Head of Dispute Resolution, Real Estate Disputes

Mark Steggles

Mark is an experienced litigation partner who leads the Dispute Resolution team at Thomson Snell & Passmore. He has more than 17 years’ experience advising on all aspects of real estate ligation. This includes expertise in commercial landlord and tenant disputes; disputes relating to the development of land; and property insolvency work.

Mark’s approach is client objective driven to ensure that disputes are resolved in the most pragmatic and cost effective manner possible with minimum fuss.

As an experienced litigation lawyer who has worked for all types of clients throughout his career, Mark has established close working relationships with other professionals and can bring a team together to drive a matter to a conclusion.

Mark Steggles

Specialisms & expertise

  • Disputes arising out of development contracts to include questions of interpretation, trigger events, overage claims and price determination procedures
  • Real estate disputes to include advising on easements, restrictive covenants, rights of common, and adverse possession claims
  • Property insolvency work including the enforcement of legal charges and the appointment of both fixed charge receivers and administrative receivers
  • Advising on commercial landlord and tenant disputes including contested lease renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
  • Professional negligence claims arising from property related matters
  • Seeking orders for sale under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Matters arising under the Electronic Communications Code.

Examples of work

Acted for Hautford Limited in the Supreme Court proceedings concerning whether a landlord was unreasonably withholding consent to the tenant’s request to submit a planning application for premises in Soho

Advising client O Limited to devise a strategy for the recovery of possession of a disused mill in the North West from a tenant who had allowed it to fall into a dangerous state

Advising a well-known commercial lender client on enforcement options following default by its borrower and arranging the subsequent appointment of the LPA Receiver

Assisting a developer client to defend claims by a neighbouring land owner designed to interfere with the development of a sizeable new residential estate in Kent

Acting for Mr T to determine the price payable by a national house builder to purchase land under an option agreement

Advising corporate trustee clients in connection with the closure of a private members club and the subsequent dispute regarding the allocation of funds following the sale of the clubhouse.

Devising a strategy for client FA Limited to recover possession of a multi tenanted mixed use property portfolio to enable re-development to take place

Resolving a bitter dispute at a mediation between family members relating to Mrs J’s property interest in an estate in Kent

Acting for a farming business client in forcing the sale of agricultural property following the dissolution of the farming partnership.

Achievements & other appointments

Mark is acknowledged in leading independent guide to UK law firms, Chambers UK, as a leader in his field. His clients say he “”will get on with the work without us having to chase him, and he has a good balance of commercial intelligence and legal knowledge.” He is also described as being “incredibly approachable, personable and knowledgeable”. He is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Mark is listed as a Citywealth Leader.

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Mark attended Sheffield Hallam University and studied law. After completing his LPC at the College of Law in Guildford, Mark joined the firm as a trainee. Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2005.