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Mike Lewis

Head of Property Litigation


I am a full-service property litigation specialist covering all types of real estate disputes. I work closely with property clients to achieve their objectives, particularly developers, retailers and high net worth individuals.

I regularly advise on disputes relating to vacant possession, dilapidations, forfeiture, service charges, rent reviews, nuisance, trespass and rights to light. I also advise on contested and uncontested lease renewals, and possession actions.

My objective for clients is always to achieve the most successful outcome as cost-effectively as possible, favouring the use of mediation rather than the far more expensive court option. That said, situations that demand litigation will be handled in the same manner, with a carefully engineered strategy that balances cost versus success.

Prior to joining SA Law, I was a Legal Director in the award-winning Litigation department at international law firm Clyde & Co.

Key Experience

  • Successfully settled an access and easements dispute for a property developer on a private estate in South West London.
  • Successfully obtained a declaration that preserved Landlord and Tenant Act protection for a major retailer.
  • Obtained a successful arbitration outcome for a global pharmaceutical company over the interpretation of a rent review clause at one of its sites.
  • I have undertaken property management for major high street retailers.
  • I have advised on issues such as dilapidations, interim rent and contested lease renewals.
  • Successfully defending major mobile phone retailer in relation to a dispute over a substantial call centre, threatened with forfeiture of lease due to inherited liability from previous owner.
  • Acted for retailer who had exercised a break (conditional on vacant possession). Squatters arrived the week before the break date so had to seek an emergency possession order.
  • Acted for a retailer in relation to a declaration that they had preserved their rights under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.


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In General

  • Member of the Property Litigation Association
  • Member of the Lexus Nexus Property Experts Steering Committee
  • Qualified in 2005

If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be a journalist.
My greatest life lesson so far is that winning is as much about attitude as aptitude.
Success is receiving repeat instructions and recommendations from clients.
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Related Services

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Commercial Property Enfranchisement and Lease Extensions Residential Property Retail Property
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