Property litigation in West Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Clients of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s property litigation practice hail it as ‘uniquely experienced in a varied range of disputes’. The practice caters to a broad client roster which, in addition to real estate companies, includes entities from the retail, leisure, financial service, energy and education sectors. Paul Moorcroft and solicitor-advocate Lisa Barge are hailed as ‘second to none’, particularly in respect of contentious dilapidation and rent review matters; the pair jointly front the practice alongside David Feist who holds distinguished expertise in supporting electricity distribution and transmission license holders with easement, land compensation and wayleave disputes. At the more junior end, Rob Holloway delivers a ‘commercially aware’ service for tenant insolvency, service charge and lease break options while Arren Thornton, is acclaimed for his proficiency in utility sector and business rate affairs; their fellow principal associate Charlotte Webster is also noted for her 'sensible, no-nonsense guidance'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Moorcroft; Lisa Barge; David Feist

Other key lawyers:

Rob Holloway; Arren Thornton; Charlotte Webster

Testimonials

‘The Eversheds Sutherland real estate litigation team are always ahead of the curve on new developments and are able to provide swift advice on complex issues. All partners and associates have good availability and do so much over and above their day job.’

‘I work mostly closely with David Feist and Lisa Barge in the Eversheds Birmingham team, they are both very adaptable and adept in their sectors, able to provide clear advice on the strength of any case or the interpretation of an issue to help unlock complex real estate disputes.’

‘What makes the Property Litigation team unique is their extensive experience of handling a varied range of real estate disputes meaning they are able to identify potential issues very early on in a case process.’

‘The team also have a strong commercial mindset and as a result, provide pragmatic advice to balance risk and potential reward. In my experience this essential approach is often missing from my competing firms.’

‘I work principally with Lisa Barge who has outstanding knowledge and experience of handing a wide range of real estate disputes.’

‘Lisa Barge, Paul Moorcroft and Paul Holloway all have exceptional broad skills and experience in in the sector. They also have a very good understanding of the surveying world and how their work impacts on the market.’

‘David Feist and Charlotte Webster can always be relied upon to cut to the chase and provide sensible, no-nonsense guidance without feeling the need to showboat or point-score.’

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Landsec

Birmingham City Council (Major Projects)

National Grid Electricity Transmission & National Grid Gas

Facebook UK Limited

Mitchells & Butler plc

Next plc

Severn Trent

HSBC Bank plc

Taylor Wimpey plc

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG fields a ‘fantastic team of great litigators’ who ‘approach disputes with careful analysis and good strategic judgement’. Paul Barker  ‘always goes the extra mile’ in retail, leisure, development and investment-related disputes; he jointly leads the team alongside the ‘standoutClive Chalkley who is dual-qualified as a barrister and possesses an intimate knowledge of rent review, overage, vacant possession and telecoms-related cases. Other prominent names include Carole Peet who ‘grapples very complex concepts with ease’, as well as principal associate Rob Bridgeman who is a ‘star in the making’ when it comes to breaches of covenant, land option and service charge disputes.

Practice head(s):

Clive Chalkley; Paul Barker

Other key lawyers:

Carole Peet; Rob Bridgeman

Testimonials

‘A fantastic team of great litigators with strong legal ability who are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Paul Barker is very client-focused. Always goes that extra mile. Brilliant to see him leading at Gowling.’

‘Rob Bridgman delivers excellent legal knowledge and a great litigator. It is a fortunate client that has Rob on board. Complete partner material.’

‘A fantastic team of great litigators with strong legal ability who are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Carole Peet always gets the heart of the issues quickly and can grapple with very complex concepts with ease. She takes time to understand her client’s motivation and key objectives and works out how to best achieve them, and advises on the best strategy to ensure that the case is put on the right track at the outset. She is a shrewd negotiator who has excellent judgement on where to pitch an offer to achieve the best settlement.’

‘Standout individuals are Clive Chalkley and Rob Bridgeman. Rob is clearly a star in the making and future partnership material, completely unflappable and has a good rapport with clients.’

‘A high quality team of litigators who have in depth knowledge of all property related disputes. They are very good at guiding clients through a case. They respond to queries quickly and keep the momentum up on a case to ensure that it does not stagnate.’

