Property Litigation

Complications often arise in property. Resolving these disputes requires a quick response with specialists who understand the risks associated and give you clear, practical advice.

We always seek to guide our clients on the most appropriate options available when facing a dispute. Our experienced team covers all levels of court work right up to the Supreme Court, and are skilled at dealing with disputes in other dispute resolution forums such as the property tribunals, arbitration and mediation.

In addition we uniquely offer advice in the high-end residential property market and in leasehold enfranchisement disputes, particularly in prime central London. We are also strong in the field of compulsory purchase, whether acting for acquiring authorities or landowners.

Working with a wide range of clients we help them to protect and develop their property interests.

Clients include

  • Asset managers
  • Banks
  • Charities
  • City livery companies
  • Developers
  • Housing associations
  • Landed estates
  • Private individuals
  • Property investment companies
  • Public bodies
  • Retailers

The team’s expertise covers a range of real estate disputes relating to commercial, residential and mixed-use properties including:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Claims for compensation under the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965
  • Disputed easements
  • Disputes over contracts for the sale of land
  • Insolvency
  • Misrepresentation claims
  • Noise and other nuisance claims
  • Options and rights of pre emption
  • Party wall disputes
  • Property and insolvency issues, and
  • Property-related professional negligence claims
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Rights of light claims
  • Trespass/squatters/adverse possession

We also deal with all types of landlord and tenant disputes including:

  • Breaches of covenant
  • Business lease renewal claims
  • Dilapidations and repairs
  • Disputed rent reviews
  • Disputes regarding consent to assign or underlet
  • Possession and forfeiture
  • Rent arrears
  • Service charge disputes

Bircham Dyson Bell’s team has ‘a clear and practical approach to resolving disputes, paying close attention to the relevant principles while always looking for realistic solutions’.
Legal 500 UK 2017

‘A good, integrated team who are all aware of other litigation going on.’
Chambers & Partner UK 2017

‘Their responsiveness and intellect are the two key things that stand out.’
Chambers & Partners UK 2016

‘Everyone there has been exceptional.’
Chambers & Partners UK 2016

Bircham Dyson Bell provides ‘a clear, practical approach to resolving disputes.’
Legal 500 UK 2016

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The Challenge of Adverse Possession of Registered Land – Olivia Peake

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