I advise on a wide variety of contentious real estate matters. In addition to Court litigation, I seek to find commercial solutions through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.
I have particular expertise in commercial leasehold work and I act for both landlords and tenants on the full spectrum of contentious matters arising from leases, such as forfeiture, break options and dilapidations. I also have substantial experience of advising on property issues that arise in the telecoms sector.
My recent case load has included a number of title disputes including issues over restrictive covenants and rights of way, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims.
My client base is extensive ranging from property developers, telecoms operators and high street retailers to local authorities, clients from the hotel and leisure industry and private individuals.
I recently secured a very favourable judgment for a client after a five day hearing in the Central London County Court. The case involved an appeal of a Party Wall Award combined with an action for damages in negligence and nuisance against both a property developer and a building company.
I am a member of the Property Litigation Association, the Pyramus and Thisbe Club for party wall professionals and am also on RIBA’s panel of specialist practice consultants. Estates Gazette and the Property Law Journal frequently publish my articles.
I was described by Jonathan Seitler QC as a leading practitioner in the field of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 in Estates Gazette (Dec 2015).
My clients and professional colleagues have commented:
"Helena is our go-to person for all high-profile and complex cases. There is complete confidence in her ability to understand our priorities and concerns. She consistently delivers results far exceeding our expectations. Helena's advice is always clear, accurate and insightful but, perhaps most importantly, she is approachable and patient with those of us who sometimes struggle with the complexities of legal matters." Arthur Pritchard, Warrington Borough Council (2016)
"Helena is very approachable and gives one the impression that your case is the only case with which she is concerned. She has the skill, and takes the time, to explain complex legal issues clearly and precisely. As such the client and its advisers can fully understand the situation in question, and is able to make relevant decisions with confidence all the relevant issues have been evaluated. She is a remarkable woman, and a real pleasure to work with. I have no hesitation in recomending her services." Kevin Usher BSc (Est Man) FRICS FNARA Member of ARMA
"Helena gave clear advice and direction when needed but also took the time to talk through all the angles, strategies and consequences of action in a simple straightforward manner. She was open to my thoughts and suggestions and listened; she also got my thinking straight on more than one occasion. A simple thing but it does feel like she's on my side and is doing her utmost to get me out the other side with the best outcome for me." Caroline O'Donnell, Private Client (2016)
"Helena instructed me in a closely fought case relating to damage to property. Our client achieved a very successful outcome and Helena dealt resolutely with the many points raised by the opposing party's solicitors. She worked exceptionally hard and prepared excellent witness statements and expert reports. I could not have asked for better support. She was always accurate in her legal analysis and combined this with sound commercial guidance." Stephen Bickford-Smith, Landmark Chambers (2015)
"I was very pleased to work with DWF on a recent case. I believe that Helena Davies and her team provided an excellent service for a mutual client which contributed in large measure to a successful outcome at trial." David Moon, Davis Brown (2015)
"We instructed Helena Davies when we found ourselves embroiled in a property dispute which had rendered our home unsaleable. Having suffered threats of litigation for over two years from our neighbour we were emotionally drained and in need of legal help. We chose Helena because we wanted the best property litigator we could find. From start to finish Helena was fantastic; she gave great personal service which went above and beyond what was expected. We would recommend Helena to anybody in need of expert property advice and representation." Heather James, Private Client (2015)