William Scott

Head of Real Estate Disputes


  • He is bright, very personable and has an excellent client manner.... he has excellent knowledge of property law.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Associate to watch

    Chambers 2020

  • Ensures his clients are always one step ahead

    Legal 500 2018

  • A 'brilliant strategist' who can 'see the wood from the trees'

    Legal 500 2018

  • A key name to note

    Legal 500 2018

  • Associate to watch

    Chambers UK 2017

  • Recommended.

    Legal 500 2015


I advise a wide range of clients from multinationals to small family-run business, retailers, charities of all sizes including a number of household names, unions and educational establishments.

I also advise private individuals on all aspects of their property-related disputes but with a particular specialism in landlord and tenant work, which includes advising in relation to the management of client property portfolios. Where possible I like to get involved at an early stage to advise on preventative measures to avoid litigation.


  • Rectifying former trustees' mistakes

    Our client charity’s former trustees granted leases in breach of the charity’s constitution and failed to comply with their statutory duties regarding the disposition. I help resolved the issue by advising as to the validity of the prior agreements and negotiated the parties entering into new valid leases.

  • Architects Benevolent Society

    My client wish to redevelop part of its central London headquarters building; however that potential development was curtailed by a restrictive covenant in its lease. I advised on how to obtain a modification of that covenant for considerably less than originally thought, which was recorded in a deed of variation to the lease, so as to enable the client to proceed with the redevelopment.

  • Magazine publishing company

    My client was facing a large dilapidations bill on the expiry of its lease for its Central London headquarters building. Through negotiating with the landlord and using specific terms in the lease we agreed that no dilapidations would be payable in return for an early surrender of the lease.

  • I advised a national charity in connection with all its landlord and tenant disputes, including dilapidations claims, claims for new leases and breach of covenant claims
  • I advised a number of the largest unions in the country in connection with all property-related disputes, including claims to equity in property, all aspects of landlord and tenant disputes and possession claims as both occupier and landlord
  • I acted on behalf of a large London academic institution in relation to all property-related disputes
  • I have advised a number of landlord clients in relation to the telecommunication agreements with the major telecoms providers
  • I advised a charity in relation to a multi-million pound surrender and regrant of its central London headquarters
  • I advised a mutual organisation in relation to a number of trespass claims concerning a number of properties all over the UK
  • I have given advice in relation to arbitration and court proceedings in connection with an unopposed yet contentious lease renewal of commercial premises
  • I acted for an individual in connection with the separation of a number of family properties and other assets

Qualifications and career

  • University of East Anglia, BA (Hons)
  • London College of Law, CPE and Legal Practice Course
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2005
  • Solicitor at William Sturges & Co
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2008

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Pro bono advice and discounted advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations, including referrals via Law Work for Community Group
  • Member of the Property Litigation Association