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Property Litigation

Commercial Property Litigation

Acting for clients of all sizes from SMEs to PLCs, we regularly advise in complex projects involving large property portfolios and developments.

We can assist in all types of commercial property litigation, including:

  • Disputes in connection with development agreements and site assembly issues (including easements and rights of way disputes)
  • Contentious and non-contentious business lease renewals
  • Dilapidations claims
  • Disputes over breaches of covenant including forfeiture or relief applications
  • Service charge disputes
  • Exercising break options
  • Recovery of land or premises from unlawful occupiers or squatters
  • Lease surrender negotiations
  • Disputes over consent to assignment, sub-letting, change of use, alterations

Our property litigation solicitors support landlords and tenants on a range of commercial matters. We act for a diverse range of clients including:

  • Retailers
  • Developers
  • investors
  • Financial institutions
  • Educational establishments
  • Charities and property managers

The breadth of experience, together with close integration with our real estate, commercial, restructuring and insolvency teams, allows us to provide a full service offering to our clients.

We offer a highly responsive service, with lawyers always on hand to give clear, solutions-focused advice.

Our approach is to get a thorough understanding of your business and its commercial pressures, so that we can provide pragmatic advice that’s grounded in what you’re trying to achieve.

We are experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution whether that be litigation, arbitration, expert determination or alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.

Key Contacts

Our key contacts our all experts in their fields. Feel free to email or phone them to find out how we can help your business.

Recent Deals

City Centre Scheme

We acted for a landowner and developer on a £100m plus city centre scheme providing strategic development advice on issues such as restrictive covenants and rights of light.

National Property Investor

We helped a national property investor for more than 15 years, providing advice on all areas of property management for its estate.

Vacant Possession Recovery – National Property Investor

We acted for this national property investor in order to recover vacant large industrial premises after a series of occupier insolvencies. Our lawyers negotiated a swift multi-party sale of the plant and its machinery to enable a six figure re-letting.


Successfully mediated the settlement of a £13m dilapidations claim on behalf of a tenant.

Occupation Of Premises – National Property Investor

Our lawyers acted for a national property investor in formalise the occupation of a premises after administration of a tenant.

Injunction Application

We defended an injunction application for a real estate fund and obtained a summary judgement relating to contested possession and damages proceedings. This was after the former tenant re-entered the premises after the landlord’s forfeiture.

Supreme Court

We advised a client in the Supreme Court case Trail Riders Fellowship and Tilbury v Dorset County Council (2015) regarding the use of historic byways in Dorset.

Environmental Challenge

We successfully challenged the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Public Affairs relating to a route through a farm in Kent being upgraded to a byway open to all traffic.


We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


"They're very commercial, very switched-on and they do things efficiently."

Chambers & Partners, 2019


"Great to deal with and consistently gets the job done."

Legal 500, 2019

Awards & Accreditations

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

5th Most Active Mergers & Acquisitions Firm - Experian 2016 Lex 100 legal-500-2019 chambers-2019 The Times Best Law Firms 2019 Shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year - Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards 2016

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

Brexit And US Trade Deals

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Property Developer Purchases Office Building In York

13 / 08 / 19 Read More

M&A Activity Set To Remain High In Waste Management Sector

08 / 08 / 19 Read More

Alzheimer's Testing Specialist Secures Investment from NPIF Maven Equity Finance

02 / 08 / 19 Read More

Irwin Mitchell Shortlisted For Employment Law Firm Of The Year Award

26 / 07 / 19 Read More

UK's Most Sustainable Cities Revealed In New Report

22 / 07 / 19 Read More