Pinsent Masons

Real Estate Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Excellent outfit handling complex and high-value litigation ranging from vacant possessions to restrictive covenants and right to light disputes. Extensive experience representing developers, retailers and educational institutions, and also noted for its specialist expertise in the telecoms sector. Impressive public real estate practice, advising a number of local councils and boroughs.

Strengths Interviewees describe the team as "extremely capable and engaging to work with."

"An excellent property litigation team that works cohesively to offer technical expertise and sound advice on complex issues," say clients.

Work highlights Acted for London & Regional Properties on a substantial claim for disrepair against a casino operator group and its guarantor with regard to a casino in London's West End.

Notable practitioners

Alicia Foo
acts for clients in the property sector on a range of complex disputes, including matters relating to dilapidations, insolvency proceedings and contested break clause notices. She also has particular expertise in handling disputes in the telecommunications and energy sectors.
"Alicia is very pragmatic and has her finger on the pulse of the market." "I don't know of any solicitor who is as good as her at switching the emphasis of litigation quickly if troubles arise - she is very good at driving litigation forward from that point of view."

Craig Downhill
is a senior associate who recently joined Hogan Lovells from Pinsent Masons. He has experience in handling a range of contentious real estate matters, including dilapidations claims, contested lease renewals and insolvency-related disputes.
"He is an excellent lawyer who is very commercial and client-friendly." "He is incredibly thorough and a really good lawyer." "He has a really good investigative approach and a good breadth of knowledge and experience."