Key clients

Bloor

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey

NFU Mutual Insurance Society

Zurich/Columbia Threadneedle

Schroders

M&G

Cornerstone

TfL

GVC Ladbrokes/Coral

Royal London

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited in an appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to the interpretation of a number of important aspects of the 2017 Electronic Communications Code.
  • Continuing to advise a number of retail and leisure tenants on their property portfolios, including Midcounties Co-Operative, Halfords, Premier Foods, MetroBan, GVC and Ladbrokes/Coral.
  • Advising St Modwen and its subsidiaries in relation to a claim from ARC Aggregates relating to mines and minerals beneath a development site.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Home to ‘vast, pre-eminent expertise in telecommunications’, Pinsent Masons LLP is routinely engaged for Electronic Communications Code disputes, including a couple of recent Court of Appeal matters. Alicia Foo - described as ‘immense in all respects’ - oversees the team which also includes former barrister, Craig Downhill, a specialist in insolvency and development constraint proceedings, especially rights of light. Elsewhere, recently promoted associate Pierre Smith focuses on the retail, leisure and energy sectors and Sarah Campey is 'first rate'; the wider team is also geared for restructuring, housing and regeneration, waste and university-related property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alicia Foo

Other key lawyers:

Craig Downhill; Pierre Smith; Sarah Campey; Ian Morgan

Testimonials

‘Strong team, good at getting to the heart of the issue and plotting a way through.’

‘Alicia Foo is no-nonsense and straight to the point – one for a battle.’

‘Pinsents’ strength is in their combination of both wealth and depth of experience. The ever expanding and diverse team has vast experience of not only telecommunications, in which they are pre-eminent, but the entire range of property litigation; notably development rights, insolvency and government work.’

‘Very much a one-stop-shop for all property litigation needs. ’

‘The team is led by Alicia Foo; strong client relationships, commercial and legally knowledgeable. Peerless in telecommunications law; but leads the team across its portfolio of blue chip clients in all practice sub-areas.’

‘Ian Morgan is a safe pair of hands for complex appellate work and Pierre Smith is a future star of the future.’

‘Pierre Smith is focused, hardworking and provides straightforward sensible advice.’

‘Sarah Campey is also first rate. On top of the law, she provides clear and detailed instructions and looks to cover every eventuality so that the client has no surprises.’

Key clients

On Tower UK Limited (formerly Arqiva Services Limited)

Arqiva Limited

London & Regional Properties Limited

E.ON, ScottishPower and Ørsted

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

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

JD Wetherspoon plc

Booker Retail Partners GB Limited

Motor Fuel Group

Veolia

FCC

East Sussex Energy & Infrastructure Development Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising major infrastructure providers on large-scale recovery of vacant possession including obtaining possession by enforcement under the Development Consent Orders.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

One of the big beasts in Central Birmingham’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s property disputes is helmed by Martin Edwards, a lawyer with a ‘well-deserved national reputation’; his principal fields of activity include education, commercial developments and energy where he handles everything from rights of way and restrictive covenants to leasing disputes and property-related insolvencies. The team also leverages an ‘in-depth knowledge of the nuances of telecoms law’ with legal director Justine Ball focusing on telecoms-related leasing disputes and vacant possession proceedings. Also integral to the offering is James Fownes whose core strengths lie in landlord and tenant liabilities, legal titles and contested and uncontested lease renewals pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Practice head(s):

Martin Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Justine Ball; James Fownes

Testimonials

‘A string and very capable team. Specialist advice on various property related issues under one roof.’

‘James Fownes is personable and very competent. When working with James you are very aware you have some of the very best legal advice and strategy.’

‘In-depth knowledge of all the nuances of telecoms law, which at the moment, is a constantly evolving landscape. Clients should feel in safe hands.’

‘Justine Ball responds instantly, always understands the issue at hand, fights hard for clients and is personable and fun to work with.’

‘Martin Edwards is extremely knowledgeable and responsive; he always has the commercial angle in mind and provides well tailored advice.’

‘One of the big beasts in central Birmingham. A big name with a well-deserved big reputation. If you want the opposition to know you mean business, then they are the solicitor to instruct.’

‘Martin Edwards has a well-deserved national reputation. He is personally committed to every client, notwithstanding his heavy work load. His case oversight is peerless in its detail. James Fownes provides great commitment and a brilliant bedside manner.’

