Janet Ayres


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I joined Gordon Dadds in 2014 from Davenport Lyons, where I had been a partner since 2002. After qualifying as a solicitor, I began my training at Stephenson Harwood 1978, before joining Rabin Leacock and eventually DLA. Over my lengthy career as a property litigation lawyer, I have gained wide expertise in both commercial and residential property related matters. I have acted for a diverse and full range of clients, including property developers, property investors, retailers, charities and accountants, landlord and tenants, both corporate and individual and many others.

I enjoy a number of hobbies outside of work, including reading, gardening, skiing, golf, walking and bridge. I am also a keen theatre and cinema goer.

What is your best legal anecdote?

As a newly qualified solicitor I climbed to the first floor of a building in Knightsbridge and broke into a flat (all perfectly legal!). It was only when I got back to the office that I was told that I had not been covered by the firm insurance.

What is your most interesting legal experience?

Attending a hearing before Mr Justice Saville (as he then was) sitting beside his swimming pool in his garden on a Saturday afternoon, whilst counsel fought for my client and the opposition fought a contested injunction hearing. My client won and an injunction was granted. I then had to drive with the opposition in their client’s bright red Rolls Royce back to London where the opposition were arranging a hearing, the same afternoon, before the Court of Appeal. My counsel insisted I did this as they did not trust the opposition! The hearing went ahead and my client won again, so a productive Saturday was had by all!

Davenport Lyons


Rabin Leacock

Stephenson Harwood

Legal 500

The Legal 500 – recommended lawyer for Property Litigation, in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, described as “first rate”.

Property Litigation Association

Andrew Robson Bridge Club

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7759 1430

Email: janetayres@gordondadds.com

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