, and have clear expertise in the property industry and related matters.’

‘Simon Burdett-Dixon has excellent mediation skills, knowledge, and case management. His attention to detail, professionalism, and ability to deal with difficult cases has been invaluable.’

‘Simon Burdett-Dixon is excellent on real property matters. He is diligent and thorough as well as being thoroughly pleasant to work with.’

‘David Hitchcock is very experienced and commercially astute.’

‘Simon Burdett-Dixon has consistently applied himself quickly to any matter referred to him for either advice or action. The advice is provided in layman’s terms with usually an emphasis on aiming to reach a negotiated settlement rather than incurring expensive and time-consuming litigation.’

‘Simon Burdett-Dixon is able to find solutions which other rival solicitors seem unable to think of. If something needs to be researched he is able to do it very well. He has always served us well.’

Key clients

Midos Group of Companies

Keystone Property Finance

Asprey Homes Limited

Lodgecrest Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a property investment group in a claim against Vodafone relating to a contested lease renewal.
  • Advised a department store on breaking a lease with onerous break conditions.
  • Represented a developer in a case concerning the enforceability of positive covenants in High Court proceedings.

B P Collins LLP

Demonstrating a ‘great range of expertise and skills’, B P Collins LLP’s property litigation practice has extensive experience of handling landlord and tenant disputes, ranging from dilapidations to forfeiture and breaches of covenant. Based in Gerrards Cross, Phil Hind leads the team, routinely representing multinational companies and commercial landlords in high-value property claims. Associate Elliott Brookes focuses on rights of way and boundary disputes. Manjot Dhillon is knowledgeable on breaches of lease and leasehold enfranchisement affairs, while Kishen Bhimsingh concentrates on TOLATA claims.

Practice head(s):

Phil Hind

Other key lawyers:

Elliott Brookes; Manjot Dhillon; Kishen Bhimsingh


‘A fantastic team with a great range of expertise and skills. In my experience everyone I have dealt with has been very professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Elliott Brookes is a stand-out individual. He is a pleasure to deal with, always keen to assist and is very personable.’

‘I felt that the client was very well looked after by a team of lawyers that understood her case and cared about the outcome.’

‘Manjot Dhillon was superb. Responsive, helpful, clever and available.’

‘A small, united team that work together seamlessly. Capable and approachable in equal measure.’

‘Phil Hind – highly knowledgeable, commercially astute and without ego. Phil handles complex property litigation matters and works ferociously for his clients.’

Blandy & Blandy LLP

The property dispute resolution department at Blandy & Blandy LLP is ‘very well established’, dealing with all types of commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes. The firm's client roster ranges from large landowners to SMEs and local authorities. Reading-based senior associate Jonathan Dinsdale leads the team, providing in-depth expertise in complex court and tribunal proceedings. Asma Muneer focuses on contractual disputes. Consultant Philip D’Arcy is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Dinsdale

Other key lawyers:

Asma Muneer; Philip D’Arcy


‘Accessible, reliable and friendly.’

‘The team is excellent at communication and advice to clients on a personal level, with professional advice put in plain, simple language, provided promptly and without fuss. They ensure that working with counsel is collaborative and instructions are well set out and thought through.’

‘Jonathan Dinsdale stands out as an extremely calm, measured and capable practitioner with many years’ experience of exceptional commercially-minded service for his property clients. He is a pleasure to work with and able to pick up any matter with ease.’

‘I have always found Blandy & Blandy to be responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Jonathan Dinsdale is knowledgeable, client-focused and practical.’

‘Blandy & Blandy are a very well established firm, that is why I didn’t hesitate in contacting them when I needed the best legal advice.’

‘They are very knowledgeable and are excellent with their clients. I would not consider anyone else to deal with my legal problems.’

Key clients

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Ltd

BEN – Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law‘s property litigation practice covers the whole spectrum of disputes relating to commercial and residential land and buildings. Jonathan Lilley leads the team from High Wycombe, boasting extensive experience of acting on behalf of international freight forwarders, IT companies, and property investment corporations, while Sangita Manek handles residential and commercial possession claims. Sara Davis and associate Juliana Pooler are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Lilley

Other key lawyers:

Sangita Manek; Sara Davis; Juliana Pooler


‘The litigation department is able to provide technically appropriate advice but also consider this against a practical, cost-effective solution. This is critical in trying the deal with property disputes where the subject can be very emotive.’

