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Mathew Ditchburn
Partner, London
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Mathew joined Hogan Lovells in 2002 and became a Partner in the Real Estate Disputes team in 2011. He provides wide-ranging advice on all aspects of property litigation, including commercial landlord and tenant and redevelopment.

Mathew’s experience includes insolvency-related matters, in which he acts for landlords, lenders, corporates and insolvency practitioners. Recent experience in this field includes representing the administrators of the Luminar nightclub chain and those of retailers Peacocks, Bon Marche and Nicole Farhi. He has also acted for landlords in relation to a number of high profile retail insolvencies. He is an associate member of R3 (the association of insolvency professionals).

Mathew regularly acts for lenders in claims against negligent valuers, and recently represented a major UK bank in multi-million pound proceedings arising out of mortgage fraud. Other clients include Prudential, Barclays and Russell & Bromley.

In their 2014 edition, Chambers and Partners say that Mathew is "a delight to work with, very hard-working and committed, pragmatic and provides very good counsel" and recommend him as a leading individual in real estate litigation, as do The Legal 500 who praise him for being "very knowledgeable". He is a regular contributor to the real estate and insolvency press and speaker at industry conferences, as well as being Vice Chair of the British Property Federation’s Insolvency Committee and a member of the Property Litigation Association’s Law Reform Committee.

  • 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.
  • Advising a middle-eastern sovereign wealth fund in complex personal bankruptcy proceedings to recover a €12.5 million property loan, involving novel issues of EU and UN sanctions law.

Hogan Lovells Publications
Autumn 2013 "Real Estate Quarterly: Autumn 2013." Real Estate Newsletter, Hogan Lovells

Spring 2013 "Real Estate Quarterly: Spring 2013." Real Estate Newsletter, Hogan Lovells

Summer 2012 "Real Estate Quarterly: Summer 2012." Real Estate Newsletter, Hogan Lovells

Spring 2012 "Real Estate Quarterly: Spring 2012." Real Estate Newsletter, Hogan Lovells

September 2010 "Real Estate Quarterly - Autumn 2010." Real Estate Newsletter, Hogan Lovells

July 2010 "Real Estate Quarterly - Summer 2010." Real Estate Newsletter, Hogan Lovells

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The University of Nottingham Inns of Court School of Law, London
  • Property Litigation Association
  • British Property Federation Insolvency Committee
  • Property Litigation Association Law Reform Committee
  • Associate Member of R3 (Association of Insolvency Professionals)
  • Legal 500 UK, Real Estate Property Litigation, 2014
  • Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation, 2014