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Real Estate & Planning Disputes lawyers

As a developer, landlord, contractor or occupier, when a real estate project or transaction becomes contentious, it is essential that matters be dealt with as quickly and calmly as possible to ensure there is minimal disruption to your business and that you maintain the value of your asset.

That is why you need legal advice from a disputes team that understands the issues peculiar to the real estate sector.

The CMS real estate disputes team is one of the largest specialist teams in the UK. Servicing clients from five locations in London, Bristol, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the team focuses exclusively on real estate issues. Working as an embedded part of the wider real estate group, the team gives clients the benefit of experience of acting for the full spectrum of property holders across the widest range of disputes.

Our case went to court and we won. An outstanding result for our fund and for the industry at large, CMS did an exceptional job.
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Our clients include landlords, tenants, infrastructure providers, corporate occupiers, institutional funds and insolvency practitioners, and the team has expertise in mixed-use and residential property issues, as well as commercial property: from real estate-related insolvency to leasehold enfranchisement.

Whatever the complexity or type of dispute, our starting point is always to listen to you. Our approach and solutions are designed around your priorities: preserving the value of your investments and relationships, minimising costs, and achieving a speedy resolution. We are particularly committed to helping you keep control of your costs, providing upfront fee estimates and, in certain cases, undertaking fixed fee work.

As a team, heading to the court room is not our aim. Litigation should be a last resort. We pride ourselves on achieving commercial solutions for our clients, whether that is by mediation, arbitration or litigation. 

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Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott
Part­ner
Lawyer
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Stephen is a Partner in our Real Estate Disputes team. He acts for clients in the public and private sectors who own, occupy, manage, develop or invest in property. He acts for landlords, tenants...
Simone Ketchell
Simone Ketchell
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Simone Ketchell is a partner in the Real Estate Disputes Group at CMS London.  She advises leading property companies and investment funds on a wide variety of complex contentious property related ...
Tom Morrison
Tom Morrison
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Bristol
Tom is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Disputes Team. He is based in our Bristol office and has many years’ experience of dealing with a wide range of contentious real estate issues. Tom p...
Charlotte Staples
Charlotte Green
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Charlotte is an Associate in the Real Estate Disputes team.
Jerome Stedman
Jerome Stedman
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Jerome is an Associate in the Real Estate Disputes team.
Robert Wood
Robert Wood
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Robert is an Associate in the Real Estate Disputes team. 
Laura Temple
Laura Temple
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Bristol
Laura is an Associate in Real Estate Department in Bristol.