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Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for many of the firm's real estate clients, handling contentious issues ranging from insolvency claims to possession and tenancy disputes. The practice has a notable a focus on holistic dispute resolution. Clients hail from the retail, banking, education, transportation and telecoms sectors, with a particular specialism in shopping centre management issues. Practice head Julie Middlemass is national head of the firm's property litigation team, and is highly experienced in retail and investment-related disputes. Newly-promoted director Elizabeth Cape focuses on tenant insolvencies and vacant possession strategies.

Practice head(s):

Julie Middlemass

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Cape; Carole Franklin

Testimonials

The service received from Addleshaw Goddard is excellent. They provide a very professional service whilst also remaining very approachable and providing clear and understandable advice in what can sometimes be very complex matters. They have experts in their fields and are efficient at working across teams when a number of various legal issues need establishing.

The individuals we have worked with are very approachable and amenable to some of the demands we sometimes place on them regarding timescales etc. They provide very clear and honest advice regarding our legal issues and over time we have built a strong working relationship.

The level of experience and knowledge within the team and the relationship between the different sectors and their willingness to work across teams.

The firm provide exceptional value to instructions they work on, proactively leading matters in ways that many other firms do not and identifying and suggesting solutions to issues that arise. They are the most effective firm that I have encountered in this regard. The team at Addleshaw Goddard are also incredibly responsive and deal quickly and effectively with all items or queries raised. You can therefore be confident that once instructed, the team will drive these forward and give regular updates.

The team including Carole Franklin and Elizabeth Cape have consistently delivered for us on demanding and complex instructions. Their level of knowledge is exceptional and advice is delivered clearly with the requisite level of detail.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Associated British Foods

British Land

Columbia Threadneedle

Hermes

National Grid

Primark Stores

Siemens

Travelodge Hotels

Vision Express

Work highlights

  • Strategic advice to a pension fund and property owner in relation to dilapidation liabilities and repair obligations required for the structural elements of the building which pose a health and safety risk.
  • Acting for a variety of clients in various high-profile CVAs. These include: Arcadia, Debenhams, Giraffe, Paperchase, Outdoor and Cycles Concepts, Genus, SUK Retail and Monsoon.
  • Advising a client on restricting access to land subject to a joint development venture with the owner of a large ex-air field in Nottinghamshire.

CMS

Stephen Scott leads the Sheffield team at CMS, which co-ordinates property disputes work for the firm across the North of England. The practice's capabilities were recently enhanced by the transfer of Simone Ketchell to Sheffield from the firm's London office, bringing significant expertise in development disputes. The group primarily acts for owners, occupiers, investors and developers, with Scott specialising in developments, business lease renewals, and landlord and tenant insolvencies. Senior associate Martin Garner leads on telecoms-related work.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Scott

Other key lawyers:

Simone Ketchell; Martin Garner

Testimonials

Linked with the team here and in London. Very responsive and quick to proffer advice but also not shy to say when they don’t have experience in a particular matter.’

Martin Garner and Charlotte Green have demonstrated great case management skills steering a large group of people to ensure cases are well prepared and witness statements are coherent.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited/Argos

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Columbia Threadneedle

CBRE Global Investors

New River

SEGRO Group

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

BP International

Landsec

BBC Pension Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing SEGRO in High Court proceedings relating to a high-value, complex lease renewal.
  • Acting for The Crown Estate in all real estate dispute matters across its £2.5bn regional retail portfolio.
  • Advising Mayfield on a landmark £850m redevelopment.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper leads on a variety of high-profile national and international mandates from its Sheffield and Leeds offices, with the team acting for major corporates in the retail, transport, telecoms and finance sectors and acting in claims arising from property developments. The practice is jointly led by Sheffield managing partner Petra Billing, who leads the firm's mining and minerals work across Europe and also handles specialist corporate occupier work, and Leeds-based John Kittle, who focuses on commercial landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management disputes. Rob Shaw is also noted for his work in high-profile contentious proceedings for major clients.

Practice head(s):

Petra Billing; John Kittle

Other key lawyers:

Rob Shaw; Michelle Eyre; Claire Swailes

Testimonials

Petra Billings provides a consistently high level of service. In particular, the advice provided by Petra is consistent, practical, commercially sensible, very user friendly and tailored to the recipient of the advice and the extent of their legal/practical knowledge of the issues at hand, timely, proactive and good value for money.

First class and highly experienced team of property litigators at the top of their game.

Michelle Eyre is brilliant – she is very efficient, knowledgeable and a joy to work with.

Dedicated team with excellent service covering a wide range of skills.

