Although not primarily a contentious area, the nature of the real estate sector means that disputes do arise – whether over title matters, landlord and tenant issues or unauthorised occupation of land.
Our specialist real estate litigation team has the expertise and resources to handle property-related disputes of all types, delivering solutions that are practical, commercial and cost effective.
Our expertise includes:
Our real estate litigators work closely with our real estate lawyers to minimise the risk of disputes escalating to litigation. We understand that disputes often take place in the context of a larger transaction that cannot wait on the outcome of potentially protracted litigation. By responding quickly and anticipating issues we can help to prevent problems arising or minimise their effect. We strive to achieve early settlement wherever appropriate, but are experienced in the tactical use of litigation or other forms of dispute resolution to promote the best possible results for our clients.
Thekla Fellas leads the ‘excellent’ team at Fladgate LLP, which has particular expertise in telecoms disputes acting against operators. Clients include Soho Estates and St James Group (Berkeley Homes). Janet Keeley, Alison Mould and Jonathan Hibberts are also recommended.
Advises clients on a range of complex disputes. Offers notable expertise in the hotel and leisure, telecoms and high-value residential property sectors. “Fladgate has the balance right – they communicate amongst each other and they aren’t drowning in their own importance!” Represented Crest Nicholson Operations in a case concerning the removal of telecoms equipment from the old Cambridge City football ground. Provided Provident House Staines with advice on a potential claim against Reading Borough Council relating to the scope of local search questions and obligations in responding to Permitted Development Rights enquiries.
Thekla Fellas is described as a “very impressive” practitioner by a source. She has notable expertise in property disputes in the telecommunications sector and also advises on a range of development-related disputes.
Alison Mould regularly advises leisure, retail and investment clients. She has a particular focus on listed buildings and buildings of significant historical importance. Clients describe her as “very hands-on and very sure of her advice!’
‘Very effective property litigation firm’ Fladgate LLP has expertise in the leisure, telecoms, site development and high-value residential sectors. Thekla Fellas leads the team, in which Alison Mould ‘knows her game exceptionally well’, and Janet Keeley is ‘extremely impressive’.
Known for its expertise in the telecoms sector but also handles significant work in the leisure industry. Frequently advises on vacant possession strategy and on matters relating to complex commercial and residential developments. They work hard but have a wonderful culture; they are human and fun to work with. They have a high level of technical knowledge and a tactical approach.
Acted for the Trustees of the will of the First Lord Brocket in the case brought against the tenant of Brocket Hall due to disrepair, rent arrears and unlawful chattel usage. Thekla Fellas is a well-known name in telecoms-related real estate litigation. Sources say she is “friendly, active and well respected.” Alison Mould frequently acts on matters involving retail and leisure sites. Interviewees say she is “very good at cutting to the commercial quickly and making sure you target your arguments during litigation.”
Represents a broad client base, from commercial landlords and housing developers to non-profit organisations and private individuals. Handles commercial litigation alongside the firm’s planning and construction practices. “They all get on with the job and do their best to take the pressure off me as the instructing client; at the same time I am always kept informed as to progress on issues that they may be dealing with.”
Acts on both commercial and residential property matters for clients including investors and developers. Particular strength in telecoms issues, residential development work and property management. Thekla Fellas is the head of the real estate disputes team, and an active and well-respected figure in the field. She has a niche expertise in property disputes involving telecoms issues. Sources regard her as someone who “handles herself very effectively”. Alison Mould specialises in retail and leisure sector property disputes. She acts for a number of investor clients. Sources particularly praise her efficiency.
Thekla Fellas is described by sources as being a “very commercial, very robust” litigator who “fights her client’s corner”. Alison Mould is lauded by clients for her “approachable” manner, and acclaimed for being “very supportive” and “extremely good in meetings”. She has recently led on landlord advisory work regarding Little Chef, and has acted on several other insolvency-related cases. The “impressive” Janet Keeley is noted by sources for her “very sensible” approach to litigation. She has comprehensive experience of advising on the full range of real estate disputes and has recently led on rent review and professional negligence-related work.
Thekla Fellas leads the team at Fladgate LLP, whose clients include Haymarket Media Group and Soho Estates. Janet Keeley is “an outstanding lawyer, and a pleasure to deal with”. The “incredibly dedicated” Alison Mould and “amazing” Jonathan Hibberts are also recommended.