Mario Betts > Lewis Silkin > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Lewis Silkin
255 Blackfriars Rd

Work Department

Real Estate.


Managing Associate


Mario advises on all issues relating to real estate disputes in various forums including the High Court, County Court, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal, and the Upper Tribunal.

Mario acts for a broad range of clients across the property sector from developers to landlords to corporate occupiers.

Mario advises clients on a range of contentious issues including commercial lease renewals, dilapidations, rent and service charge disputes, forfeiture proceedings, break notices and changes in legislation. He also advises on property-related professional negligence disputes (particularly involving solicitors and surveyors), and development issues such as boundary disputes, easements, restrictive covenants, and rights of light.

Recent work includes:

  • successfully advising on a multi-million pound claim relating to the termination of a contract for the sale of a landmark London property
  • obtaining an injunction against a mortgagee and various third parties restraining them from disposing of the mortgaged property following a sale at an undervalue
  • successfully opposing a challenge to the exercise of a tenant’s break clause
  • successfully advising on professional negligence claims against a firm of surveyors and a firm of solicitors


Mario is a member of the Property Litigation Association, R3 – the Association of Business Recovery Professions, NARA (Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers), and the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property litigation

Lewis Silkin covers all areas of commercial and residential property litigation before all levels of court. The team acts for major corporates and high-net-worth individuals with a particular focus on dilapidations, rights of light, insolvency and development matters. Practice head Brian Kilcoyne, who is noted as ‘one of the leading property litigation solicitors in the country’, has over 30 years of experience with contractual and development disputes. ‘Top litigator’ Mario Betts handles a range of commercial landlord and tenant matters, whilst Paul Hayes has a strong track record in professional negligence.