Ed John

Ed John:


Ed John is a real estate litigator with a broad range of experience and a specialism dealing with legal issues in the hotel and hospitality industry.

Ed is an experienced Real Estate Litigation lawyer with extensive experience of advising in relation to commercial real estate of all types. He is a partner within Howard Kennedy's highly-rated real estate litigation practice. 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. He has particular experience in the hospitality and leisure sector as well as office, retail, data-centre and business continuity real estate. He regularly acts for landlords, tenants, funders, developers and investors as well as advising insolvency practitioners in real estate related matters.

He was formerly a research assistant in the Property and Trust Law team at the Law Commission of England and Wales, a senior associate at the London offices of Jones Day and Hogan Lovells and a partner both at City firm Pritchard Englefield (now part of Irwin Mitchell) and Shoosmiths.

Since 2014 he has been a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in all civil courts. He is a fluent German speaker.

Recent work

  • acting for the funder in a dispute between the funder and developer of a central London hotel where the contractor suddenly became insolvent
  • acting for six major retail landlords in a claim involving a dispute over a retailer’s security of tenure
  • a UK clearing bank on the re-gearing of its Canary Wharf campus and resolution of the connected £multi-million dilapidations and service charge dispute
  • a sovereign wealth fund in the acquisition by sale-and-manage-back of a landmark London hotel for £400m
  • the Metro Shopping Fund in the first reported case in which a landlord obtained the court’s permission for the landlord to forfeit following a pre-pack sale of the insolvent business by administrators Metro Nominees (Wandsworth) (No. 1) Limited and Others v K Rayment & Others [2008] BCC 40

Random fact

Ed is a triathlete, albeit usually the one for whom the race marshals claim overtime at the finish line.