Property Litigation

Residential Property Litigation

Owners of residential property portfolios face different challenges to those owning commercial property. Regulation is much tighter, and actions are subject to wider scrutiny. As well as this, when disputes do arise, residential tenants or occupiers are much more likely to want to protect or enhance their rights.

Our residential property litigation services include:

  • Recovering possession of property
  • Claims for disrepair and other disputes over breaches of covenant
  • Service charge disputes, challenges and consultations
  • Applications to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal
  • Recovery of premises from unlawful occupiers/squatters
  • Lease extensions and collective enfranchisement claims
  • Acquisition of the freehold interest by leaseholders
  • Disputes with owners of neighbouring properties over boundaries, easements (e.g. rights of way, rights to park, rights to light, etc.), trespass, nuisance and adverse possession

We regularly act on behalf of investors, landlords, homeowners and leaseholders in relation to all manner of disputes relating to residential property.

Our property litigation lawyers have considerable experience working for investors and developers, as well as individual leaseholders, on residential property disputes.

We will work hard to get a satisfactory outcome without having to resort to court proceedings. However, if a matter does proceed to court, our lawyers have the specialist expertise to get the best resolution for you.

We are commercially-focused, and provide practical advice that seeks to solve problems, rather than producing obstacles.

Our lawyers are highly-responsive and provide quality advice and representation to help bring a dispute to the best conclusion.

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

£13m dilapidations claim

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

Defended an injunction application

Defended an injunction application for a real estate fund and obtained a summary judgment in relation to contested possession and damages proceedings following the former tenant’s re-entry into premises after landlord’s forfeiture.


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


Clients say Danny Revitt of Irwin Mitchell "is aware of how our portfolio operates and is very proactive."

Chambers & Partners, 2016

Leading Firm - Legal 500 2017

Irwin Mitchell’s team "impresses with the level of service, speed of response and commercial advice offered".

Legal 500, 2017

Legal 500 Leading Firm 2013

"Irwin Mitchell’s property litigation team gives extremely sound, commercial advice which is valued by professionals and clients alike."

Legal 500, 2013

Awards & Accreditation

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.

UK Chambers & Partners Leading Firm 2018 Leading Firm - Legal 500 2017 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.

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