Newcastle-based Clarke Mairs’ property litigation team is led by James Godden, known for taking on contentious landlord and tenant disputes and enfranchisement work as well as first-tier tribunal matters. Promoted to partner in June 2022, Louise Ager is recommended for property litigation and contentious insolvency mandates – she routinely receives instructions from residential block management companies seeking advice on the interpretation of lease covenants and forfeiture claims. Ager also advises London-based property investment clients on leasehold disputes, arrears recovery, and possession claims.

Practice head(s):

James Godden

Other key lawyers:

Louise Ager


‘Quick to act and specialists in debt recovery and looking at different options to achieve a settlement. They take a very commercial view on cases.’

‘A small but dedicated team that pay close attention to even the smallest case and provide advice which is high quality value for money.’

‘James Godden is always thorough and provides advice of the highest standards. He has a dedicated and loyal team that work with the same dedication and ethos.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for respondent leaseholders in a recent appeal concerning procedural fairness and the construction of residential charge provisions in the First-tier Tribunal.
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