Property litigation in West Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With a roster of blue-chip corporate clients, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active in property disputes spanning a number of key sectors, including retail, leisure, energy, utilities and education, in matters concerning both commercial and residential development. The sizeable team based in Birmingham is led by solicitor advocate David Feist, who is regarded for his broad experience across property disputes, with a focus on energy, investment and city centre regeneration. Alongside Feist is Lisa Barge, head of the firm’s national real estate disputes team, who is recognised for her expertise in areas including lease renewals, dilapidations, consent applications and restrictive covenant disputes. Other key names to note in the team include Rob Holloway, who regularly undertakes contentious property and portfolio management work, with particular emphasis on tenant insolvencies, and principal associate Arren Thornton, who has specialist experience in the utilities sector. Paul Moorcroft has recently undertaken an active consultant role, supporting the team with his wide-ranging experience. Charlotte De Silva left to join Mills & Reeve LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Feist

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Barge; Rob Holloway; Arren Thornton; Paul Moorcroft


‘The team is extremely well led by Lisa Barge who is supported by a strong established team with a good depth of knowledge which helps lead to practical commercial solutions.’

‘Great sector knowledge, experienced and good to deal with.’

‘Lisa Barge has a great breadth & depth of knowledge that she applies to deliver practical commercial solutions to a range of problems, and she is always keen to take on the next challenge.’

‘David Feist – very experienced in the housebuilder space, pragmatic and commercial with strong technical knowledge and good to deal with.’

Key clients




Mitchells & Butlers




Taylor Wimpey

Gowling WLG

Praised by clients for its 'top work and stellar reputation', Gowling WLG's property litigation team routinely works with a range of public and private sector clients - from national housebuilders to local authorities - on cases taken before the various courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Birmingham team is headed up by Paul Barker, a retail, investment, and leisure property specialist 'with deep experience, real tactical insight and a brilliant client manner.' London-based Clive Chalkley is noted for his track record in high-stakes litigation, while Rob Bridgman - 'a really good lawyer and a safe pair of hands’ - is key to the team's housebuilder-focused offering. David Wigy and Caroline Wort are also recommended.


Practice head(s):

Clive Chalkley; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:

Rob Bridgman; David Wigy; Caroline Wort


‘They handle all aspects of property litigation work at the highest level. Great personal relationships and client care.’

‘Paul Barker is absolutely excellent. A great lawyer, with deep experience, real tactical insight and a brilliant client manner.’

‘Rob Bridgman is a really good lawyer and a safe pair of hands.’

‘They have top clients, top work and a stellar reputation.’

‘Paul Barker is an experienced partner with excellent technical skills in the commercial property sector. I have worked with him for many years. He is well known, liked and respected in the industry. He is very hard working and conscientious. He is also great fun to work with and brings levity to challenging situations.’

‘Very professional approach.’

‘Rob Bridgman is a calm, measured and very hardworking property litigator.’

Key clients

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Persimmon Homes

Royal London

Zurich/Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Bloor Homes Limited

Schroder UK Property Fund and Schroder Retail Property Unit Trust


Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

Transport for London

Entain Group (which includes Ladbrokes and Coral)

Cellnex/On Tower UK Limited


LaSalle Investment Management

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Advising NFU Mutual in relation to a buyer’s default under a contract for the sale of a portfolio of properties for consideration of £234m.
  • Acting for Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited on various contentious issues relating to the roll-out of 5G technology, including the Supreme Court cases of Cornerstone v Ashloch and Cornerstone v Compton Beauchamp which were handed down in July 2022.
  • 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.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Led by Alicia Foo, Pinsent Masons LLP is highly regarded for its knowledge of the telecoms sector, acting for a number of major telecoms infrastructure players, as well as its specialised rights of light, regeneration, energy and infrastructure disputes capabilities, working collaboratively with the firm’s national network of offices. Foo has a range of sector experience and is distinguished for her expertise in electronic communication code issues. Sarah Campey is recognised for her right to light disputes work as well as issues stemming from residential regeneration schemes, while Craig Downhill is noted for his experience in insolvency, agriculture and development restraints. Associates Ian Morgan and Pierre Smith are also key members of the team, particularly in respect of electronic communications.

Practice head(s):

Alicia Foo

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Campey; Craig Downhill; Ian Morgan; Pierre Smith


‘Strength in depth. No weak links in the team. Vast amount of trial and appellate experience and several CA appeals too. Preeminent in telecoms sector but that should not mask their expertise in all aspects of real property.’

