Nicholas Cheffings

Nicholas Cheffings


Email nicholas.cheffings@​

Phone +44 20 7296 2459

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupCorporate

'An outstanding lawyer'

Legal 500, 2015

"Eagle-eyed, supremely smart and incredibly resourceful" (Legal 500), Nicholas Cheffings co-heads the real estate disputes (property litigation) team in London, and is recognised for surplus property transactions, outsourcing, and project management.

Nicholas is respected by peers for "knowing the tricks of the market, while clients find his sense of humour adds flavour to his pragmatic and commercial approach" (Chambers). The London team which he leads (which is ranked in the top band by Legal 500 UK 2017) concentrates on all aspects of commercial property litigation, covering all sectors. He has a stand-out practice as one of the very few UK lawyers who has vast experience, and a deep understanding, of the rent review market.

Nicholas has been involved in some of the UK's most notable structured sale and leaseback transactions. His work and thought leadership has helped to create the innovative LLT market in the UK. Nicholas also takes a project leadership role on significant real estate transactions and corporate outsourcings. Nicholas frequently sits as an arbitrator and also as a legal assessor/advisor to surveyor, arbitrators, and independent experts. He is an accredited and active mediator of high-value disputes.

He is an honorary member of RICS, one of a small number of lawyers worldwide, and is a trustee of ISLP-UK as well as CareTech, and a member of the Council of Heart of the City. He is a member of the Members & Communications Committee of REAL Estate BALANCE and of the Women in Law London (WILL) Advisory Group. He is a diversity champion and Chair of PRIME, a company established to improve access to the legal profession for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Nicholas is also a member of the Profit-with-Purpose Working Group for the UK National Advisory Board.

Nicholas also served as Chair of Hogan Lovells for six years, from 2012-2018.

Awards and recognitions


National Litigation Star
Benchmark Litigation Europe


Acritas Star Lawyer

PLC Which Lawyer

Euro Money Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom

Legal 500

Euro Money Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers

Chambers & Partners

Education and admissions


LL.B., University of Leicester


RICS (Honorary Member)

Women in Law London (WILL)


Property Litigation Association

Trustee, ISLP-UK

Council Heart of the City



Trustee, CareTech Charitable Foundation

Related practices

Real Estate

Representative experience

Advising the UK Government, WM Morrisons and Whitbread Group plc and others on leasehold liability transactions in relation to their surplus real estate

Leading the teams representing Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan on their direct real estate investments in the UK and Continental Europe

Acting for The Crown Estate on securing vacant possession of landmark development sites and on all strategic litigation

Acting for high profile individuals on a dispute arising from the termination of a real estate partnership arrangement

Acting for an institutional investor on a multi-million pound dispute over its entitlement to exercise options for further investment

Acting for a developer defending proceedings that it had walked away from its development obligations in breach of contract

Representing numerous landlords and tenants on high value rent review disputes, including undertaking advocacy at oral hearings

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