Key clients

Impellam Group Plc

Roman Originals PLC

Lee Longlands

Columbia Estates Limited

Cambridge Weight Plan

Packaged Feeds Limited

Valeo USL Limited

Vision Express (UK) Limited

Workspace Group Plc

National Grid Plc

Duff & Phelps Ltd

The Woodland Trust

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Workspace Group Plc on management of its London telecoms portfolio.
  • Advising high street retailer Roman Originals Plc with management of their large portfolio of stores during the unprecedented trading conditions throughout 2020.
  • Advising corporate office occupier Impellam Group/Blue Arrow with management of its national office chain.

Shoosmiths LLP

Boasting a ‘very commercial and agile team’, Shoosmiths LLP’s Birmingham practice is led locally by Kate McCall and is also home to the firm's national head for real estate disputes, Nicholas Shepherd; the pair focus on commercial development, corporate occupier, investor and portfolio management-related disputes and the team also includes Paul Knight whose caseload spans overage, dilapidations, land promotion agreement and joint-venture-related disputes. Beyond partner-level, Elinor Sandbach is a specialist in agriculture and landlord and tenant disputes while Richard Willcox focuses on the Electronics Communications Code, a front on which the firm is noted for its ‘very strong knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Shepherd; Kate McCall

Other key lawyers:

Elinor Sandbach; Richard Willcox; Paul Knight

Testimonials

‘Specialist telecoms consultancy advice around litigation and redevelopment issues.’

‘Richard Willcox is approachable and reliable and provides good impartial advice.’

‘Very strong knowledge of the new legislation and its application in the telecoms property sector in the UK. ’

‘Richard Willcox has a strong knowledge of the Electronic Communications Code and how this is applied in practice when dealing with requirements to remove electronic communications apparatus from land and property to allow development.’

‘A very commercial and agile team. Easy to get on with and work with.’

‘Elinor Sandbach is excellent and certainly knows her stuff.’

‘They are an integral part of ensuring our critical national infrastructure operations are not disrupted or damaged by litigation or obstructive land owners or third parties.’

‘Richard Willcox is always very calm and provides a clear, concise professional opinion and explains the potential outcomes and possible strategies.’

Key clients

McArthurGlen

Kwik Fit

Safestore Properties

Northwood Developments

IM Properties

Ann Summers

Brunswick Property Partners

Poundland

Footasylum

Next

Joules

Nature Delivered t/a GRAZE Snackfoods

Topps Tiles

TFG (Phase Eight; Whistles; Hobbs)

Holland & Barrett

Mountain Warehouse

Pizza Hut

Linden Homes

Formal Holdings

IKEA

Telefonica

Rohan

XPO Logistics

Thomas Cook

Vistry Group (following merger between Linden Homes and Bovis Homes)

Work highlights

  • Advising Arianda Property Holdings Limited on a high-profile, complex dispute concerning the ownership of mines and minerals on a site in close proximity to Heathrow Airport.
  • Advising Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners on key aspects of its acquisition strategy on key commercial properties in London and on other wide-ranging, often complex, matters in relation to its existing high-end portfolio.
  • Acting for the Consortium in the reported case of TFS Stores Ltd v the Designer Retail Outlet Centres (Mansfield) on the topic of contracting out procedures under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is noted as ‘covering a range of property litigation issues’ including dilapidation, break notice, rent service charge, leasehold provision and possession-related proceedings. The group is well-versed in both residential and commercial real estate litigation with prominent expertise in the social housing, health and social care, charities and local government sectors. Recently made up partner Phil Scully, cited for his ‘strong experience and technical knowledge’, leads the group alongside Helen Tucker, Baljit Basra and Jonathan Cox.

Practice head(s):

Helen Tucker; Baljit Basra; Jonathan Cox; Phil Scully

Testimonials

‘Dedicated and insightful long-term leadership in the field.’

‘Jonathan Cox and Helen Tucker are superb.’

‘Always on hand to help with queries and provide a quick and efficient service’

‘Covers a range of property litigation issues, including interpretation and operation of property agreements, commercial real estate management, and social and charitable property issues.’

‘Phil Scully has strong experience and technical knowledge in property litigation, is very reliable, and combines straight-talking advice with a pleasant, personable manner.’

‘Phil Scully demonstrates an understanding of our sector and a pragmatic approach; willing to take the time to explain complex legal issues and consider all angle.’

