Mills & Reeve LLP

Real Estate Litigation Department

East Anglia
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What the team is known for Formidable reputation for commercial and residential landlord and tenant, development, land licence and trusts disputes. Frequently acts for investors, developers, infrastructure companies and universities. Broad experience complemented by niche expertise in areas such as agricultural disputes, in which the firm represents corporate and investment bodies.

Strengths A commentator remarks: "The whole department is at the top of their game."

Work highlights Acted for a development joint venture company on a dispute concerning valuation of land under conditional contract for sale.

Notable practitioners


James Hordern
acts for clients in the agriculture and higher education sectors on village green applications and tenancy disputes. He also advises on leasehold enfranchisement.

"He's industrious, very good on the law and robust at dealing with the other side."


Julian Steed
acts for developers, education institutions and private clients on contentious tenancy successions, restrictive covenants and village green applications. He has additional focus on agricultural property issues.
"He's brilliant technically, very quick to reply and very aware of commercial issues."


Richard Hanson
handles development-related disputes including those arising from land valuations, with further strength in landlord and tenant issues for clients in the education sector. 
"He is very experienced and an excellent solicitor." "He's brilliant; he is very committed and really takes a holistic view of problems."


Richard New
offers particular strength in business rates liability issues for clients in the leisure and logistics sectors. He also advises on rent review and leasing matters.
"He is very practical and pragmatic."