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Samuel Lear, Associate

Sam specialises in commercial, residential and agricultural property litigation


Sam specialises in commercial, residential and agricultural property litigation.  Sam advises on a wide range of contentious property issues, including trespass matters, service charge disputes, dilapidations, rent arrears recovery, break rights, commercial lease renewals, restrictive covenants, and agricultural disputes.  Sam has particular experience in conducting residential possession matters on behalf of landlords.

Sam acts for a diverse range of clients, including large corporations, small businesses, commercial and residential landlords and tenants, charities, large land-owning estates and individuals.

Sam is admitted to practice in England and Wales and is a member of the Property Litigation Association.


  • Assisted in obtaining a reported high court injunction and possession order against persons unknown (in particular, protesters) on land owned by a global corporation.
  • Acted on behalf of a charity landlord in relation to its dilapidations claim against a residential tenant.  The proceedings were settled on mutually acceptable terms following a successful negotiation.
  • Advises and reports to a global retailer on its lease terms including yielding up obligations and break/termination obligations.
  • Achieved success for an engineering services company concerning a trespass issue.  The matter settled on favourable terms before proceedings were required.
  • Provides regular wide-ranging advice to a large land-owning estate on residential possession matters (including obtaining evictions of problematic tenants), trespass and more unusual matters such as liability for feral livestock.