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Nicola Davies

Partner - Head of Property Litigation Team

My experience

I am head of the Property Litigation team. Following a background in general litigation I now specialise in resolving disputes related to property. The types of work I regularly undertake are:

  • Commercial landlord and tenant -break notices and breach of lease covenants
  • Residential landlord and tenant
  • Business lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • Dilapidations
  • Forfeiture
  • Recovery of property related debts
  • Possession claims
  • Property related insolvency
  • Option agreements and other land sale agreements
  • Electronic/telecommunications code issues
  • Joint ownership disputes
  • Boundary disputes/adverse possession claims
  • Rights of way – public footpaths, private easements
  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Professional negligence related to property
  • Injunctive proceedings

Work Examples:

  • 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.
  • 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.

I am a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience. This means I can represent clients in the senior courts throughout England and Wales.

Former Chair and Committee member of the South Coast Region of the Property Litigation Association and am a member of the Southampton Property Association.

In 2022 I was listed as an Associate to Watch and in 2023 as Up and Coming in Chambers and Partners independent legal directory for Real Estate Litigation in the South.

Insights from Nicola Davies

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A break clause in a commercial lease : How does it work?

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The ultimate guide to dispute resolution litigation

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How I’ve helped our clients

One source says "Nicola is a very good solicitor. She is experienced, competent and efficient;" whilst another says "She's a highly commended lawyer."

Chambers Legal Directory 2024

Referees say "Nicola Davies is a very competent litigator" and David Eminton and Nicola Davies in particular are consummate professionals, yet easy to deal with. They have a deep understanding of the law and the property litigation process and at the same time a very down to earth manner."

Legal 500 2024 Edition

We would like to thank you, Sarah and all your team for your help. We have felt very supported and really appreciate your super efficiency, speed, approachability and clarity.

Private Client - Land Dispute

Nicola helped to lay out the appropriate steps we needed to take and guided us through these. She provided us with a detailed background of the case law surrounding our situation which helped us understand our position. This clarity helped give us the confidence to make the right decisions.

1520 Management Company Ltd

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
Field Court Chambers

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

Drew Smith Group
Drew Smith Group

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 Davies is personable with a sympathetic manner. She has good communication skills. She can identify the essential elements of a case and present them appropriately to other parties and, if necessary, to the court. Nicola is level-headed and persistent. With wide experience of legal proceedings, she knows how to adapt to changing circumstances. Altogether, she conveys confidence and competence.

Private Client

Very friendly and helpful. If they didn't know an answer they would promptly find out. Kept me updated through the whole process and were very efficient.

Victoria Jackson

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

Christine

Sources say "Nicola Davies – very capable, good on landlord and tenant matters"; and "Nicola Davies: excellent in all respects".

Legal 500 2023 - Referee Comments

Referees say "Nicola is an able property lawyer with good overall awareness and a strong client care approach" and "She is very experienced, highly competent and very personable."

Chambers & Partners 2023 - Referee Comments