Head of Real Estate Disputes


William advises a wide range of clients from multinationals to small family-run business, retailers, charities of all sizes including a number of household names, unions and educational establishments. Will also advises private individuals on all aspects of property-related disputes but with a particular specialism in landlord and tenant work, advising in relation to the management of client property portfolios. William likes, where possible, to get involved at an early stage to advise on preventative measures to avoid litigation.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising a national charity in connection with all its landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidations claims, claims for new leases and breach of covenant claims
  • Advising a number of the largest unions in the country in connection with all property-related disputes, including claims to equity in property, all aspects of landlord and tenant disputes and possession claims as both occupier and landlord
  • Acting on behalf of a large London academic institution in relation to all property-related disputes
  • Advising a number of landlord clients in relation to the telecommunication agreements with the major telecoms providers
  • Advising a charity in relation to a multi-million pound surrender and regrant of its central London headquarters
  • Advising a mutual organisation in relation to a number of trespass claims concerning a number of properties all over the UK
  • Advising in relation to arbitration and court proceedings in connection with an unopposed yet contentious lease renewal of commercial premises
  • Acting for an individual in connection with the separation of a number of family properties and other assets

Qualifications and career

  • University of East Anglia, BA (Hons)
  • London College of Law, CPE and Legal Practice Course
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2005
  • Solicitor at William Sturges & Co
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2008

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Pro bono advice and discounted advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations, including referrals via Law Work for Community Group
  • Member of the Property Litigation Association