John Kittle and Claire Swailes – personable providing very good and commercially relevant legal advice; always timely.

Petra Billing gives very clear, good and timely advice and we very much value her counsel.

Key clients

Telereal Trillium

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Heineken UK

Sytner UK

British Airways

Liberty Steel

Arconic

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

HS2

HS1

UPS

Al Ain Holdings

Priory Central Services

Work highlights

  • Acting for Telereal Trillium in a commercial rates dispute in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Representing RBS in all property litigation work in the UK, ROI, Northern Ireland, and EMEA, including dealing with numerous dilapidation claims and various lease exits, service change obligations and rent review provisions in relation to high-value leases, tenant evictions from redevelopment sites, sub-tenant disputes and general property and easement disputes.
  • Acting for Heineken UK in all litigation arising from a portfolio of approximately 3000 public houses as landlord.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP represents a high-profile client roster including retailers, investors, rail operators and energy suppliers, in high-value and business critical proceedings. Key areas of industry focus for the group include the transport, education, telecoms and retails sectors. Practice head Damian Hyndman specialises in telecoms and service disputes, while Alison Oldfield handles reputationally-sensitive litigation and corporate campaigns; and Andrew Todd represents developers and landlords in development and high-value transactional disputes. Senior associate Charlotte Miller takes the lead on portfolio management issues for institutional landlords, and also acts in education sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Damian Hyndman

Testimonials

Strength and depth in dealing with complex and legally intricate development disputes. Andrew Todd is a pleasing combination of calm, robust and commercially savvy and is a force to be reckoned with when pursuing difficult litigation.’

 

Key clients

WM Morrison Supermarkets

Network Rail

The Peel Group

Legal & General

Sportsdirect.com

Arqiva

Hammerson UK Properties

KFC

Microsoft

Siemens

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Manchester Ship Canal Company in a prescriptive drainage easement claim running in the First Tier Property Tribunal.
  • Acting for Jack Wills Property in the administration of Jack Wills and the subsequent portfolio reorganisation of its leasehold estate.
  • Acting for WM Morrison Supermarkets in a contested lease renewal under Section 30(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 affecting its store in Brentford.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a range of expertise in contentious property matters across a variety of areas, with notable knowledge of the energy, waste, housing and electronic communications sectors and regeneration issues. The team also provides bespoke real estate restructuring and insolvency advice. Clients include universities across the UK, developers and portfolio holders. Practice head Matthew Baker is a leading authority on right-to-light and development constraints, representing clients in a number of complex right-to-light cases and providing thought leadership on the subject. He is supported by associate Nicola Charlton, who handles structuring issues relating to residential and mixed-use developments.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Baker

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Charlton

Testimonials

An excellent all around team.’

Matthew Baker, Michael Smith and Claire James are exceptional solicitors.’

Key clients

RR Wing Portfolio

Rachel Securities

Whitbread Group

United Utilities

Aviva Investors

London & Associated Properties

Mayfair Capital

Crown Student Living

Hanson

Royal London

AEW

University of Manchester

University College London

London School of Economics

University of London

Solpro Manufacturing

Milton Estates Company

Work highlights

  • Representing RR Wing Portfolio in a claim for an injunction to prevent a substantial interference to a right to light.
  • Acting for Rachel Securities in a rent review of commercial premises in Hackney involving legal issues.
  • Representing United Utilities in multiple claims relating to the right to discharge water into a private water course.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP represents clients in complex real estate litigation and provides support on portfolio-related disputes. Clients include national retailers and businesses, commercial and institutional landlords, and public sector bodies in the healthcare and education sectors. Recent work includes landlord and tenant issues, development disputes, land compensation and CPO claims, and residential lease forfeitures. Andrew Beck is now a consultant and has been replaced as practice head by Martin McKeague, who represents landlords, tenants, and insurers in a variety of cases. Malcolm Simpson specialises in development disputes.

Practice head(s):

Martin McKeague

Testimonials

They listen and are very user friendly, they highlight the issues promptly and explain everything and guide you through the process.

Lewis Couth is amazing, he always has time for you and always returns calls, just an amazing ambassador for his firm.

Pragmatic and cost efficient support and advice.

The approach is one that understands our business, what we want out of the legal advice and how to maximise what legal tools are available to us to achieve that.

Martin McKeague is able to look at our matters from our perspective and give us advice based on what is best for our company rather than just what the law says.

Martin McKeague – Of all the lawyers I work with, he is my go to man. He gets to the crux of the matter quickly and his advice is always focused. The team is strong and in my view, the leading real estate litigation team in the region. They are specialists and therefore able to offer the best legal and strategic advice on conducting complex litigation. They are proactive and actively manage each of our matters. We are kept well informed and have no nasty surprises on fees. I have also been very impressed by David Manda who has a cool head and is unflappable.

Key clients

Starbucks

Coal Authority

Persimmon

Menzies Distribution

Kier

Sky

Unite

Homes England

FCC Environment

Work highlights

  • Acting for Unite in a claim relating to a 32 storey development for student accommodation. The adjoining owner alleges that the proposed development will infringe on its right to light and interfere with rights of access and sought an injunction to prevent the development from proceeding.
  • Representing Rosebriar in proceedings before the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) regarding an application under section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 made by a tenant to modify a restrictive covenant that restricts the use of commercial premises.
  • Representing Q1 Property Holdings in the High Court in proceedings against the owner and developer of a building in Leeds where a development will infringe on the client’s right to light.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell acts for residential developers, higher education providers, banks, charities and an increasing portfolio of commercial clients on matters spanning commercial occupier insolvencies, trespasser evictions, mediations, and right-to-light disputes. The Sheffield-based team acts on a national basis, working closely with the real estate team in Sheffield and the UK-wide property litigation team. National co-head Danny Revitt leads the team, while senior associate Lisa Stratford acts in general property litigation matters, including breaches of covenants and easements, alongside a noted focus on insolvency and risk management issues.

Practice head(s):

Danny Revitt

Testimonials

Strong all round legal knowledge and practical prompt efficient approach to achieving objectives. Well structured, well led, flexible teams. Proportionate activity to the commercial tasks.

Danny Revitt is a very pleasant approachable leader with a good grasp of the world of property litigation and options available to solve legal issues. His team especially James Walters deliver a comprehensive service. Guy Whitehead and Jennifer Ayris are very approachable, responsive competent conveyancing solicitors who get the tasks done with the least fuss in a pleasant firm manner.

Always provide sensible, well thought out, cohesive advice. They understand our aims and objectives.

They just get what we want. Quick and efficient advice without over complicating matters. Nothing ever seems too much trouble. And they are top people too.

James Walters was polite, calm, concise. Very well organised young man. Is realistic with expectations and is very responsive with email and letter writing. James is very professional but yet showed considerable empathy towards our situation and that helped us to relax when dealing with him. He was excellent in preparation for HC Challenge and was successful in achieving a good outcome without going into court. we have been very happy to work with him.

Irwin Mitchell provide strong, timely advice in a format that enables me as client to make an informed decision on the matter in hand. It is this over-riding principle that guides the various instructions they have with us.

Danny Revitt has provided clear, consistent advice in respect of this instruction for over a decade. He is attentive in providing advice within the required timescales and delivers with a clear conclusion. Ben Gildea is thoroughly practical and very well thought / considered sharing similar working characteristics to Danny.

Key clients

Devonshire Green

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Tobermory S.A.R.L /Trilogy Property

Real Estate Investors

Clugston Estates

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK

Shelter

New Era Development

Redwood

Thorntons Limited

River Island Clothing Co

Jones Lang LaSalle

RGIS Inventory Specialists

Sheffield Hallam University

Henry Boot Developments

Hallam Land Management

Keepmoat

Lloyds Pharmacy

Dobbies Garden Centres

A&J Mucklow

Peveril Securities Limited

M&M Asset Management

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Methodist Church Circuit

Countrywide Residential Lettings

Dyson Industries

Persimmon Homes

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Country Style Foods

Work highlights

  • Acted for a property investment company in a forfeiture and subsequent injunction and relief actions relating to the use of common areas on an industrial estate.
  • Acted for a national retailer in the weekend removal of trespassers from the car park of one of its sites within hours of the occupation commencing.
  • Acted for a London law firm in a high-value claim relating to water damage at premises together with a dispute over the exercise of a break option.

Knights plc

Following its merger with Shulmans LLP in Leeds, Knights plc has expanded its national property litigation practice through its new Yorkshire office, with particular specialisms in dilapidations and property disrepair claims, alongside telecoms work, which includes site issues, Telecommunications Act litigation and redevelopment work. Clients include high-profile developers and retailers, shopping centres, local authorities and manufacturers, which instruct the firm on regional and national instructions. Practice head Michael Watson is noted for his expertise in the firm's key sectors. He is supported by Helen Hill, who handles landlord and tenant work, and Richard Robinson, who has experience in interim and terminal dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):

Michael Watson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Hill; Richard Robinson

Testimonials

This team in the North is definitely doing City quality work and punching above its weight, particularly in the areas of dilapidations and telecoms in which they have specialist expertise. Hopefully with the Knights merger it will go from strength to strength.

