Craig Downhill

Craig Downhill

Senior Associate

Email craig.downhill@​

Phone +44 20 7296 2000

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Craig Downhill is a senior associate and experienced member of our Real Estate Disputes practice. He acts for a wide range of clients, including institutional investors, developers, retailers, and real estate funds. He works closely with members of our real estate, planning, and finance teams.

He advises and represents our clients across a broad spectrum of contentious property matters ranging from specific performance and other injunctive relief, the construction, implementation and termination of development agreements, the recovery of possession of commercial and residential properties, the effect of property vesting in the Crown as bona vacantia, interim and terminal dilapidations claims, opposed and unopposed lease renewals, non-payment of rent and service charge, liability of former tenants and guarantors, and alienation. He has a particular interest in insolvency related matters, providing advice and assistance to both insolvency practitioners and landlords.

He works with clients to try and avoid matters becoming litigious, but where they do Craig has significant experience in representing clients both before the Courts at all levels as well in other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Education and admissions


LL.M., Manchester University, 1988

LL.B. (Hons), Manchester University, 1986


Property Litigation Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Related industries

Real Estate

Related practices

Litigation Services

Representative experience

Successfully acting for local authority in defeating claim by neighbouring owner to have acquired right of way by prescription across development site.

Acting for utility company in obtaining possession at trial of a number of flats from Rent Act protected tenants in order to facilitate development of town houses in London.

Acting for administrators of a company in resisting application to lift moratorium to enable landlord to forfeit lease of premises occupied by purchaser of company's business.

Advising a London borough on its consultation policy with tenants in advance of a major regeneration scheme.

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