Rob Bridgman is a partner who helps clients to protect or assert their real estate rights, whether that be in the context of getting a deal done or resolving a dispute.
Rob advises on a wide range of commercial property matters, including land options, overage, development disputes, landlord & tenant claims, adverse possession and breach of covenant disputes, contentious rent reviews and service charge issues. Rob also advises on a number of niche areas including telecommunications, mines & minerals disputes and agricultural issues in the context of commercial and residential developments.
A solicitor-advocate, Rob is part of the team's advocacy unit. He has appeared in court on behalf of a number of clients, including acting as junior to a silk in a 2014 Court of Appeal case.
Praised for his "concise advice and professional approach", Rob advises a wealth of well-known corporates on their property disputes. His clients include housebuilders, commercial property developers, investment funds, high street retailers and telecommunications operators.
Rob is also the founder and co-musical director of the (award-winning) Gowling WLG Chorus.
Major housebuilders, developers, high street retailers, investment funds, commercial landlords, telecommunications operators and infrastructure providers.
Rob has been recognised by a number of external directories. Rob was named an "Associate to Watch" by Chambers & Partners in their 2019 and 2020 guides and a "Star Associate" in the 2021 guide. Clients commented "Rob is amazing and has a broad range of technical knowledge." "He has an unflappable manner about him that instils confidence in clients" and "Rob is a very competent and driven lawyer who works very hard."
Rob was ranked as a "Rising Star" by Legal 500 in their 2020 and 2021 directories. Clients said that Rob "consistently outperforms many a City partner with his development-related work", and one client commented "Rob Bridgman is cheery, even when under pressure, and works tirelessly to get the desired result. He stands out because he knows how to make good use of a team, which ensures his client is provided with a comprehensive (and cost effective) service. He must surely be a partner in the making, and seems set to remain a strong and respected presence in the market."
- Acting for E.ON UK plc in their successful High Court dispute against Gilesports Limited, part of the Sports Direct group which involved successfully running novel points of law (reported at  EWHC 2172 (Ch)).
- Representing the successful landlord in the Court of Appeal case of Horne & Meredith Properties v Cox and Billingsley ( EWCA Civ 423)
- Advising Ladbrokes and Coral in relation to the real estate aspects of their merger (including the divestment of over 300 stores pursuant to an undertaking to the Competition and Markets Authority)
- Successfully acting for a national housebuilder in relation to a claim under the Consumer (Protection from Unfair Trading) Regulations
- Acting for Branston Properties Limited in relation to the ownership of subterranean minerals beneath a mixed-use development site (which settled shortly before a hearing in the Court of Appeal 2020] EWHC 1976 (Ch)).
- Acting for a high-net-worth individual and his connected companies in relation a number of sensitive disputes, including a multi-million-pound overage claim.
- Advising a telecoms infrastructure provider in relation to various ground-breaking references to the Tribunal concerning the interpretation of the Electronic Communications Code (some of which are subject to an appeal to the Supreme Court).
- Representing a commercial developer in relation to a claim against its former solicitors concerning the negligent drafting of a lease.
- Acting on behalf of number of landowners concerning a dispute over the use and operation of a windfarm.
- Advising a major PLC in relation to a dispute concerning the interpretation of a complicated profit-sharing agreement.