‘Alicia Foo – master of all she surveys. The Telecoms Guru. Unparallelled in the industry. But also has a vast experience of all real estate litigation. No one I would rather have in our corner.’

‘Blue chip clients. Every set of instructions from them is top notch and they provide a rolls Royce service.’

Key clients

On Tower UK Limited

Transport for London

Native Land

City of Westminster

London Borough of Wandsworth

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Croydon

Begbies Traynor LLP

Coventry City Council

J D Wetherspoon Plc

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for On Tower UK at the forefront of litigation under the Electronic Communications Code.
  • Continuing to act for Native Land on all rights of light aspects of the Bankside Yards development, a central London development.
  • Advising TFL in relation to the Silvertown Tunnel, involving large-scale recovery of vacant possession including obtaining possession by enforcement under the Development Consent Orders.

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‘well-resourced team’ at Shoosmiths LLP is praised by clients for its ‘technical knowledge’. The group acts for both corporate occupiers and investor landlords in the gamut of property litigation matters, including asset management, property protection, Covid-19 arbitrations and High Court appearances. The Midlands team is led by Kate McCall, who is recognised for her investment and development expertise, alongside her more niche work in protestor injunctions, particularly in the energy sector. Nicholas Shepherd heads the firm’s national real estate litigation team, and Paul Knight is a respected member of the team with over three decades of experience. Elinor Sandbach is noted for her landlord and tenant disputes work, with a particular focus on retail and agriculture, while principal associate, Richard Willcox, based in Milton Keynes, is regarded for his expertise in the telecoms sector. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Kate McCall

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Shepherd; Elinor Sandbach; Richard Willcox; Paul Knight; Kevin Burns; Michael Bennett


‘A heavvyweight team of expert property litigators. Able to go toe to toe with any other firm in the country.’

‘Kate McCall is simply outstanding. Dedicated, shrewd and at the top her game. Clear, decisive and able to make the tough calls on any piece of litigation. She never puts a foot wrong.’

‘Well resourced team, great level of technical knowledge, excellent knowledge of protest injunctions in particular and contempt proceedings.’

‘Kate McCall – a formidable operator, runs her team extremely effectively. Richard Willcox – very bright with excellent technical knowledge.’

‘This is a regional office with a national impact. Kate McCall is an outstanding leader of the team. Her analysis of legal and tactical issues is first rate, and she always keeps her eye on the Client’s ultiamte goal.’

‘Kevin Burns is highly experienced and an excellent team player. Excellent case management skills and a ferocious grip on detail in even the most complex and paper heavy pieces of work. You always know that you are well supported when Kevin is acting.’

‘Shoosmiths manage to be incredibly attentive to the detail whilst never letting it in the way of the tactical goals.’

‘Michael Bennett – Michael has been exceptional in picking up a matter half way through from a previous colleague and has fast become a highly valued member of the project team.’

Key clients


GXO Logistics

McArthurglen Group

McArthurglen UK Retail Limited

Regional REIT plc




Northwood Investors

INGKA Centres (Ikea)

Brunswick Property Partners Limited

One Stop Stores

Topps Tiles

Mountain Warehouse

British Car Auctions

Safestore Properties Limited

TFG (Whistles, Phase Eight, Hobbs)

Krispy Kreme

Calthorpe Estates

Crown Paints Limited

Equation Properties Limited

Nurton Developments Limited

Akoya London

ADAPT Real Estate

Third Space Gyms

Persimmon Plc

Pizza Hut (UK) Limited

Central Midlands Co-op

Birmingham Property Group


Work highlights

  • Bringing the long-running dispute between the Fragrance Store and a consortium of investor landlords to a favourable conclusion for the clients, the consortium.
  • Continuing to act for Poundland on all aspects of its UK property portfolio, including progressing 211 matters, ranging from multimillion-pound contested lease renewals through to rent disputes and consent issues.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is noted for its expertise advising a range of local authorities, charities and registered providers on a combination of residential and commercial property disputes. The practice is co-led by Helen Tucker and Philip Scully, specialising in housing litigation and commercial property litigation, respectively. Baljit Basra, former joint leader of the housing litigation team, left the firm. The team works closely with the firm's highly regarded housing management group, led by Jonathan Cox and Emma Hardman, who frequently advise on leasehold litigation in the property chamber of the First Tier Tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Helen Tucker; Phil Scully; Jonathan Cox; Emma Hardman


‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive.’

‘Huge wealth of knowledge – they know social housing inside-out.’