Michael Watson heads the team and is a true expert in dilapidations. They definitely come out fighting but also provide commercial advice to clients. One of the junior partners Richard Robinson I would also recommend.

A leading property litigation practice with a specialism in dilapidations and telecoms.

Partners Michael Watson and Richard Robinson are both excellent property litigators.

Key clients

Greggs

Commercial Estates Group

Trust Inns Limited

Saint-Gobain

Jewson and Graham Plumbing Merchants

Lidl

Millfield Estates

Town Centre Securities

Northern Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing Saint Gobain in property rights and liabilities cases.
  • Acting for Lidl in issues including site clearances for redevelopment sites in order to meet the client’s business plans for growth and increase in store numbers.
  • Acting for Barratt David Wilson Homes in a wide range of property litigation matters, including restrictive covenant issues, easements, option notices and plot owner disputes.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP represents commercial developers, corporate occupiers and investors in a variety of disputes, with particular expertise in claims relating to development constraints and agreements, portfolio management issues and large-scale investment disputes for overseas investors. Richard Symonds leads the team in Leeds, and acts for clients in the hotel and leisure sector in rent and dilapidation proceedings. Matthew Lonergan focuses on high-value development disputes, and senior associate Michael Gaughan has notable capabilities in financing and insolvency-related property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Richard Symonds

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Lonergan; Michael Gaughan

Key clients

Travelodge Hotels

Park Lane Properties

Allied London

Extra MSA

Highwood Developments

Watkin Jones Group

Dixons Carphone

Empire Property Concepts

Palmer Capital

SportsDirect.com

Work highlights

  • Advising Extra MSA Group on issues arising out of the £60m development of a new motorway service area off the M1 near Leeds.
  • Advising Packaged Living on identifying constraints to a £75m development on a previously dormant site in Milton Keynes, including title issues, rights of light matters, service charge issues and vacant possession issues.
  • Dealing with an injunction application protecting the investment value of long residential leases for a consortium of Singaporean and Malaysian investors.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs provides a range of specialist support to commercial occupiers and landlords, utility companies and major infrastructure developers. The team fields a dedicated land compensation practice for clients affected by major rail and airport projects, acting on a national basis; it also assists energy and utility providers with development constraint issues. David Holland leads the team, and heads up the land compensation practice; he represents commercial clients in a range of disputes including landlord and tenant conflicts, dilapidation claims, and right-to-light litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Holland

Testimonials

Squire Patton Boggs fields a team of professionals who have an excellent commercial understanding, which is crucial, alongside strong but sensitive management of the client’s expectations for a successful outcome. The team meets clients needs throughout‘.

David Holland listens, understands the situation and makes recommendations as to the strategy and actions with a balanced command and forcefulness. He leads the team with gravitas and mature authority‘.

Key clients

Northern Gas Networks

Western Power Distribution

Yum! (KFC & Pizza Hut)

Cooperative Group

Selfridges

Manchester Airport Group

Birmingham Airport

SP Manweb

Electricity North West

Reach

A-Plant

Northern Powergrid

Welcocks Skips

Cummins

Ryman Group

Ainscough Strategic Land

Fore Group

American Greetings (Clintons)

Cath Kidston

London Borough of Redbridge

United Utilities Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Welcocks in a claim securing a multi-million pound award of compensation for the extinguishment of the business following its acquisition by Network Rail as part of the Thameslink scheme.
  • Acting for MAG in claims arising under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 relating to public works undertaken to Stansted Airport.
  • Acted for Signet in a multi-million pound compensation claim following the compulsory purchase of its town centre retail premises (H Samuel) resulting in the extinguishment of the branch business.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP bolstered its property litigation capabilities with the arrival of James Teagle in early 2020 from Blacks Solicitors LLP; he works closely with national practice head Steven Eccles. Teagle has retained his client base of banks, property developers and insolvency practitioners, acting in a variety of contentious property work, particularly claims arising from financing and debt issues.

Practice head(s):

Steven Eccles; James Teagle

Testimonials

James Teagle of Bevan Brittan provides a refreshing blend of sound legal advice combined with an understanding of the commercial realities of cases. He is always calm and measured in his advice.’

James Teagle consistently gives clear positive and pragmatic advice, with a sense of humour thrown in.’

Straightforward and down to earth.’

Always very approachable and helpful, no nonsense approach. Takes the time to understand the situation with a wealth of experience personally and within the practice ensures the best outcome.’

