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John Morrison, Partner at Penningtons Manches


John is a partner in Penningtons Manches Cooper's Oxford office who specialises in real estate disputes relating to commercial and residential property. He qualified in 1994 and became a partner in 2007. He is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

His work covers a wide range of disputes including lease renewals, dilapidations, service charge disputes, forfeiture and possession proceedings and boundary disputes. He also acts for claimants in property-related negligence claims. He regularly advises landlords and tenants on their rights and liabilities in insolvency situations, including claims against former tenants and guarantors and disclaimer of leases.

John also advises landowners and developers on property rights affecting development sites, including easements, covenants and adverse possession claims. He is ranked as a leading individual in the legal directories and referred to in Chambers UK as a ‘savvy and formidable litigator'. Clients describe him as ‘very informative, logical and reliable’.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a subsidiary of a global energy and healthcare company in a dispute over the validity of its exercise of a break option for a lease of its corporate headquarters in the UK.
  • Advising a property developer on overage payments payable to a former owner following acquisition of a prestigious residential development from a mortgagee.
  • Acting for purchasers in a negligence claim against their former solicitors arising from a failure to identify the lack of vehicular rights of way to a commercial property over a private road.
  • Advising an engineering company on extending a business critical sub-tenancy of commercial premises and resolving dilapidations claims brought by its landlord and the superior landlord.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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