Mathew Ditchburn > Hogan Lovells International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Work Department

Real Estate Litigation (London (Firms))




Mathew Ditchburn is head of the Hogan Lovells real estate disputes team and one of the United Kingdoms’s leading practitioners in property litigation. Working with investors, occupiers, and a range of other stakeholders, Mathew helps clients to think laterally and find creative solutions to even the most intractable property disputes.

Contentious issues with real estate are manifold, ranging from protecting the value of your assets to managing the business space you use every day. Mathew’s experience spans the full range, having handled disputes arising out of buying and selling real estate, leasing commercial property, secured lending, and redevelopment. He is particularly well known for dealing with these matters within the added complexities of an insolvency scenario, and is one of the true authorities in this area, as well as actions against negligent professionals.

Mathew joined Hogan Lovells in 2002 and was made partner in 2011. He now runs the firm’s top ranking London real estate disputes team. He is Chair of the Property Litigation Association’s Law Reform Committee, Vice-Chair of the British Property Federation’s Insolvency Committee, Chair of the Joint Insolvency Committee, and a member of R3 (the association of insolvency professionals). He is a regular press commentator and speaker at industry conferences.


The University of Nottingham; Inns of Court School of Law, London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals -

Mathew Ditchburn

Hogan Lovells International LLP

‘Demonstrating a good combination of practical willingness and legal depth’, the ‘diligent, attentive and well coordinated’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is jointly led by Nicholas Cheffings, who also sits as an arbitrator, and Mathew Ditchburn. It is best known for its real estate insolvency expertise, which is routinely drawn upon by landlords in disputes with insolvent tenants, alongside its experience handling development-related disputes, rent reviews and contentious matters arising from real estate portfolios, such as break option and dilapidation disputes, head office relocations and litigation pertaining to leasehold liability and property outsourcing transactions. The ‘excellent’ Paul Tonkin, who was appointed partner in January 2019, is experienced in development challenges, rights of light matters and vacant possession strategies, and senior associate Katie Dunn is adept at handling high-value litigation. Clients include UK real estate investment trusts (REITs), large fund managers and central London developers.