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UK Guide 2023

Ranked in 1 Practice Areas
4
Litigation
2 Years Ranked

About

Provided by David Hitchcock

UK

Practice Areas

David is a solicitor who specialises in commercial litigation and property litigation. He advises a broad range of clients, from private individuals to multi-national businesses, including SMEs, property developers and the firm's large portfolio of property clientele.

David is a notable practitioner, ranked in Chambers UK 2023 and has been recommended in six editions of The Legal 500. He is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution team, based at the firm’s Guildford office.

Career

David studied Law at the University of Leicester and completed his LPC at the College of Law in Guildford.

Professional Memberships

David is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Personal

David is a keen sportsman and especially enjoys playing football when his young family allows. He rides his motorbike to work most days, and sometimes uses pedal power when the stars align.

Clients

David is praised by his clients for taking care to provide a quality service, and combining a forensic approach with commercial and practical awareness.

Approach

David tries to address any dispute resolution issue with speed and efficiency, and understands that clients not only want sound advice on their legal rights, but practical and sensible options to allow them to invest their resources elsewhere. David is experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including arbitration, adjudication, expert determination and mediation, as well as claims at all levels of the Court system.

Experience

David has over 15 years’ of practice and considerable experience covering a wide range of dispute resolution and litigation cases, including all types of business and commercial claims, property litigation, intellectual property disputes and complex lending dispute work.

David is often trusted to act for his clients on multiple issues across the range of this expertise, including business clients looking for trusted advisors to help with repeat issues, or those complex claims spanning different legal specialisms.

Property Experience

All aspects of residential property litigation and commercial property litigation, including:

• Contested and uncontested Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 business tenancy renewal claims

• Commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes

• Dilapidations and disrepair claims

• Forfeiture and relief from forfeiture claims

• Complex disputes concerning the ownership of property and trusts

• Disputes over property contracts, including claims for specific performance and misrepresentation

• Construction disputes; and

• Disputes over rights of way, easements and restrictive covenants

Commercial Litigation Experience

A wide range of commercial litigation experience, including:

• Director, shareholder and partnership disputes and Companies Act claims, including unfair prejudice and derivative claims

• Commercial and contract disputes, including supply & distribution contracts, breach of warranty and indemnity claims and claims against guarantors

• Fraud, asset tracing and freezing injunctions

• Finance disputes and the enforcement of security

• Insolvency litigation, both corporate and personal

• Breach of contract claims;

• Loan enforcement, including receivership and administration; and

• Intellectual property disputes.

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers

UK

Litigation - The South
4
Band 4

David Hitchcock frequently advises clients on shareholder disputes and business litigation, including unfair prejudice claims. He acts for both individuals and companies.

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