Marjorie Batten > Ashfords LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

Ashfords LLP
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Work Department

Property Litigation




Marjorie is an Associate in the Property Litigation Team acting for both residential and commercial landlord and tenant clients, as well as local authorities and registered providers of social housing, in relation to a range of property matters, including breach of covenant and forfeiture, service charge recovery and disputes, contentious lease renewals, the right of first refusal and enfranchisement and lease extension claims.

Marjorie also advises developers and other land owners in relation to issues affecting development land, including the enforcement and modification/discharge of restrictive covenants, trespass, adverse possession and rights acquired by prescription and the statutory regimes governing the creation and termination of wayleaves and the powers to lay and retain pipes.

Marjorie is often instructed by leaseholders with high value prime central London property interests and is experienced in dealing with lease extension claims against the large London estates.

Marjorie is a member of the Property Litigation Association. She regularly delivers training to clients in-house and at organised events on a number of property and housing related issues and is recommended in the Legal 500 (Social Housing).


  • Statutory Undertaker Landlord: acting in relation to a contentious collective enfranchisement claim and successfully ensuring the client’s asset, which remained located within the property, was sufficiently protected.
  • Local Authority: acting in relation to a judicial review of a decision of the Valuation Office Agency based on the construction of regulation 128A of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 in conjunction with Graham Cridland, Head of the Planning Team.
  • Private Individuals: successfully obtaining summary judgment in the High Court confirming the rescission of the contract and forfeiture of the deposit against a purchaser referred to by the press as ‘the house buyer from hell,’ who failed to complete in breach of contract.
  • Registered Provider: advising in relation to a leaseholder’s challenge to service charges following major works, including advice on the statutory procedure and negotiating settlement.
  • Local Authority: advising in relation to the provision of temporary accommodation pursuant to section 188 of the Housing Act 1996, including advice on the terms of the agreement used for the provision of this accommodation and the procedure for recovering possession.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Property litigation

(Rising stars)

Marjorie Batten –Ashfords 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.