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Paul Tonkin

Senior Associate

Paul Tonkin

A senior associate in Hogan Lovells leading Real Estate Disputes Team, Paul Tonkin concentrates on development disputes. He frequently guides clients through the contentious elements of large development schemes and has extensive experience of obtaining vacant possession of development sites, often in the most time-pressured and sensitive of situations. Paul is also one of very few lawyers who fully understand the complex area of rights of light. Paul also has know-how in disputes involving rivers and riparian rights.

Back on dry land, Paul also regularly advises on professional negligence claims against real estate professionals, joint venture disputes and landlord and tenant disputes. In the landlord and tenant arena he has particular experience in guiding corporate occupiers through the pitfalls associated with major relocation. He is also a qualified solicitor-advocate and regularly publishes in the industry press. Paul regularly acts on disputes involving some of the most high-profile properties in the UK and his clients include developers, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, banks and occupiers.



'The best non-partner out there in the London real estate market - absolutely top-flight' ('Star Associate')

Chambers & Partners UK 2015

Representative experience

Acting for The Crown Estate on all contentious aspects of its landmark St James's Market Development, including securing possession for over 100 tenants.

Acting for a large utilities provider in obtaining an emergency injunction to enable police to remove environmental protestors from a power station.

Successfully acting for a major international developer in a three week trial relating to adverse possession and ancient mooring rights over the River Thames.

Acting for a major bank in multi-million pound professional negligence proceedings against a firm of values, including representation at a successful mediation.

Acting for an international media group on resolving contentious issues in connection with its relocation to a landmark London building.

Acting for a Sovereign Wealth fund on a joint venture dispute concerning one of London's most prestigious redevelopments.

Advising Ballymore Group on rights of light issues across its London development portfolio.

Education and admissions


  • LL.B. (Hons First Class), University of Bristol


  • Property Litigation Association
  • RICS Dilapidations Forum
  • RICS Telecoms Forum


Star Associate, Real Estate Litigation

Chambers UK


Real Estate Litigation

Legal 500

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