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Mathew Ditchburn


Mathew Ditchburn

Mathew is one of the UK's leading authorities in property litigation. Working with investors, occupiers and a range of other stakeholders, Mathew takes a commercial approach to resolving property disputes: get the facts straight and the law right, know what your strengths are, what you really need and what you can live without, and devise a strategy to suit. He helps clients to think laterally and find creative solutions to even the most intractable property disputes. 

Contentious issues with real estate are manifold, ranging from protecting the value of your assets to managing the business space you use every day. Mathew's experience spans the full range, having handled disputes arising out of buying and selling real estate, leasing commercial property, secured lending and redevelopment. He is particularly well known for dealing with these matters within the added complexities of an insolvency scenario, and is one of the true authorities in this area, as well as actions against negligent professionals. 

Mathew joined Hogan Lovells in 2002 and was made partner in 2011. He now jointly runs the firm's top ranking London real estate disputes team.  He is Chair of the Property Litigation Association's Law Reform Committee, Vice-Chair of the British Property Federation's Insolvency Committee, Chair of the Joint Insolvency Committee and a member of R3 (the association of insolvency professionals). He is a regular press commentator and speaker at industry conferences.  In their latest editions, Chambers & Partners placed Mathew as one of the highest ranking practitioners in his field and the Legal 500 named him as a leading individual. 

"Mathew Ditchburn ‘inspires confidence thanks to his enthusiastic and commercial approach'"

Legal 500 2017

Representative experience

Securing permission to forfeit the leases of five retail park units in High Court litigation against the administrators of a nationwide retail chain.

Successfully defending KPMG as liquidators of the Peacocks retail chain against court action by a utilities company for over £1 million in unpaid charges.

Winning a landmark case for EY as administrators of the Luminar nightclub group about the payment of rent as an expense of the administration.

Acting for a bank in professional negligence proceedings against solicitors and valuers, securing multi-million pound settlements through mediation.

Scoring a key Court of Appeal victory on EU sanctions to enable a sovereign wealth fund to enforce a €12.5m property loan through bankruptcy proceedings.

Achieving victory at court for landlords to be reimbursed rental discounts imposed under a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) following the collapse of retailer BHS.

Education and admissions


  • Inns of Court School of Law, London
  • The University of Nottingham


  • Property Litigation Association
  • British Property Federation Insolvency Committee
  • Property Litigation Association Law Reform Committee
  • Associate Member of R3 (Association of Insolvency Professionals)
  • Joint Insolvency Committee


Property Litigation

Legal 500 UK


Real Estate Litigation

Chambers and Partners UK

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