Property litigation

“They are fastidious and tenacious.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They are easy to get hold of, nice to work with and very efficient.”

Chambers and Partners 2018
Property disputes can be some of the most sensitive and important issues an organisation will face, threatening core operations and profitability. With over 20 specialist lawyers across 4 locations our property litigation group is one of the largest in the country, offering our clients real strength and expertise in resolving disputes quickly and effectively.

Main areas of practice

We help organisations across all of the key sectors in which the firm excels, both with their own premises and with properties which they invest in, develop or let to others. This includes management of disputes across retail and residential portfolios, problems with developments, dilapidations claims, rent reviews or insolvency situations. We have particular expertise in the social housing, retail and leisure, development, charities, government and banking sectors.

We work closely with other specialists in real estate, planning, environment, construction and insolvency to provide comprehensive solutions. And whilst going to court is often the last resort, we have extensive experience at all levels of courts and tribunals, and in mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. 

Our work includes:

  • Business tenancies and asset management including advice on lease renewals, dilapidations, rent reviews, rent and service charge disputes, break notices and trespassers.
  • Defaulting or insolvent tenants including claims for breach of covenant, possession and forfeiture, claims against former tenants and guarantors, 'distress', and advising on all forms of tenant insolvency.
  • Land contracts including disputes about conditional contracts, options and overage.
  • Development - rights of light, preparing and implementing vacant possession strategies, advice on restrictive covenants and access arrangements.
  • Professional negligence - claims against solicitors, accountants, valuers and other professional arising out of property transactions.
  • Residential property - lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, residential possession claims, party wall, trespass and boundary disputes and property management including service charge disputes and rent recovery.


The Property Litigation team is regularly called upon to advise or act for a wide range of corporates, investors and asset management companies, retailers, residential landlords and individuals. Examples of clients we represent include:

Canary Wharf Group Rank Group Plc
Premier Marinas Limited Natural Resources Wales
DAS Legal Expenses Insurer Oxfam
Government departments and agencies British Red Cross
Colt Group Limited Oxford Colleges
Charles Tyrwhitt Bridgend County Borough Council
Snell Limited Merthyr County Borough Council
David Lloyd Leisure HSBC
Southern Co-operatives Limited Crabtree & Evelyn
De La Rue International Limited  Molton Brown

Significant experience

Examples of our work include:

  • Preparing and working with a developer to implement a vacant possession strategy to allow a significant development to proceed.
  • Acting for landlords and tenants in substantial dilapidations claims.
  • Advising a tenant in a multi-million pound dispute regarding the negligence of its expert appointed pursuant to an option agreement.
  • Advising a developer on a rights of light dispute concerning a major proposed student housing development.
  • Acting for a tenant in a multi-million pound dispute with its landlord for breach of covenant.

“Conscientious and prompt individuals who have exceptional market knowledge and consistently practical solutions that make them a pleasure to deal with.”

Legal 500 2017

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