‘We have really valued the highly responsive and flexible approach of the team; the fast turn around and the support in often time critical circumstances is hugely appreciated.’

‘Phil Scully is approachable, technically excellent and incredibly supportive.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Dudley MBC

Harrogate Borough Council

The Riverside Group

London & Quadrant

Curo Places Limited

The Baptist Union Corporation

Friends of the Elderly

Aspire Housing Limited

Bromford Housing Group

Magenta Living

Platform Housing Ltd

Citizen Housing

Thirteen Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Birmingham City Council in connection with its £470m redevelopment of Birmingham’s market site, specifically to manage the renewal of multiple leases falling due across the three existing market sites: the Indoor Market, Open Market and Rag Market.
  • Successfully acted for Curo Places Limited in connection with proceedings brought against it for collapse of a wall first erected in 1786 which is situated between the client’s land and the land occupied by private owners.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLPoffers an exceptional service from the start of a case through to conclusion’; its key fields of prowess include development and land disputes in addition to landlord and tenant litigation, both residential and commercial. The group is headed by James Coles who succeeds the recently retired Pamela Shepherd and arrived from George Green LLP with a wealth of experience in property-related professional negligence, forfeiture, rent review, service charge, break notice and trespass claims; the team also includes associate Bradley Roberts who is highly proficienct in tenant breach, break notice and dilapidation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

James Coles

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Roberts

Testimonials

‘I have mainly worked with Bradley Roberts. All my dealings with the firm have been excellent. ’

‘I have worked with Bradley Roberts for a number of years and I have found him to be an outstanding litigator. He is very knowledgable and commercially astute. He has an eye for details and gives clients very pragmatic advice. Certainly a partner in the making.’

‘Browne Jacobnson are one of the power-players in the Midlands.’

‘Bradley Roberts is an absolute superstar.’

‘The team made a cost saving for us by making use of software for a substantial disclosure exercise.’

‘Very approachable; they also give careful thought to the most appropriate way to approach difficult matters.’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson are experts in their individual fields and provide detailed advice on the technical, legal aspects of each case. What sets them apart from other firms of solicitors is that they overlay the legal advice with further analysis of the commercial and practical application of the law with an evaluation of potential strategies and solutions under consideration.’

‘We have worked specifically with James Coles and value immensely his open and frank commercial and strategic advice. He is always available to talk through general issues as well as providing invaluable help and guidance on any specific query.’

Key clients

Paperchase Products Limited

Homes England

Cheshire East Borough Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Natural England

London Borough of Croydon

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Cornwall Council

DPD Group UK Limited

Select Service Partner (UK) Limited

Octavia Limited

Staffline Group PLC

Scrivens Limited

AGCO Limited

Pure Gym Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised numerous retail clients on the impacts of the pandemic and how best to protect their property interests.
  • Dealing with the high-profile eviction of a large number of travellers from an Academy Trust site.
  • Advising a pension fund in respect of a cladding issue at a multi-storey mixed commercial and residential building.

Gateley Plc

At Gateley Plc, Dawn Reynolds leads the firm’s national real estate disputes practice from the Birmingham office; she handles the full array of property litigation with a focus on commercial landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Reynolds

MFG Solicitors LLP

MFG Solicitors LLP is active on a wealth of commercial landlord and tenant and telecoms-related disputes though counts its ‘strong expertise in agricultural property matters’ as a key point of differentiation. ‘Expert litigatorHarjie Singh Bindra fronts the offering and is particularly well-versed in property-related fraud, proprietary estoppel, restrictive covenant, trespass, nuisance and rights of way proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Harjie Singh Bindra

Other key lawyers:

Kirsten Bridgewater; Helen Gough; Jessica Moore

Testimonials

‘The team are always prepared to give excellent advice and nd take time to explain anything you do not understand . The team is very approachable with a friendly attitude which makes the whole process easier; they are very knowledgeable and give excellent advice.’

‘Harjie Singh Bindra goes the extra mile to help . Harjie is kind and goes out of his way to make sure you understand every step of the process and is very patient when giving advice, he makes you feel at ease and empathises with your situation whilst giving sound advice. Harjie is very invested in your case and it is very reassuring to have him on your team, as you know he will work tirelessly to achieve the very best result for you.’

