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Forsters LLP

Work Department

Property Litigation




Julia is a seasoned litigator specialising in real estate disputes, with a particular focus on commercial real estate. Her practice covers both development and investment disputes, particularly those concerning trophy assets and valuable portfolios. She has significant litigation experience, including lengthy and high-profile trials. Julia also has many years’ experience advising on alternatives to litigation, such as negotiation, mediation and early risk identification/mitigation. She is a qualified Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in the higher courts.

Her core areas of expertise include advising developers on a range of contentious matters such as rights to light, vacant possession strategies/site assembly, trespass, restrictive covenants, easements and overage agreements. Julia is also an expert in commercial landlord and tenant issues including business lease renewals, break notices, tenant arrears/insolvency, landlord consents, dilapidations and service charge disputes. She advises in the areas of enfranchisement, pre-emption rights, party walls and Land Compensation Act issues, and also handles disputes concerning professional negligence and breach of contract arising in the property sector.

She is recognised in the The Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ having previously been ranked as both a ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Next Generation Lawyer’.  Julia is a regular commentator and has written various blogs and articles. She also presents to clients and their advisors on technical issues and the latest legal developments.

Julia joined Forsters in March 2022 from Herbert Smith Freehills.


Law Society

Property Litigation Association

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Property litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Julia TobbellForsters LLP

Forsters LLP‘s expertise covers forfeiture, enfranchisement disputes, rights of way, rights of light, service charge disputes and telecoms code matters. Ben Barrison recently took over as head of the property litigation practice from Natasha Rees, who is now the firm’s senior partner. Barrison is described as ‘one of the very best property litigators around – great on the law, but does not let it distract him from seeing the bigger commercial and tactical picture.’ Another reputable individual is Jonathan Ross; his specialisms lie within rent review and dilapidation claims. Anna Mullins was promoted to partner in April 2021, while the team was also recently boosted by the arrival of Julia Tobbell from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP,