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Ben Robinson, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Real estate litigation


Ben is a partner in the firm’s real estate litigation team and represents a range of clients including developers, landlords and tenants. His practice covers all aspects of contentious residential property and he is involved in a variety of sectors with a particular focus on fire safety, professional negligence, complex service charge disputes and vacant possession strategies for large scale development sites.

He advises institutional landlords on breaches of covenant, forfeiture and recovery of arrears together with social housing providers in relation to the effective management of their portfolios. Ben has extensive experience representing clients in the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and acts for private individuals seeking resolutions to enfranchisement claims, party wall claims, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims. He is recognised by The Legal 500 as someone who can be ‘relied upon to spot all the angles and be on top of the matter’ and as ‘strong on the residential side’.

Ben is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, Property Litigation Association, Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners and Social Housing Law Association. He is often invited to speak at industry conferences by bodies such as The National Housing Federation and contributes articles to Estates Gazette and Lexology. He regularly delivers bespoke training sessions for his clients and other property professionals on a range of dispute matters.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a residential development company in relation to professional negligence proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court where the damages claimed exceeded £2 million.
  • Advising a client in relation to a retrospective planning application for change of use coupled with an appeal against an enforcement notice served by the local authority.
  • Securing an order for sale regarding agricultural land in circumstances where there was a dispute between the two beneficial owners.
  • Successfully defending an application in the First Tier Tribunal in relation to a complex service charge dispute on behalf of a residential landlord.
  • Advising a social housing client in relation to the requirements of the Section 20 consultation process and the need to apply for dispensation in circumstances where a latent defect in the design and construction of the building constituted a health and safety risk to the residents.

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