‘Jessica Moore is very competent, efficient and hardworking – always ready to give advice and help in anyway. A great asset to the team.’

‘They will always go the extra mile, and often work long hours in order to achieve; communicating in a clear manner along the way. Communication is of the highest standard and the team always give the impression of working well together to produce results. ’

‘Harjie Bindra, Jessica Moore and Lisa Morrison are excellent to deal with – they understand our objectives, deliver practical solutions and, perhaps most importantly, have delivered successful outcomes for our organisation.’

‘The methodical and whole picture approach to solving client issues and the great effort to sort out and resolve complex disputes.’

‘Helen Gough is an excellent solicitor. She has an eagle eye for detail and is a safe pair of hands for dealing with all complex property disputes. She is very client focused and has a friendly manner which puts clients at ease.’

‘Helen Gough is clearly hardworking and immerses herself thoroughly in her client’s issues.’

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/property.
  • Acted on behalf of the defendant in a very complex and fraught 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.
  • 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).

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP is adept in a broad variety of property disputes including breach of lease covenant, service charge, dilapidations, break rights, forfeiture and possession claims. Practice head David Marsden is also been increasingly active on fire safety, insolvency and CVA matters of late and in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, has also supported a number of large landlord clients in respect of the failure of commercial to comply with their rent-related lease covenants.

Practice head(s):

David Marsden

Other key lawyers:

Alison Willis

Testimonials

‘Very impressive indeed. Very tough fighters, but practical and commercial in their focus.’

‘David Marsden is an impressive litigator and strategic thinker.’

Key clients

The Lazari Group

Mazars LLP (Gloucester)

Blue Liverpool Limited

Blue Manchester Limited

Canary Riverside Estate Management Limited

Yianis Hotels Limited

Octagon Overseas Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a property development and investment company in relation to an injunction preventing the use of alleged confidential documents.  
  • Represented Blue Manchester Limited in relation to a claim against its landlord regarding remedial works to the property and its breach of its repairing covenant.
  • Acted for Lazari Properties 2 Limited in challenging the YO! Sushi and New Look CVAs.

Mills & Reeve LLP

A team with a ‘growing reputation for big-ticket property litigation’, Mills & Reeve LLP is principally focused on landlord and tenant and residential disputes in addition to land-related matters such as restrictive covenants, rights of way and rights of light. Christopher Bartley, ‘an outstanding, pro-active professional’ fronts the department which is primarily active in the technology, education and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Bartley

Other key lawyers:

Henry Mahalski

Testimonials

‘We have been using Mills & Reeve since 2017; they have always made things easy and everybody who we had to deal with are always understanding and helpful.’

‘They have a growing reputation for big-ticket property litigation.’

‘Christopher Bartley is an outstanding professional – always proactive, very approachable and happy to always answer a call and explain anything I wasn’t sure on. He always responds in a timely manner . I would highly recommend Christopher.’

‘Chris Bartley provides calm and measured high-quality leadership for complex litigation, and, whether in relation to strategic decision-making for technical legal analysis, he is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Henry Mahalski drove our work forward well and got it over the line.  He offered clear, commercial advice and ensured progress was kept up.’

Key clients

Countrywide Legal Indemnities Limited

Birmingham City University

Righton & Blackburns Limited

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust

Plumbing and Heating Infrastructure Limited

Coventry University

Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited

Odeon Cinemas Group UK

L Rowland & Company (Retail) Limited

St James Group

Cemex UK

Countrywide Estate Agents

Squire Patton Boggs

A ‘personable team of excellent lawyers’, Squire Patton Boggs is extremely active in terms of telecoms law disputes and also supports on nuisance and possession, rent and insolvency, dilapidation, covenant, service charge and injunctive relief matters. The ‘extremely responsiveMichelle Adams is the key name at partner-level locally while at the junior end, associate Kuljeet Takhar is ‘resilient and always delivers on time’.

Practice head(s):

David Holland

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Adams; Kuljeet Takhar

Testimonials

‘The team was very quick to understand the needs of the files we entrusted to them and gave us relevant advice. They built an extranet file that allowed us to share in real time the evolution of the files. The billing conditions were clearly explained and followed ’

‘Michelle Adams is extremely professional, responsive and empathetic to her clients.’

‘This practice is small, personable and excellent qualified lawyers, providing a high standard professional service at all times. Highly recommend.’

