Property Litigation

Our team of Property Litigation specialists expertly manage all contentious issues concerning commercial and residential property.

Overview

Our team of property dispute specialists expertly manage all contentious issues concerning commercial and residential property. Disagreements involving land and property are common and are often very stressful for those involved due to the financial and emotional pressures. Our property dispute lawyers provide clear and practical advice to achieve a client’s long-term commercial goals.

The team seeks to resolve matters with clients as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Our lawyers are adept at negotiation and will seek to resolve disputes using a range of approaches from round table meetings and mediation to arbitration and adjudication. If a resolution cannot be found, the team is well known for its tenacity in achieving the best outcomes for clients should disputes lead to proceedings in the Courts or Lands Tribunals.

As well as seeking resolution or redress for clients, our specialist lawyers work with our leading Real Estate team – one of the largest in the south-east – to offer strategic advice aimed at assessing risk and reducing the likelihood of disputes arising.

Featured experience

The team advises clients in all manner of property related matters whether this is commercial, residential or agricultural.

Together, we act on behalf of banks, developers, household names in the retail sector, commercial owners and occupiers of business premises, charities, hotel and leisure operators, local authorities and other public sector bodies as well as high net worth property owners.

The strength of our real estate team means that we are regularly instructed in respect of disputes concerning promotion agreements, options over land, conditional sale contracts and overage agreements.

With continued growth in the development sector, we have significant experience of successfully dealing with cases involving adverse interests over land, including restrictive covenants, easements, long user rights, shooting rights and rights of light and air.

We advise numerous well-known commercial occupiers with large portfolios of retail premises in relation to their disposal and renewal strategies. In particular we are experienced in all aspects of lease renewal proceedings, from discussions on strategy before prior to lease expiry, up to determination of the terms of a new lease by the Courts.

Our team also has specialist experience in dealing with leasehold enfranchisement matters and are a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. We act for both landlords and tenants in relation to rights of first refusal of long leaseholders, collective enfranchisement of leasehold flats and houses and right to manage claims. The team also regularly advises in obtaining lease extensions for their residential flats under the statutory provisions of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.

"Field Seymour Parkes handle all matters in a pragmatic way and the team are always responsive.”
"Field Seymour Parkes is one of my favourite firms to work with. They are clued in and know what they are doing."
Legal 500 UK
"In-depth specialist knowledge of the practice area. Commercial and pragmatic advice."
Legal 500 UK
"The Field Seymour Parkes property litigation team have incredible strength in depth; they have good commercial know-how and deliver a really great product at a very reasonable price."
"The property litigation team at FSP are my number one recommendation for most areas of property law. They combine in-depth knowledge with a very user-friendly approach. They can compete with the big players at much better value."
"A truly first rate property litigation department. I have worked with them for nearly 20 years and have always been impressed by their work ethic and attention to detail."
"They are very structured in their approach; they really take the time to understand the client and contribute holistically," adding: "They use their experience to go the extra mile."
"FSP offer a better service than London firms by marrying experience and specialism with a personal touch. Impressive attention to detail and my first recommendation for all types of property litigation. Extremely good value for money by comparison to competitors."
"The firm has established a niche licensing practice, and is more than capable in matching the better known licensing firms in terms of service and value for money. The advantage that they have is that they offer a one-stop shop, dealing as they do with planning and commercial conveyancing as well as licensing law."
"As a department, they are deep thinkers; keen to win at trial, but anxious to get a good settlement so their clients don’t have to take their chances at trial. They are masters of cost effective litigation in an era when that quality is rarely seen. They are also thoroughly amiable – a joy to work with from the barrister’s point of view."
"Field Seymour Parkes’ real estate litigation practice is second to none. When I am asked to recommend a firm of solicitors in the Reading area by my own friends and family, that is where I send them."
"The team are all very commercial, hands-on and thorough in their approach to litigation."
"Efficient, comprehensive and always willing to find a practical solution to any issues."
"FSP have built a team of quality individuals, all specialists in their field, they offer good sound common sense advice, they are transparent with their scope and charges, and as a client you know exactly where you are. They have a good stream of talent coming through which gives confidence that there is continuity within the firm."