Fiona Graham > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
The Spark, Draymans Way
Newcastle Helix
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE4 5DE
England
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Work Department

Property disputes

Position

Fiona spent 11 years running her own business before coming to the law. She trained as a barrister and was called to the bar by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She joined the firm in 2005 and specialises in commercial property litigation.

Fiona advises both landlords and tenants including CEG, Govia Thameslink Railway, Grainger PLC, the National Trust, Standard Life and a number of Administrators, including Deloitte and KPMG, as well as major institutional lenders and large-scale residential developers on contentious property matters including: opposed and unopposed lease renewals, break clauses, surrender and forfeiture; insolvency related matters; the enforcement and release/modification of restrictive covenants; possession claims, including claims brought against commercial tenants, trespassers and squatters; adverse possession claims, easement disputes (including rights of light) and boundary disputes; valuation disputes at arbitration, mediation and expert determination and professional negligence claims.

Fiona’s most notable court case to date was at the Court of Appeal in the case of Erimus Housing Limited v Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Limited [2014] EWCA Ccv 303. Fiona’s tenant client held over after expiry of a contracted out lease and the case concerned whether or not her tenant held over as a periodic tenant or a tenant at will. Her most notable arbitration to date was acting for CEG in a complex valuation involving the satisfaction (or otherwise) of planning conditions.

Career

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2021.

Memberships

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple;  Property Litigation Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Property litigation

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s property litigation team ‘provides clear and practical advice’ to its roster of clients, which includes housing associations, local authorities, property developers and investors, landed estates and retailers. Senior counsel and national team leader Jen Smurthwaite splits her time between the firm’s Leeds and Newcastle offices, and advises on contentious matters pertaining to rent reviews, lease renewals, restrictive covenants and easements. ‘Extremely astuteFiona Graham and managing associate Paul Joyce are key members of the team.