Clive Chalkley > Gowling WLG > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
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Partner in the real estate dispute resolution team. Clive specialises in property disputes and acts on a full range of property litigation matters for developers including: strategic advice and opposing renewals to clear sites for development; rent review advice; rights to light issues; telecoms code advice; dilapidations claims; removal of restrictive covenants; dealing with tenant insolvency. Experience: extensive High Court and Court of Appeal experience over dozens of cases including some of the most important property cases of the decade; acted for House of Fraser in the ground breaking case of K/S Victoria Street v House of Fraser (Stores Management) Limited & others which redefined the law on guarantor’s liability on leasehold assignments; considerable experience on rent review arbitration/expert determination. Recently won a series of legal points for an occupier, thus saving them substantial sums on the review have worked on some of the most important telecoms cases including the Court of Appeal case of Bridgewater Canal Company v Geo Networks. Has extensive experience on all matters relating to the Telecoms Code; regularly advise developers on complex overage issues (Sainbury’s Supermarkets Limited); expert in obtaining vacant possession of premises. Has recently obtained vacant possession for a large retail developer of a multi-let office building (Sainbury’s Supermarkets Limited); day to day experience on all aspects of landlord and tenant disputes. Clients: developers (including Development Securities, Sainsbury’s and Goldcrest); investor Landlords (including National Farmers Union Mutual, The Crown Estate Commissioners, Universities Superannuation Scheme and Lendlease); occupiers (including House of Fraser and Whitbread); telecoms operators.


Enterprise Chambers (pupil) 1998-1999; Simmons & Simmons (paralegal) 2000-2001; Slaughter and May (trainee then associate) 2001-2011; Lawrence Graham (senior associate) 2011-5/2014; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP (Partner) 5/2014 to date; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Law Society; Property Litigation Association.


Bramhall High School, Stockport; Keble College, Oxford; Inns of Court School of Law, BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (1997); barrister at law (1998), solicitor (2004).


Playing piano, fine food and gadgets.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property litigation

The team at Gowling WLG are well equipped to oversee property litigation matters at all levels, with a track record of representing clients before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The practice is also well regarded for its expertise in telecoms. Clive Chalkley has over 20 years’ worth of experience as a litigator and often handles complex and high profile disputes. He co-heads the team with Martin Thomas who has over 30 years’ worth of real estate litigation expertise. His expertise also encompasses landlord, tenant and freehold property disputes. Another notable individual is Anne Waltham; she is well regarded for her expertise in rights of light matters.

West Midlands > Real estate > Property litigation

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Lauded as ‘a regional powerhouse‘ that marries ‘great experience and fresh talent‘, Gowling WLG is routinely sought out by multitude of local authorities, developers, and infrastructure players for representation in high-stakes proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Clive Chalkley , who works between London and Birmingham, and the ‘terrificPaul Barker, who focuses chiefly on investment and development disputes. Rob Bridgman, who was promoted to partner in May 2021, is noted for his expertise in technically-complex house builder cases concerning mining and minerals. Senior associate David Wigy is recommended for his capabilities in land possession and leasehold enfranchisement matters. Consultant Caroline Wort acts for investment funds in restrictive covenant claims, and cases regarding portfolio renewals. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.