‘Kuljeet Takhar is very friendly, professional, honest and open. Kuljeet is highly competent, resilient and delivers on time.’

‘The real estate litigation team give good value for money and are responsive and helpful.’

Key clients

Signet Group Limited

Cancer Research UK

OnTower UK Ltd/Cellnex Telecoms

Selfridges

Claire’s Accessories UK Limited

Billabong International Limited

Rexel UK Limited

CEVA Logistics Limited

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Epwin Property Group

Salutem

Red Industries Group

39 Steps Coffee Haus/Sheldon Investment Holdings Limited

etc venues Limited

Work highlights

  • As well as advising on strategy for its English and Welsh portfolio generally, the team assists Signet Group Limited with significant instructions ranging from injunctions to CPO claims.
  • Advising On Tower UK Limited on the implications of the 2017 Electronic Communications Code and case law and strategy on code agreements and termination rights of sites.
  • Advised Billabong International Limited on guarantor liabilities across its UK portfolio.

Band Hatton Button LLP

Band Hatton Button LLP is home to a three-partner team which handles boundary, TOLATA and co-habitee disputes in addition to commercial landlord and tenant and construction matters. The real estate disputes department is also able to call upon the firm’s wider inheritance, insolvency and professional negligence expertise and is headed by Coventry-based Jon Wilby, noted for his ‘exceptional legal knowledge and communication skills’.

Practice head(s):

Jon Wilby

Other key lawyers:

John French; Malcolm Thomas

Testimonials

‘A solid, professional team that can perform to the highest standards with intelligence, integrity and understanding.’

‘Jon Wilby is an experienced and knowledgable lawyer who has an excellent understanding of the commercial realities of a given case. Has a very good relationship with clients who must be comforted by his calmness and clear advice.’

‘The firm has a strong, professional and cohesive team of legal practitioners with the in-house resource and capability to advise on all aspects of legal disciplines.’   

‘I cannot praise Jon Wilby highly enough. His legal knowledge and communication skills are exceptional. Jon is a highly experienced legal professional and that comes across from the moment you have that important first conversation with him.  Jon is an absolute stress-buster; he is calming, positive, and professional, with a warm, supportive and engaging personality.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a commercial landlord in contested lease renewal proceedings securing dismissal of the tenant’s claim for a new lease and a forthwith possession order and costs.
  • Advising landowner as to valuation procedure (arbitration) under an option granted to a housing developer with a difference in range of price valuation of almost £20m.
  • Advising owner of registered land in adverse possession proceedings referred to the Land Registration division of the Property Chamber, First-tier tribunal.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP’s real estate disputes team is increasingly active in the private sector, though its foremost expertise lies in the public sector where it represents health, local government and social housing entities on a range of disputes, most notably those relating to developments and city centre regenerations. Mark Robertson, who leads the local offering has a proven track record in High Court disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robertson

Testimonials

‘Bevan Brittan proved to be very attentive and understanding or our needs. The case involved dealing with a difficult trust though they helped us navigate through this to ensure that the trial judge saw that we had been fair and equitable to the trust which, I believe, ultimately helped us win our case.’

‘This team has consistently demonstrated a very smooth and joined up approach to our work, including instances where input has been required from other individuals and team in various of the firm’s locations. There is never any dropping of the ball and they are completely reliable.’

‘Mark Robertson has time and time again provided very solid and robust advice often with very little forewarning. He always makes himself available and is a really good sounding-board when it comes to deciding how to take a matter forward.  He is very pragmatic and I feel that he understands my organisation’s priorities and values very well.’

‘The team really do go above and beyond, in really thinking through the problems at hand and ultimately how to reach the best outcome.’

Key clients

Rentokil Initial Plc

University of Oxford

London Borough of Hounslow

Intel Corporation (UK) Limited

Barts Health NHS Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Canal & River Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Property Services Limited

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Sanctuary Group

Places for People Group

Hertfordshire County Council

West London NHS Trust

Hertfordshire County Council

RBH Properties

East Devon District Council

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

London Borough of Redbridge

Buckinghamshire County Council

The Guinness Partnership

Wildstone

Johnson Matthey plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for the London Borough of Hounslow on an important piece of High Court litigation relating to a rowing club facility on the River Thames in West London.
  • Acted for Hertfordshire County Council in a dispute relating to the lowering of the water level at Aldenham Reservoir in Hertfordshire by the owner of the reservoir, resulting in use of the reservoir by the local sailing club not being possible.