‘The advice obtained was clear, thorough and honest, which was appreciated.’

‘Responsive and very clear advice.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Dudley MBC

The Riverside Group

The Baptist Union Corporation

Aspire Housing Limited

Platform Housing Ltd

Citizen Housing Group

Curo Places Limited

Livv Housing Group

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Aspire Housing Limited

Scarborough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for Birmingham City Council in connection with the £1.9bn redevelopment of its market site, specifically to implement strategy for managing the renewal, and subsequent termination, of multiple leases.
  • Acted for Pioneer Housing Group against the housing association landlord’s tenant, agreeing a suspended possession order (SPO), applying for permission to enforce it following breaches, and successfully receiving the SPO after the claim was defended.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is noted in particular for its experience in the retail sector, but advises a wide selection of well-known corporates, as well as an increasing number of public sector clients on matters including landlord and tenant disputes, both commercial and residential, rights of way, covenants and adverse possession. Other sectors of expertise include health and education. Experienced practitioner James Coles leads the practice, splitting his time between Birmingham and Nottingham. In Birmingham, senior associates Hannah Carter and Katie Briggs bring deep property disputes experience to the team, particularly relating to landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

James Coles

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Carter; Katie Briggs; Emma Stafford


‘The litigation team is readily available and responsive. They have a very organised system, so timing is so far never an issue with any real estate/property time sensitive matters.’

‘Katie Briggs and Emma Stafford have been extremely supportive of our business and have understood our values and culture from a very early stage. These two professionals are excellent at briefing each other, so there is always one available to respond to a client’s queries.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Deliveroo SP Ltd

Avon Capital Estates

Highpeak Borough Council

Havering Council

Benchmark Drinks Ltd

Vision Express Ltd

Walgreens Boots Alliance

DPD Group UK Limited

Pure Gym Limited

AGCO Limited

Scrivens Limited

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Select Service Partner (UK) Limited

Paperchase Products Limited

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP continues to develop its roster of major clients across sectors including education, retail, energy and telecoms, and has experience in an array of property disputes in the High Court and County Court as well as arbitration and increasingly, before property tribunals. Practice head Martin Edwards advises clients on the full spectrum of property disputes, receiving repeat instructions from significant clients such as National Grid, among others. James Fownes is another key name in the practice, and focuses on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, as well as adverse possession, rectification and Land Registry matters. Justine Ball also adds strength to the team through her expertise advising landowners on the termination and renewal of telecoms leases. Associate Pia Eames plays an active role supporting the team.

Practice head(s):

Martin Edwards

Other key lawyers:

James Fownes; Justine Ball; Pia Eames


‘James Fownes is clearly expert in his field.’

‘I have found Shakespeare Martineau to be a reliable firm who provide good advice within the lease advisory and property field. I have collaborated with them on a number of occasions and find the people and the firm to be very professional, well informed and able to provide a balanced view.’

‘The standout people I work with are Martin Edwards, James Fownes and Pia Eames. I find that Shakespeare Martineau are more aware of providing clear advice and accurate risk, enabling me and the client to take an informed decision leading to successful conclusions.’

Key clients

National Grid Plc

Impellam Group Plc

Workspace Group Plc

Orbit Group

Vision Express (UK) Limited (VE)

Midlands Land Portfolio Limited

Severn Trent Water

Workspace 12 Limited

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

Staffordshire University

Anglian Water

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sciensus in pursuing a claim against its landlord in the High Court for specific performance of its repairing obligations.
  • Advising International Student Housing on defending its position against the Crown Estate, as landlord, which is seeking to forfeit the long lease of the premises for alleged breaches relating to the student bar on site.
  • Acting for Orbit in defending a court claim for an injunction to restrain an alleged trespass to a tenant as a result of Orbit’s major development works.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Specialising in the public sector, Bevan Brittan LLP regularly advises healthcare clients and local authorities, working closely with government bodies, particularly the NHS, in a range of property disputes. The firm is also expanding its private sector practice. The cross-office team is led by Steven Eccles, based in Bristol, working closely with Mark Robertson, who heads the Midland’s practice in Birmingham. Robertson has extensive experience in development disputes, with an emphasis on rights of light and property-related TMT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Steven Eccles


‘Sound legal advice based on a real understanding of business needs.’

‘This is an agile and responsive team that has been able to advise on a wide range of issues with a clear understanding of my organisations’ business and objectives.’

