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Nicholas Cheffings


Nicholas Cheffings

"Eagle-eyed, supremely smart and incredibly resourceful" (Legal 500), Nicholas has been the global Chair of Hogan Lovells since 1 May 2012. He maintains his client practice and in addition to heading up the real estate disputes (property litigation) team in London, 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 have 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 and 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.

'Able to resolve seemingly intractable issues'

Legal 500, 2015

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

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
  • Chair PRIME


Acritas Star Lawyer 2017

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

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