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Hope Barton, Associate

Hope specialises in advising clients on a wide range of contentious property issues involving both commercial and residential property.


Hope specialises in advising on disputes relating to both commercial and residential property. Her experience includes dilapidations, possession claims, lease terminations, opposed and unopposed lease renewals, the impact of insolvency and the COVID-19 pandemic on landlord and tenant relationships and the exercise of break clauses.

Hope is admitted to practice in England and Wales.


  • Acting for a commercial landlord, defending proceedings brought by the tenant, with regards to overcharging rent and the alleged fraudulent creation of documents to suggest that certain rent arrears were agreed. The proceedings involved complex arguments regarding fraud, limitation, breach of contract and required expert handwriting evidence.
  • Advising in relation to a conditional sale agreement concerning a residential buy-to-let property. The proceedings concerned fraud, limitation and breach of contract.
  • Acting for commercial tenants in dilapidations proceedings.
  • Advising a respondent on an adverse possession application concerning an access way for commercial land abutting residential properties.
  • Advising a commercial tenant on an unlawful forfeiture claim concerning the lease of tennis courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.