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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Beijing, Berlin, Boulder, Brussels and 33 more

Roger Cohen

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner HRO

Work Department

Real estate disputes.


Partner and co-head of real estate disputes who has conducted real estate litigation in six levels of court and tribunals and arbitration; appeared in over 30 mediations; acted for landlords in the leading case on intra-group assignments – from instruction to Court of Appeal win in exactly nine weeks; acted for ratepayers in five Upper Tribunal appeals; and is acting on disputes and giving advice around real estate ownership, letting and valuation, rent review, rating and real estate related professional negligence. Clients include fund managers, sovereign wealth funds and occupiers.


Assistant solicitor Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP) 1984-89, partner 1989; Blundell lecturer, 2008; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; part-time chairman of certification appeals for the General Medical Council; part-time judge, First-tier Tribunal;. CEDR-accredited mediator.


Law Society Civil/Commercial Mediation Panel; ARBRIX.


Modern American comics and comediennes (watching if not imitating).

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Roger Cohen - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Property litigation

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP sits ‘at the top of the pile’ following the merger between legacy firms Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave. Akhil Markanday took over as practice head from the ‘hugely experienced’ Wendy Miller and ‘masterfully knowledgeable’ Roger Cohen who both remain active. The group excels in rating law, rights of light work and rent reviews and is praised for its ‘partner-led approach’, which is supplemented by ‘good use of junior and support members to maximise efficiency’. Cohen recently deployed his ‘specific and learned expertise’ in the Court of Appeal, representing Tesco in a case related to the rates liabilities arising from ATM machines. In a further highlight, Markanday is advising Heathrow Airport in regard to the occupation of sites adjacent to the airport by a protest group.  Newly promoted partner Rashpal Soomal is also recommended, as is Michael Metliss for his work on asset management issues.

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