‘Mark Robertson consistently provides pragmatic and user-friendly advice to me and my team. He is proactive and gives very clear advice which is very reassuring when straying into potentially litigious areas.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

University of Oxford

Rentokil Initial Plc

NHS Property Services Limited

Intel Corporation (UK) Limited

Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

London Borough of Hounslow

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Kent County Council

Johnson Matthey plc

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Sanctuary Group

Places for People Group

London Borough of Bromley

West London NHS Trust

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

MFG Solicitors LLP

Kirsten Bridgewater, based in Worcester, leads the property litigation team at MFG Solicitors LLP, and is well respected for her rural property disputes practice, working alongside Helen Gough, who specialises in agricultural tenancy matters. Former head of the firm’s civil litigation department, Harjie Singh Bindra, based in Bromsgrove, has developed extensive expertise in land ownership disputes including trespass, nuisance and party rights over land. Also based in Bromsgrove is associate Stephanie Rushfirth, who regularly advises on both commercial and residential property disputes, particularly those involving leaseholds.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Bridgewater

Other key lawyers:

Harjie Singh Bindra; Helen Gough; Stephanie Rushfirth; Jessica Moore


‘The service they provide is very professional and they make it easy as a client to put your trust in them. Always at hand when you need advice. This is so important especially as it has been a very stressful time. Always happy to listen and not making you feel as though you are taking up too much of their time.’

‘Kirsten Bridgewater is fantastic. I can honestly say that throughout this whole process she has been amazing.’

‘The team are fairly diverse meaning that you have different styles and approach, which can lead to a better overall outcome for the client experience.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a private client in a dispute with neighbouring landowners concerning an application to claim adverse possession by the neighbouring landowners over the client’s land.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is best known for its familiarity with landlord and tenant disputes, land disputes and subsequent remedies, and contentious residential matters, with specific experience in the TMT, education and healthcare sectors. This expertise makes it a popular choice among investors, developers, landowners, education institutions and healthcare providers. The team is led by principal associate Henry Mahalski, who concentrates on commercial contentious property matters. Associate Laura Woodward is another key name in the Birmingham office, particularly for her experience in the commercial and education sectors. The team works closely with the firm’s Manchester office. Charlotte De Silva joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Henry Mahalski

Other key lawyers:

Laura Woodward; Charlotte De Silva

Squire Patton Boggs

With its continued focus on real estate and telecoms law, Squire Patton Boggs is recognised as a key advisor to a range of TMT clients as well as major landowners and landlords. The firm frequently acts on matters relating to landlord and tenant disputes, nuisance, possession, dilapidations and insolvency-related issues, among others. In particular, the team acted on the first Covid rent arrears arbitration case. The Birmingham team is led by Michelle Adams, who brings strong expertise in telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Adams

Other key lawyers:

Mobeen Amin; Stephanie Hadley; Holly Lindley


‘Apart from their excellent knowledge and depth within the team, the main thing that makes Squire Patton Boggs stand out is that they really know and understand the Client.’

‘It is all about knowing and understanding the Client, this is shown throughout the team and everyone who I have worked with in the firm, they all provide excellent advice and any request is picked up swiftly. The whole team understand the work we are doing and look at us all as one team.’

‘They are quick to respond and seek assistance from colleagues or other teams where appropriate. There is a real sense of a collegiate working environment, which ultimately benefits the client.’

‘The people I work with are friendly and approachable. They quality of their advice is good and I have trust in their work. Michelle Adams and Holly Lindley particularly stand out for this.’

Key clients

Signet Group Limited

Cancer Research UK

Cellnex Telecoms/On Tower UK Ltd

Molson Coors Holdings Limited

Claire’s Accessories UK Limited

Rexel UK Limited

CEVA Logistics Limited

Taylor Wimpey

Selfridges/Duke Street Property

Salutem Shared Services

Appian Europe Limited

Medilink West Midlands Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Signet Group on the first arbitration case of its kind in respect of its head office rent arrears from Covid.
  • Advising Molson Coors on all aspects of the relocation of its head office, including removal of any existing interests at the proposed site.
  • Advising On Tower UK on implications of the 2017 Electronic Communications Code and strategy (negotiation and drafting) of Code agreements.

Band Hatton Button LLP

Under the leadership of experienced litigator John French, Band Hatton Button LLP, based in Coventry, frequently advises on commercial landlord and tenant disputes, easements and restrictive covenants, as well as insolvency-based property matters. The firm is also familiar with residential possession claims. Senior associate Raman Dhillon is noted for her handling of forfeitures and dilapidations. Meanwhile, practice head French concentrates on neighbour and boundary disputes, including party wall issues and residential possessions.

Practice head(s):

John French

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Thomas; Raman Dhillon; Katie Stanton


‘Attentive to their client’s needs and commercially focused.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully challenged the validity of a tenant’s break notice and secured judgment for £263,000.
  • Continuing to act for a High Street Bank in relation to its property portfolio, including dilapidations, exercising break options and lease renewal procedures.
  • Regularly acting for various private investment landlords in forfeiture proceedings, successfully opposing an injunction application for relief from forfeiture, opposed and unopposed lease renewals and dilapidations claims.

Irwin Mitchell

Led by seasoned property litigator Tim Rayner, Irwin Mitchell has developed its Birmingham base and is regularly engaged on a number of commercial and residential disputes. The firm advises a diverse client roster, which includes commercial property investors, developers and corporate occupiers, across the TMT, investment, retail, development and asset management sectors. Alison Willis is a senior associate who recently joined the firm from Freeths LLP and who specialises in landlord and tenant law, particularly for commercial tenants and in matters relating to Covid rent arrears.

Practice head(s):

Tim Rayner

Other key lawyers:

Alison Willis; Sana Ikhlaq


‘Extremely thorough and give balanced advice. Always available and quick to respond. Very professional, whilst taking a commercial and legal view on matters.’

‘Available and quick to respond. Good advice and willing to listen to alternative ideas and discuss pros and cons to different scenarios and ideas.’

‘Commercially minded and have shown a strong desire to understand our business and work practices. Tim Rayner and Sana Ikhlaq demonstrate this when ever we require litigation advice.’

Key clients

Real Estate Investors PLC


Kout Capital

Calthorpe Estates

Persimmon Homes


Work highlights

  • Acting for an international leisure operator on various issues, most notably in relation to an opposed renewal of one of its leases where the landlord is opposing on the basis of ground (f) of section 30(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Sydney Mitchell LLP

With broad experience, Sydney Mitchell LLP regularly advises private landlords, tenants, surveyors, lenders and private individuals on a variety of property-related litigation. The practice is led by Leanne Schneider-Rose, who has extensive experience in contentious insolvency proceedings. In significant developments, Sundeep Bilkhu left the firm, and Ian Sheppard joined.

Practice head(s):

Leanne Schneider-Rose

Other key lawyers:

Ian Sheppard


‘The team work very well together, they are quick to respond to any query I have and are happy to explain their advice further if I don’t fully understand everything. The knowledge that the solicitors at Sydney Mitchell have is second to none.’

‘Leanne Schneider-Rose deals with all of my queries in a timely and professional manner. She is thorough, informative and knowledgeable and is at the top of her field. Leanne’s ability to see any potential risk and shield her clients from it is unmatched in the industry.

‘I highly recommend Leanne, her professional service and support sets her apart from other solicitors.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a client who had received an equitable registrable interest in a property in her deceased ex-husband’s name which was removed as a result of fraud.
  • Instructed by a defendant to respond to a claim by the claimant pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 for an order for sale and a declaration as to their beneficial interests in a property which has since been sold.
  • Instructed by the owner and landlord of two properties for which there was an oral tenancy agreement in place with a management company, the original of which went into Administration without the client’s knowledge.

The Wilkes Partnership

The Wilkes Partnership's property litigation team works closely with the real estate department, litigating a range of cases before both courts and property tribunals, handling ownership disputes, commercial landlord and tenant disputes, restrictive covenants and tenant insolvency claims. Kevin Lynch leads the team, drawing on extensive experience, most recently in cases regarding commercial and residential tenancies, restrictive covenants, easements and community rights under the Localism Act 2011. Senior associate Harriet Critchley is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Critchley; Aimee Redican


‘A local firm which offers a nationwide service and with a wide ranging department list.’

‘Kevin Lynch gives unmatched personal commitment to his cases and his team. Aimee Redican is one to watch, with excellent client skills.’

‘A smaller outfit than some in Birmingham, but a match for some of the biggest regional players.’

‘Kevin Lynch has attuned instinct and nous. A strong negotiator and strategist.’

‘The team are well-resourced and someone is always available, and keen, to discuss the issues and consider the pragmatic approach to litigation as well as the technical side.’

‘A safe pair of hands.’

‘The team at The Wilkes Partnership are well placed in the market and well known for the strength and depth of their expertise, whilst providing a personal service to clients.’

‘A well-respected name in the Birmingham legal market, covering a wide range of disputes for many long-standing clients who implicitly trust their judgement.’