‘Jonathan Lilley and his team are able to understand clients’ requirements and concerns but manage these against what would be an appropriate level of action to try to amicably resolve the dispute.’

‘Blaser Mills Law have, in my experience, always proved to be extremely pro-active in all aspects of property litigation that we have been involved with. They have an extremely responsive team with a clear billing strategy.’

‘Jonathan Lilley is excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional and readily available to discuss all aspects of any case we are involved with.’

Key clients

HAE Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for HAE Developments in proceedings in the Upper Tribunal of the Land Chamber on an application for the discharge modification of restrictive covenants affecting land acquired by HAE on which it had planning permission to redevelop the existing dwelling house with a new building comprising nine luxury apartments.

Boys & Maughan

Counting landlords, HNWIs, and national companies amongst its key clients, the Margate-based Boys & Maughan litigation team is highly regarded. The team is jointly headed up by Andrew Baker and Matt Champ; the former has extensive experience in handling probate disputes and property rights issues, while the latter is ‘highly knowledgeable’ in all areas of civil litigation and on injunctive relief. Senior solicitor Geena Parsons focuses on professional negligence claims, and solicitor Joana Daraskeviciute concentrates on landlord and tenant disputes. Paul Reeves is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Baker; Matt Champ; Paul Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Geena Parsons; Joana Daraskeviciute


‘Excellent team presentation and always helpful. An excellent team ethic from a team that is innovative and reliable. All work is neatly and precisely presented with a focus on thoroughness and accuracy.’

‘In particular, Joana Daraskeviciute is an excellent practitioner.’

‘Andrew Baker is excellent. He is very knowledgeable, helpful and attentive; I have also found Andrew to be very responsive and available to cases, tactics and queries, and to have a very pragmatic approach to litigation.’

Key clients

Residential Marine Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted in a High Court claim concerning a declaration that the purchaser of a property had breached a sale contract with a value of £4.8m.
  • Acted in a claim for relief from forfeiture on a property in Vicarage Gate, valued between £2-3.5m.
  • Representing Residential Marine in a claim issued under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to prevent a neighbouring land owner from employing a course of conduct so as to persuade the client to vacate land.

Dutton Gregory

Split over two offices, the Dutton Gregory property litigation group is composed of a landlord and tenant department, and a commercial disputes division. In Chandler’s Ford, Gina Peters and senior associate Louise James oversee the team, with the former regularly handling all types of possession claims, and the latter handling forfeiture, dilapidations, and commercial rent recovery issues. Claire Bunton operates out of Bournemouth, working on property-related disputes and lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

Gina Peters; Louise James; Claire Bunton


‘Louise James provides pragmatic advice.’

‘We have been working with Dutton Gregory for over two years. In comparison to other firms we have used I have found them to be vastly superior in terms of consistency of knowledge, ability to offer expediated turnaround of work for urgent items, general quick turnaround for non-urgent items and being able to work with one solicitor who now knows our business model and requirements.’

Ellisons Solicitors

Acting for clients across the public, retail, and construction sectors, the Colchester-based Ellisons Solicitors team shows considerable strength in handling complex restrictive covenant and dilapidation matters. Lee Pearce leads the dispute resolution division, with particular experience in commercial landlord and tenant issues. Associate Emma Jenkins is also noted. In team news, Sam Cook joined the team from Nockolds Solicitors in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Lee Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Emma Jenkins, Sam Cook


‘Good strength in property work across different levels of experience. Well-versed in the litigation process and practical.’

‘A very knowledgeable team providing sound advice to clients at all levels of litigation on property matters. The team members keep their clients updated through the process. Ellisons have a dedicated team to provide advice upon property litigation matters, which in my view can be superior to other firms within the area.’

‘The individuals from partner level down to paralegals keep both clients and consultants working with them updated and provide detailed advice to clients and detailed instructions to consultants. Lee Pearce (Partner) leads the team by setting a high standard of service.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a golf club in a case concerning the release of restrictive covenants.
  • Representing a major nationwide food manufacturing company in an easement dispute which, in the early stages, involved successfully defending an application for an interim prohibitory injunction.
  • Advising a freehold owner of land on the terms of an option agreement with a deal value of £11m.

Herrington Carmichael LLP

The ’punchy and effective’ Herrington Carmichael LLP team has extensive expertise in handling property disputes for international and national companies, along with HNWIs. Practice head Stephen Baker boasts over 20 years’ experience, and is supported by Frankie Tierney, who consistently acts for landowners, property developers, and investors in High Court cases. Solicitor Harriet Greener is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Baker

Other key lawyers:

Frankie Tierney; Harriet Greener


‘Herrington Carmichael have been unique with their personal service and excellent legal knowledge.’

