When damage to a property is causing a dispute, you will want the issue sorted out quickly and in a cost-effective way. You may believe you are owed money or that you are being unfairly charged, which is where our legal experts can take the stress out of your hands and help negotiate a settlement for you.

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Key Contacts

Michael Tatters

Michael Tatters


Clarity and Resolution

Perhaps you are a landlord and want to pursue a claim against property damage that will be costly for you to repair. Or you could be a developer with a vast portfolio, which includes managing numerous dilapidations issues. At the other end of the spectrum, you could be a tenant facing expensive liability claims you believe you are not responsible for.

Whichever side of the dispute you are on, we will work closely with you to understand your objectives and interests. We will support you with practical guidance and steadfast negotiation throughout the process. In many cases, our arbitrators and mediators have reached a resolution before litigation is required, seeking an early agreement so that you can protect your reputation and avoid further costs. Should your case go to trial, you can rest assured that we have an excellent track record in achieving favourable outcomes.


Our Property Litigation Team has been involved in a number of high-profile dilapidations claims and cases. Highlights include:

  • advising a major charity on their £70m occupational and investment property portfolio, including: interim and terminal dilapidation claims; tenant insolvency and guarantor liability; strategic advice on asset disposals in the context of dilapidations; and costs recoveries
  • acting for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in relation to the 2015 relocation of their worldwide HQ in London, including strategic dilapidations advice
  • advising a national energy supply company on their national portfolio, including a £2m+ dilapidations claim, involving complete Section 18(1) Landlord & Tenant Act 1927 issues


Our dilapidations specialists have vast experience in dealing with interim and terminal claims. They also deal with:

  • securing access to carry out repairs
  • interpretation of yielding up, decoration and reinstatement covenants within leases
  • personal injury claims
  • Authorised guarantee agreements and former tenant liability
  • betterment and improvements
  • concrete
  • costs recovery
  • damages, and the quantum of liability
  • diminution in value/Section 18 defences
  • exploratory and investigatory works
  • expert building surveying and Section 18(1) valuation evidence
  • exit strategies and tactics
  • fixtures and fittings
  • forfeiture and relief from it
  • interim Notices to Repair
  • landlord’s remedies
  • Office, retail, industrial and leisure premises
  • reinstatement
  • Residential dilapidations
  • roofs and cladding
  • steel frames
  • tenant and guarantor liability
  • terminal dilapidation claims
  • walls and windows


CIMA undertook a tendering process for the property litigation services to support its relocation. It chose to instruct the Thrings Property Litigation Team on the basis of its achievements in this field, the strength of its team, and the clarity of its response identifying the requirements for achieving a successful outcome to a complex set of negotiations. We are pleased to confirm that the Thrings Property Litigation Team has exceeded our expectations in its delivery of a successful outcome.

John Windle, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants