Nicola is a Partner in the Property Litigation team. With an emphasis on commercial property, she is experienced in all aspects of real estate and landlord and tenant practice both commercial and residential. She specialises in portfolio management for landlords, including high-value dilapidation disputes, break clause compliance, forfeiture, interpretation of lease covenants, restrictive covenants/easements, adverse possession claims, trespass and nuisance. She acts for national corporate clients, public bodies, utility companies, building societies, and equity investment companies providing advice on:

  • Termination of commercial tenancies including advising on conditions connected to the operation of a break provision; service of statutory notices and common law notices to quit.
  • Lease renewal proceedings, including contested and uncontested applications for a new lease.
  • Enforcement of lease covenants, including forfeiture for non-payment of rent or other breaches of lease covenants high-value dilapidation disputes.
  • Representing clients in the First-tier tribunal (Property Chamber) in claims for adverse possession.
  • Representing clients in professional negligence cases, including surveyors and solicitors in connection with property transactions.
  • Advising on nuisance claims arising from interference with easements.

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What clients say

"A total professional. Nothing is too much trouble and always happy to accommodate, even if that is just to pick up the phone and talk through a point in detail."

Jamie Murinas, Head of Estates, Royal Voluntary Service

"The Authority have always found Nicola Lawrence to be highly professional, efficient, sympathetic, and responsive to our legal requirements on property-related matters, advising us of the implications of different options and where advocacy is recommended."

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

"Very strong on litigation and is able to instantly grasp the key arguments of any case while staying mindful of the commercial context."

Chambers & Partners 2021

"Pragmatic and adoption of sensible approaches to resolution but firm and forthright where necessary. Nicola Lawrence has stood out as key adopter of this mantra."

Legal 500 2022

"Commercially minded and able to handle technical aspects well."

Chambers & Partners UK 2022

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