Ian Chappell

Partner, Deputy Head of Real Estate

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I am a partner and specialise in contentious property and construction law matters. I have a particular expertise in acting for land owners, landlords, developers and construction professionals, who make up the majority of my client base.

I provide specialist advice on a full range of contentious property matters or disputes that arise in connection with the acquisition, ownership and management of both residential and commercial properties including breach of contract, lease disputes and commercial lease renewals, rent reviews, breaches of covenant, rights of way and light, and trespass and possession claims. I also am regularly involved in the removal or alteration of restrictive covenants that would otherwise prevent development and provide advice on profit share agreements and overage contracts and disputes.

On construction matters I provide advice on a number of different issues including breach of contract claims, material damage claims, professional negligence, arbitration, adjudication and mediation, interim and final account assessments, design disputes and delay claims.

Outside of work, I enjoy squash and football and I am a keen fisherman and skier, the latter of which I do mostly in Norway with my wife’s family.

What is your most interesting legal experience?

My most memorable professional experience was discovering that I really was not afraid of heights when I attended a six story building in the City to observe a party wall which had been discovered in the course of the refurbishment of the building. This involved climbing up ladders through holes in the ceiling to get to the roof. No boots or hard hat but I did have very nice shiny shoes.

What are you most passionate about (professionally)?

Reacting quickly and keeping the client informed to ensure they know where they stand at all times.

I qualified in 1994 having trained at Parfitt Cresswell Carnt & Mudi, and before joining Gordon Dadds in 2014 I worked at Hextalls and Davenport Lyons.


The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer for Property Litigation, in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, described as “an excellent negotiator” and “attentive, knowledgeable and thorough”.

Property Litigation Association

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7759 1432

Email: ianchappell@gordondadds.com

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