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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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

The Newcastle-based office of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP draws upon the firm’s capabilities nationwide and its international presence, with experience assisting US clients operating in the UK. The team has a strong reputation for handling complex commercial, residential and agricultural property claims and also stands out for its use of legal technology for document reviews, case management and data analysis. Jen Smurthwaite heads up the department and splits her time between Newcastle and Leeds. Managing associate David Hambler departed to embark on a career as a district judge.

South East > Real estate > Property litigation

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Southampton team is led by Mark Barley, who has over 30 years experience encompassing the full range of matters from mainstream portfolio management issues for institutional landlords and corporate and retail occupiers, through to Telecoms Code and foreshore and mooring issues for the Crown Estate. Managing associate Vicki Young acts for many of the team’s principal clients with particular experience in insolvencies, opposed and unopposed lease renewal claims, high-value dilapidation claims and complex break precondition issues. Newcastle-based Jen Smurthwaite leads the national practice.

South West > Real estate > Property litigation

The ‘truly excellent litigation team‘ at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is experienced in handling residential, agricultural and commercial property disputes, particularly matters in the retail and telecoms sectors. Newcastle-based Jen Smurthwaite co-leads the team with James Rees, who works from the Bristol office and is known for complex real estate disputes relating to Landlord and Tenant Act (LTA) 1954 lease renewals and terminations, dilapidations and restrictive covenants. Also notable are the ‘experienced, client-friendly and effectiveSasha Hinton, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and acts for public and private sector clients, and managing associate Naomi Cunningham, who focuses on development work.