Next Generation Partners

Property litigation in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

The property litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard continues to provide leading advice on a wide array of contentious matters, standing out in particular for its ‘excellent understanding‘ of property insolvency issues and for its ability to provide contentious support to real estate developers and investors. The team regularly provides strategic advice relating to possessions claims, rights of way issues, boundary disputes, and dilapidation claims in the context of large-scale commercial real estate undertakings. Julie Middlemass leads the practice and offers investors and corporate occupiers ‘top-quality advice‘ regarding insolvency claims and vacant possession strategies. In the landlord and tenant space, Elizabeth Cape is highly recommended for her work on dilapidations and break notice disputes, while Chris McGrath is well regarded for his advice on lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Cape; Chris McGrath; Sarah Greenwood; Carole Franklin; Emily Russell


‘Julie Middlemass provides top-quality advice. Elizabeth Cape is a rising star.’

‘Sarah Greenwood is very responsive and efficient. Carole Franklin is equally efficient, and has a commercial view which I appreciate.’

‘AG have advised us on a number of contentious property matters. Their advice is pragmatic and commercial and provided within the context of an excellent understanding of the issues that are important to us.’

‘We have worked closely with Carole Franklin over a long period. She has an excellent understanding of our business drivers and priorities. She is very responsive and commercial and provides excellent advice.’

‘Elizabeth Cape and Emily Russell are both extremely responsive and ensure they stay in touch in order to fully understand our business and the challenges we have and could face.’

‘Elizabeth Cape is unbelievably responsive and commercially aware. She quickly gets to the root of an issue and works out the most advantageous commercial solution. She is also a pleasure to work with: fun, enthusiastic and a real team player.’

‘The property litigation team provide us with useful commercial advice, which has aided our decision-making. They have communicated effectively throughout the process and been happy to work with us and other stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes.’

‘Chris McGrath and Emily Russell have been brilliant in guiding us through some complex legal points. They have been able to have commercial conversations with counterparts to move forward issues allowing us to reach positive settlements.’

Key clients

Asda Stores Limited

Associated British Foods

Associated British Ports

Aviva Investors

British Land plc

British Telecommunications plc

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Federated Hermes Investment Management

Harworth Estate Investments Limited

National Grid

Primark Stores

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the liquidators of MSOLD1 LTD (previously known as Maker&Son Limited), which had previously been appointed as administrators, on obtaining possession of two properties.
  • Acted for several CTI funds, including the £2bn Threadneedle Pensions Property Fund, on more than 20 sales concurrently for a combined value of several hundred million pounds, unlocking long-standing dilapidations claims and advising on various complex queries raised by buyers in respect of rights of way issues, adverse possession claims and boundary queries to avoid significant price chips.
  • Advised Kirklees on the vacant possession strategy for Queensgate market hall in relation to its £200m+ ten-year phased culture and leisure-led regeneration of Huddersfield town centre.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s property litigation team regularly handles complex mandates for the likes of National Highways and HS2, standing out in particular for its ability to advise on injunctions against protesters of major infrastructure projects. The team is also instructed by a number of corporate occupiers and developers to manage the contentious aspects of property portfolios and is capable of dealing with rental disputes, forfeiture proceedings, and matters related to rights of light and way. Petra Billing is a key contact for contentious work in the minerals and energy sector and also handles land protection mandates for infrastructure clients. She co-heads the practice with John Kittle, who is active in contentious portfolio management matters and is noted as a dilapidations expert. Rob Shaw, who maintains close relations with clients in the infrastructure and telecoms space, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Petra Billing; John Kittle

Other key lawyers:

Rob Shaw; Peter Gardner; Claire Swailes

Key clients

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

British Airways Plc.

HS2 Limited

Heineken UK Limited

National Highways Limited

Sytner UK Limited.

Telereal Trillium

UPS Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for National Highways Limited in high-profile court proceedings seeking five interim injunctions and one final against 144 named protesters in connection with the Insulate Britain and subsequently Just Stop Oil protests on and around the M25 and south-east motorway network.
  • Acted for Heineken UK Limited on all litigation issues on a portfolio of approximately 3000 public houses as landlord, including a full range of issues from dilapidations and service charge disputes to forfeiture and possession actions.
  • Acted for HS2 in a final injunction to cover the entire length of the route of the proposed high speed rail line and an order to commit three protesters to immediate prison sentences for breach of an interim injunction, with two other protesters handed 2-year suspended sentences.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The Leeds-based team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well regarded for its ‘national reputation across a range of truly niche areas of expertise’, specialising in handling complex mandates related to building safety, telecoms infrastructure and property discrimination. Recent legislative developments including the Building Safety Act 2022 and the Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 provide the practice with a large volume of instructions, and the team also provides strategic advice to property owners on land compensation claims, dilapidations and tenancy issues. The practice is led by Damian Hyndman, who is an expert in telecoms disputes. Alison Oldfield is highly recommended for her work relating to protester disruption and her relationships with education clients, and building safety expert Andrew Todd is also a key contact for clients in the retail sector. Charlotte Miller is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Damian Hyndman

Other key lawyers:

Alison Oldfield; Andrew Todd; Jennifer Leah; Charlotte Miller


‘Part of one nationwide team, with excellent technical knowledge and great strategic oversight, this team is extremely well-placed to maximise outcomes in the most complex of real property disputes. Expertly managed by Damian Hyndman.’

‘Damian Hyndman is a great leader, communicator, and collaborator. He is extremely bright and responsive.’

