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  • Overview

    The property world is highly diverse with a variety of businesses and private individuals operating across it. Disputes can arise in all shapes and sizes but we pride ourselves on our versatility to act for every type of client, discussing their problems in clear language without unnecessary legal jargon in order to get the result they want. We don't impose standard solutions but our extensive knowledge of the property sphere means that we can give well-informed advice geared to the client's needs both present and future.

    We represent clients in all forums including the High Court and County Court, Lands Tribunal, and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).  All of our property specialists are members of the Property Litigation Association and we have strong working relationships with specialist surveyors and experts, as well as Chancery barristers. Above all, we recognise that the property world is a business in which personal relationships count and we fully address the human as well as the legal dimension of any problem.

    The property disputes team work closely with the Portfolio asset management team.

    In recent years our highly experienced team has undertaken a wide range of work including:

    • Real estate disputes to include advising on easements, restrictive covenants, rights of common, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims
    • Disputes arising out of development contracts
    • Advising on commercial landlord and tenant disputes and related insolvency matters
    • Advising lenders on enforcement options under a charge
    • Contested lease renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
    • Professional negligence claims arising from property related matters
    • Property contract disputes to include claims for misrepresentation and non-completion
    • Disputes involving trespassers and squatters, nuisance and adverse possession
    • Residential landlord and tenant possession actions.

    The team also has expertise in complex specialist areas such as leasehold enfranchisement, agricultural tenancies and telecommunication masts.

    For further information please contact one of the team.

  • Related Client Stories

    Resolving issues between neighbouring properties concerning upgrading service media

    Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for private individuals who wanted to upgrade the electricity supply to their property in a prominent town in the South West. The existing supply was not fit for purpose and was a risk to their insurance cover if left unaddressed.

    Challenging the validity of a break notice

    Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for a client landlord of commercial premises in Kent. The tenant attempted to serve a break notice to bring its lease to an end.

    Dealing with uncertainties with the extent of land ownership

    Thomson Snell & Passmore recently acted for a client who was in the process of selling a substantial property in East Sussex when he discovered an irregularity with the boundary line at the Land Registry.

    Challenging the distribution of funds following the sale of a property by an administrator

    The Property Litigation Team acted for a large organisation of which hundreds of private member clubs through the UK are members.

    The risks of informal email dialogue when applying for landlord consent

    The Upper Tribunal (UT) recently considered whether a residential tenant had agreed to pay the amount charged by the landlord for granting retrospective consent to alterations to his flat.

    Additional challenges faced by landlords when tenants fall into liquidation

    The main course of disagreement between landlords and developers is in relation to the uplift in price to be paid by a developer to acquire the site once, for example, planning permission has been obtained.

    Additional challenges faced by landlords when tenants fall into liquidation

    We act for a client who owns a large multi-let distribution centre in Kent.  One of its tenants was recently placed into liquidation owing our client arrears of rent and leaving it to fend off claims from suppliers and other creditors who claimed rights over goods being stored in one of the units.

    Landlord unreasonably withholding consent

    We acted for the tenant of a mixed use property in Central London whose landlord refused the tenant permission to make a planning application to use the upper floors for residential purposes.  The landlord refused permission on the grounds that it perceived the tenant’s ultimate motive was to try and force the sale of the freehold under the enfranchisement process.  The tenant issued court proceedings seeking a declaration as to the position.

    Recovering rent arrears from a previous tenant

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Dispute Resolution team who advise a wide range of commercial landlords in relation to recovering rent arrears from tenants or other parties. This case study looks at the ability of a landlord to claim rent from a previous tenant.

  • Latest Updates

    Restrictive Covenants

    Restrictive covenants affecting freehold land can hinder plans for future land use or development...

    Private Landlords and the Right to Rent

    The “Right to Rent” scheme was introduced by the Immigration Act 2014 as a means to prevent people with no legal right to remain in the UK from renting or remaining in private domestic rented accommodation. It seeks to achieve this by imposing obligations on landlords (or their agents if they have agreed in writing to undertake the necessary due diligence) to check the status of existing and potential tenants. Landlords should not ignore their obligations, since in addition to the original civil penalty of up to £3,000 for failure to conduct the necessary checks, criminal sanctions were introduced from 1 December 2016.

    Implications of the business rates revaluation

    A landlord of premises let under a tenancy protected by the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (“the Act”) and who is intending to oppose the grant of a new tenancy should consider the implications of the business rates revaluation and the possibility of serving notice under section 25 of the Act before 1 April 2017.

    FAQ: Commerical Property

    Q. I have a lease of a flat that now has less than 70 years left to run.  I have read that I might have trouble selling or getting a mortgage.  Can I extend my lease?

    Commercial considerations not relevant when interpreting service charge clauses

    The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the case of Arnold v Britton concerning the interpretation of service charge provisions in leases that provided for aggressive increases in the tenants’ service charge liabilities.

    Who repairs what?

    By Felicity Warran-Smith, Partner in Commercial Property & Development. This Court of Appeal decision emphasises the importance of detailed provisions specifying the respective obligations of landlord and tenant in leases of only part of a property.

    Top tips for guarantors of leases

    By Laura Harman, Solicitor in Commercial Property & Development.

    The unintended consequences of making private arrangements

    By Alex Lewsley, Senior Associate in Commercial Property & Development.

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Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.


Responses were quick and to the point. They understood my needs, which prevented matters having to be re explained or the outcome of their services being unexpected and not what was required. They were clear about the procedure that we would follow and kept me up to date.


Kamal Aggarwal clients say 'He is an excellent representative of the business and it's values: client care and professionalism. He sets the benchmark for the firm brilliantly'.

Chambers UK 2015

They're very commercially minded and very practical. Good-quality people and very professional.

Chambers UK 2015

They are particularly good at understanding what exactly we need, which gives us reassurance and confidence in them and saves on costs.

Chambers UK 2015

They have an exceptional team. I have yet to meet an individual at the firm who falls below the high standards they set themselves and provide to their clients.

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s team is praised for its ‘superb knowledge and business acumen’.

The Legal 500 2014

They got to understand the root of our industry and advised us on the approaches we could take.

Client in Chambers UK

Broad skill set and commercial ethos.

Chambers UK

They give you the best and worst scenarios, painting a true picture for you.

Chambers UK

An outstanding level of service.

The Legal 500

Excellent level of service‚ and ‚no-nonsense, personal‚ approach.

Chambers UK

Extremely sensible and commercially astute.

Chambers UK

Prompt, clear and effective responses.

Chambers UK

Your strengths are that you are more efficient, more professional and deal quickly with any problems.


George is fab, extremely professional and thorough.


Alison Sparks was very responsive throughout and did very thorough work, at times beyond what would be expected, to support our case


I was very pleased with the due care and attention I was given in this matter.


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