The team we work with is particularly specialised and that makes them a favoured option when looking to instruct a law firm on particular matters.’

They are strong individuals, with excellent knowledge and are able to find an appropriate solution to problems as they arise or even before they arise. They are also excellent value for money.’

Key clients

Well Pharmacy

RBH Properties

Hornbeam Park Developments

Direct Collection Bailiffs

Dematic

NHS Property Services

London Borough of Hackney

Places for People Group

London Borough of Barnet

Renotkil

Work highlights

  • Providing Well+ with 1954 Act renewal and estate management advice in relation to its 750+ stores nationwide.
  • Advising NHS Property Services on a variety of matters relating to its substantial property portfolio.
  • Representing Direct Collection Bailiffs in a series of cases.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP handles the full spectrum of contentious property issues including development disputes and land claims. The team has particular sector expertise in the holiday and home park industry and handles lender-side financial disputes including insolvency and asset recovery claims. Luke Patel leads the team following the departure of James Teagle to Bevan Brittan LLP, and works with businesses and individuals on rights violations including trespassing and boundary disputes. Aimee Hutchinson is a specialist in the holiday and home parks industry with a significant regional profile in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Luke Patel

Other key lawyers:

Aimee Hutchinson

Testimonials

The team at Blacks handle a very diverse range of property litigation cases for a mixture of corporate and private clients.

Competent, flexible, friendly and approachable.

I feel the team, and in particular one or two associate solicitors, stand out in terms of their communication skills, their knowledge of the sector and appreciation of the need to deal with matters in a timely way. They have an understanding of the important issues and will take a commercial approach.

Blacks has a very strong and busy practice in all areas of real property with strength and depth at all levels of seniority, but a particular expertise in the area of holiday and home park litigation (under the leadership of Aimee Hutchinson).

The in-house multi-talented team covers a broad spectrum of specialist skills and they coordinate efficiently and effectively in dealing with complex legal matters where multiple faceted levels of expertise are required.

I like that Blacks have a good team and if we need to call on someone else to give advice this can be done in house. Compared to other practices i have worked with they are very efficient and responsive.

Key clients

Aura Finance

Bridegco

HMW Lending

West One

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a possession claim against an occupier following the breach of a negotiated settlement entered into after the termination of the occupier’s licence for breach.
  • Acting in a claim for recovery by a lender and the related counterclaim by the borrowers who allege that the relationship between the parties is unfair.
  • Handling possession proceedings for the recovery of land, determination of a boundary between properties and objecting to a proposed development by neighbours.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc acts for a range of regional and national clients, with particular expertise in representing national house builders in development-related disputes; the group also works closely with the firm's transactional real estate and construction practices to maintain an advisory practice alongside its litigation work. The team also works with commercial and corporate occupiers including retailers on leasing issues, easements, dilapidation claims and general landlord and tenant issues. The practice is led by Gavin Winter, who specialises in high-value and complex claims for landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Winter

Key clients

WYG Group

Bellway

Bovis Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Dr Oetker

Crest Nicholson

Miller Homes

Aurum Group

Saint Gobain

Avant Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Crest Nicholson in the contested valuation of a large parcel of development land (and the related costs of infrastructure) in the South East of England.
  • Acting for Buckland Development as the principal developer of a 1,000-acre site North of Fareham, Hampshire.
  • Representing a global professional services firm in a break notice dispute and pursuing an associated professional negligence claim against the client’s transactional solicitors.

Gordons LLP

Gordons LLP acts on a range of contentious property issues, particularly within the retail sector, with a number of clients in various commercial industries. The practice is led jointly by Richard Cressall and Graeme Davy.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cressall; Graeme Davy

Gosschalks

Gosschalks specialises in litigation relating to licensed premises, with a particular focus on the pub sector, handling a significant number of Pub Code adjudication cases. The team also represents retailers in landlord and tenant issues including break clause and rent review claims. Practice head Rob Hastie leads on pub sector work, representing prominent pub companies, while Victoria Quinn is active in high street leasing matters, with clients including general retailers and betting shops.

Practice head(s):

Rob Hastie

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Quinn

Testimonials

They understand our business, work with us and other professional advisers as one. They don’t take bad points and are mindful of reputational issues in litigation.

Rob Hastie, Partner. He stands head and shoulders above other litigators I have worked with over 25 years.

