Our team of real estate disputes lawyers offers considerable experience and expertise in a variety of property related disputes, including experience in mediations, arbitrations as well as contested litigation.

We provide real estate dispute resolution for commercial property institutions, banks, investment companies and high net worth individuals. Some of our most notable clients include The Crown Estate, FirstGroup, Nationwide Building Society, Waterstones, John Lewis Partnership and National Trust.

We are well known for our pragmatic and alternative real estate dispute resolution methods. By collaborating with other dispute resolution and non-contentious real estate specialists within our firm, we provide the highest quality advice on real estate disputes for our clients.

Areas of focus

Our expertise in real estate disputes includes the following:

  • Commercial landlord and tenant issues.
  • Real property rights disputes.
  • Development disputes.
  • Secured lending recoveries.
  • Insolvency property related matters.
  • Strategic and high value residential disputes (including enfranchisement).
  • Claimant property professional negligence claims.

Advising an international investment bank in relation to three large central London rent reviews and also in relation to significant dilapidations claim.

Advising Torbay Borough Council on development agreement dispute in respect of one of the Council's key capital assets, currently subject to Chancery Division litigation.

Representing Waterstones Booksellers Limited in contested 1954 Act proceedings.

Advising Celtic Energy Limited in dispute over leasehold and aftercare issues relating to open-case coal mines resulting in series of negotiated settlement documents.

Representing Bristol Rovers (1883) Limited in High Court and Court of Appeal relating to the enforcement of a development agreement with Sainsburys.

Acting on behalf of individuals in a complex multi-party land and joint venture dispute.

Acting for Nationwide Building Society in pursuing a call on repayment of loan monies lent against a significant property portfolio.

Representing and advising Bristol City Council in property issues arising from major ring road development.

Representing individual landowners in overage claim against house builders – representation in Chancery Division and for without prejudice meeting prior to listed Court of Appeal hearing.

Advising National Trust in negotiated resolution of property rights and flooding dispute over nature reserve and historically significant property.

Representing Co-operative Bank over disputed (BVI) administrative receiver appointment and repossession of property. Resulted in favourable settlement shortly before Court of Appeal hearing.

Advising a development company on a contractual dispute involving a significant area of development land and linked dispute with contractors over service installations.

Advising a property funds company in resisting threatened injunction application over shopping centre development.

Representing individual landowners in Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in discharge of restrictive covenant application.

Acting on behalf of an estate in defending an adverse possession claim over development land.

Meet the team
James Sutherland

James Sutherland Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Chris Preston

Chris Preston Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
Lucy Redman

Lucy Redman Senior Associate

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Disputes

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