Possession claims

Possession claims

"We had an urgent problem with access to one of our stores. Shoosmiths swung into action immediately. Their understanding of the needs of a retail client is truly exceptional."

Alliance Boots

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.