Property litigation in West Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s dedicated real estate litigation team represents a litany of leading corporations, utilities providers, and institutional landlords on highly technical, big-ticket disputes. Practice chair David Feist specialises in energy and real estate investment litigation, helming some of the firm’s most significant, long-running engagements. International real estate disputes head Lisa Barge is a key port of call for a number of household names, who turn to her for assistance in complex injunctive proceedings and breach of contract matters. Rob Holloway , who was promoted to partner in May 2021, specialises in portfolio management disputes, most recently in relation to Covid-induced rent arrears claims. Principal associate Arren Thornton is a business rates appeal specialist who regularly works with clients in the utilities and financial services sectors. Principal associate Charlotte Webster focuses on agricultural land recovery and landlord and tenant disputes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

David Feist

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Barge; Rob Holloway; Arren Thornton; Charlotte Webster

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Landsec

Birmingham City Council

National Grid Electricity Transmission & National Grid Gas

Facebook UK Limited

Mitchells & Butlers plc

Next plc

Severn Trent

HSBC

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

    Gowling WLG

    Lauded as ‘a regional powerhouse‘ that marries ‘great experience and fresh talent‘, Gowling WLG is routinely sought out by multitude of local authorities, developers, and infrastructure players for representation in high-stakes proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Clive Chalkley , who works between London and Birmingham, and the ‘terrificPaul Barker, who focuses chiefly on investment and development disputes. Rob Bridgman, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, is noted for his expertise in technically-complex house builder cases concerning mining and minerals. Senior associate David Wigy is recommended for his capabilities in land possession and leasehold enfranchisement matters. Consultant Caroline Wort acts for investment funds in restrictive covenant claims, and cases regarding portfolio renewals. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Clive Chalkley; Paul Barker

    Other key lawyers:

    Rob Bridgman; Nigel Hampton

    Testimonials

    ‘A regional powerhouse with a mix of great experience and fresh talent. A very strong team.’

    ‘Paul Barker is terrific. A brilliant lawyer who is commercially savvy with great commitment to all his clients. Always a genuine pleasure to work with him.

    ‘Rob Bridgman is excellent. A great choice for residential developers.’

    ‘Nigel Hampton is very knowledgeable and a partner for the future.’

    ‘Very experienced and well established leading property litigation team. Absolutely a top-tier firm in Birmingham. Nice people to work with’

    ‘I have worked for many years with Paul Barker. He is an excellent lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable and truly is a specialist. Very personable and easy to work with. Detailed yet commercial in his approach and leaves no stone unturned. One of the cleverest lawyers out there.’

     

    Key clients

    NFU Mutual Insurance Society

    Persimmon Homes

    Royal London

    Zurich/Columbia Threadneedle

    Bloor Homes

    Schroder UK Property Fund and Schroder Retail Property Unit Trust

    Mucklow

    Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

    Transport for London

    Entain Group (which includes Ladbrokes and Coral)

    Cellnex/On Tower UK Limited

    IM Properties

    LaSalle Investment Management

    London Borough of Barnet

    Work highlights

    • Continuing to advise institutional investors and funds including NFU Mutual, Royal London, LaSalle Investment Management, NILGOSC, HSBC Pension Trust, M&G, and USS in relation to all aspects of asset management in connection with their portfolios.
    • Advising new client Cellnex/On Tower on a programme of renewals for agreements on telecoms sites, and setting up new sites for the London to Brighton Mainline project (providing uninterrupted signal on the London to Brighton rail line).
    • Advising Branston Properties in relation to High Court proceedings brought in relation to the ownership of subterranean minerals at a mixed use development.

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘top class’ property litigation practice enjoys a stellar reputation among some of the nation’s leading telecoms companies, who turn to the team for its capabilities in complex proceedings in all manner of venues, ranging from the Upper Tribunal to the Supreme Court. Practice head Alicia Foo draws superlative praise from clients, who rate her for her ‘clever, astute, and fabulously commercial’ expertise in all manner of contentious matters. Craig Downhill focuses on insolvency and development matters, while senior associate Sarah Campey works with various local authorities on housing regeneration projects and proposed changes to leasehold and ground rent policy. Pierre Smith is reputed for his broad experience in the retail, leisure, energy, and electronic communications sectors. Associate Ian Morgan focuses on electronic communications and development disputes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Alicia Foo

    Other key lawyers:

    Ian Morgan; Pierre Smith; Craig Downhill; Sarah Campey

    Testimonials

    ‘Heavy hitting team that are active across the full range of property litigation, from agriculture to telecoms to rights to light, and more. An experienced team that has been there, done that, and litigated it.’

