Pinsent Masons

Real Estate Litigation Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Widely acknowledged for its expertise in contentious landlord and tenant matters, vacant possession cases and development disputes. Demonstrates solid capabilities across the full range of real estate litigation and maintains a healthy reputation for its work in rights to light disputes. Also has notable expertise in specialist areas such as energy-related property litigation, Green Belt development disputes and real estate cases concerning hotels, mixed-use property and relocations. Acts for a variety of clients, including landlords, utilities and developers.

Strengths According to one client, "they offer strength in depth and are able to work as a team."

One interviewee describes the lawyers as "commercial, responsive and always on the same page."

"The team is acute at picking up on problems that may arise in the future," reports a source.

Work highlights Successfully acted for Chalegrove Properties on acquiring an injunction to prevent trespassing in the Landmark Pinnacle in Canary Wharf by urban explorers.

Notable practitioners

Melissa Thompson is adept at advising on high-value development disputes. She regularly works with investors and developers.
"She is very dynamic and has excellent skills in both understanding the law and managing cases. She communicates exceptionally well with clients." "She is great at talking through complex cases and getting to the nub of what is important."

Richard Bartle is an associate who regularly works with clients on property disputes. He is particularly experienced in handling matters in the energy, manufacturing and technology sectors.
"He's very good, knows his stuff, applies himself and works well for the client.""He's very good at making complicated situations clear and giving you the ability to make value judgements." "He is very clever, extremely nice and excellent with clients."

Siobhan Cross is noted for her expertise in rights to light disputes. She acts for a range of clients, including investors, landlords and insurers.
"She is vastly experienced, very able and trusted by clients." "She's a very conscientious, good communicator who gives us a good level of service."