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Ashfords LLP

Work Department

Property Litigation




Sian is a Partner and Head of the Property Litigation Team. Sian has extensive experience dealing with a wide range of property disputes.

Sian and the team handle disputes based on the construction of contracts, landlord and tenant issues such as exercising options to break, dilapidations claims and claims in insolvency, property related negligence matters, recovery work for social housing clients and commercial lenders, housing management, long leasehold work, statutory challenges and judicial review claims and real property issues such as party wall claims, right of light and easement proceedings.

As property litigation covers a real variety of work the cases the team work on are invariably interesting and provide the opportunity to work with clients to achieve their commercial goals. Market conditions in recent years have been challenging for both the private and public sector and the team makes sure that it constantly adapts to ensure that its input adds value for the client. The team members work very closely with Ashfords Real Estate Team and their clients and as the Property Litigation Team is a large team with very experienced staff it has the capacity and capability to handle any litigation issues that are encountered.


  • National developers: Acting for a number of developers in connection with overage, option and land issues arising.
  • Family property company: Acting for the company with a wide and varied commercial property portfolio issues arising, including regaining possession by forfeiture, opposed consent/licence applications, recovery of rents and enforcement of covenants.
  • Private individuals and national developer: Acting jointly for private individuals and a national developer in opposing a statutory challenge brought by local protester group (Court of Appeal determination).
  • Developer and private individuals: Acting jointly for a developer and private individuals in statutory challenge proceedings relating to the planning decision concerning a site in Wiltshire.
  • Water utility company: Acting for the company in connection with contentious property claims including advice on options, enfranchisement, claims for damage brought against it.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Social housing

(Leading individuals)

Sian GibbonAshfords LLP

Ashfords LLP possesses a strong presence in the South West with offices in Exeter, Bristol, Taunton and Plymouth, which work closely with the firm’s London hub to provide comprehensive advice for clients in and outside the capital. Sian Gibbon leads the housing litigation and tenancy management team and is regularly involved in disrepair claims and counterclaims, social housing fraud causes, and injunctions to enforce tenancy obligations. The property and development side of the practice is spearheaded by Paul Butterworth, who is specialised in large scale complex development and regeneration work. Public sector expert Lucy Woods handles public procurement issues, while senior associate Isabelle Clement regularly deals with matters pertaining to development.

South West > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Sian GibbonAshfords LLP

Sporting ‘considerable experience from partners to associates’, Ashfords LLP advises clients on matters ranging from professional negligence claims to commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters. Sian Gibbon leads the practice from Exeter, where Victoria Bonnet and Marjorie Batten are recommended for their expertise in both private and public sector property litigation. James Hemsley in Plymouth and the Bristol-based Warren Reid are further key contacts.

South West > Public sector > Local government

‘The team just work exceptionally well’, remarks a client about the public sector team at Ashfords LLP, which is based in Exeter and Bristol, and covers the whole gamut of local government issues. Practice head Lucy Woods supports clients throughout the full lifecycle of public sector projects, while Jessica Taylor is well versed in advising on construction and engineering law. Also central to the team are employment specialist Charles Pallot and property litigator Sian Gibbon. Robin De Wreede combines real estate expertise with knowledge of public sector matters, including regeneration and development projects, as well as acquisition and disposal.