Clare Bellis > Freeths LLP > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP

Work Department

Clare heads up the property litigation team in our Oxford office. She acts for developers, public sector, retail, tenants, property investors, landed estates and charities in helping to resolve the full range of disputes relating to commercial, residential and agricultural property – all with the aim of maximising the value and enjoyment of the property.

She specialises in working with the rural and development sectors, acting as a property lawyer on option/promotion and development disputes and agricultural tenancy disputes. Clare also has wide experience in professional negligence claims, particularly those involving property.

Clare’s approach is to work alongside clients to fully understand their business and objectives, with an aim to resolve disputes as swiftly and cost effectively as possible. This may involve court proceedings, Land Registry adjudication or some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (such as mediation, arbitration or PACT).



Lawyer Rankings

South East > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Clare Bellis Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP‘s practice in the South East is jointly led by Mark Brown and Clare Bellis, who are based in Milton Keynes and Oxford respectively. Brown has deep knowledge of the licensed leisure sector, which makes the firm a first port of call among national and regional pub owners, operators, brewers, nightclubs, and hotel owners. Also based in Milton Keynes is Adam Boyd, who was promoted to legal director in October 2020, and whose experience includes dilapidation cases, rent review arbitrations and commercial rent arrears matters. Bellis has over 25 years of property litigation experience, with particular expertise in agricultural disputes.

South East > Insurance > Professional negligence

The Oxford-based professional negligence team at Freeths LLP is highly regarded for its advice relating to legal and financial professionals, as well as those working in property, technology, and IT. Notably, the team is experienced acting for both claimants and defendants on all relevant matters. Head of department Duncan Crine has a ‘cool and wise head‘, and leads the team on high-profile claims, while Oxford managing partner Sarah Foster is known for her wide-ranging work on claims with a trust or probate background, and property litigation leader Clare Bellis ‘goes the extra mile‘.