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James Picknell



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James is a member of the Property Litigation Association and is listed in Chambers & Partners 2018 as a leading individual of Real Estate Litigation.

James focuses on contentious property matters including advising on dilapidations, forfeiture, rent review, lease renewals, breach of covenant, rent arrears recovery, service charge disputes and possession actions. He is highly experienced in advising landlords and tenants on the exercise of break notices and the consequences thereto.

James also has extensive experience advising on adverse possession and regularly advises private clients on disputes in the areas of restrictive covenants, rights of way, nuisance and boundaries.

recent experience

  • Acted for a well known high street retailer in respect of a contested commercial lease renewal.
  • Advised a major plc in relation to a dispute concerning airspace and prescriptive rights arguments for pipes over a river.
  • Acted on a number of complicated exit strategies for commercial tenants involving onerous break clause conditions and hostile landlords.
  • Succeeded in obtaining possessory title to land pursuant to a complicated area of adverse possession law

additional information

James studied at University of West of England, Bristol.

James is a member of the The Law Society and the Property Litigation Association.

What others say about James

Praised for being a "solid, sensible litigator" by commentators, and further sources note that "he is very detailed and has got a very pragmatic approach to disputes." He is equipped to advise on both commercial and residential property matters, including dilapidations, adverse possessions and lease renewals.

Chambers & Partners UK 2018

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