A real estate disputes lawyer with a broad range of experience, Ed John is an expert in dealing with legal issues in the hotel and hospitality industry. He also leads the Germany team and is fluent in German.

Ed's work encompasses a broad range of advice on prevention and resolution of real estate disputes, as well as, tactical advice on clients' real estate strategies. 

Ed regularly acts for landlords, tenants, funders, developers, and investors, as well as insolvency practitioners on a wide spectrum of commercial real estate matters. He qualified as a solicitor-advocate in 2014 and has rights of audience in all civil proceedings. Ed has extensive experience in resolving matters early and economically using alternative dispute resolution.

He has recognised expertise in the hospitality and leisure sector, where he has acted for or against almost every global hospitality brand. He also advises on the real estate components of office, co-living, mixed-use, retail, data-centre, and business continuity matters.

Ed regularly speaks at events, chairs panels, and publishes thought-leadership pieces.

He regularly acts for German and German-speaking clients.

Recent work
  • Acting for the developer of prime real estate in the West End of London in a multi-million pound completion claim.
  • Acting for the developer of one of the UK's largest mixed-use developments on its combined heat and power scheme.
  • Acting for the funder in a dispute between the funder and developer of a central London hotel where the main contractor suddenly became insolvent.
  • Acting for six major retail landlords in a multi-million pound claim involving a dispute over a retailer’s security of tenure.
  • Acting for a UK clearing bank on the re-gearing of its Canary Wharf campus and resolution of the connected multi-million pound dilapidations and service charge dispute.
  • Representing a sovereign wealth fund in the acquisition by sale-and-manage-back of a landmark London hotel for £400m.

Ed is listed as a key lawyer in Property Litigation by Legal 500 2020.

LawWorks Awards 2017- Nominated for two awards.

Did you know
Ed once had lunch with Tony Blair and the then German President, Roman Herzog, at 10 Downing Street (he's never been invited back).


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