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CMS

Real Estate Litigation

5 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Particularly adept at handling real estate disputes on behalf of hotel and energy clients. Pulls in expertise from offices across the UK to provide clients a broad and seamless service. Also noted for its ability to manage litigious matters arising from insolvency. Services an impressive client roster that includes prominent developers, corporate entities, institutional investors, property owners and tenants.

Strengths

One source reports: "They're a very good firm with a huge property department. They deal with a whole variety of things and handle them very well."

"CMS is a leader in the property litigation field," comments one interviewee, adding: "They have a very large team with expertise across the board."

Others add: "They're very effective, professional, and we get a good vibe from working with them. They're on top of their game."

Work highlights

Defended Sainsbury's against a claim for breach of a keep-open covenant.

Notable practitioners

Danielle Drummond-Brassington leads the firm's real estate disputes team. She acts on litigation surrounding matters such as rights to light, breach of covenant and planning.
"She's a very impressive individual. She cuts to the chase and is very client-focused." "She is a very well-seasoned litigator with strong tactical judgement."

Julie Gattegno acts for clients including developers and landlords on real estate litigation. Her expertise covers issues such as redevelopment schemes and property insolvency matters.

Marcus Barclay is a leading real estate litigator with experience in issues such as landlord and tenant disputes and rent review matters. His clients include developers and investors.
"He helps us navigate numerous complex issues, and we truly appreciate his dedication and effort."

Nick Lloyd is highly regarded for his experience in rights to light disputes. He regularly advises on complex and high-profile property developments.
"He is phenomenal, his brain is amazing." "He is super bright and very quick; he's right on the money with what the case is about. He's very good at seeing the bigger picture."

Nick Wood is adept at handling a range of property disputes, including joint venture disputes. His clients include landlords, tenants and property developers.
"He is always fully engaged with both the legal issues and the commercial drivers of the dispute and totally committed to serving the client’s interests."

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Real Estate Litigation


Danielle Drummond-Brassington
Band 1
Julie Gattegno
Band 3
Marcus Barclay
Band 1
Nick Lloyd
Band 2
Nick Wood
Band 4