    ‘The team has remarkable strength in depth; a stable of significant talent across all levels. The go-to telecommunications practice for operators with a list of blue chip clients; but also strong emphasis on dilapidations work.’

    ‘Very commercial advice and often commercial settlements achieved; but notable for their ability to take matters to trial.’

    ‘There is no discernible different between the quality of their offering from that of a Magic Circle City firm; save for their excellent value and regional costs.’

    ‘Alicia Foo is a titan of the industry; both in telecommunications and the broader landlord and tenant world. A very safe pair of hands for litigation of any scale. Industry leading practice.’

    ‘Pierre Smith is one to watch.’

    ‘Top-class firm.’

    ‘Inspirational leadership from partner Alicia Foo, who remains at the top of her game. Clever, astute and fabulously commercial. One of the greats of the industry.’

    ‘Pierre Smith is incredibly hard working and knowledgeable. Developing a deeply strategic mind and impressive for his level of qualification.’

     

    Key clients

    On Tower UK Limited (part of Cellnex UK Group)

    Arqiva Limited

    Veolia

    FCC

    London & Regional Properties Limited

    E.ON, ScottishPower and Ørsted

    East Sussex Energy & Infrastructure

    Homes England (formerly known as Homes & Communities Agency)

    London Boroughs of Brent, Croydon & City of Westminster

    Medway, South Tyneside, Coventry and Lichfield Councils

    Peterson (United Kingdom) Limited

    JD Wetherspoon plc

    Booker Retail Partners GB Limited

    Motor Fuel Group

    Uniqlo Europe Limited

    Tesco Plc

    Fortnum & Mason

    Work highlights

    • Representing On Tower UK Limited t/a Cellnex (formerly Arqiva Services Limited) in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and engaged in 6-8 matters in Tribunal.
    • Advising on large scale recovery of vacant possession including obtaining possession by enforcement under the Development Consent Orders.
    • Acting for corporates defending them against multi-million pound complex dilapidation claims.

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP is well-regarded by a diverse roster of corporate clients, non-profit institutes, utilities providers, and housing groups, who turn to the practice for representation in the full array of property disputes. Telecoms litigation is proving to be a burgeoning workflow, with newly promoted partner Justine Ball acting for a number of landowners in proceedings opposite major network operators. National practice head Martin Edwards regularly acts for clients before the various courts, as well as in arbitral and ADR proceedings. Commercial landlord and tenant specialist James Fownes is a key port of call for various universities and utilities companies engaged in adverse possession claims and lease disputes. Associate Pia Eames is also recommended. 

    Practice head(s):

    Martin Edwards

    Other key lawyers:

    Justine Ball; James Fownes; Pia Eames

    Testimonials

    ‘Martin Edwards has vast experience; seen it all, done it all; always looking for the practical, sensible solution. Really nice bloke to work with.’

    ‘Pia Eames is very experienced, bright, and very tenacious – really fights her client’s corner; very easy to get along with.’

    ‘The team is knowledgeable and very responsive. Thorough approach to legal analysis.’

    ‘Matthew Jones and Martin Edwards are great legal advisers who stick to agreed timelines and fees. Very knowledgeable – always keeping the big picture in mind.’

    ‘The go-to for high value and complex real estate litigation: well-resourced, well placed and very well led.’

    ‘Martin Edwards, for president of the PLA and a force to be reckoned with. Extremely diligent and with a close attention to detail.’

    ‘James Fownes has excellent tactical insight and is never phased.’

    ‘Pia Eames is a partner in the making, and a very intelligent and gifted lawyer.’

