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Tom is a specialist property litigator acting for a range of organisations and private clients seeking to resolve their property related disputes in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner.

Tom deals with a variety of residential and commercial property matters for both landlords and tenants. He has conducted litigation in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Property Tribunal and has wide ranging experience of alternative dispute resolution processes including mediation, arbitration and expert determination.

He acts on both sides in relation to leasehold disputes involving breaches of covenant such as unlawful alterations and sub-letting, the non-payment of ground rent and service charge as well as dilapidations claims and forfeiture proceedings. He also has extensive experience bringing and defending possession claims, particularly the removal of trespassers from both residential and commercial premises.

Tom’s commercial practice includes the full range of landlord and tenant-based disputes as well as property insolvency related matters and disputes arising from commercial acquisitions. He also advises extensively in relation to opposed and unopposed business lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

On the residential side, Tom also deals with all aspects of enfranchisement and acts for landlords in relation to unlawful sub-letting through short term letting websites.

Tom aims to conclude disputes quickly and cost-effectively in order to minimise the time, costs and stress associated with litigation wherever possible.

Tom qualified as a solicitor in 2016.

Memberships & Accolades

Tom is a member of the Property Litigation Association.


"Tom Dobson has brilliant global vision of his cases, is clear and decisive in his advice and is a shrewd tactician." (Legal 500 2024)

'‘Tom Dobson ... is a great lawyer, an effective communicator, highly organised, very good on tactics and thinking strategically to achieve client aims. Always a pleasure to work with and a true star.’ (Legal 500 2023)

Tom is recognised as an Associate to watch in the Chambers UK 2022 Guide.

"Tom Dobson has great experience and is on top of all the details." "He is absolutely brilliant. He is very practical and always thinking about commercial solutions and how to communicate well with the client." (Chambers UK 2022)

Reported cases

Ravendark Holdings Ltd v Rotenberg [2021] EWCA Civ 1661

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