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Jessica Irwin

Jessica Irwin

Senior Associate Solicitor, Dispute Resolution
+44 (0)118 951 6824

Landlord & tenant disputes

  • Possession actions
  • Rent recovery
  • Pursuing third parties, including guarantors and former tenants
  • Breaches of covenant
  • Forfeiture and relief from forfeiture
  • Dilapidations and housing disrepair
  • Disputed business lease renewal
  • Tenant insolvency
  • Contested rent reviews
  • Service charge disputes
  • Licence disputes
  • Service occupancy disputes
  • Enfranchisement and lease extension disputes in relation to long residential leases

Leases & tenancy advice

  • Charity law advice in relation to property lets
  • Drafting and advising on residential tenancies and service occupancy agreements
  • Advice regarding terms of leases, tenancy agreements, licences
  • Enfranchisement and lease extension advice in relation to long residential leases

Property ownership disputes

  • Removing trespassers/squatters at short notice
  • Adverse possession/squatters’ rights
  • Rights of way and Restrictive Covenants
  • Boundary disputes
  • Party wall disputes
  • Issues between adjoining owners
  • Trespass claims
  • Shared ownership/cohabitation disputes
  • Property-related disputes arising on death
  • Claims based on promises – promissory and proprietary estoppel
  • Claims to a beneficial interest in land
  • Rights of occupation
  • Unlawful eviction
  • Possession actions
  • Professional negligence

Inheritance Act claims & Will disputes

  • Claims by disappointed beneficiaries
  • Claims by spouses or children not properly provided for
  • Claims by “Common Law” partners
  • Claims for provision from the estate
  • Challenges over the validity of Wills
  • Property related disputes arising on death
  • University of Sheffield, LPC
  • University of Sheffield, LLB
  • Property Litigation Association

Acting for landlord forfeiting commercial lease

We brought proceedings for forfeiture due to the tenant’s breach of the user clause and planning obligations as well as rent arrears (peaceable re-entry was not an option as the premises were mixed use).  We secured a possession order and our client was able to re-let the premises to a more reliable tenant. 

Acting for charity tenant following termination of lease

Our client was pursued by its former landlord who claimed it remained liable for the rent as the lease had not been terminated correctly.  The landlord served a statutory demand despite the obvious dispute.  After threats to seek an injunction preventing the Landlord from presenting a winding up petition, we were able to negotiate a settlement whereby the statutory demand was withdrawn, it was agreed the lease had been terminated at the expiry of the term and a dilapidations claim by the landlord was avoided.

Acting for commercial tenant of shop in lease renewal claim

The landlord served our clients with a notice to terminate, accepting their right to seek a new protected lease.  However, he then refused to engage in negotiations.  We issued proceedings to protect our client’s position.  Ultimately, we were able to negotiate a new lease for our clients on far more favourable terms than the old lease, without the need for a court hearing.

Defending housing disrepair claim brought by residential tenant

We issued possession proceedings on behalf of a landed estate due to rent arrears.  The tenant sought to defend the proceedings on the basis of disrepair.  We provided detailed surveyor’s evidence showing that the disrepair was significantly exaggerated and were able to negotiate a settlement, resulting in our client regaining possession of the property.

Defending adverse possession clam to development land worth several million

Acting for the owner of a development site defending a High Court claim for possession based on “squatters’ rights” and the use of the land for keeping horses.   The case was listed for a ten-day trial but we were able to settle at the Court door with the squatter vacating the land.  The client was later able to sell the land to developers for a significant sum.

Removing squatters at short notice

Squatters occupied one of our client’s properties preventing it from running its business.  We issued urgent possession proceedings and, despite the squatters seeking to delay their eviction by filing a defence, we were able to secure their eviction promptly, enabling our client to get back to running its business.  We subsequently provided advice to reduce the risk of having to deal with further squatters.

Acting for the freeholder of a large number of exclusive flats

Dealing with numerous and on-going tenant requests to “extend” their leases pursuant to the relevant statutory process, with the involvement of an intermediate landlord, seeking to obtain the best possible premiums for our client.  We work closely with our Property team and specialist surveyors to provide our client with the full service required.

Acting for landlord in relation to a “Sitting Tenant”

Our client received a tenanted property as part of her divorce settlement, without appreciating the extent of the tenant’s rights.  She had hoped to move into the property immediately.  We issued court proceedings, despite the limited options with such tenancies, and were able to successfully negotiate obtaining possession.

  • "It's very useful to be dealing with a firm where something can just get passed along the corridor and then back again rather than having to get a different lawyer in to deal with it. They turn stuff round really promptly." Chambers UK Guide

    The team "is supported by associate Jessica Irwin, who has been handling some impressive property-related disputes." The Legal 500

    Jessica Irwin is ranked as 'an associate to watch'. "She is an associate who specialises in property disputes relating to commercial and residential property. One client enthused: 'She knew the law inside out, she researched everything to death, knew exactly what she was doing and gave sound advice. She's very dedicated.'" Chambers UK Guide

    "We find her to be understanding, she also takes time to explain the more complex aspects of the case. We are impressed that she goes the extra mile."

    “Jessica has dealt with the matter in a first class, thorough and highly professional manner throughout, exhibiting a remarkable attention to detail.  Without exception we hold Jessica, a credit to her profession, in the highest regard." 

    “I just wanted to say thank you for all your work on this case, and for your understanding and consideration in helping me to deal with it.  It’s been invaluable at a very difficult time for me”. 

    “Have used your service a few times and have found everyone helpful, polite and very professional. Will always recommend your services at any opportunity.” 

    “Jessica was a very professional lady. I was very happy with the service I got.”

    “We are extremely grateful for your help and patience."

    "We strongly believe this process would have never been resolved without your involvement and support. It has been a pleasure dealing with you as always."

The team "is supported by Jessica Irwin, who has been handling some impressive property-related disputes."
The Legal 500

Jessica Irwin is a senior associate solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team, which spans our ReadingHenley-on-Thames and London offices.

She predominantly handles property-related disputes, dealing with both commercial and residential property matters, and has extensive experience in resolving complex disputes, both through negotiation and court procedures. Jessica assists businesses and individual clients seeking practical and cost-effective solutions to often complex legal problems and is always conscious of the on-going relationship parties involved in disputes often have. She also advises in relation to inheritance and probate disputes.

Jessica's expertise has been recognised in both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide.

She trained with Blandy & Blandy LLP, qualifying as a solicitor in 2000. 

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