Property Litigation Senior Solicitor – 7 years + PQE – Dispute Resolution Team (St Albans)

Job specification

Position: Property Litigation Senior Solicitor – 7 years + PQE – Dispute Resolution Team (St Albans)
Department: Dispute Resolution
Location: St Albans

Company Overview

At Debenhams Ottaway we are passionate about delivering high quality services for the clients we work with. Our people are experts in their field, and we pride ourselves on providing professional, trustworthy and reliable advice. We understand that in order to do that, we need great people.

Set in the heart of St Albans, Hertfordshire we have built a reputation for providing outstanding services and supporting a variety of clients from high profile businesses, local individuals and families throughout the region and further afield. Our people are the key to our success and have created an inclusive, friendly and warm working environment. We strongly believe in developing them, by providing challenging work, support and structured development. With growth on the horizon for us, it is an exciting time to join our firm!


This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious senior solicitor to join our growing Dispute Resolution team.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a track record in fee generation both with referrers and developing relationships with clients. The role will suit someone with drive, energy and a desire to take the initiative in business development and bringing new work to the firm as well as building on existing clients and relationships.

They will have high level experience handling complex commercial landlord and tenant disputes/claims including 1954 Act claims, terminal dilapidations claims as well as general property litigation including possession and sale claims, boundary disputes, property right disputes and disputed rights of way. Experience and working knowledge of cases dealing with statutory lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, commercial lease renewals, forfeiture, breach of commercial lease covenants and cases involving right of first refusal would be preferred.

Skills and attributes:

  • Minimum of 7 years experience of Property Litigation work
  • Capable and proven business developer with a strong drive the develop the department
  • Experience of managing/supervising people
  • Leasehold Enfranchisement experience would be desirable
  • Experience of adverse possession and prescriptive rights
  • Commercially astute
  • Adopts a client-centred focus at all times taking responsibility for the level of client service they provide and takes proactive steps to maximise and improve client relationships
  • Creative problem-solving ability
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Confident with the ability to interface and develop relationships with a variety of people.
  • Professional appearance
  • Good IT skills

Recruitment Agencies

We operate a preferred supplier list for all permanent, contract and temporary recruitment.

If you are interested in being part of our PSL, please email us and we will supply you with a copy of our terms.

We ask you not to send CVs or terms of business to or make contact with our staff, management or partners outside of HR, unless you have been authorised by our HR team to do so.

Any CVs sent contrary to this policy will will not be accepted as introductions in accordance with any terms of business that are sent to us and/or our terms. We reserve the right to make direct contact with the candidate without entering into your TOB. Agencies who are part of our PSL found bypassing this process may result in us terminating our working relationship with you.

All CVs need to be sent to Zahra Solomon at our recruitment email address –

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