Property Litigation

The law governing property is constantly changing

This can create the prospect of disputes, now or in the future – which can prove costly in terms of lost opportunities, revenue and even reputation.

Whether you’re an investor or a developer, a housebuilder or a retailer, a charity or a farmer, the way you manage your land and property is fundamental to how you operate. They are, after all, expensive and valuable assets.

The goal of our property litigation lawyers is twofold. First, we want to help you avoid disputes altogether, by advising you on decisions – big or small – which you make about your property. Second, where disputes do happen, we can help you resolve them through negotiation or the formal property litigation process.

Why choose Foot Anstey

We know that the complicated nature of property litigation issues means it’s crucial that we act as an extension of your team – we don’t work in silos.  We are always looking to get you from A to B in the most pragmatic way possible.

We focus on results and resolution. Sometimes that means litigation is necessary – in which case we are ably equipped to help. Our property litigation lawyers have acted at every level of the English legal system, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal.

We’re equally well versed in helping our clients to navigate alternative, more conciliatory methods of resolving disputes, including arbitration, mediation and independent expert determination.

You can come to us for plain english advice on a whole range of disputes and disagreements over land and property. That includes disputes over issues like possession, development, leases, land value, telecommunications equipment, restrictive covenants, nuisance and right to light.

But our property litigators aren’t just here for when things go wrong, of course. We’re also here to help you avoid disputes in the future and make the most of opportunities to get value out of your property. That could involve preparing land for development, leasing property, subletting or advising on property issues as part of large commercial deals.

Related services

Development Projects

Demand for housing, infrastructure and commercial space is growing – and developers, policymakers and investors need to respond.

We can support you at every stage in the lifecycle of a development project.

Real Estate

The world of real estate is changing fast. The way we construct, operate, invest in and use property has been transformed.

At Foot Anstey, we have the in-depth understanding to help you navigate this rapidly changing market.

Projects, Infrastructure & Construction

All business ventures and activities are risky but none more so than in the fields of major projects, infrastructure and construction.

We get to know you, inside and out, so that together we can assess, manage and navigate the path through risk to success.

Restructuring and Insolvency

The pace of change in today’s world is disrupting businesses. Markets are increasingly volatile. Industries are evolving at a pace not seen before sometimes resulting in financial distress and challenge for businesses

With the ability of our team to innovate and think creatively, we will support you in determining your restructuring and insolvency options and how to manage your risk.


Planning law is the gateway to property development. It’s the vital first step for building projects no matter what size.

Working with decision-makers at the key levels, we use our years of experience in planning law to seek out answers which work for you.

Environmental issues

Climate change presents some of the toughest questions for business.

Our edge as environmental lawyers is our experience of feeding into policymaking in Parliament, government and local authorities.

Farms, Estates and Rural Land

We understand that agriculture and rural business is highly specialised, bringing its own set of unique commercial and legal challenges that are often quite distinct from those faced in other businesses.

We work collaboratively within the firm and with our clients’ other professional advisers to bring in expertise from all areas of agricultural law, ensuring the best legal and commercial solutions are achieved every time.

Our people

We have one of the largest teams of specialist property litigation lawyers in the UK with specialisms across the developer, energy, retail and private wealth sectors. This means we can cover every type of property-related dispute, whether it’s over commercial or private property, or various different kinds of land, including agricultural, green belt and brownfield.