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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.

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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. 

 
Simone Ketchell
Simone Ketchell
Partner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Simone heads up our Sheffield based Real Estate Litigation team whilst working with members of our teams based in London and Bristol to deliver a seamless service to clients. The Sheffield team is one...
Luke Arnold
Luke Arnold
Senior Associate
United Kingdom, London
Luke Arnold is a senior associate in our residential disputes team.He specialises in all aspects of residential real estate disputes and has particular experience in landlord and tenant matters, service...
Sarah Coates-Madden
Sarah Coates-Madden
Senior Associate
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Sarah is a senior property litigation solicitor with 17 years’ experience in well known Yorkshire forms. Her expertise includes lease renewals, Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 matters, forfeiture, dilapidations...
Sarah Collins
Sarah Collins
Senior Associate
United Kingdom, London
Sarah Collins is a Senior Associate in our residential disputes team.She specialises in all aspects of residential disputes, with particular expertise in enfranchisement and right to manage claims, residential...
Charlotte Green
Charlotte Green
Senior Associate
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Charlotte is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Disputes team
Jerome Stedman
Jerome Stedman
Senior Associate
United Kingdom, London
Jerome is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Disputes team
Kelly Brown
Kelly Brown
Associate
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Kelly is an associate in our Planning Team in Sheffield. She deals with due diligence for investors and developers and the drafting and negotiation of planning and highways agreements. Kelly also provides...
Chris Devitt
Chris Devitt
Associate
United Kingdom, Manchester
Chris is an Associate in our Planning Group. Chris has significant experience advising clients in relation to infrastructure, energy and property projects, planning applications, real estate, financing...
Isabel Sgambellone
Isabel Sgambellone
Associate
United Kingdom, London
Isabel is an associate in the Planning team in London, having qualified in August 2021. Her practice spans all matters of planning law, with experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters...
Sally Tang
Sally Tang
Associate
United Kingdom, London
Sally is an Associate in the Real Estate Disputes Team.