     

    Key clients

    Impellam Group Plc

    National Grid Plc

    Workspace Group Plc

    Anglian Water Group

    Woodland Trust

    University of the Arts London

    Eirgrid Group

    Walsall Housing Group (WHG)

    Roman Originals Plc

    Vision Express (UK) Limited

    Ryland Estates Limited

    Work highlights

    • Supporting National Grid PLC on management of wide range of real estate disputes arising out of its interest in various sites nationwide.
    • Advising Workspace Group Plc on management of all disputes connected with its telecoms portfolio in London.
    • Advising Vision Express UK Ltd in relation to all property management disputes and lease renewals across its national portfolio of retail stores.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    The ‘highly experienced‘ and ‘commercially powerful‘ team at Shoosmiths LLP is particularly acclaimed among blue-chip corporates who rely on its capabilities in high-value contentious proceedings and full-scale strategic reviews. The department is jointly headed up by the ‘exceptional’ national chair Nick Shepherd, and ‘stand-out’ Midlands head Kate McCall , who regularly handle matters on behalf of major corporate landlords and investment funds. The highly experienced Paul Knight is noted for his expertise in automotive sector proceedings, while newly promoted (May 2021) partner Elinor Sandbach regularly works with landlords and tenants on the full gamut of retail sector disputes. Principal associate Richard Willcox is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Kate McCall; Nicholas Shepherd

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Knight; Elinor Sandbach; Richard Willcox

    Testimonials

    ‘Nick Shepherd is an exceptional property litigator. His advice is carefully considered and measured. Under the pressure of time critical responses to injunctions he was an invaluable, calm and responsive member of our professional team.’

    ‘A highly experienced and a commercially powerful team. This firm handles the most high value and complex property law disputes and is one of the leaders in its field.’

    ‘Kate McCall is a stand-out partner, whose attention to detail, case management, and tactical and strategic awareness are second to none. She does not miss a trick.’

    Key clients

    Poundland

    One Stop Stores

    GXO Logistics

    McArthurglen Group / McArthurglen UK Retail Limited

    Brunswick Property Partners

    Telefonica / O2

    Next

    Northwood Investors

    Holland & Barrett Limited

    INGKA Centres (Ikea)

    Safestore Properties Limited

    Topps Tiles

    Mountain Warehouse

    British Car Auctions

    Kier

    TFG (Whistles, Phase Eight, Hobbs)

    Krispy Kreme

    Calthorpe Estates

    Crown Paints Limited

    Equation Properties Limited

    Nurton Developments Limited

    Akoya London

    Frobisher Limited

    Third Space Gyms

    Persimmon Plc

    Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

    ARC Legal Assistance

    Birmingham Property Group

    Work highlights

    • Acting for McArthurGlen and a consortium of landlords including M&G Real Estate, Aviva plc, Nuveen Global Real Estate and British Oversees Bank in the ongoing, high profile TFS litigation.
    • Retained by GXO Logistics UK Limited and associated companies to provide ongoing property litigation support.

    Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

    Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is a strong choice for a number of local authorities, registered providers, and charities seeking representation in high-stakes residential and commercial property litigation. The housing litigation team is jointly led by Helen Tucker, a seasoned county court advocate and debt recovery specialist, and Baljit Basra, who focuses on pre and post-court housing litigation on behalf of registered providers. Commercial property litigation chair Philip Scully is a seasoned advisor who is regularly sough out by institutional landlords, retail tenants, and national house builders. The housing management team, made up of Jonathan Cox and newly promoted partner (May 2021) Emma Hardman, regularly undertake leasehold litigation proceedings before the First-tier Tribunal.

    Practice head(s):

    Helen Tucker; Baljit Basra; Jonathan Cox; Phil Scully

    Other key lawyers:

    Emma Hardman

    Testimonials

    ‘The company is very knowledgeable in the area of property law and provides the appropriate information and guidance that enables us, as the client, to make informed decisions in relation to the cost benefits of various options, in particular litigation.’

    ‘I value their advice and innovative solutions in dealing with complex property issues. They make themselves available to discuss things at short notice.’

    ‘Phil Scully was great to work with on a particularly challenging issue. His advice was clear, well thought out and ensured the matter was concluded swiftly.’

