Possession claims

Possession claims

"…thank you very much to you, Kate and the first class Shoosmiths team for all your hard work in drawing this matter to such a satisfactory conclusion!..."

Major fund owner 2019

With offices nationwide, we can provide assistance with possession claims across the country, whether of commercial, residential or mixed use properties, whether owned on a freehold or leasehold basis.

We appreciate that the ability to gain possession of your property quickly and cost-effectively is key to maintaining the value of your asset.

How we can help you

  • With squatter and traveller claims, both through court proceedings and by using self- help remedies.
  • Bringing and defending claims for adverse possession.
  • Pursuing possession claims against tenants and former tenants.
  • With site clearance in advance of redevelopment.
  • By enforcing possession orders in the High Court using certificated bailiffs.
  • Dealing with goods left behind in premises after possession has been obtained.
  • Acting for LPA Receivers to obtain vacant possession in order to achieve asset sales.
  • Bringing possession claims against insolvent tenants.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law FirmsWork highlights

  • Acting for a pub company in terminating a tenancy where the tenants had defaulted on the terms of the agreement and resorted to violence when asked to vacate. We were successful in obtaining both a possession order and recovery of 90% of our client's costs, enabling it to protect its staff from further incidents and re-let the premises.
  • Acting for separate clients we recovered possession of a car park that had been occupied by travellers; and obtained possession against squatters who had taken up residence of a vacant factory building.
  • Obtaining a possession order of a property owned by an individual who had committed a series of fraudulent property transactions. Following a successful possession claim, the property was sold to realise precious funds for the mortgagee and other creditors.
  • Acting for a property development company in court proceedings against squatters who had taken possession of a site in protest against plans to build a supermarket.