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“The litigation team is focused, commercial, practical and very technically competent.”

Claire Lyon

Consultant Partner
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Claire is an experienced property litigator, undertaking a very broad range of real estate disputes (including property insolvency) as well as landlord & tenant disputes in both the commercial and residential sectors. She also undertakes bridging loan advice, as well as bridging loan recovery-related work.

She acts for both commercial and residential private clients, investment companies as well as financial institutions. She supports her bridging loan clients with real estate finance advice as well as the recovery side of the finance, which often involves appointing and working with (or for) LPA Receivers.

Her clients comprise of limited companies and plcs as well as individual property owners, property management companies, landlords, tenants and financial institutions.

Claire is a member of the Property Litigation Association, Women in Property, Property Litigation Association and was a working party committee member for PACT (Professional Arbitration on Court Terms).

Claire is a dog lover and enjoys long walks in the outdoors, as well as gardening.

  • Landlord & tenant-related matters – commercial and residential
  • Real estate disputes, such as rights of way and trespass
  • Property finance and bridging loan advice
  • Property insolvency
  • Removing squatters
  • Property-related professional negligence
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Recently acting for 59 leaseholders of a tower block in central Bedfordshire, opposing and appealing all of the improvement notices served by the Council in respect of defective cladding. The result was that the Tribunal found in favour of the leaseholders and held that  different statutory regimes under the Housing Act 2004 and the Building Safety Act 2022 will not operate in isolation. This was one of the first cases to consider this issue post-Grenfell, further to the implementation of the Building Safety Act 2022
  • Acting for a developer client following the Council’s triggering an overage provision in a s106 agreement
  • Acting for a landlord in a dilapidations claim against a well-known charity and securing a six-figure settlement for the landlord
  • Acting for a management company and landlord in residential possession proceedings where the leaseholders (unsuccessfully) claimed business tenancy status
  • Acting for a landlord in the First Tier Tribunal in response to a claim by the leaseholder for the determination of service charges
    • The Property Litigation team is ranked Tier 2 by The Legal 500
    • The Litigation Team is ranked Tier 1 in The Legal 500
    • The Litigation Team is ranked Band 2 by Chambers and Partner

“I have a firm belief in Claire Lyon’s reliability, a trust. This makes our relationship personable and believable. Her advice is therefore more grounded… this is why I am happy to give an exceptional rating.”

– The Legal 500

“Claire Lyon’s turn-around for work is both fast and precise. She has a quick mind and has a specialist and thorough knowledge of landlord and tenant law. She has always been approachable and is available for advice on the telephone and often on the spot advice. She is my litigator of choice. She is different from other competitors because she is always available, nothing is too much trouble, no job too large or too small. She has a solid commitment to us as a client which we have not found elsewhere.”

– The Legal 500

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