Real Estate Litigation: No bull, no china shop.

At a glance

Nobody wants to get involved in litigation. It’s not just the expense; it also diverts management time from day-to-day business. But sometimes disputes and disagreements are unavoidable. So when they do occur, we do not rush off to the courts like a bull into a china shop.  But rather, we carefully consider the risks and rewards, within your timescales and budgets, and then pursue assertively to maximise the prospect of reaching the right decision for you or your business.  Not all disputes need to go to court.  If we can, and if appropriate for your business and situation, we will help you to avoid that.  We are tenacious litigators.  But also experienced negotiators and sensitive to your wider commercial needs.  It is, after all, your business decisions that drive a piece of litigation. Not the other way around.

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"Strengths include extent of knowledge and most notably the passion of individuals to get the deal done."

Chambers UK - 2016

In detail

Our real estate litigation team deals with many diverse matters. Typically they include development disputes; landlord and tenant issues including lease renewals (opposed and unopposed), overdue rents and service charges, breaches of covenant, and dilapidations; recovery of possession; rights of way, rights to light, party wall and other land disputes; valuation and construction disputes; property fraud; and professional negligence.

Our real estate litigation service isn’t only available to Memery Crystal property clients. We work on many commercial, residential and mixed-use buildings within our clients’ property portfolios with, at the risk of being immodest, a record of significant success. That’s why we’re engaged not only by large property Plc’s, retailers, developers and high net worth individuals, but also by small to medium sized freeholders, landlords and tenants. They all expect – and receive – results and value for money. Without unwanted or unwarranted drama.

We are experienced in mediation and arbitration and engage in other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our wide range of expertise is recognised by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK.

Recent matters


Wood v Waddington [2015] EWCA Civ 538 – obtained a successful judgment in the Court of Appeal acting for Mr & Mrs Wood, the appellants in a case involving a number of rights of way issues over a neighbour’s land.

Noel Edmonds vs. Ulrik Lawson – acted for Noel Edmonds in a dispute concerning breach of joint venture agreement in relation to the construction of two development sites.

Ridgewood vs. Valero – acted for developers (Ridgewood) in a multi-million pound claim for breach of multi option agreements for the development of petrol filling stations at various locations around the UK.

Gordon Ramsay vs. Gary Love – acted for Gordon Ramsay in relation to the enforcement of a personal rent guarantee in a lease of the York & Albany and defending the allegation that the deed was executed by him or with his authority.

Advised a high net worth individual against contract administrators and subcontractors in relation to the poor quality of works and loss caused by delay during a development of their Central London property.

Acting for a national shopping centre operator in recovering rent and service charge arrears from tenants, including commencing and progressing insolvency proceedings where required.

Represented a high net worth in a property fraud claim brought against a property vendor and a firm of solicitors.

Acting for Buckthorn Limited in a dispute involving a pre-emption right over a property.


  • L500 UK 2015 - Firm

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