‘I think the team Damian Hyndman leads has a very strong reputation locally and nationally. They seem to have an excellent depth of knowledge across the full range of contentious property matters, but they really stand out because they also have a national reputation across a range of truly niche areas of expertise across areas such as disputes and litigation concerning access to services/property under the Equality Act 2010, telecommunications, and high-profile, reputationally sensitive disputes. It is a unique practice.  The team are focused on really understanding our business and providing an excellent client-focused service. They are highly responsive, strong technically, commercial, show excellent attention to detail and consistently deliver clear advice. Always collaborative and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Damian Hyndman really stands out. Really fantastic, sharp, very likeable with a calming gravitas. A re-assuring presence on any case. He is a trusted and highly regarded adviser for the business. He is incredibly personable, approachable and calm. Always accessible and responsive, he is really in tune with our business and goes the extra mile to consistently deliver a top-class client-focused service. An excellent leader and team-player. Technically very strong, knowledgeable, focused and commercial, he does not ‘over-lawyer’ situations.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland’s breadth and depth of expertise means it is able to support us on a range of issues and cover all of our requirements for external legal support. Eversheds Sutherland has a diverse client base and the team have a really good knowledge and understanding of many different industries and sectors, which is invaluable when it comes to navigating industry-wide issues. Lawyers are technically first class and their advice and guidance is always on point, they really stand out as leaders in their field. They provide great support on smaller local issues and can also quickly assemble large teams with full project management support, which really helps to coordinate larger/cross-border projects.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland is really taking the time to get to know our internal team and understand our business, which enables the team to better support us and act as a true extension of our in-house team. It also enables them to focus on the big picture and deliver pragmatic business solutions to complicated legal issues. Their lawyers are prepared to adopt a commercial approach when required and give us clear recommendations rather than simply laying out the options. They have excellent attention to detail and are able to tailor their advice to our specific needs and provide it in a way that can be efficiently relayed to our internal clients. They are always very responsive and able to manage tight deadlines. Damian Hyndman has provided a lot of support recently on real estate issues. Damian really understands our business and has a wealth of experience in this area, which has been instrumental in helping us resolve various real estate disputes and other matters.’

‘Andrew Todd is well versed on property litigation and has good sound judgement and commercial acumen. He can cut through the issues to get to the heart of the matter.’

‘Alison Oldfield is a safe pair of hands – considered & professional.’

Key clients


Eaton Limited

Frasers Group

Homes England

Housing Ombudsman


Legal & General

McCain Foods GB Limited

Newell Brands

Scarborough Developments

The Peel Group

UK Land

WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s property litigation practice has a first-rate reputation for its work on complex mandates related to property insolvencies, rights of light claims, and Electronic Communications Code litigation. The team has also acted in landmark Supreme Court trespassing cases for the likes of United Utilities and is active in providing strategic guidance on break notices and lease renewals for asset management purposes. Practice head Matthew Baker is recognised as an ‘absolute star’ and is widely regarded as an expert on matters surrounding rights of light, in addition to advising on many landlord and tenant disputes. Nicola Charlton is a key contact for contentious real estate transactions, and development disputes expert Claire James is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Baker

Other key lawyers:

Claire James; Nicola Charlton; James Lilley; Alice Wilson


‘Matthew Baker is absolutely first-rate and focused on the client. Alice Wilson is intelligent, efficient and very approachable.’

‘Matthew Baker – lead partner. Very experienced and very persuasive.’

‘Matthew Baker (the head of the property litigation team at Pinsent Masons) is an exceptional litigator. He provides clear, strategic leadership. He ensures that litigation is enjoyable. And he is tenacious in pursuit of clients’ interests. He is particularly well known for rights of light cases.’

Key clients

A Share & Sons


Aviva PLC

London School of Economics & Political Science

Ludgate House Limited (Native Land)

Mayfair Capital

McCarthy & Stone Retirement


Search Recruitment Limited

Whitbread / Premier Inn Hotels

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP offers key advice to a wide range of developers and corporate occupiers and is instructed by the likes of Holland & Barrett and Taylor Wimpey to advise on contentious matters arising out of large property portfolios. In addition to advising on a large volume of lease renewals, dilapidations, possession claims and contractual disputes, the team is also well equipped to handle complex rights of light claims and landmark cladding and building safety disputes. The Leeds-based practice is led by Richard Symonds, who is an expert in property insolvency matters and also advises on a number of vacant possession and rights of light disputes. Matthew Lonergan is a key contact for development disputes as well as landlord and tenant work, and Michael Gaughan is regularly instructed on matters arising out of the Building Safety Act 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Symonds

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Lonergan; Michael Gaughan


‘Personal approach, very experienced and diverse knowledge.’

‘I would highly recommend Michael Gaughan as he provides a first class service to his clients. Michael provides clear and concise advice and is always on hand to respond to queries. He is an excellent technical lawyer and combines his legal ability with exceptional commercial and strategic skills.’

Key clients


Bensons for Beds

Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners

Buccleuch Property

Canal & River Trust

Conegate Limited


Doncaster Borough Council

Empire Property Group

Euro Garages

Extra MSA

Highwood Developments

Hill Partnership Limited

Holland & Barrett


Kloeckner Metals/ASD

Mercedes Benz

Moorfield Group

Muse Developments Limited

Packaged Living

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Roomzzz Limited

Stay City UK ltd

The Restaurant Group

Total Energies Marketing UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Travelodge Hotels Limited on many of its property litigation and building safety issues, including a complex rectification claim in relation to a rent review which involved a detailed legal and risk analysis and a potential negligence claim against the original draftsman.
  • Advised The Buccleuch Property Group/Packaged Living on its acquisition of Basingstoke’s ViewPoint office building, including extensive advice on rights of light and a strategy on how to obtain vacant possession.
  • Advised Brunswick Real Estate/Brunswick Property Partners on various complex and high-value disputes.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP maintains a ‘superb team of extremely experienced property litigators’ that advises large national retailers and major developers and landowners on a wide array of property management and development disputes. The team is particularly well regarded for its expertise in building safety matters, having acted in landmark disputes related to the Building Safety Act 2022, and is also instructed to handle dilapidations, restrictive covenants, and insurance disputes. Martin McKeague, who has built a strong reputation in matters related to indemnity insurance, co-leads the practice with landlord and tenant dispute expert Karl Anders. David Manda is a key contact for contentious development matters, and Lewis Couth is highly recommended for his building safety expertise.

