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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Guy Knight

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

Work Department

Real estates disputes.


Property litigation partner with over 20 years’ experience of property litigation across most practice areas, with a particular expertise in relation to disputes arising over all aspects of the residential development of land. He acts for most of the major house builders in this respect. He has particular expertise in restrictive covenants, rights of light easements and other common fetters on development, as well as disputes concerning overage and all aspects of development contracts. Guy supplies day-to-day specialist advice and assistance to his colleagues engaged in the purchase of development land. In 2013-2014 he acted for a national house builder in a high profile claim in which allegations of fraud, deceit and conspiracy were made against them by a subsidiary of a high street bank which were discontinued on the first day of a 3 week trial. He acted for the successful residential developer in the most important case on restrictive covenants in recent years Crest Nicholson v McAllister and also in another related Court of Appeal case Martin v David Wilson Homes which together have helped define the meaning of ‘a’!


Trained Radcliffes & Co. Qualified 1991. Made partner in present firm 2008. Radcliffes & Co (1989-2000); Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2000 – present.


Portsmouth Grammar School; Christ Church Oxford (1984-87); Jurisprudence 2:1; Lancaster Gate School of Law (1987-1988).

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is regularly instructed for residential development disputes, retail and shopping center management and commercial property portfolio management. Practice head Guy Knight and senior associate Jonathan Smith are hailed as ‘the Batman and Robin of property litigation’ and the wider team is praised as being ‘extremely talented with superb clients’. Joanna Christou is a key member of the group which has been bolstered by the arrival of Ellen La from Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP. Knight has recently been acting for Sydney Road Developments to obtain vacant possession of a development site tenanted by a number of commercial tenants. The firm has also acted for Royal London, advising them on the significance of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 on their £2.7bn UK property fund. Other clients include the NHS and Lloyd’s of London.

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