Associate, Real Estate Disputes

Grace King

As an associate in the Real Estate Disputes team, Grace advises on a broad range of matters relating to commercial, mixed use and residential property. She works closely with the firm’s commercial property in relation to institutional clients’ property portfolio management (including property-related insolvency issues and secured lending disputes) as well as providing advice to private individuals.

She handles contentious matters including possession claims, recovery of arrears and boundary disputes. She also advises clients ahead of potential disputes, on matters such as statutory lease extensions, collective enfranchisement and adverse possession claims.

Grace advises on all stages of the process, from preliminary advice on avoiding future disputes, through to pre-action advice in anticipation of litigation, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms (such as mediation) and litigation itself.

Grace Mercer

Specialisms & expertise

  • Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, including breach of covenants, forfeiture, and dilapidations claims
  • Enfranchisement and statutory lease extensions
  • Opposed and unopposed lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • Arrears recovery for residential and commercial landlords
  • Recovering possession of residential and commercial premises
  • Adverse possession in relation to registered and unregistered land
  • Service charge disputes
  • Development issues including boundaries, and the exercising of option agreements
  • Professional negligence claims.

Examples of work

Advising clients on various strategies to secure vacant possession of commercial premises.

Acting for clients in connection with their statutory lease extensions under the Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993)

Acted for a private individual who received notification from the Land Registry that her neighbour had lodged an application to register rights

Advising commercial landlords in connection with successful court proceedings

Applying to set aside default judgment obtained against a residential client in respect of disputed rent arrears

Advising a management company in respect of various estate issues

Negotiating the resolution of multi-party adverse possession claims


French Baccalaureate. Grace graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 with a degree in Combined Studies History and Film Studies. She completed the GDL at Northumbria University in 2011 and the LPC in 2012. She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in January 2019 then qualified in- house as a Solicitor in August 2019. Joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in March 2020.

Grace is as a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Grace is also fluent in French.