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Simon Hartley

property litigation
Partner, Head of Property Litigation

7th Floor, 85 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1AE

Tel: 020 7227 7476

Simon is a Partner in our Property Litigation team, providing comprehensive advice on all aspects of contentious commercial real estate work.

“He is very thorough, very efficient and clearly has a good understanding of his clients’ commercial needs, as well as the legal requirements, and has a good relationship with clients.” “He is extremely professional, prompt and patient.” Chambers and Partners UK 2022

Simon Hartley is excellent. He is simultaneously able to keep an eye on the bigger picture while also keeping on top of the finer details. He has particularly strong negotiation skills and can often find a practical solution where others might not. Legal 500 2022

Simon Hartley acts for clients on commercial real estate litigation. He is highlighted for his capabilities in dilapidation matters. Chambers 2021

‘Apart from excellent legal advice, the most important aspect is the 24/7 availability of the lead partner. This has been a stand out aspect of the firm.’ Legal 500 2021

Simon Hartley ‘works hard and knows how to achieve outstanding results’. Legal 500 2019

RadcliffesLeBrasseur ‘takes an innovative approach that allows for practical and commercial advice to be provided in a pragmatic and effective way’. Simon Hartley, who ‘has a good legal brain with an excellent analytical style’, has substantial experience handling rent reviews, professional negligence claims and insolvency issues. Legal 500 2017

RadcliffesLeBrasseur has ‘a growing reputation for litigation’ under the ‘excellent’ Simon Hartley, who is ‘concise and to the point’. Legal 500 2016

Simon is ‘diligent’ and ‘very courteous and prompt in his replies’. Legal 500 2015

Simon Hartley is ‘very hardworking and commercial.’ Legal 500 2014

‘Tenacious’, ‘committed’ and ‘commercially sound.’  Legal 500 2012

A tough litigator who always focuses on the commercial needs of the client – he is good at bringing original thought to cases. Chambers and Partners 2011

Areas of Expertise

Simon has substantial rent review experience working for landlords and tenants both within and outside the central London markets. He advises on professional negligence claims, rights of light, dilapidations, service charge issues, development disputes and emergency injunctions.

Simon has considerable expertise in acting for landlords, tenants and insolvency practitioners in relation to real estate disputes in an insolvency context. This includes liquidation, administration, company voluntary arrangements (CVAs), bankruptcy, schemes of arrangement and receivership. He also acts in relation to the enforcement of security held over property assets.

Additionally, Simon handles all aspects of contentious real estate management work, including lease renewal, tenant default, restrictive covenants and easements and environment and planning disputes.


Simon has acted for clients on a range of contentious matters:

  • Advising an international investment bank in relation to cross border insolvency and transactional structuring issues arising out of the multi-million pound acquisition of its European headquarters.
  • Representing the landlord on a rent review arbitration regarding the lease of a large retail site on Oxford Street, London.
  • Acting for the owner of one of the world’s most prestigious retail and leisure locations in relation to professional negligence claims and property management issues.
  • Representing an insurer and its insured firm of surveyors in relation to the successful settlement of a major professional negligence claim arising from the attempted exercise of a number of lease break options.
  • Acting for an international corporate in a professional negligence claim against its solicitors arising from the invalid exercise of a number of lease break options.
  • Advising a property investment fund on investing in non-performing loans secured over commercial, residential and buy-to-let property.
  • Successfully defending a developer facing a challenge to the validity of a light obstruction notice.
  • Securing the retention of a right to run a railway line over land subject to a compulsory purchase order for one of the UK’s largest corporates.
  • Acting for a leading corporate in an arbitration and parallel independent expert determination concerning a sale of land and advising on an associated professional negligence claim.
  • Representing the successful party in the Court of Appeal in the important land registration case Barclays Bank v Guy [2008] EWCA Civ 452.

Client Sectors

Simon represents clients in many commercial sectors including real estate, retail, hotel and leisure and healthcare.


Law Society
Property Litigation Association