‘Each practitioner is a specialist in their field of work and has offered me exemplary advice.’

‘Excellent. Throughout the whole period we have received extremely professional and competant advise from Herrington Carmichael in bringing this to a successful solution.’

‘Frankie Tierney was available at any time to ask for advice. She and her team were extremely professional in the advice we received and easy to deal with.’

‘This was our first experience of property litigation and Frankie Tierney was very patient in guiding us through the process and explaining the issues. She probably had to be quite basic to help us understand but it all worked out as she said.’

‘This is a punchy and effective team that does high quality work.’

‘I work with Frankie Tierney in particular. She is conscientious and has great attention to detail. A safe pair of hands.’

Paris Smith LLP

Headed by David Eminton, the Southampton-based property litigation practice at Paris Smith LLP is typically instructed by national retail companies, HNWIs, and charities to handle all aspects of contentious property matters. Nicola Davies is an expert on landlord and tenant disputes affecting commercial and residential property. Solicitor Lucy Taggart focuses on residential work for private individuals, while Lisa White deals with commercial lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

David Eminton

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Davies; Lucy Taggart; Lisa White


‘Nicola Davies is a very competent litigator.’

‘Paris Smith have a very good reputation and knowing they were on our side, I felt we stood a good chance of a resolution and also it conveyed to the plaintiff we were serious. They have the resources to assist.’

‘David Eminton- with 20 plus years as a solicitor under his wings, his experience and legal knowledge showed as we met with the opposing solicitors. As the meeting progressed, I felt I had the better legal mind and came out the other end with a good resolution.’

‘Paris Smith handled the matter efficiently, closing it down quickly.’

‘I was impressed by Lucy Taggart taking time to really understand the problem.’

‘This is a stand-out property litigation team in the area offering strength in depth from top to bottom.’

‘David Eminton and Nicola Davies in particular are consummate professionals, yet easy to deal with. They have a deep understanding of the law and the property litigation process and at the same time a very down to earth manner.’

Key clients

Lumen Technologies UK Limited

The Co-Operative Group Limited

Hillier Garden Centres

Ballymore Group

Hobbycraft Trading Limited

Southern Fisheries Limited

YMCA (Fairthorne Group) Limited

Bourne Leisure Group (including Haven Leisure Holiday Parks)

Associated British Ports

University of Southampton Science Park

Quay Warehousing Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing YMCA Fairthorne Group in residential landlord and tenant disputes.
  • Advising Hobbycraft Group on its strategic approach to securing lease renewal, including handling court proceedings for a new lease should the parties be in a negotiating deadlock.
  • Advised Lumen Technology on rights under the Electronic Communications Code and the interrelation between the Code and the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954.

Warners Solicitors

Headed by Robert Twining from Tonbridge, the team at Warners Solicitors is highly experienced in handling adverse possession claims, boundary disputes, and right of way issues. Twining focuses on all aspects of landlord and tenant disputes, while 'clear-minded operatorMichael McNally handles boundary and trespass claims. Nick McKnight covers issues arising from commercial leases. Lisa Waghorne and Hope Flashman-Wells are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Robert Twining

Other key lawyers:

Michael McNally; Nick McKnight; Lisa Waghorne; Hope Flashman-Wells


‘We have known and worked with Michael McNally for many years. We think that he has an in-depth understanding of his subject.’

‘Michael McNally is a calm but firm and clear-minded operator with good experience of legal disputes. A good understanding of the rural sector.’

‘Punching well above their weight, the Warners team provide national service at a regional level. A strong understanding of the sector and excellent practical application of the law.’

‘Excellent understanding of the clients’ needs and sector go hand-in-hand with expert legal knowledge and application.’

‘The property litigation team are agricultural specialists with an in-depth understanding of the sector. Experts in leading laymen through the litigation risks associated with various approaches.’

‘My experience is that they are well-managed and have a good range of skills, from the very knowledgeable senior lawyers to the talented and capable junior lawyers.’

‘I have been very impressed with Hope Flashman-Wells. I have been impressed by the quality and speed of her work.’

‘Michael McNally is a reliable contact and has “seen it all before” so little phases him – and the work gets done.’

Key clients

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

National Farmers Union