Practice head(s):

Martin McKeague; Karl Anders

Other key lawyers:

David Manda; Lewis Couth; Asia Munir


‘We have worked with Walker Morris for over 15 years, and they have a very strong and deep legal knowledge base of property litigation. Their ability to take a step back and look at it from a client’s perspective is their most outstanding attribute.’

‘Martin McKeague goes out of his way to ensure that we are looked after properly within his firm. His own breadth and depth of legal knowledge in this field is quite remarkable, but his ability to weigh up the benefit to the client is where he stands out. He is pragmatic with his approach to matters and gives the client a proper sense of security when representing.’

‘Strong leadership and a real sense of an empowered team working together to create results.’

‘Dedication, calm under pressure, good grasp of a wide horizon of relevant legal issues and well presented advice.’

‘Lewis Couth is the standout. He is very good indeed. Very shrewd, conscientious and knowledgeable. He’s also always a pleasure to deal with. David Manda is excellent, too.’

‘A superb team of extremely experienced property litigators.’

‘Martin McKeague is an extremely experienced solicitor who thinks of every angle. One of the best in the market. Lewis Couth is a new generation of lawyer. Brilliant to work with, insightful and with great commercial common sense. A superstar in the making. Asia Munir is a hard-working and effective associate.’

‘I’ve been very happy with the team at Walker Morris and found them to be knowledgeable and professional. We now count on them as a partner and consider them part of our extended team.’

Key clients


Menzies Distribution Limited


Department for Levelling Up Homes and Communities

Kier plc

Sky plc

Unite plc

Avant Homes

The Coal Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) on groundbreaking litigation under the Building Safety Act 2022.
  • Acted for a developer client in relation to an application to discharge or modify restrictive covenants contained within a long lease and which prohibit the proposed residential development of land in Manchester.

Bevan Brittan LLP

The Leeds-based property litigation team at Bevan Brittan LLP is ‘extremely well-regarded‘ for its advice to clients in the finance and public sectors, including the likes of NHS Property Services and West One Loans. Under the leadership of practice head James Teagle, the practice has the ability to handle enforcement and possession claims related to insolvencies and receiverships. Teagle is also active in land disputes and is a key contact for health and local government clients. Alex Dunne is highly recommended for his landlord and tenant work, advising on high-value dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):

James Teagle

Other key lawyers:

Alex Dunne


‘The lawyers from Bevan Brittan I have worked with have, in my experience, been technically excellent. They have also been approachable and helpful and provided excellent responsive service. I have no hesitation in recommending Bevan Brittan.’

‘James Teagle has been a pleasure to work with over a couple of years now and involving more than one issue. I heartily recommend James as he put himself out on a number of occasions to move our case along when it required fast responses. He has, moreover, demonstrated care for our interests and perceptions.’

‘Alex Dunne is a real problem solver. He sees every angle, finding strong arguments for his clients.’

‘Bevan Brittan are an extremely well-regarded firm in Leeds, albeit with a national presence. They are well-known for their unrivalled expertise in healthcare-related legal matters, particularly the NHS. They have very able lawyers at all levels of seniority.’

‘I have worked with James Teagle for a number of years and find him one of the best property litigation partners in the business. He is one of the brightest, most hard-working and resilient, and most affable lawyers around – a real pleasure to work with and a privilege to have as someone fighting your corner.’

‘James Teagle really is the composite package and the ideal partner to have handling a case. He is meticulous, forthright (without being overbearing) and, just as importantly, extremely personable. I cannot recommend anyone more highly.’

‘I always enjoy working with James Teagle. He is invariably totally on top of the matter at hand, including any technical points and tactics, as well as being responsive and collaborative with counsel.’

‘Very few lawyers that we currently work with have a grasp on all aspects of insolvency including receivership, however, Bevan Brittan do and they are well respected in the industry.’

Key clients

Aura Finance Limited

Canal & River Trust

Dematic Limited

Direct Collection Bailiffs

FRP Advisory Trading Limited

Grafton (UK) Limited

Hornbeam Park Developments

Kent County Council

Malvern Hills District Council

NHS Property Services

Places for People

RBH Properties

Sovereign Group

Strettons Limited

The Classic Prop Hire Limited

Well Pharmacy

West One Loan Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for NHS Property Services Limited in an 18-day trial on liability to address the liabilities of GP tenants to pay for service charges provided by NHS PS as the landlord.
  • Advised West One Loan Limited on a high-value claim related to the new Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) Regulations 2020.
  • Acted for Aura Loan Limited, West One Loan Limited & Strettons Limited on a complex claim for possession over a large portfolio of properties, and achieved strike-out and debarring of the Defendants Defence and Counterclaims.