Sydney Mitchell LLP

Sydney Mitchell LLP delivers an ‘agile and responsive’ service when guiding clients through mortgage repossession, Land Registry, recovery of rent, service charge, rent review, rights of light and trespass-related claims, among many others. Kam Majevadia leads the group alongside the ‘sound technical knowledge’ of Sundeep Bilkhu who is frequently engaged by LPA Receivers in respect of insolvency-related landlord and tenant affairs.

Practice head(s):

Kam Majevadia; Sundeep Bilkhu

Testimonials

‘Sydney Mitchell consistently demonstrate a very efficient service level combined with excellent response times. Over time I have used various aspects of their services and found this excellence service level to be consistent throughout all departments including their property litigation service.’

‘Sundeep Bilkhu has consistently demonstrated sound technical knowledge of his field which he combines with a friendly and efficient approach.’

‘Sundeep Bilkhu is always available.’

Work highlights

  • Advised client on urgent steps needed to be taken to protect unsecured lending at the Land Registry when his previous solicitor failed to register the lending as an equitable charge.
  • Defended a client who breached restrictive covenants in their title, who found it easier to get forgiveness after then seek permission before, and achieved a win/win outcome to all parties.

The Wilkes Partnership

The Wilkes Partnership is proficient in all forms of real estate litigation, from real property and developers matters through to contract, professional negligence, trust and equity land interest disputes. Kevin Lynch, the team’s practice head, is especially knowledgeable of restrictive covenants, dilapidations and tenancy matters; he is supported by Katie Briggs who is the point of contact for several of the group’s prominent commercial landlord and tenant clients.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lynch

Other key lawyers:

Katie Briggs

Testimonials

‘I find the Wilkes team to be unusually conscientious, giving a very bespoke and boutique service to each of their clients. The impression I get is that they treat their clients like a traditional high street firm would treat its faithful clients, but bring along a serious commercial clout.’

‘The Wilkes Partnership is a firm replete with knowledgeable, responsive and approachable lawyers, offering commercially aware litigation and other legal services, which holds its own against some of the best medium-sized London firms but at regional prices.’

‘Kevin Lynch is a partner to reckon with: an expert tactical litigator brimming with commercial savvy and the drive to achieve the best deal for his clients.  Kevin is ably supported by Katie Briggs, who is an associate to watch. She is diligent and has a excellent legal and practical instincts for finding the right solution to the client’s issues.’

‘Very personable and efficient team with good technical knowledge and pragmatic approach to the conduct of litigation.’

‘Kevin Lynch is an outstanding communicator with a very good client care.  He is a good lawyer who understands how to get the best for his client.’

‘The real estate litigation team is a key player in the Midlands market. Led by Kevin Lynch, a lawyer with serious dynamism and nous, it has a strong collection of litigators of various levels of experience. Lynch’s leadership in recent years has been seriously impressive, in that he has brought on and cemented a team of regional reputation within a very short period of time.’

‘Katie Briggs is really great to work with – she is really capable and engenders a lot of client trust thanks to her diligence and her approachable manner. She manages quite a varied case-load, and as a result she is well able to pick the right fights.’

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The ‘focused, engaging and knowledgeable' property disputes team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is led by Michael Green, an 'absolute star' who offers both 'breadth of practice and in-depth knowledge'; he is particularly well-versed in lease termination, redevelopment and regeneration-related disputes, often acting on behalf of portfolio owning clients.

Practice head(s):

Michael Green

Other key lawyers:

Laura Vernon; Neerali Madhvani

Testimonials

‘Focused, engaging and knowledgeable’

‘Very practical and realistic in their advice & delivery.’

‘Cost conscious in terms of incurring fees.’

‘Enjoyable to work with and around.’

‘Great experience.’

‘An innovative and growing teams maintaining the national reputation of this firm and developing it in the midlands.’

‘Michael Green is an absolute star with a prodigious capacity for hard work. In real estate litigation he has a breadth of experience combined with a depth of knowledge, so brings to special clients (like housing associations) skills like land registration disputes. He is to be highly recommended.

‘The very efficient Neerali Madhvani is also recommended.’