    Key clients

    Birmingham City Council

    Colchester Borough Council

    Scarborough Borough Council

    The Riverside Group

    Curo Places Limited

    Aspire Housing Limited

    Midland Heart

    Clarion Housing Group

    Platform Housing Ltd

    Citizen Housing Group

    London & Quadrant Housing Trust

    The Salvation Army

    The Charity Commission

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Birmingham City Council in connection with the £1.9bn redevelopment of its market site, specifically to devise and implement strategy for managing the renewal, and subsequent termination, of multiple leases pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 across the three existing market sites.
    • Acting for the Interim Manager of a charity, appointed by the Charity Commission, before the First-tier Tribunal to seek rectification of the register in order to secure removal of a charge.
    • Instructed by Citizen Housing Group Ltd to apply for an emergency anti-social behaviour injunction and obtaining a rare emergency without notice order excluding tenant from flat owing to extensive damage caused by them, rendering it unsafe and a fire risk, followed by possession proceedings, in order to keep tenant and block safe.

    Browne Jacobson LLP

    Browne Jacobson LLP‘s ‘excellent service‘ in property disputes is concentrated in a number of sectors, with the team handling both landlord and tenant, and development-driven proceedings for a diverse roster of corporate occupiers and local authorities. In recent months, the team has been increasingly active on canal and river-based property management matters, including contested lease renewals and disputed option agreements. Practice chair James Coles , who splits his time between Birmingham and Nottingham, is an ‘outstanding litigator’ who routinely works with high-profile public and private sector clients.

    Practice head(s):

    James Coles

    Testimonials

    ‘James Coles has been clear and upfront with costs, also minimising costs where appropriate and possible. I personally appreciate the high level of communication and his ability to offer good, sound opinions that is proving to be successful for our outcome.’

    ‘Browne Jacobson offers an excellent service from the inception of a case to its conclusion. The strong property litigation team is ably led by James Coles. Whilst being a heavy hitting practice which attracts a number of high profile clients, they have a down to earth approach which puts the client at the centre of the case. No matter the size of the case, they will provide an excellent service which is focused on achieving the client’s objectives, whether that is best served through negotiation or litigation.’

    ‘James Coles is an outstanding litigator. He has a wealth of experience in property litigation which shows in his clear and confident advice. James seeks to understand his client’s key objectives and works out a clear strategy to enable them to achieve their aim in the most cost effective manner possible. This is a skill that some litigators lack as they leave the preparation until too late in the day.’

    Key clients

    Co-operative Bank plc

    Vision Express Ltd

    Benchmark Drinks Ltd

    Pure Gym Limited

    Paperchase Products Limited

    Walgreens Boots Alliance

    DPD Group UK Limited

    Aggregate Industries UK Limited

    AGCO Limited

    Scrivens Limited

    Cheshire East Borough Council

    Select Service Partner (UK) Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Boots on contentious issues with their new flagship London store.
    • Providing strategic advising to Pure Gym on Covid-related issues impacting the business.
    • Advising Harlow District Council on a complex restrictive covenant dispute.

    MFG Solicitors LLP

    MFG Solicitors LLP‘s cross-disciplinary practice is widely praised by a sizeable roster of owner-managed business and private individuals for its far-ranging capabilities in property litigation. Kirsten Bridgewater handles a litany of rural property disputes, ranging from compulsory purchase issues to nuisance and trespass claims. Rural property disputes specialist Helen Gough is reputed for her deep expertise in agricultural tenancy matters, handling appeals against DEFRA and the Forestry Commission. In Bromsgrove, Harjie Singh Bindra regularly helms cases taken before the High Court, particularly in land ownership disputes and matters concerning fraud, while associate Stephanie Rushfirth is well-versed in contested lease renewals and disputes over service charges. All named lawyers are based in Worcester unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Kirsten Bridgewater

    Other key lawyers:

    Harjie Singh Bindra; Helen Gough; Stephanie Rushfirth

    Testimonials

    ‘Unique practice in property litigation and investigation. The best I could find in the area, and with good results.’

    ‘Led by Harja Singh Bindra and the people who supported him, they always went the extra mile to deliver the results clearly and concisely on every occasion.’

    ‘MFG are our go-to firm for all of our legal requirements. The are accessible, punctual and communicate clearly. MFG always have our best interests at heart and represent us fully. We have used MFG for over a decade and will continue to do so on all matters.’

    ‘MFG are always professional and precise. They listen, understand our needs and act accordingly. Even though they act for us as a company they are also very personable and are like one of our own team.’

