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Nicola Davies

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Legal 500 2021 Leading Firm Ranked in Chambers


Commercial property litigation

  • Commercial lease renewals (service of s.25/s.26 and counter notices), commencing or opposing proceedings for a new lease
  • Preparing and serving break notices
  • Dilapidation (disrepair) claims
  • Breach of lease terms
  • Trespassing/forfeiture
  • Commercial rent arrears recovery procedure (CRAR)
  • Construction disputes
  • Rights of way, easement and restrictive covenant disputes
  • Town and village green applications
  • Rectification of lease terms
  • Obtaining and defending against injunction applications
  • Disputes involving Option Agreements

Residential property litigation

  • Residential possession proceedings
  • Serving s.8 and s.21 notices
  • Residential lettings advice
  • Enforcement of possession and money judgments
  • Tenancy renewals and deposit claims/procedure
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Breach of lease and disrepair terms
  • Rights of way, easement and restrictive covenant disputes
  • Adverse possession claims
  • Neighbour and boundary disputes/party wall act notices
  • Contentious property issues related to insolvency

Business and commercial disputes

  • Contract disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Debt recovery
  • Alternative forms of dispute resolution such as mediation

About Nicola

Nicola is an Associate Solicitor in the litigation team specialising in property dispute resolution. Her work covers all aspects of estate management advising both landlords and tenants on issues related to commercial leases such as forfeiture, renewals, breach of lease terms and property related insolvency disputes. Nicola also regularly advises our clients on trespass claims, possession, rights of way/boundary disputes and adverse possession claims.

Clients praise her no-nonsense, forward thinking approach and cost-effective case management. Whilst being a strong advocate for alternative forms of litigation, such as mediation, Nicola enjoys using her knowledge of the court system and litigation process to help clients achieve their objective and pursue/defend against a claim where they consider injustice has been done. Nicola’s attention to detail and knowledge of the litigation process has resulted in valuable outcomes for our clients. Ensuring clients see value for money whilst delivering an excellent service, Nicola makes clients feel at ease in what often is a very stressful situation. Increasingly Nicola takes on complex high value cases whilst also assisting two juniors in the property litigation team.

Recent examples of work undertaken:

  • Obtaining an injunction for a client whose neighbour was moving the boundary fences without their consent. Further successfully applying to strike out the defence at the first case management hearing as it disclosed no reasonable grounds for bringing or defending the claim.
  • Advising and having the daily conduct of an adverse possession claim that went all the way to trial of a large parcel of residential and commercial land worth over £1.5million.
  • Successfully appealed to the Welsh Minister to overturn a public body’s decision on the terms imposed in a marine dredging licence.
  • Successfully defending a tenant’s right for a new lease against a landlord’s claim under ground G – where a Landlord wants the property back for its own use.
  • Multi-party right of way dispute which involved a land locked property in the Isle of Wight. Settlement reached at round table meeting between four sets of solicitors.
  • Recovering possession for the Council and landlords against trespassers unknown.
  • Ensuring payments were made to our clients in accordance with the terms of an Option Agreement where the payee was refusing to pay claiming conditions had not been complied with in time.
  • Advised a large multi-national company in the leisure industry on a contract dispute recovering damages from a supplier who had used the wrong material when building one of the attractions.

Recent Blogs 

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Nicola is a calm, competent and extremely knowledgeable individual who instills confidence in her clients. Highly recommended should you need advice and support in the areas of Law in which Nicola specialises

- JL

Nicola handled my Settlement Agreement with complete integrity and efficiency. She pointed out a number of key aspects of the agreement proposed in need of change and recommended deletions where necessary. It was a pleasure dealing with Nicola, a straight talking, efficient and professional lawyer. I warmly recommend her services.

- TL

Nicola’s work with the key witnesses helped unearth evidence critical to the case.


Drew Smith Group

Nicola is a highly driven and professional legal specialist and a pleasure to deal with. I would not hesitate to recommend her.

- Christine

Nicola is a very thoughtful, intelligent, hard-working and committed solicitor who it is a great pleasure and privilege to work with.

- Max Thorowgood, Legal Counsel

Field Court Chambers

Excellent and very knowledgeable and professional on all aspects of property.

- Southampton based Estate Agents

September 2017