Mathew Ditchburn

Mathew Ditchburn


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 2294

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupCorporate & Finance

"young and energetic, leader in his field"

Legal 500 UK

Mathew Ditchburn is head of the Hogan Lovells real estate disputes team and one of the UK's leading practitioners in property litigation. Working with investors, occupiers and a range of other stakeholders, Mathew helps clients to think laterally and find creative solutions to even the most intractable property disputes.

Contentious issues with real estate are manifold, ranging from protecting the value of your assets to managing the business space you use every day. Mathew's experience spans the full range, having handled disputes arising out of buying and selling real estate, leasing commercial property, secured lending and redevelopment. He is particularly well known for dealing with these matters within the added complexities of an insolvency scenario, and is one of the true authorities in this area, as well as actions against negligent professionals.

Mathew joined Hogan Lovells in 2002 and was made partner in 2011. He now runs the firm's top ranking London real estate disputes team. He is Vice-Chair of the Property Litigation Association, Vice-Chair of the British Property Federation's Insolvency Committee, Chair of the Joint Insolvency Committee and a member of R3 (the association of insolvency professionals). He is a 2019 Blundell lecturer, a regular press commentator and speaker at industry conferences. In their latest editions, Chambers & Partners placed Mathew as a Band 1 practitioner in his field and the Legal 500 named him in their Hall of Fame.

Awards and recognitions


Hall of Fame, Property Litigation
Legal 500 UK


Band 1, Real Estate Litigation
Chambers and Partners UK

Education and admissions


Inns of Court School of Law, London

The University of Nottingham


Property Litigation Association

Property Litigation Association Law Reform Committee

Associate Member of R3 (Association of Insolvency Professionals)

Joint Insolvency Committee

Representative experience

Obtaining forfeiture of a 125 year lease of a department store for failure to trade unless liquidators completed a sale within 3 months.

Achieving victory at court for landlords to be reimbursed rental discounts imposed under a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) following the collapse of retailer BHS.

Successfully defending KPMG as liquidators of the Peacocks retail chain against court action by a utilities company for over £1m 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.

Scoring a key Court of Appeal victory on EU sanctions to enable a sovereign wealth fund to enforce a €12.5m property loan through bankruptcy proceedings.

Securing permission to forfeit the leases of five retail park units in High Court litigation against the administrators of a nationwide retail chain.

Representing landlords in leading reported cases concerning the New Look and Regis UK CVA challenges.  

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