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Real Estate & Planning Disputes lawyers

Whether you are a developer, landlord, contractor or occupier, when a real estate project or transaction becomes contentious, you need legal advice from a disputes team that understands the issues peculiar to the sector.

Our Real Estate Disputes Team is one of the largest specialist teams in the UK. Servicing clients from 6 locations in London, Bristol, Sheffield, 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 acting for the full spectrum of property holders across the widest range of disputes.

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.

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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’re 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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Alison Gow
Part­ner
Head of Real Estate Disputes, Scotland
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Alison Gow has over 20 years’ experience advising clients in the real estate sector in relation to both preventing and conducting litigation.  She is an accomplished litigator and strong negotiator;...
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Emma Pinkerton
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Bristol
Emma Pinkerton is a partner in our Real Estate Disputes team. She works closely with our wider Real Estate team where she provides advice based on her in depth experience of all types of property disputes...
Marcus Barclay
Marcus Barclay
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Marcus is a real estate litigator focusing on strategic advice and commercial outcomes.  Marcus headed up Olswang's Real Estate Litigation team for 25 years and has dealt with all types of contentious...
Danielle Drummond-Brasington
Danielle Drummond-Brassington
Part­ner
Head of Real Estate Disputes
United Kingdom, London
Danielle Drummond-Brassington is a partner and the Head of our Real Estate Disputes team.  She provides support to the wider Real Estate team on transactions dealing with issues such as interpretation...
Julie Gattegno
Julie Gattegno
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Julie is a partner in the firm's Real Estate Dispute Resolution team with over 20 years’ experience dealing with a huge variety of contentious property issues, with an emphasis on providing commercially...
Louise Boswell
Louise Boswell
Part­ner
Solicitor Advocate
United Kingdom, London
Louise Boswell advises on disputes and dispute risk areas in a range of sectors.  She regularly acts on complex commercial contractual disputes including post-acquisition and on termination, and disputes...
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Victoria Peckett
Part­ner
Co-Head, Construction & Engineering
United Kingdom, London
Victoria Peckett is the co-head of the Construction team in the UK and has more than 20 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of construction.She advises a wide variety of employer clients...
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Eleanor Murray
Part­ner
Head of Enfranchisement and Residential Disputes
United Kingdom, London
Eleanor Murray is a partner and heads up our enfranchisement and residential disputes team.She is an expert in all aspects of residential disputes, specialising in enfranchisement and right to manage...
Natalie Appleby
Natalie Appleby
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Natalie Appleby is of counsel in the Real Estate Disputes team.
Antoni Hajdon
Antoni Hajdon
Of Coun­sel
Senior Associate
United Kingdom, London
Antoni is Of Counsel in the Real Estate Disputes department.