Property Dispute Resolution

If you own land, or if you occupy it, there is a risk you will be involved in a property dispute. We will work with you to quickly develop a strategy to manage your dispute and to achieve the outcome you want.

Each dispute is different, as are the needs of each of our clients. Our expertise in litigation, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and negotiation means we can offer a strategy to meet your needs.


  • Advising a public sector client in relation to an application to register a Town and Village Green over their land and defending the same on our client’s behalf.
  • Advising a government sponsored body in defending a multi-million pound claim regarding the ownership of mineral rights beneath the surface of several large forestry areas in Wales. This claim is unique in that it involves questions of ancient land law dating back to the Norman Conquest and differing types of land tenure.
  • Advising an executor and trustee client in respect of a Property Land Tribunal dispute over the ownership of a high value building in London. The origin of this claim potentially arose as a result of enemy action during the Second World War.
  • We act for a large telecommunications operator providing advice on a number of key issues, which are core to the successful management of its cell site lease investment business.
  • Acting on behalf of an owner of a large block of flats in the centre of Cardiff in relation to the enforcement of restrictive covenants in residential leases to prevent use of the building for short term AirBNB style lettings.
  • We continue to act on key projects of significant importance to local government agencies including disputes against former tenants arising from terminal dilapidations at a key development sites in South Wales.
  • Advising a social housing client in respect of a dispute arising as a result of a neighbouring owner moving the boundary of their property, enclosing a portion of our client’s land.
  • Advising a tenant of a commercial property wherein the landlord forfeited our client’s lease by peaceable re-entry on a Monday morning and we were able to secure our client’s re-occupation within 24 hours under a tenancy at will whilst a relief from forfeiture application was ongoing.
  • Advising a social landlord client in respect of a complex dispute with its landlord in respect of the repair covenants in a 125 year lease of a block of flats. The dispute revolves around who is responsible for payment for the works.
  • Advising our client in respect of a contentious adverse possession/right of way claim over a high value, significant and well known plot of land in the centre of London
  • Advising a charitable client who had acquired a number of shop premises in respect of their intention to open a number of charity style shops to assist their income stream.


“Led by Robert Phillips, Hugh James ‘s two-partner team has a particularly strong reputation handling litigation within the development sector, where clients include numerous well-known housebuilders including Barratt Homes and Persimmon Homes.

Legal 500 2018 

“excellent – very knowledgeable, and their availability exceeded expectations.”

“My impression of them is excellent – a very approachable firm.”

Chambers & Partners 2019


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