Claire Hitchman Associate

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Contact Details

Claire is an Associate in the Property Litigation team. Claire advises on a broad spectrum of property based disputes, including all aspects of commercial and residential property and landlord and tenant law.

Main areas of practice

Claire has experience of a broad range of real estate disputes both in court and at tribunal. She advises on commercial landlord and tenant matters including lease renewals, dilapidations, breach of covenant and well as real property matters such as boundary disputes and adverse possession.


Claire has extensive experience of advising business clients and private individuals.

Significant experience

  • Advising on a long standing dispute concerning adverse possession and rectification of a boundary
  • Successfully resolving a long running dispute concerning the terms of a renewal lease
  • Advising and representing a landlord to trial on his application for the termination of a tenancy of a boatyard   
  • Advising a residential leaseholder facing a significant claim for property damage.

Other expertise

Claire has also advised in a high profile dispute concerning breach of a development agreement.


Claire ’s Blog

Bristol Rovers shown the limits of good faith

On 13 July 2015, we finally learnt of the court's decision in the battle between Sainsbury's and Bristol Rovers concerning the Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium.

Articles by Claire

An unwelcome relief? Opportunities to challenge forfeiture are broadened (again)


It is with some hesitation (and permission to appeal) that the court has granted relief from forfeiture of a licence for the discharge of surface water.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Boundary disputes to be overhauled

While we await the new date for the Property Boundaries Bill to be considered in the House of Commons Our expert looks at the Bill and how it will revolutionise boundary disputes.

Landlords' consent: when can landlords refuse for fear of enfranchisement?

A recent case has updated the law on refusing consent (to assign, sublet, change use etc) on the basis that the tenant might acquire the freehold: it will be harder to do so in some modern leases.

Rights to Light update: How your behaviour with neighbours will impact your risk of an injunction

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal is a stark example of the effect conduct has on the court's discretion to grant an injunction.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016