Key clients

Ei Group

William Hill Organization

Wellington Pub Company

Wilko Retail

Age UK

Moto Hospitality

Costcutter Group

Work highlights

  • Dealing with more than half of all arbitration cases before the Pubs Code Adjudicator in the three years since the Pubs Code was introduced.
  • Acting in a possession action against the tenant of the Arsenal Tavern, Highbury. The tenant had been in breach of the lease which had led to forfeiture action in 2017.
  • Acting for a landlord who sought possession of a public house under ground F of the s.30(1) of the 1954 Act – an intention to develop.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett operates across the region and beyond, with clients across Yorkshire and the North East. The team supports clients in covenant and easement disputes, contentious lease renewals, adverse possession claims and Pub Code matters. The practice is led by Howard RutterJonathan Cripwell, and Rob Cooke in Leeds, York and Sheffield respectively. The York office also regularly acts for student accommodation providers with national portfolios, while the Sheffield office takes the lead on pub-related litigation.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney specialises in representing major retail clients across the region and beyond, including landlords and tenants, in contentious issues relating to estate management, lease renewals, dilapidation claims and break clause issues, as well as rent and insolvency matters. The team, led by Laura Salvati in Leeds and Bradford-based disputes head James Staton, works closely with the firm's commercial property team and also receives direct instructions, supporting clients on a long-term basis.

Practice head(s):

Laura Salvati; James Staton

Testimonials

A well-known Leeds firm which provides a genuine alternative to the national firms which have presences in the Leeds market. The team are technically very able and have the personal touch lacking in larger organisations.

Laura Salvati – one of the most technically able and thorough solicitors I have come across, she is always completely on top of her material and gives no quarter to the opposition at all; she has recently been promoted to partner and deservedly so – a real class act.

Key clients

Games Workshop

The Trafford Centre

The Carlton Forest Partnership

Kingston Unity Friendly Society

Up and Running (UK)

Parkgate Property Group

Greenhous Group

DFDS Seaways

Dilbag Cloth House

Work highlights

  • Acted for a pension trustee in a claim for the payment of overage required for the release of a site for a multi-million pound residential development scheme.
  • Acted for a boutique hotel in a dilapidation claim.
  • Managing the property estate of Games Workshop including handling all opposed and unopposed lease renewals, and lease interpretation and lease termination issues including dilapidation claims.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP represents clients in its traditional focus area of shipping and ports, as well as national retailers and retail parks. Matters include portfolio management work, development disputes relating to energy infrastructure projects, restrictive covenant litigation and dilapidation claims. The practice is led by dedicated real estate litigators Stephen Kell and Nick Dean.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kell; Nick Dean

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Carpetright/Storey Carpets

Wykeland Group/Bridgeland Developments/Watergate Developments

Bretby (GP) LLP/Centurion Asset Management

Gleeson Regeneration

Kexgill Limited

The Sheffield Investment Company

Askham Bryan College

Coopland & Son

Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centres

Work highlights

  • Acting for Malcolm Pearson in a significant right of access and land ownership dispute.
  • Acting for the Trustees of the Westerby Pension Fund in a complicated building and construction dispute involving a dilapidation claim and structural engineering issues following a sunken floor.

Clarion

Clarion's property litigation team supports the firm's real estate clients in contentious proceedings relating to ownership, land access issues, repossession claims and insolvency proceedings; it also acts for tenants in leasing issues including break clause and renegotiation disputes. The practice is led by legal director Sophie Morley, a specialist real estate litigator.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Morley

Key clients

ASCIS (UK)

Priestley Group

Benenden Healthcare

TFG Capital

Leeds City Council

High Point Estates

One Stop Business Finance

Allscripts Healthcare (UK)

Leo Group

Portakabin

Work highlights

  • Advised Allscripts Healthcare (UK) on the operation of various conditional break clauses to ensure certainty of determination.
  • Acting for an administrator in respect of a company in administration with a large portfolio of both commercial and residential properties.
  • Representing a private funder in proceedings for possession of two properties under CPR55. Properties are in separate ownership.

Keebles

Keebles represents clients across Sheffield and the surrounding region including developers, commercial occupiers and landlords. The team acts in commercial and transactional disputes alongside proceedings relating to landlord and tenant conflicts, dilapidations and compulsory purchases. The group is led by highly experienced real estate litigator Andrew McKenzie Smith.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McKenzie Smith

Key clients

City Estates

Empire Property Concepts

Harworth Group

CRT Property Investments

Suon

Sheffield Town Trust

Sheffield Business Park

Sharpsmart

Lakeland Village Club

Saltergate Solutions

Langleys Solicitors LLP

Langleys Solicitors LLP primarily acts for commercial occupiers, portfolio holders and developers, and is particularly active in urban regeneration work. Other recent cases include restrictive covenant disputes and dilapidation claims. The team is led by disputes head James Henson and senior associate Elizabeth Turner, who focuses on property litigation.

