Owen Talfan Davies, Partner, Real Estate Litigation

Owen Talfan Davies, Partner, Real Estate Litigation, Fieldfisher

I advise developers, property investment companies, institutional investors, corporate occupiers and high net-worth individuals on the full spectrum of contentious property related issues (including contractual and development disputes as well as landlord and tenant matters), arising from the acquisition, management, occupation and disposal of property.

I act both in Court and arbitration proceedings. I also employ other forms of dispute resolution, including mediation. I also frequently provide transactional and strategic support on large and complex property transactions and have extensive experience of advising on insolvency related issues in the real estate sector.

I am ranked as a leading individual in my field; Legal 500 2015 describes me as 'very exceptional'.

My recent highlights include:

  • acting for a developer in the High Court on one of the largest property cases (by value of claim) in UK history - a £750 million breach of confidence claim relating to a mixed use central London development;

  • acting in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and expert determination proceedings in a dispute concerning the sale of Heathrow's Terminal 5 site to BAA;

  • acting in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in judicial review proceedings relating to the compulsory acquisition and development of a site on the Canary Wharf estate;

  • acting for the administrators of a large chain of DIY stores in respect of a property portfolio comprising over 150 leasehold properties;

  • acting for numerous developers on their acquisitions and developments of a number of central London sites (in the last three years alone, I have acted in Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 possession proceedings relating to development sites with a combined gross development value in excess of £2.5 billion);

  • acting in the High Court and in arbitration proceedings for a landlord in a £multi-million claim relating to the re-letting of the 170,000 square foot London headquarters of a FTSE 100 British broadcasting company;

  • acting for a landlord in a service charge dispute relating to a complex mixed-use development scheme comprising over 700 residential units and 40 commercial premises;

  • acting in proceedings against a large firm of solicitors in respect of a substantial damages claim arising under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988.

I am a member of the Property Litigation Association.

I frequently speak at seminars and workshops and I write for a number of property journals, including the Estates Gazette.