CMS acts for major nationwide property holders, including Mileway and The Crown Estate, on the contentious aspects of their property portfolios, in the context of which the team is regularly instructed to handle property insolvencies, building safety matters, contentious land acquisitions, and Covid-related rent arrears. The team regularly handles high-value disputes and is led from Sheffield by Simone Ketchell, who frequently collaborates with colleagues in offices across the country to provide strategic advice on possession claims and tenancy disputes. Martin Garner, who was promoted to partner in May 2022, handles a large volume of telecoms disputes, and Sarah Pope is a key contact for landlord and tenant matters. Edward Gamble is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Simone Ketchell

Other key lawyers:

Martin Garner; Sarah Pope; Edward Gamble


‘The litigation team at CMS have consistently produced great results for us, responding in a timely fashion with advice and suitable correspondence on our behalf; putting forth our position assertively where required and engaging with opposition counsel on our behalf. Throughout, we have found the team’s performance to be excellent. In comparison to other firms, what has stood out for me most (associated with Simone Ketchell as our litigation lead on the more contentious matters) is the commercial awareness demonstrated. CMS, I have found, take time to properly understand the wider circumstances of each case, factoring in our objectives and providing clear guidance for how to best achieve these. Overall, I would strongly recommend the CMS Litigation team to other contacts in the industry for their proactivity, knowledge and practicality in resolving matters.’

‘Simone Ketchell at CMS has gone far beyond expectations from my previous experience of litigation teams, providing excellent counsel and sounding boards on litigation issues on a variety of problems. On various contentious issues, she has shown commercial awareness and sensitivity, coupled with an appropriate level of tenacity and assertiveness to deliver outstanding results for my team on a consistent basis. Simone is always approachable and has provided myself and my team with a first class service, consistently picking up complex issues on short notice.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments


BBC Pension Trust

CBRE Global Investors

Columbia Threadneedle



New River


Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

The Crown Estate

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Crown Estate on its £1bn regional portfolio, providing both routine asset management advice and strategic advice.
  • Acted for Mileway on all of its real estate dispute matters ranging from asset management work to significant litigation cases.
  • Advised the University of Sheffield on various issues including bringing expedited proceedings to end an occupation of multiple University buildings by protestors.

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‘very technically minded team’ at Squire Patton Boggs excels at handling land compensation matters and compulsory purchase claims, acting for a number of energy, aviation and local government clients as well as large landowners in relation to high-value compensation claims related to major infrastructure and telecoms projects. Practice head David Holland is an expert in this branch of work and is also capable of advising on protester and trespasser injunctions as well as a broad range of landlord and tenant matters. Bethany Casey is another key member of the team and is valued for her advice on contentious development matters.

Practice head(s):

David Holland

Other key lawyers:

Bethany Casey; Rebecca Noble; Kiera Beech


‘Bethany Casey is exceptional to work with. Nothing was too much trouble for her. She went way above what she needed to get the deal over the line. Can’t thank her enough.’

‘The lawyers truly work as a team, finding solutions together. They deservedly have a top-notch reputation, and consequently attract excellent clients.’

‘David Holland has an easy manner, works hard for his clients, gives excellent realistic advice. Rebecca Noble deals with tough property law problems, she is tenacious in finding the best solutions for her clients.’

‘Very technically minded team, with great strength in legally complex problems. They work very collaboratively with counsel, expert witnesses and lay clients to achieve practically minded outcomes for the client.’

‘Bethany Casey is absolutely stand out – incredibly thorough, very astute tactically, really forward-looking and expansive in her vision of the case, and brilliant with clients. Kiera Beech is also wonderful to work with, a really thoughtful litigator who is sensitive to the client’s and case needs.’

‘Beth Casey brings a tight forensic focus to her cases, which makes her particularly good at cases where the devils are in the details. She excels in dilapidation cases because she rolls up her sleeves and gets stuck into the expert evidence. Outstanding.’

‘The team is very professional and knowledgeable in the areas I have worked with them. The team is supportive and proactive.’

‘Beth Casey is efficient and thorough in her work on a very detailed project. She is methodical and clear with her advice and a key member of a wider team.’

Key clients

2 Sisters Food Group

Birmingham Airport Limited

Bizspace Limited

CEPF II Charles Street Manchester Developments

Cancer Research UK

Clear Channel

Cooperative Group

Cummins plc

Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Duke Street Properties

EDF Energy

Electricity North West Limited

Energy Networks Association

Esquire Retail

Essar Oil

Essity UK

Gate Group plc

Johnson & Johnson

Linden Property Holdings

Live Nation

Live Nation

London Borough of Redbridge

Manchester Airport Group

Mitchells & Butlers plc

National Grid plc

Northern Powergrid

One Stop Stores

Reach plc

SP Manweb plc

Signet Group plc

Suffolk Life Annuities Limited


Tatton Estate

Taylor Wimpey

Theo Paphitis Retail Group

United Utilities Group plc

Yum! Brands

Work highlights

  • Defended Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited against a claim brought by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council seeking (a) permission to commence judicial review proceedings against DSAL’s decision to close Doncaster Sheffield Airport and (b) an interim injunction seeking to restrain DSAL from undertaking certain activities associated with that closure.
  • Acted for the London Borough of Redbridge in multi-million pound claims for compensation in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) arising from the compulsory acquisition of land.
  • Acted for Essar Oil (UK) Limited, Stanlow Terminals Limited and Infranorth Limited in an injunction against persons unknown, who were acting in connection with the “Extinction Rebellion” or “Just Stop Oil” campaign in relation to its oil terminals and manufacturing and storage sites at Stanlow, Tranmere and Northampton.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP provides ‘expert advice and assistance’ on a wide array of property disputes and is particularly reputed for its work in the telecoms space, where the team regularly advises clients with large telecoms portfolios on lease renewal and development disputes as well as contentious infrastructure installations. Practice lead Luke Maidens is an expert on matters related to the Telecommunications Code 2017 and Electronic Communications Code 2019 and also extends the team’s offering to clients seeking advice on dilapidations and land valuation disputes. Aimee Hutchinson is a key contact for disputes in the holiday and home parks sector, and Paul Sagar bolsters the team’s telecoms expertise.

Practice head(s):

Luke Maidens

Other key lawyers:

Paul Sagar; Aimee Hutchinson


‘The team are absolutely fantastic, I cannot praise them enough. They go above and beyond providing expert advice and assistance. Their knowledge on telecoms is second to none.’

