Jen Smurthwaite > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
The Spark, Draymans Way
Newcastle Helix

Work Department

Property litigation.


Jen is national head of the firm’s property litigation team. Her practice covers all aspects of property-related litigation and advice on contentious aspects of property including rent reviews, lease renewals, dilapidations, breaches of covenant, restrictive covenants and easements. She acts for a diverse range of clients, including property developers, management companies, landed estates, property investors, banks and retailers.


Joined Dickinson Dees 1984; partner, Dickinson Dees 1992; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017; senior counsel, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2020.


The Law Society; Property Litigation Association.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

Jen SmurthwaiteWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The property disputes team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is led by senior counsel Jen Smurthwaite, who clients praise as ‘simply outstanding’ and divides her time between Leeds and Newcastle. The group’s client base encompasses commercial landlords and tenants, developers, social landlords, investors and government departments, which the group advises on the full range of contentious property issues. Among the associates, Elizabeth Allen has notable experience in residential property litigation, and Elspeth Moncrieff handles lease renewals and break notices.

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.

South East > Real estate > Property litigation

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s South Coast property disputes team is led by Mark Barley in Southampton, and sits within the firm’s wider property litigation practice, led by Jen Smurthwaite in Newcastle and Leeds. Much of the team’s recent work has involved acting for commercial landlords and tenants on issues arising from government shutdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. Barley leads on the vast majority of work, with particular experience in commercial lease matters, as well as acting for clients in the telecoms industry. Vicki Young is especially noted for her work for clients with large property portfolios, and Lauren Meade is also recommended.