Eversheds Sutherland

Real Estate Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Pre-eminent firm with a sizeable and highly respected team of litigators. Represents clients in a range of sectors, including prominent retailers and financial institutions, in the full span of litigation, including nuisance claims, dilapidations, rent reviews and development disputes. Demonstrates particular depth of experience in the energy and utilities sectors, with additional niche expertise in agriculture. Also regularly represents landlords, including a number of prominent institutional investors.

Strengths Interviewees describe the firm as being "excellent at every level," with one adding that the lawyers are "sensible and straightforward to work with."

"They have some really strong individuals within the team," notes a source.

Work highlights Advised Arcadis on the management of its UK property portfolio, including a significant dilapidations claim.

Notable practitioners

David Feist
is a solicitor advocate who acts for clients including landowners, public sector bodies and institutional landlords on complex property litigation. He handles contentious landlord and tenant work along with development disputes and vacant possession proceedings.
"David is an excellent property litigator who is very commercial, easy to work with and good with clients." "He provides good commercial advice and is technically sound."

Lisa Barge
is the firm's international head of real estate disputes. A solicitor advocate, she has considerable experience in advising house builders, financial institutions and retailers on a wide range of contentious property matters.
"Lisa is exceptional - she is very skilled at taking complex issues and breaking them down into more manageable elements to provide advice that is clear, concise and unambiguous." "She is amazing and so smart - she does not miss a trick." "She's incredibly decisive."

Paul Moorcroft
is a highly regarded real estate litigator in the Birmingham market. He regularly advises clients on high-value disputes relating to rent reviews, service charge issues and dilapidations claims, among other matters. He is also an accredited mediator.
"He is a good lawyer who is very sensible and will reach an accommodation when one is needed."

Robert Holloway
is a principal associate in the property litigation team. He represents clients in various contentious matters, including development disputes and contested lease renewals, with notable expertise in the retail sector.
"He is very sensible and helpful and makes difficult matters more bearable."