    ‘Kirsten Bridgwater is extremely thorough, communicates clearly and has provided a robust defence. Always on hand to provide clear unbiased advice.’

    ‘I think that potential clients would be pleased to know that everyone that I have spoken to has been extremely helpful. You feel confident that your needs will be considered.’

    ‘I found everyone concerned where most knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects of this practice. I haven’t had to deal with any other firms.’

    ‘Stephanie Rushfirth has assisted us in successfully being paid rent arrears from a tenant and in setting up a date for the relevant property to be vacated. This process involved negotiation with the tenant and his solicitor that Stephanie handled very well.’

     

    Work highlights

    • Acted for the Claimant in relation to a dispute with an adjoining land owner who had a limited right of way over her land as well issues concerning breach of restrictive covenants, trespass and damage to land and property.
    • Acted on behalf of the Defendant in a High Court land action which has served to provide a useful reminder of the Court’s discretion and exercise of that discretion when deciding whether to award damages in lieu of an injunction.  Ongoing claim for costs recovery.
    • Representing the Appellant in an appeal to the Upper-tier Tribunal against HMRC regarding the determination of a valuation of land forming part of his late mother’s estate (for inheritance tax purposes).

    Bevan Brittan LLP

    Working closely with the firm’s multiple offices across the nation, Bevan Brittan LLP‘s ‘exceptionally good‘ team is regularly sought out by various public authorities and education sector clients for representation in complex contentious proceedings. Mark Robertson heads up the firm’s Midlands property litigation team, working with a diverse roster of clients on rights of light and telecommunication site disputes. The ‘extremely knowledgable‘ senior associate Cynyr Rhys manages a varied case load, and frequently helms matters before the First Tier Tribunal. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Mark Robertson

    Other key lawyers:

    Cynyr Rhys

    Testimonials

    ‘The team at Bevan Brittan think very carefully about which barristers to instruct. They are careful in selecting barristers with appropriate and focused expertise. In the long run this saves their clients costs as the advice that they receive is the best possible available. The Bevan Brittan Property litigation team is also very approachable and client friendly.’

    ‘Excellent advice and a true understanding of the clients needs.’

    ‘Cynyr Rhys is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and very approachable. Aside from the complex legal issues, our dispute had a significant political dimension which Cynyr navigated confidently. Highly recommended.’

    ‘Bevan Brittan are an exceptionally good legal firm who provide a highly professional and cost effective service.’

    ‘Mark Robertson is excellent.’

    ‘This team is always responsive and available to discuss potential issues. I feel like I have been guided very confidently through some very technical areas of law with speed and precision.’

    ‘Mark Robertson has provided significant assistance and advice on many matters for my team and I would be reluctant to seek out anyone else for property litigation.’

    Key clients

    Rentokil Initial Plc

    University of Oxford

    London Borough of Hounslow

    Canal & River Trust

    Intel Corporation (UK) Limited

    Barts Health NHS Trust

    Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

    NHS Property Services Limited

    Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

    Wildstone

    Johnson Matthey plc

    Royal Borough of Greenwich

    Sanctuary Group

    Places for People Group

    Hertfordshire County Council

    West London NHS Trust

    Work highlights

    • Advised a commercial landlord on a £10m+ dilapidations claim.
    • Acted for Hertfordshire County Council in litigation concerning the lowering of the water level and preventing public access to a reservoir.
    • Acted for Sanctuary Housing Association to obtain a number of anti-social behaviour injunctions against tenants.

    Mills & Reeve LLP

    A stellar roster of corporate clients, active within the West Midlands and beyond, turn to the ‘impressive’ team at Mills & Reeve LLP for assistance in the full gamut of contentious property proceedings. Henry Mahalski specialises exclusively in property disputes, focusing most keenly on commercial landlord and tenant matters such as hostile lease renewals, possession claims, and restrictive covenants. The ‘exceptional’ Holly Hill is also recommended. Former practice head Christopher Bartley left the practice in June 2022.

    Other key lawyers:

    Henry Mahalski; Holly Hill

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent team who are all very helpful with a can-do attitude.’

    ‘Responsive, proactive, and a safe pair of hands. They made sure we understood each stage of the process and always had one constant point of contact for continuity.’

