Real estate litigation

We advise our clients on a wide range of technically complex, high-value disputes in relation to their real estate interests.

We act for a variety of clients involved in large and complex commercial and residential property projects, including developers, house builders, investors and asset managers.

We operate across a wide range of sectors, including multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects, large commercial and industrial developments, residential developments and private equity and pension investments. 

The disputes on which we advise span funding, planning, designing, building, buying, selling, managing and maintaining real estate assets and portfolios.

In each case, we pride ourselves on understanding our clients and their real estate interests, supporting their commercial goals and helping them to avoid or resolve time-consuming and disruptive disputes.

Our clients seek our help in difficult situations, where they most value concise, practical and effective advice.  As a result, we regularly advise in relation to disputes regarding:

  • re-development strategies;
  • corporate sales;
  • overage and other forms of deferred consideration;
  • insolvency;
  • forfeiture;
  • lease breaks;
  • nuisance and trespass;
  • rights of light;
  • dilapidations;
  • party wall matters; and
  • professional negligence.

We have recently acted for clients in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), arbitration, expert determination and other dispute resolution forums.

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"Macfarlanes LLP ‘combines conscientious thoroughness with top-flight strategic thinking and legal analysis’."

The UK Legal 500 2016

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The UK Legal 500 2017

"Macfarlanes LLP fields a team that is ‘hard to beat for drive, experience and results’ and offers ‘excellent practical legal advice’."

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