Practice head(s):

James Henson; Elizabeth Turner

Other key lawyers:

James Bradley; Amy Taylor

Testimonials

The real estate / property team at Langleys are outstanding compared to the other firms I have dealt with in local markets. They have the finger on the pulse, both in terms of what is happening in the market and their technical abilities. This is backed up by their professionalism and accuracy of their work.

James Bradley – understands the market and networks well within it. Strong communication skills and very responsive. Elizabeth Turner – very technically minded and switched on. Provides concise and timely advice. Amy Taylor – again, very technically minded and able to provide clear advice and keep clients updated on a regular basis throughout an instruction.

Having a good relationship with the commercial property department we were passed to their property litigation section when such advice was needed. We have received very sound advice in a very efficient and professional manner which has resulted in successful outcomes.

Elizabeth Turner- Very efficient, knowledgeable and determined – and gets results!

Key clients

Helmsley Securities/Helmsley Group

W Boyes & CO

Software Box

European Commission

Electricity North West

Pro-Pak Foods

The Bayford Group

York St John University

Impact Property Services

LCF Law

LCF Law represents local and national clients, including two national charities, in a range of matters, including commercial leasing disputes, lease terminations and forfeiture proceedings. Practice head Ragan Montgomery is praised for her work in financial claims. Associate Tom Edwards has a growing national practice in the field of trespassing and right of way disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ragan Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Tom Edwards; Caroline Deathe

Testimonials

Tom Edwards stands out as fantastic solicitor in the Leeds property litigation community. Tom is extremely good on the law and often provides instructions that make it difficult for counsel to find any new point of law that he has failed to consider. He is very conscientious but, at the same time, provides excellent value for money.

Very experienced team abounding with smart and talented lawyers.’

Ragan Montgomery is a great partner and fantastic with clients. Tom Edwards is brilliant – incredibly intelligent, very hardworking and super knowledgeable. Caroline Deathe is always a delight to work with.

LCF is a mid-size firm which has loyal clients and has continued to thrive when other similar size firms have struggled. It offers a wide range of skills and services and at reasonable cost.

Tom Edwards is a rising star, handling high profile and high value property disputes. He is able and tenacious.

Very practical, good with clients, friendly and approachable.

Tom Edwards – thorough and thoughtful. Caroline Deathe – motivated and very good with clients.

Key clients

Arash Jafari t/a Brighton White Dental Surgery

Work highlights

  • Acted for a nationally recognised charity in resolving various landlord and tenant matters.
  • Acted for a nationally recognised charity in resolving various real property and trespass matters.
  • Represented an intermediate landlord in a high-profile flammable cladding dispute.

McCormicks

McCormicks acts for its commercial property clients, including portfolio holders and commercial occupiers, in contentious matters including trespass and dilapidation claims, and rent disputes, as well as complex landlord and tenant litigation relating to break notices, forfeitures and covenants. Commercial litigator Philip Edmondson takes the lead, supported by real-estate specialist Heather Roberts.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Heather Roberts

Key clients

The Premier League

John Strutt Conservation Foundation

Executors of John Herbert Strutt Deceased

Leeds United FC

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation

John Strutt Memorial Foundation

GMI Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented 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.
  • Acting for the estate of John Strutt in relation to the management of the Derbyshire Estate, involving managing difficult tenants, advising on forfeiture and distraint issues, interference with right of way and adverse possession claims.
  • Advising Leeds United FC on all aspects of the club’s properties, including securing successful outcomes in a variety of property disputes.

Raworths

Raworths primarily acts for high-net-worth individuals and institutional landlords throughout Yorkshire's 'golden triangle' in complex property disputes in the rural and agricultural sectors. Matters include trespassing claims, rent recovery issues, leasing disputes and adverse possession claims. The practice is led by Matthew Hill.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hill

Testimonials

Raworths is the clear market leader in property litigation in the Harrogate market and has a client base and influence stretching much further afield. It is a long-established firm which has retained its historic offices in the heart of Harrogate for many years and has not attempted to embark on an expansion drive – that has enabled it to retain focus on clients and not on empire building. The team is small but experienced and extremely capable. It stands out from other firms because there is not the constant movement of personnel which one commonly experiences now. 

Matthew Hill has worked at Raworths for 13/14 years. He is an extremely capable lawyer with a real commercial flair, knowing exactly how far to push his opponents in order to achieve a good result for the client, be that at trial or by way of a settlement. He is also very personable and it is obvious that clients feel safe in his hands. I have worked with Matthew for all the time he has been at Raworths and have never known him to misjudge a situation. 