    ‘Holly Hill was exceptional from start to finish. I would not hesitate to recommend Holly and she would definitely be my first choice of solicitor, should we ever need legal advice again in the future.’

    ‘I have always found the team to be impressive.’

    Key clients

    Birmingham City University

    Cemex UK

    Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

    Coventry University

    Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

    L Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

    Cyxtera Technology UK Limited

    Avison Young Limited

    Great Bear Distribution Limited

    Odeon Cinemas Group

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Cyxtera in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in the defence of an appeal by the Valuation Office Agency, concerning whether white space (in the context of data halls) was ready for beneficial occupation.
    • Acting for Avison Young in the conjoined appeal with Great Bear Distribution Limited to the Court of Appeal against the Valuation Office Agency, relating to the rateable value of property before and after alteration works.

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Leveraging its robust national footprint, Squire Patton Boggs is instructed by various blue-chip corporate clients on a host of commercial portfolio matters, including contested lease renewals, dilapidation claims, and breach of covenant issues. Practice head Michelle Adams is noted for her capabilities in telecoms-related property disputes, working with high-profile landowners on Electronic Communications Code leases and wayleave agreements. Associate Kuljeet Takhar is also noted for her expertise in the telecoms sector, as well as her broader experience in forfeiture, nuisance, rent arrears, and title dispute matters. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Michelle Adams

    Other key lawyers:

    Kuljeet Takhar

    Testimonials

    ‘They are efficient in their work and the team are very quick to respond to queries. Holly Lindley epitomises this and I am always pleased when she is allocated the work, as I know it will be done efficiently and to a high standard.’

    ‘Great breadth of experience and very client-orientated approach.’

    ‘Michelle Adams is exceptional, as is Stephanie Hadley.’

    ‘Engaged and persistent in resolving matters quickly.’

    Key clients

    Signet Group Limited

    Cancer Research UK

    Cellnex Telecoms/On Tower UK Ltd

    Molson Coors Holdings Limited

    Claire’s Accessories UK Limited

    Billabong International Limited

    Rexel UK Limited

    CEVA Logistics Limited

    Taylor Wimpey

    Selfridges

    Epwin Property Group

    Salutem Shared Services

    Red Industries Group

    Work highlights

    • Advising On Tower UK Limited on implications of the 2017 Electronic Communications Code and strategy (negotiation and drafting) of code agreements.
    • Aassisted Signet Group Limited with various instructions, ranging from rent arrears claims to dilapidations.

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP

    Well-regarded for its capabilities in commercial and residential disputes, Trowers & Hamlins LLP is a strong choice for a number of local authorities, housing trusts, and property managers. Practice head Michael Green is a highly experienced advisor to both private and public sector clients, with recent highlights including vacant possession strategy reviews, and High Court trials regarding claims of fraud. The seasoned practitioner Guy Willetts focuses on property disputes involving social housing clients, working with a diverse roster of registered providers, both within the region and beyond. Senior associate Laura Vernon is noted for her expertise in rights of light matters. Associate Neerali Madhvani is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Green

    Other key lawyers:

    Guy Willetts; Laura Vernon; Neerali Madhvani

    Testimonials

    ‘The team helped to bring a conclusion to a long running and rather thorny dispute. In practice, the issue was not especially complex, but the actions of the other side presented an ongoing challenge. The team worked well with a KC and through mediation to reach a settlement out of court.

    ‘Michael Green was a reassuring presence throughout the dispute, advising on strategy and next steps and providing great experience and insight.’

    ‘Laura Vernon is highly dynamic, responsive, and knowledgeable. Tactically astute and added great value to the process.’

    ‘A very knowledgeable team that will recommend and seek specialist support from colleagues or escalate complex matters as necessary to ensure that the practice provides a high quality service.’

    ‘Trowers go above and beyond to meet clients deadlines and expectations. In periods of absence they will ensure that all cases are covered by another member of the team. Open and upfront and maintain transparency of billing.’

