Southampton 02380 482 482
Winchester 01962 679 777

Nicola Davies

T: 023 8048 2212

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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

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 building a successful practice on the south coast working with local businesses and property professionals. 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 is taking on more complex high value cases whilst also assisting two juniors in the property litigation team.

One of Nicola’s main areas of expertise is representing landlords in actions brought against tenants who have breached the terms of their lease/tenancy agreement. Nicola has created a proven process that helps landlords recover possession from tenants in the most cost and time efficient way possible. By undertaking a lot of her own advocacy at possession hearings, she is able to recover possession quickly as well as secure judgments for unpaid rent and costs that the landlords have incurred.

“Clients want plain spoken advice that is focused on their situation. After setting out the options and merits of their legal position, we work together with them to achieve the best outcome possible.”


Nicola is a member of the Property Litigation Association  and a committee member for the Southampton Property Association.

Recent examples of work undertaken:

  • Advising and assisting landlords in over 200 claims for possession, from commencing the claim right through to representing landlords at possession hearings in the Southampton and Winchester County Courts
  • Working with a private owner to ensure vacant possession is given to various commercial units so that it is ready for development
  • Resolving long standing neighbour disputes concerning the ownership of land and the Party Wall Act
  • Applying and defending against claims for adverse possession of land
  • Advised a building company on a construction dispute with a client which led to a successful outcome being reached at a round table meeting avoiding the need to attend court
  • Assisted a local developer against a Town and Village Green Application
  • Advised a multi national company on a contract dispute in the Technology and Construction Court that resulted in the client company successfully recovering what was due to them from a supplier

Recent Blogs

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