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Birketts LLP

Work Department

Property Litigation, Social Housing




John joined Birketts in April 2006. He is a partner and heads the firm’s Property Litigation Team in Norwich.

John advises clients on a wide range of contentious property matters including: rent arrears; service charge disputes; disrepair and dilapidations; forfeiture of leases; enforcing freehold and leasehold covenants; insolvency-related property matters; business lease renewal; residential, commercial and agricultural security of tenure; possession, injunctions and specific performance; squatters; adverse possession; boundary disputes; contentious Land Registry proceedings and enforcing security over land. John acts for a wide range of corporate and private clients including property developers, commercial landlords and tenants, and social landlords.

John qualified in 1989 and worked as a non-contentious commercial property lawyer before becoming a commercial litigator with a particular interest in property disputes. Since 1998 he has practised almost exclusively as a property litigation specialist.


John is a member of the Social Housing Law Association and the Property Litigation Association.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

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There is no better firm in East Anglia for property litigation‘, remarks a client of Birketts LLP, adding that it is ‘rare in providing a level of genuine specialist expertise which is usually only found in big commercial centres‘. Practice head Richard Eaton and key partner James Robinson , both based in Ipswich, and ‘determined litigator‘ John Scannell in Norwich are highly regarded practitioners. Their work encompasses telecom-related litigation, strategic land disputes, rights of light, leasehold enfranchisement, and town and village green matters. Senior associates Alice Harris and Laura Tanguay in Ipswich also play key roles in possession, cohabitee and TOLATA matters. Norwich-based senior associate and barrister Simon Woodhead focuses on surplus property matters.