Martin Thomas Partner Head of Real Estate Litigation

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1989 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas heads our real estate litigation team. Based in London, he splits his time between our London and Birmingham offices, leading one of the largest teams of qualified specialist real estate litigators in the UK.

If you have a problem, disagreement or dispute which relates to real estate then Martin will help you to find the best commercial solution, whether that involves litigation, arbitration or simply negotiation. With over 25 years' experience and widely recognised as a leader in his field, Martin is particularly sought by clients for strategic thinking in complex and high value disputes. He will use the highest level of technical expertise a cool head and a strategic approach to find what works best for you in your particular situation.

A Solicitor Advocate and a CEDR accredited Mediator, Martin has advised clients at all levels of court and tribunal and is well equipped both to fight your corner hard with a deep knowledge of the court procedure and tactics when you need it, and also to negotiate the best commercial solution.

Martin is a specialist in matters concerning real estate and any related rights. Typical cases include: interpretation and termination of contracts; negligence (professional); landlord and tenant issues (including possession and dilapidations); obtaining consents; rights of access; Party Wall dipsutes; rights to light and developments in particular. Beyond that he is also known for expertise in business rates and the Telecommunications Code.

Martin frequently writes articles for legal and real estate periodicals and delivers seminars and workshops for clients and surveyors on common issues and problems arising in the real estate sector.

He delivers "sound legal advice with great commerciality" (Legal 500).

Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2019
      Legal 500 2019 Leading Individuals - Property Litigation
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Real estate litigation: London - Band 3
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers UK 2019 (Real Estate Litigation: London) - Band 3
    • Rankings & Awards
      The Legal 500 United Kingdom Hall of Fame - 2018
    • Rankings & Awards
      Legal 500 - 2018 - Leading individual (Property Litigation)
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      Legal 500 - 2016 - Leading individual (Real estate litigation)
    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2012

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, Partner (Head of Real Estate Ligitation 2013)
  • 2007

    • Career
      Dundas & Wilson LLP, Partner (London Litigation)
  • 2005

    • Career
      CEDR Accredited Mediator
  • 2002

    • Career
      England & Wales
  • 1997

    • Career
      Herbert Smith, Partner (Head of Property Litigation 2002)
  • 1989

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1987

    • Career
      Herbert Smith, Trainee then Associate
  • 1986

    • Education
      Worcester College, Oxford; BA Jurisprudence