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Simon Serota

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Wallace LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation


Areas of Practice: Commercial Litigation, Property Litigation, Leasehold Enfranchisement, Professional Negligence


I specialise in all types of property litigation and dispute resolution including landlord and tenant disputes, breaches of covenant and leasehold enfranchisement. I also undertake a wide variety of general commercial litigation work including shareholder claims, professional negligence claims and asset recovery and protection.

In 1996 I established one of the first teams of lawyers dedicated solely to leasehold enfranchisement, which has experienced phenomenal success and continues to grow.

Positions Held:

Wallace LLP 1979 – present | Partner

Wallace LLP 1977 – 1979 | Solicitor

Wallace LLP 1975 – 1977 | Trainee Solicitor

I have also been a part-time Deputy Cost Judge for 20 years


Law Society


  • Manchester University
    LLB Hons

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Wallace LLP's 'team is hard-working, commercially minded and successful'. It represented a Panamanian company in its claims against twelve defendants for breach of fiduciary duty and knowing receipt of funds and other contractual benefits that were procured pursuant to the wrongful divestment of a real estate asset.  Simon Serota is litigation head; Alexander Weinberg  is 'outstanding on the law and client relationships but retains an excellent strategic overview'; and Oli Goldman 'balances great litigation skills with an empathy towards clients'. Craig Thompson  is also highly regarded.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Wallace LLP's ‘excellent property litigation’ team consists of ‘talented specialist lawyers and an excellent client base’. Simon Serota heads a ‘well run department’ which is cited by clients as a ‘market leader in leasehold enfranchisement’. Serota is an ‘out of the box thinker’ and ‘a true expert’ in his areas of specialisation which include landlord and tenant disputes, breaches of covenant, professional negligence and asset recovery. Partners Meera Patel and Samantha Bone are also singled out for praise by clients. Patel is ‘great with clients’ while Bone is ‘accessible and meticulous’, both are ‘very experienced and capable of handling large workloads efficiently and effectively’. Associates Fleur Neale and Shamin Kashem are respectively praised as ‘brilliant’ and ‘extremely able’. Other areas of focus for the firm are forfeiture, dilapidations, contentious lease renewals and tenant insolvency.

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