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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 particular specialisms include 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.

Chambers and Partners recommend Mathew as a leading individual in real estate litigation, as does the Legal 500, which describes him as “technically excellent” in the 2013 edition. He is a regular contributor to the real estate and insolvency press and speaker at industry conferences, as well as being a member of the British Property Federation’s Insolvency Committee and the Property Litigation Association’s Law Reform Committee.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Acting for the administrators of the Luminar nightclub chain in a landmark High Court ruling about the payment of rent as an expense of the administration.
  • Principal real estate disputes adviser to the administrators of the Luminar nightclub chain and retailers Peacocks, Bon Marche and Threshers.
  • Advising the administrators of the Nicole Farhi retail chain on a sale of the business out of administration.
  • Advising a developer as to potential interference with a right of way so as to facilitate the development of a major residential scheme in London's docklands.
  • Acting for Barclays Bank PLC in professional negligence proceedings to recover about £10 million in damages from solicitors and valuers.
  • Bringing arbitration proceedings on behalf of a developer with a long leasehold interest in a site in Manchester in order to obtain its landlord’s consent for a multi-million pound development.
  • Acting for a middle-eastern sovereign wealth fund in bringing proceedings to recover a €12.5 million property loan.
  • Acting for Coal Pension Properties Limited in bringing a dilapidations claim against the Conservative party in respect of their former party headquarters.


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

PRACTICES
Real Estate
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Real Estate
BLOGS
Keeping it Real Estate
EDUCATION
The University of Nottingham Inns of Court School of Law, London
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Property Litigation Association
  • British Property Federation Insolvency Working Group
  • Property Litigation Association Law Reform Committee
  • Associate Member of R3 (Association of Insolvency Professionals)
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Legal 500 UK, Real Estate Property Litigation, 2013
  • Chambers UK, Real Estate Litigation, 2013
LANGUAGES English