‘Luke Maidens and Paul Sagar are always available when needed, and really do go above and beyond to assist clients. I recommend them whenever I can because I find them so amazing to work with. Their knowledge and experience is fantastic, and I trust them implicitly. Every client I have referred has been delighted with their work.’

‘I deal with Luke Maidens and Paul Sagar on a regular basis as a safe pair of hands for clients requiring litigation advice, and they are well-supported by their transactional team when required. Clear and to the point with their advice and find cost-effective solutions.’

‘Luke Maidens and Paul Sagar are experts in the niche field of telecoms and find practical affordable solutions for our clients and are recommended accordingly.’

‘The dynamic approach shown by both Luke Maidens and Paul Sagar in particular makes the team stand out. Both are very approachable and are quick to use their knowledge, skill set, and experience of both the law in general and the law pertaining to their area of expertise to come up with solid ideas on complex issues. Both are very personable and are happy to continually analyse and review new legislation and case law and to apply it to current issues.’

‘Blacks have a strong property litigation practice, providing quality and timely advice on a good range of disputes.’

Key clients

AP Wireless II (UK) Limited

Ashdown Park Homes

Astella Holdings Limited

Avison Young (UK) Limited

Commercial Estates Group

F1 Real Estate

Great British Confectionary Group Limited

Guy’s & St Thomas’ HNS Trust

Harrogate Spring Water Limited

Jemmtec Limited

Leeds University Union

London Borough of Sutton Council

S.Hille & Co (Holdings) Limited

Scout Association Trust Corporation

Seaside Leisure Parks Limited

Stockport District Borough Council

Stonebridge Homes Limited

Talk Direct (Leeds) Limited

The University of Surrey

The Wyedean Weaving Company Limited

West One Loan Limited

Westchurch Homes Limited

YMCA – London and Leeds

Work highlights

  • Acted for Jemmtec Limited, part of a wider US manufacturing conglomerate, in the defence of a circa £1.1m dilapidations claim in respect of one of its former manufacturing facilities.
  • Assisted Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation NHS Trust with the renewal of various telecoms leases in its portfolio.
  • Acted for significant developer client Commercial Estates Group on portfolio management issues, including the recovery of arrears of rent.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The Leeds-based team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is a growing presence in the Yorkshire property litigation market, leveraging its national strength to offer major retailers and landlords advice on high-value rent arrears claims. The team is also active in the telecoms sector, where it regularly acts on matters related to the Electronic Communications Code as well as assisting with lease renewals and contract disputes. Clare Hartley, who leads the practice, is very active in debt recovery litigation and has also advised on disputes related to rights of access. Her work is supported by Kai Ricciardiello, who is recommended for his work in telecoms disputes.

Practice head(s):

Clare Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Kai Ricciardiello

Key clients

Big Lottery Fund (National Lottery)

Canary Wharf


Countryside Properties

Department of Transport


First Port Property Services Management

Guys & St Thomas’s NHS FT


Lend Lease


NHS England

Prefere Resins


Royal College of Paediatricians & Child Health

Royal London

Royal Mail


Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Virgin Media

Virgin Media O2


The Hull-based property litigation team at Gosschalks is well equipped to advise pub companies and national retailers on the contentious aspects of their property portfolios, with particular expertise in contested lease renewals and rent arrears as well as dilapidation claims. The practice is jointly led by Victoria Quinn and Matthew Fletcher, who bolster the firm’s expertise in contentious telecoms matters in addition to advising clients in the licensed leisure sector. Julia Williams and Rachel Garton maintain close relations with some of the practice’s largest pub company clients and are highly recommended for their advice on leasehold matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Fletcher; Victoria Quinn

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Hamby; Rachel Garton; Julia Williams

Key clients

Age UK

Allenby Commercial

Elizabeth Holdings Plc

KCOM Group Plc

Moto Hospitality Limited

Park Holidays UK Limited

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Wellington Pub Company Plc

Wilko Limited

William Hill Organization Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Wellington Pub Company on the enforceability of guarantors’ liability under an agreement of lease following the disclaimer of the lease.
  • Acted for Stonegate Pub Company Limited in numerous high-profile opposed lease renewals.
  • Advised Wilko Limited on an extensive programme of lease renewals (both opposed and unopposed) for the properties based in the north of the country.

Hagen Wolf

Lawyers at speciality property litigation firm Hagen Wolf are widely regarded as experts in the dilapidations space, and the team regularly assists clients including Caddick and Regional REIT with interim and terminal dilapidations cases in the context of wide-reaching property portfolio advice. The team is also well-equipped to handle land and development disputes as well as possessions claims and regularly advises clients in the telecoms sector. Managing partner Matt Pugh co-leads the practice with Richard Robinson. Both lawyers are regularly instructed to handle dilapidation claims and are capable of advising on the full spectrum of contentious property matters. Philip Copley, who has advised on development disputes and fraudulent misrepresentations, is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matt Pugh; Richard Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Philip Copley


‘Hagen Wolf has a very strong brand and market presence.’

‘Matt Pugh is an excellent solicitor, efficient fair and technically minded. He can work in complex circumstances and is solution focused. No amount of bluster will take his mind off the facts and how to close a position out correctly.’

‘Hagen Wolf is a niche, forward-thinking practice that specialises in property litigation and is very commercial in the way it views disputes, fully protecting clients’ interests and finding solutions to them.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Thorn Plant Hire on an interim injunction against a neighbouring landowner who had fenced off part of the client’s car park, impeding access to the client’s site in Birkhamsted, as well as in possession proceedings issued by the neighbouring landowner alleging trespass.
  • Advised Caddick on a number of dilapidation claims, including on interim dilapidation claims against a bank.
  • Advised Regional REIT on complex interim and terminal dilapidation cases across its portfolio, helping to secure significant seven-figure settlement sums in relation to numerous assets.

Irwin Mitchell

The Sheffield-based team at Irwin Mitchell is capable of advising standout manufacturers and property investors on a wide range of property litigation matters, from dilapidation and damages claims and leasing issues to rights of light and rights of way matters. The team frequently advises on these matters in the context of property portfolio management and is well versed in handling contentious development matters. Practice head Danny Revitt manages the contentious aspects of property portfolios for major landlords and tenants and acts across a broad range of contentious mandates. Thomas Freeman is a key contact for development disputes and is also active on lease renewal matters. Lisa Stratford departed the firm in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Danny Revitt

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Freeman


‘Tom Freeman is one of the best property litigators around. He researches the law effectively and is keen to ensure the best value for his clients.’

‘Understand the subject at hand and make sure the right people with the required knowledge are involved.’

‘Organised and thorough. Consider all eventualities and take action to put their client’s interests first.’

‘Excellent range of disciplines, from telecoms to public rights of way. Advice is always explained clearly despite how complicated it is in reality.’

‘Tom Freeman has been a great asset to us providing advice for varying different issues. He is patient and has a great ability to explain things in plain English.’

Key clients

Gleeson Homes

Redwood (Light Industrial) Propco SARL (part of Logicor Group)

City Estates Group

Ferrero UK Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

A&J Mucklow Investments Limited

HBD (Henry Boot Developments)

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Michael Page International Recruitment


Memory Recall

Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited

Ascend Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised an international manufacturer on a significant dilapidation claim relating to a distribution centre.
  • Acted for a respondent in a Court of Appeal hearing on a previously undecided point of law relating to the standing of foreign executors in English proceedings.
  • Assisted an international property investment company with a seven-figure dilapidation settlement relating to multiple units on an industrial estate.

Schofield Sweeney

The property litigation team at Schofield Sweeney advises a client roster, which includes Evri/Hermes and The Trafford Centre, on contentious asset management issues, including contested lease renewals and dilapidation claims. The practice has also acted in high-value telecoms disputes and contentious transactions to support high-value developments and acquisitions, and works with a number of clients in the waste and renewables sectors. The practice is led by Richard Jobes, who advises on a wide range of commercial property disputes and has extensive experience in break option disputes and leasing matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Jobes


‘Very helpful and contactable every time.’

‘Richard Jobes’ professionalism and knowledge are second to none .’

‘The quality of the individuals which make up the team is second to none. Vast experience across all teams. Up for the fight when needed. Clients love them.’

‘Richard Jobes is a very safe pair of hands. Happy to go toe-to-toe with big City firms and win. Excellent communicator.’

‘The team understands the need for brevity and a commercial approach and has an understanding of how retail clients need to interact with one and other. The team at Schofield Sweeney provides sensible advice on resolving issues and tries to avoid contested litigation at all costs.’

‘Richard Jobes is a sensible, pragmatic, and concise property litigation lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with Richard Jobes at Schofield Sweeney for around a year and his expertise in the field is excellent. I’ve quickly come to trust Richard and his style. His attention to detail and ability to navigate complex legal issues are truly impressive, and he has always been responsive and proactive in his approach. In addition to his legal acumen, Richard is a pleasure to work with. He is approachable, personable, and has a great sense of humour. His ability to build strong relationships with clients and colleagues alike is a testament to his professionalism and dedication to his work.’

Key clients


Games Workshop Limited

Greenhous Group Limited

High Point Estates Limited

Switalskis Solicitors Limited

The Trafford Centre

YPP Lettings & Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Evri on the management of its expanding property estate.
  • Acted for The Trafford Centre on various complex asset management cases.
  • Assisted YPP Lettings & Management Co Ltd. on complex telecoms matters.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is well regarded for its ability to handle the contentious aspects of portfolio management for clients in the rail, retail, telecoms, and residential living sectors. Under the leadership of Fiona Graham, the team regularly acts on matters related to the Electronic Communications Code 2019 and assists with a large volume of lease renewal, rent arrears, and dilapidation claims for large landlords and tenants. Jen Smurthwaite is a further key contact and advises on contentious transactions and land disputes. Paul Joyce is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Graham

Other key lawyers:

Jen Smurthwaite; Paul Joyce

Key clients


Bernicia Group

Mobile Broadband Network Limited

Standard Life Trustee Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Mobile Broadband Network Limited on a range of property disputes across its portfolio of telecoms sites.
  • Acted for Standard Life Trustee Company Ltd in a full range of property disputes across its SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension plan) portfolio.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP‘s Hull-based property litigation team is active across a range of contentious development mandates, acting for property developers as well as a number of prominent port and dock operators on restrictive covenants, transactional disputes, and right of way matters. Practice co-heads Nick Dean and Stephen Kell are key contacts for development work as well as landlord and tenant mandates.

Practice head(s):

Nick Dean; Stephen Kell


‘Stephen Kell is very bright. He looks for every angle to advance the client’s case and get the win.’

‘Experienced in multi faceted dispute resolution. Provides practical solutions to difficult issues.’

‘Very strong commitment to their clients’ cases.’

