Disputes are a fact of life. Our specialist litigation teams deal with the avoidance and resolution of disputes involving residential and mixed-use property.

We act for property owners, landlords and tenants (in the private and social sectors), institutions, charities, housing co-ops, tenant’s organisations and small and large businesses.

We are renowned for our expertise in the field and have been involved in a number of high profile cases over the years. Our lawyers are experienced in court claims, tribunal applications and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including arbitration and mediation.

We regularly advise on:

  • recovery of possession, including eviction of squatters
  • recovery of rent and service charges
  • disrepair and dilapidation claims
  • tenancy terms and tenancy deposit (TDS) issues
  • boundary and neighbourhood disputes including rights of way, rights of light and party wall
  • disputed enfranchisement and lease extension claims
  • leasehold renewal and management disputes especially concerning service charges
  • appointment of residential property managers
  • right to manage advice and disputes
  • conveyancing disputes and enforcement of mortgages
  • property related solicitors’ negligence
  • property related insolvency disputes
  • adverse possession claims
  • nuisance and negligence claims
  • disputes between tenant management organisations and local authorities
  • Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO)
  • homelessness claims

We have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency which means that we are accredited under the Legal Aid scheme to act for tenants facing eviction or suffering serious disrepair and those who are homeless. For Legal Aid queries, please contact our Putney office on +44 (0)20 8789 9111.

Our team

The Legal 500 (2022) specifically commented on our expertise in this area, stating our "well-respected team in the real estate sector" has a "particular expertise in handling disputes arising out of the private rented and build-to-rent sectors, such as rent arrears, nuisance claims and possession matters. 

Our experienced property teams are headed by Jason Hunter, a leading property lawyer with a national reputation, and Graham French, an established and renowned property litigation and social housing lawyer.

All team members are members of the Property Litigation Association and/or the Housing Law Practitioners Association.

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our social housing solicitors on 020 3826 7525 or complete our enquiry form.

Property Litigation Association

All Contentious Property solicitors are members of the Property Litigation Association. Jason Hunter is a former chairman and Paul Greatholder is a current director.


Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

We also have a flexible and innovative approach to litigation funding which enables us to offer our clients, in appropriate cases, a series of funding choices tailored to their particular requirements. For further information please read our commercial litigation funding information sheet

Property Litigation Association

The PLA is a members' organisation for professionals specialising in all aspects of commercial, residential and agricultural property litigation.