Concise, proportionate advise and reasonable fees.

Down to earth, approachable, measured. Easy to get hold of compared to other firms.

Matthew Hill is the standout partner. Considered, measured, reasoned and personable.

Very careful (in both senses) to understand the nature of our problem and gave excellent well balanced advice taking into account both our needs and the outcome we sought.

Matthew Hill took great care to understand both our situation and our concerns and constructed the defence which has been most effective in demonstrating the failure of the claimant to provide any proof of his claims.  As well as being very considerate and taking time to understand our needs Matthew has demonstrated how the legal framework of rights of way could help us and consulted us on every step in the process so far.

Key clients

The Trustees of the Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

Parkmount Estates Company

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes

H. & F. N. Smith (Ellis Laith)

W F Alton & Son

Work highlights

  • Representing H. & F.N. Smith (Ellis Laithe) in a complex dispute with the City of Wakefield Metropolitan Council relating to a claim for a prescriptive right of way over a railway bridge.
  • Acting for Parkmount Estates (Allerton) in a range of issues arising from its property portfolio including disputes regarding rights of way, adverse possession of development land, recovery of rent from commercial tenants and enforcement actions against residential tenants.
  • Acting for the Trustees of Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust in a range of disputes concerning the renewal of commercial leases and the recovery of rent from tenants and former tenants.

Rollits LLP

Led by Christopher DrinkallRollits LLP acts for clients in disputes relating to breaches of contracts, restrictive covenant violations and dilapidations, representing sports clubs, residential and commercial developers, and higher education providers across Hull and the surrounding area. The team is also notably active in the telecoms industry, regularly acting for claimants.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Drinkall

Key clients

University of Hull

Superstadium Management Company

East Riding College

Hull City Tigers

Cranswick

Ideal Standard

J R Rix & Sons

Kingswood Parks Development Company

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited fields a dedicated property litigation practice, led by the highly experienced specialist Elizabeth Shaw, who represents commercial property clients in a variety of landlord and tenant disputes including dilapidation claims, easements and breach of contract matters. Nick Lambert retired in early 2020, with Michael Doherty arriving from Foys Solicitors to replace him.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Michael Doherty; Laura Sanderson

Testimonials

In respect of Property Litigation, Liz Shaw has always been my primary point of contact. I have known her both professionally and personally for many years. Whilst being extremely professional she is also approachable. She is able to work with clients on all levels from the ordinary man in the street to high powered business executives. Her advice is clear, concise and understandable. I have always had positive comments from those I know she has acted for.

This firm attracts high quality solicitors, only. Solicitors are very astute and pay attention to detail. As a client you are looked after.

Elizabeth Shaw, Laura Sanderson – Reliable, astute, excellent attention to detail, good communicators, know how to get the best outcome for client.

Key clients

Salis Properties

Salvation Army Trading Company

Nottingham One

Arthrex

Encil

G I Group Recruitment

Shrewsbury Hospital Estates

London & Associated Properties

Turner Investments

Askern

Weightmans

Weightmans represents individuals and business clients in land disputes involving issues of trespassing, covenants, and proceedings relating to green belt land, alongside rent reviews and other leasing issues. The practice acts for developers, utility companies and public houses in Yorkshire and nationally. Benjamin MacKenzie heads up the Leeds team.

Practice head(s):

Ben Mackenzie

Testimonials

Weightmans are a very professional and helpful practice. The teams who work there give 100% attention to their clients.’

Ben MacKenzie has a very approachable and helpful manner, expressing his professional view in every case he handles. His team also share the same qualities. They are also a very friendly practice.’

 

Key clients

Bellway

Atkins

Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire)

Camerons Brewery

University of Sunderland

Northern Trust Company

Northern Retail Consortium

Story Homes

Storage & Handling

Victor Products

Ubisoft Reflections

Yorkshire Electricity Group

McCarrick Construction Company

Northern Electric

South Shore Developments

Northumberland & Durham Property

Punch Pubs & Co

Greene King

Admiral Taverns

Leeds City Council

Clarion

AS Watson Group

Strada

Fullers, Smith &Turner

Work highlights

  • Acting for a property developer in a statutory appeal under CPR 52.25 brought by way of an appellant’s notice, against a Party Wall etc. Act 1996 award, made in relation to a property owned by the client. The appeal surrounds whether certain works should have been included within the award and therefore whether the award is valid.
  • Representing an electricity distribution business in securing an injunction against a party attempting to develop on the client’s land.
  • Acting for a property developer in a dispute with a local authority relating to the misclassification of the client’s property as green belt land.