Key clients

Ashcourt Properties Limited

Askham Bryan College

Associated British Ports

Bridgeland Developments Limited

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

Gleeson Regeneration Limited

Integra Buildings Limited

Kexgill Group

The Sheffield Investment Company Limited

Watergate Developments Limited

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres Limited

Wykeland Group Limited


Clarion fields a ‘brilliant team of high-quality lawyers’ that handles a large volume of claims related to repossessions, while also counting landlord and tenant disputes in its caseload. The team is capable of advising on a wide range of dilapidations and rent arrears claims, with practice head Sophie Morley regularly instructed to handle contentious work in the context of property portfolio management. Transactional and development disputes are further areas of expertise for the practice. Natalie Brierley and Philip Feather departed the practice in October 2022 and January 2023, respectively, while the firm recently welcomed Lisa Stratford from Irwin Mitchell and Kate Joss from DWF.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Morley

Other key lawyers:

Paige Duller; Kate Joss; Lisa Stratford


‘I get the impression that Sophie Morley is building a very strong property litigation department in Leeds. Clarion appears to be attracting talent with an offer of good quality work and the offer of a department that is ‘going places.’

‘Sophie Morley leads the department. She was plainly able to quickly assimilate the information of my case, understand the problem and to work with me to find a solution. I have also worked with Paige Duller on a number of cases at Clarion. She is a very competent lawyer.’

‘Clarion’s individuals are highly astute, forthright in their advice, always available, highly professional and have a complete understanding of what their clients are trying to achieve.’

‘Sophie Morley is a highly experienced and professional adviser who provides clear and actionable advice which is both commercial and analytical at all times. Sophie is very hard-working and grasps all issues at hand in real time to protect her clients first and foremost. Kate Joss is highly intelligent, grasps the entire situation very quickly and is forthright and determined in her views.’

‘It’s a brilliant team of high-quality lawyers. They are really client-friendly and proactive in how they deal with cases. They fight hard but don’t waste time on taking pointless arguments.’

‘Sophie Morley is top class – the best property litigator in Yorkshire. Paige Duller is very canny tactically.’

‘The team are all very friendly and commercially minded. In conference with clients, it is apparent that they quickly appreciate the issues which are important to the client, and work well devising a litigation strategy.’

‘Sophie Morley is very easy to get along with, and works very hard for her clients. She is good at taking the advice from counsel, and explaining it to the lay client in terms relevant to them. Lisa Stratford has a great knowledge of landlord and tenant litigation, and uses this to devise realistic litigation strategies for her clients.’

Key clients

Done Brothers Limited (Betfred)

Eddisons Commercial Limited


Tile Giant Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Tile Giant on its nationwide portfolio of properties for issues including lease renewals, dilapidations, consent applications and service charge disputes.
  • Acted for a high-profile Yorkshire leisure occupier on the completion of several conditions necessary for the client to successfully serve a break notice.


LCF Law‘s Bradford and Leeds-based practice offers its clients an ‘excellent service‘ across a wide range of tenancy and land disputes, with practice head Ragan Montgomery leading the team that is well equipped to deal with possession claims, lease renewals, dilapidations, and trespassing claims. Montgomery is experienced in handling contentious trust disputes, while land dispute expert Tom Edwards regularly acts against trespassers in High Court and County Court litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ragan Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Tom Edwards; JoAnn Barnes; Mara Gosling


‘Tom Edwards is my favourite solicitor to work with; very bright and switched on, and also a great communicator with clients.’

‘LCF Law offers first-class engagement with its customers, keeping the customer updated on progress at all times.’

‘Tom Edwards has the ability to respond to a request instantly, with a calm nature and a depth of knowledge and experience.’


McCormicks is instructed by standout clients in the sport and entertainment sectors, as well as a number of developers and landed estates, to advise on boundary disputes, possession claims, and a diverse range of contentious tenancy matters. The practice is newly led by David Birks, who joined the team from Newtons Solicitors Limited in November 2022 and excels at handling dilapidation claims and development disputes. Commercial litigator Peter McCormick maintains close relations with the firm’s sports clients, and Alex Harrison is a key contact for landlord and tenant disputes. Former practice head Philip Edmondson left in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

David Birks

Other key lawyers:

Peter McCormick; Alex Harrison

Key clients

Executors of John Herbert Strutt Deceased

GMI Holdings PLC

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation

John Strutt Conservation Foundation

John Strutt Memorial Foundation

Leeds United FC

Long Mountain Shoot

Solicitors Indemnity Fund

The Premier League

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Premier League in proceedings threatened by its former landlord pursuant to an Authorised Guarantee Agreement, providing insolvency advice as to the tenant’s status throughout.
  • Advised Leeds United FC on all aspects of the club’s properties, securing successful outcomes on a variety of property-oriented disputes.


The Harrogate-based Raworths team is well-versed in handling possession and trespassing claims, contentious leasing matters, and boundary disputes. The practice is instructed by a diverse array of commercial and private landlords and tenants and has a strong reputation for advising agricultural landowners in the region. The practice is led by Matthew Hill, who is an ‘extremely competent and methodical solicitor’ with expertise in rural property disputes that enables him to act on a large volume of tenancy and boundary matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hill

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Mortimer; Adam Colville-Robins


‘The property litigation team at Raworths is excellent. Their extensive expertise and experience combine with their tenacity and determination to achieve the very best outcomes for their clients at every step. The team’s engagement with clients is flawless – professional, approachable and helpful.’

‘Adam Colville-Robins and Matthew Hill are excellent. Their expertise in litigation strategy, the litigation process, and property law combines with their attention to detail and their determination to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients at every step. Adam and Matthew are very helpful and approachable in their engagement with clients.’

‘Matthew Hill is very good. Sensible and knowledgeable.’

‘Matthew Hill is an extremely competent and methodical solicitor with exceptional interpersonal skills rarely witnessed in smaller firms, demonstrating the strength and depth of the firm.’

‘Raworths have dominated the Harrogate market for all the time I have been in practice. There are two very experienced partners with an up-and-coming junior who is extremely good and punches above his weight. Very client-focused, with old-school values.’