    Key clients

    Westminster City Council (Investment Property)

    Kent County Council

    The Extracare Charitable Trust

    West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund

    Metropolitan Housing Trust

    Bournville Village Trust

    Paragon Asra Housing Limited

    Mainstay Residential Limited

    Rooftop Housing Group

    Countryside Properties PLC

    Work highlights

    • Acted for a Birmingham based property investment partnership in defending a complex multi-million property trust claim, including allegations of fraud, resulting in a 14-day trial in 2021.
    • Acting for Kent County Council on a number of contentious property matters arising across their portfolio, including a wide range of landlord & tenant and real property disputes.
    • Acting for Countryside Properties Plc in place of its previous solicitors in respect of a restrictive covenant dispute.

    Band Hatton Button LLP

    Band Hatton Button LLP is a strong choice for a diverse roster of private individuals, SMEs, and PLCs, who turn to the team for assistance in a range of property litigations and mediative proceedings. The ‘experienced and knowledgable’ Jon Wilby works with clients operating in a number of sectors, ranging from retail to financial services. The ‘excellent’ John French specialises in neighbour and boundary disputes in addition to residential landlord and tenant possession claims. Malcolm Thomas focuses on easements, restrictive covenants, and insolvency matters, acting for numerous mortgage lenders in possession and recovery claims. All named lawyers are based in Coventry.

    Practice head(s):

    John French

    Other key lawyers:

    Jon Wilby; Malcolm Thomas

    Testimonials

    ‘Provide services to the standard of top London firms. My instructions are always comprehensive and accurate enabling me to provide advice in an economic and effective manner.’

    ‘Jon Wilby is a very experienced and knowledgeable litigator. He is calm and careful, but provides clear and commercially sensible advice to his clients.’

    ‘This is a firm that delivers quality service at affordable prices, even in significant litigation. In my experience, the firm is exceptional value for money and puts its clients first. They have good legal knowledge but know when to take specialist advice from counsel and are careful and measured with the advice and services they provide.’

    ‘John French is excellent with clients. He is very responsive and obtains clear instructions quickly. He writes clearly and concisely and does not engage in unnecessary or combative correspondence. He drafts court documents in a user-friendly and straightforward manner. Overall, he is a pleasure to work with.’

    Work highlights

    • The client exercised a break notice where liability for any mistake could have been £1m. Represented the bank to negotiate the surrender with the landlord including dilapidations claim.
    • Represented a commercial property-owning SI in a dispute about whether a commercial tenant had exercised a break notice correctly.

    Sydney Mitchell LLP

    Steered by dispute resolution head Dean Parnell , Sydney Mitchell LLP is regularly instructed by a multitude of private individuals seeking assistance in a range of residential and commercial property disputes. The ‘extremely knowledgable’ Sundeep Bilkhu is frequently engaged on landlord and tenant issues, including lease terminations, dilapidation claims, and boundary disputes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Dean Parnell; Sundeep Bilkhu

    Testimonials

    ‘Sundeep Bilkhu is extremely knowledgeable compared to competitors. He’s honest with us. We stated what we wanted to achieve and he got it for us. Very happy.’

    ‘They are prepared to go the extra mile.’

    Work highlights

    • Acting for P S, after successfully mounting an adjudication, and defending a cross adjudication, the client now intends to bring a claim in fraud and deceit against a second developer.
    • Acting for G B, to overcome some major hurdles in respect of seeking to rectify a lease, where a solicitor failed to spot a ground rent escalation clause.
    • Acting for 2 doctors, over the interpretation of a declaration of trust, as to how a property is to be valued for the purposes of determining the out going partner’s share.

    The Wilkes Partnership

    The The Wilkes Partnership‘s cross-disciplinary team is well-regarded by clients for its capabilities in high-value disputes litigated in a range of venues. Practice head Kevin Lynch is a seasoned litigator, reputed by clients for his expertise in dilapidations and other commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Katie Briggs has now left the firm. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Kevin Lynch

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm has built-up a loyal client base of land owners and developers and is a strong choice in the region for commercial property litigation.’

    Kevin Lynch is a savvy litigator. Quick at grasping the commercial realities of a dispute, which helps to achieve excellent settlement outcomes for his clients.’

    ‘A tight knit well organised team providing an individual service.’

    ‘Kevin Lynch is the epitome of the approachable solicitor; engaging and excellent with clients.’

    ‘A very well-respected team in the region, often punching above their weight, and with a superb track record of being trusted advisers for multiple long-standing clients.’

    Work highlights