John Wagstaffe > Longmores Solicitors LLP > Hertford, England > Lawyer Profile

Longmores Solicitors LLP
SG14 1HP

Work Department

Property Litigation


Partner and Head of Property Litigation


John handles an array of commercial and residential property disputes acting for clients with property interests including management companies, managing agents, investors, developers, private owners, rural land owners, and both commercial and residential landlords and tenants.  John’s particular specialism is in advising landlords, management companies and managing agents about the various legal issues and disputes which arise in connection with blocks of apartments.

John studied Law at the University of Southampton, graduating in 2006. He immediately followed this with the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (now the University of Law), graduating in 2007.  He joined Longmores in 2009 as a Trainee Solicitor, qualifying into the Residential Property team in 2011.   In 2012, John founded our Property Litigation team and in 2016 was promoted to Senior Solicitor and then Partner in 2020.

John frequently acts in the following types of cases:

  • Advice on freehold and leasehold property issues
  • Business lease renewals and terminations
  • Non-payment of rent
  • Other lease breaches
  • Forfeiture
  • Break clause notices
  • Dilapidations
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Easements (e.g. rights of way)
  • Trespass and nuisance claims
  • Title disputes
  • Residential Lease Extension and Collective Enfranchisement claims
  • Service charges disputes
  • Possession proceedings for short residential leases (e.g. assured shorthold tenancies)
  • Land Registry/First-Tier Tribunal applications (e.g. adverse possession & rectification of register)
  • Co-ownership disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Party Wall Act disputes


John is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners


University of Law (2006-2007)
University of Southampton (2003-2006)


As a dad of three young children, John’s time away from work is largely monopolised, but where he can he enjoys reading, film, eating out and the odd day with his car on the race track.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

(Next Generation Partners)

John WagstaffeLongmores Solicitors LLP

Longmores Solicitors LLP‘s ‘outstanding‘ team is located in Hertford, and the group assists a varied client roster including insolvency practitioners and medical recruitment businesses. The ‘very competent and professionalJohn Wiblin heads up practice, while John Wagstaffe leads on the property litigation side. Wiblin handles unfair prejudice claims and partnership disputes, and ‘star’ practitioner Nathanael Young is adept at advising on defamation and cross-border litigation. Associate Lauren MacKenzie is ‘super efficient, knowledgeable and professional‘, focusing on contentious probate and insolvency disputes.

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

The team at Longmores Solicitors LLP handles the full spectrum of commercial property issues, including agricultural sales and purchases, and general commercial property leases. Rachael Spalton leads the Hertford-based practice, utilising her ‘deep knowledge and excellent understanding‘ to assist promoters, developers and landowners with strategic land transactions. The ‘exceptionally smart, diligent and efficientVictoria Sandberg is particularly adept at handling rural and agricultural matters concerning overage and option agreements, in addition to acting for landed estates. John Wagstaffe maintains his property litigation practice, often representing developers and landlords.