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Claire Southway

Associate
Litigation & Disputes

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01305 217308

What’s your area of expertise?

I manage a varied case load consisting of both residential and commercial property disputes. This includes disputes relating to lease renewals, breach of covenants, landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidations, landlord/developer defect and repair claims, forfeiture and applications for relief, lease surrender, trespass, nuisance and damages claims, rent and service charge recovery, insolvency of landlords and tenants, and professional negligence claims. I regularly advise clients on the use and occupation of land, including rights of way, adverse possession, occupiers’ liability and boundary disputes.

I have specialised in Property Litigation for the past ten years. Prior to this I worked in London in Banking and Asset Finance.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

As a litigator I enjoy settling disputes in my clients’ favour by trying to obtain a better settlement than they were expecting. To me, litigation is like a game of poker and sometimes you must play a poor hand well. I find I work best in a team so that we can support each other and bounce ideas around. Although each case is governed by certain laws, it is also unique, and therefore there is always room to think outside of the box and achieve the best results.

What makes you tick?

I am motivated by helping others. Some property disputes go on for several years before the client seeks legal advice and by bringing their case to an end there is emotional closure for them as well, particularly in protracted boundary disputes and agricultural matters.

Clients have commented that I provide succinct advice and don’t waste time on unnecessary communication. A previous supervising partner referred to me as a rottweiler – apparently it was complimentary, and she explained that once I take on a case I don’t let go until I get a result.

Dorchester address

Newborough House
3 Queen Mother Square
Poundbury
Dorchester DT1 3BJ
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Telephone: 01305 251222
Fax: 01305 251095

Dorchester address

Newborough House
3 Queen Mother Square
Poundbury
Dorchester DT1 3BJ
Get directions

Telephone: 01305 251222
Fax: 01305 251095

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