We recently welcomed partner Bukola Obadun-Craigs to our Birmingham real estate disputes team.

Bukola brings with her a wealth of knowledge advising on all aspects of contentious residential landlord and tenant disputes for freeholders, developers, leaseholders and registered providers of social housing. Her particular interests include leasehold enfranchisement, lease extensions, right to manage, service charges disputes, and lease interpretation.

Having worked with the social housing sector for more than 20 years, Bukola has particular expertise in providing registered providers with support regarding injunctions, possessions, serious nuisance and anti-social behaviour, subletting, succession, and defending allegations of landlord repairs and obligations.

Bukola, who will be based in Birmingham but working with clients nationally, said “I’ve followed Shakespeare Martineau’s growth journey since qualification. The firm has evolved and adapted accordingly, challenging outdated norms, which makes it stand out in a sea of stagnation”.

“There has always been a magnetic pull towards Shakespeare Martineau, as I believe it truly understands the intricate web of social housing from all aspects. It is a key player in advising the sector about catalysing dynamic change, offering thought-provoking solutions and unwaveringly supporting the sector, while challenging its place for residents and key stakeholders.”

Her appointment is the latest in a string of new partner hires as part of our growth strategy, broadening our footprint both north and south.

Vanessa Joll, real estates disputes partner, said: “We are delighted to have Bukola join our market-leading real estate disputes team. Bukola brings a wealth of experience in housing management work in the social housing sector to further strengthen our offering in that area, as well as a specialist collective enfranchisement and residential leasehold management practice, which will be a focus for growth for us going forwards.”

We are proactively seeking talented people to join the firm on our growth journey, including mergers, team recruitment and lateral hires nationally.

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Barry brings a no-nonsense approach to resolving disputes for his clients whilst involving them at every stage of the process.

As head of litigation and dispute resolution, Barry is renowned for leaving no stone unturned when dealing with client’s disputes, which range from contractual issues and restrictive covenant claims through to injunctions and shareholder disputes.

Clients range from SMEs to blue chip global household name corporations.

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Published: 21st September 2023
Area: Real Estate & Planning

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