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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Real Estate Litigation

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What the team is known for

Remains at the forefront of the London real estate litigation market. Handles a wide range of highly complex and high-stakes cases. Notable for its expertise in litigation avoidance and risk analysis, as well as rent review and dilapidations disputes. Also noted for its litigation counsel in relation to major development and infrastructure projects. Sought after for mainstream commercial property counsel, as well as niche areas such as rights to light and rating.

Strengths

Sources report: "The team are excellent and provide good, practical advice. They are at the forefront of the industry and have lots of experience in matters going to court."

According to one client, "the property team seem genuinely collaborative; they work as a team and allocate the right people for the job."

Work highlights

Defended Bidvest in a dilapidations claim brought by the Welsh Government, relating to a site in Swansea.

Notable practitioners

Akhil Markanday leads the firm's real estate disputes team. He regularly handles litigation concerning joint ventures and developments.
"An eminently safe pair of hands, he is both charming and extremely technically excellent." "He is excellent. He provides spot-on legal advice in very complex, and sometimes stressful, situations."

Michael Metliss is adept at representing institutional landlords in real estate disputes. His expertise covers  issues such as lease, service charge and nuisance claims.

Rashpal Soomal is noted for her abilities in handling disputes centred on development constraints. Her clients include developers and insurers.
"She's a very talented lawyer.""She has a huge amount of experience in rights to light matters."

Rebecca Campbell is an accomplished litigator on commercial real estate disputes. She advises clients such as fund managers and investors.
"The quality of her advice is superb.""She is excellent. She provides clear, to-the-point advice." "She is very adept at getting things done."

Roger Cohen acts for clients such as retailers, developers and utilities on real estate disputes. He is experienced in handling cases involving development and lease disputes, among other matters.
"He's great, his client care is second to none. If there's a development, he's the first to inform me."

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Real Estate Litigation Department

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Governor’s House

5 Laurence Pountney Hill

London

Greater London

UK

EC4R 0HH

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Real Estate Litigation


Akhil Markanday
Band 2
Michael Metliss
Band 4
Rashpal Soomal
Band 5
Rebecca Campbell
Up and Coming
Roger Cohen
Band 1