‘Matthew Hill is now something of a legend in the Harrogate market, he has been with Raworths for 15 years and is well-respected by clients, barristers, and opponents alike. Combines technical ability with a real adversarial punch. Adam Colville-Robins has been with the firm around 2 years and is starting to take on higher value and more complex cases; ability far beyond his years of experience.’

‘I always get a swift response to any problem. There is an accurate assessment of issues and a precise plan to resolve matters.’

‘Jonathan Mortimer has an outstanding analytical mind. He is exceptional in his analysis and written responses. The quality of his writing is very good, always focused, and effective.’

Key clients

Celli Group (UK) Limited

Trustees of the Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP maintains a Hull-based presence that caters to individual and commercial landowners and developers seeking advice on boundary and right of way disputes, possession claims, and contested lease renewals. The team is also active on both sides of landlord and tenant disputes, with practice head Chris Drinkall advising on forfeiture actions and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):

Chris Drinkall

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Gilbert


‘Christopher Drinkall is always on hand to deliver quality service as and when required. It is critical that we can rely upon our legal advisers when situations require legal intervention. Christopher can be trusted to act swiftly and is able to apply his expert knowledge under pressure.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Enterprise Finance

Coopland & Son (Scarborough) Limited

Hull Churches Housing Association

Hull City Tigers Limited

Ideal Standard

J R Rix & Sons

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Superstadium Management Company


Tyr advises a growing roster of corporate clients, including The Trafford Centre and DFSD Seaways, on property insolvency claims, development disputes, and a diverse array of contentious landlord and tenant matters. The firm frequently handles the contentious aspects of portfolio management, for which the ‘technically strong and solution-focused’ practice head Laura Salvati is a key contact. Nigel Brook is recommended for his ability to act in dilapidation claims and lease renewals.

Practice head(s):

Laura Salvati; Nigel Brook

Other key lawyers:

Sallyanne Phillips


‘The team has the ability to understand a situation and offer advice to resolve it using different expertise.’

‘Laura Salvati offers attentiveness and the ability to grasp a particular issue and deal with it speedily.’

‘Tyr law has been very successful in quickly building and growing a new commercial law firm based in Leeds attracting a high calibre of clients and new partners. The property litigation team led by Laura Salvati is very experienced in dealing with all matters relating to property disputes.’

‘Laura Salvati is technically strong and solution-focused.’

Key clients

A to Z Investments Limited

Carlton Forest Group

DFDS Seaways plc

Harrison Developments

Hind Commercial Limited

Neom Organics

Persimmon Homes Limited

The Trafford Centre Limited

Thomas the Baker

YESSS Electrical

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Trafford Centre on a range of estate management issues, most notably a lease renewal claim issued by the Perfume Shop Limited.
  • Acted for DFDS Seaways in a complex lease renewal in connection with its UK headquarters at Immingham Port.
  • Advised Hind Commercial Limited on the Virgin Restructuring Plan, one of the first court-approved restructuring plans under the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

The Sheffield-based property litigation team at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited benefits from the guidance of experienced practice head Elizabeth Shaw, who has expertise in possession claims and forfeitures, easements and insurance indemnity claims. The team is also capable of acting across a wide range of tenancy disputes and counts dilapidations, rent arrears, and lease renewals as part of its caseload. Further key contacts include Michael Doherty, who acts on property defects, and Sophie Kerry, who has experience handling Section 21 notices.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Michael Doherty; Sophie Kerry


‘They have people specialised in all areas that will help in any scenario. Quick to respond.’

‘I mainly work with Liz Shaw. She is always available and quick to respond. Her advice is very detailed and perfectly explained.’

‘Wake Smith is a one-stop shop for both our business needs and our personal needs, with a good range of legal services available.’

Key clients

Arthrex Limited

Askern UK Limited

Ceratizit UK & Ireland Limited

Coster Aerosols Limited

GI Group Recruitment Limited

London & Associated Properties Limited

Ponsford Investments Limited

Salis Properties Limited

Salvation Army Trading Company Limited

Shrewsbury Hospital Estates

Steps Rehabilitation Limited

Turner Investments Limited

Westfield Health Contributory Scheme


Weightmans specialises in acting for clients in the education, licensed leisure and social housing sectors, counting Greene King, York University and Clarion Housing Association on its client roster. The team is regularly instructed to handle trespassing and vacant possession claims as well as forfeitures, and it is also well versed in tenancy contract disputes. Ben Mackenzie leads the practice and is a key contact for pub companies seeking contentious estate management advice, especially in respect of landlord and tenant disputes. Reena Richards is a key contact for leasing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ben Mackenzie

Other key lawyers:

Reena Richards; Ben Stephens


‘The team is a specialist in the pub property space, with knowledge of the applicable law and associated matters of influence that is second to none. Hard-working and tenacious.’

‘Leading firm in pub real estate litigation.’

‘This practice is very professional and approachable. They will advise on all options with honesty. They keep you updated promptly.’

‘Ben Mackenzie always puts the client first. He is very approachable and professional. He is patient and will explain any concerns or options clearly and concisely.’

‘Ben Stephens: hard-nosed old-school litigator but sensible and proportionate with it. Great fun to work with.’

Key clients

Admiral Taverns

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Greene King

Leeds City Council

Punch Pubs & Co

York University

Work highlights

  • Acted for Admiral Taverns on the removal of a trespasser in a caravan on one of the pub company’s leased pub sites and in possession proceedings which were successfully brought against it to recover vacant possession of the site and legal costs.
  • Advised Punch Pubs on the recovery of a lease public house in relation to the tenant’s breaches of lease terms.
  • Acted for Punch Pubs in a statutory arbitration under the Commercial Rent Coronavirus Act 2022 to determine one tenant’s applications for 100% relief of rents due in the protected Coronavirus period.