Siobahn Sylvester

Senior Associate
Department Dispute Resolution

About Siobahn

Siobahn Sylvester is a senior associate within the dispute resolution team based in our Grimsby office.

Siobahn been recognised by the Legal 500 as a key lawyer in the property litigation team and an associate to watch in Real Estate Litigation in the 2023 UK Chambers Guide for the last two consecutive years.

She has over 14 years (10 years post qualification) litigation experience and advises on all aspects of commercial disputes, taking the lead in the firm’s property litigation offering.

Siobahn regularly advises upon:

  • commercial lease renewals

  • all aspects of the Landlord and Tenant Act 195

  • disputes arising out of breaches of lease obligations

  • dilapidations injunctions and forfeiture

  • land ownership and rights disputes including adverse possession, trespass, prescription, and rights of way

She works closely both with the firm’s conveyancing and commercial property teams regarding a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. She has successfully built a specialism acting for both freeholders and leaseholders on all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement, not limited to and including lease extensions, purchase of freeholds, right to manage, and other individual and collective rights.

She also deals with a full range of property matters including cohabitee disputes and claims under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act and recovery of service charge and ground rent arrears in a residential lease context.

Siobahn further leads the residential landlord and tenant team within the firm, supervising a team that advises on all aspects of landlord and tenant matters. The team, under Siobahn’s leadership, are panel solicitors for a national insurer and local social housing association. The residential landlord and tenant team are solicitors of choice for local and national landlords, advising of all aspects of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements and possession claims under the Housing Act 1988 (as amended).

In addition to her specialism in property-related disputes, Siobahn advises on all aspects of commercial disputes including business disputes, contractual disputes, and consumer disputes.  

Siobahn works closely with a national retailer in providing a wide range of assistance with all elements of disputes with both individual retailers and business clients in all aspects of debt recovery. She has also led a team to successfully recover thousands of pounds in commercial claims for recovery of payments made by consumers based on unfair relationships with banks. 

She is recognised for her technical knowledge and attention to detail. She has a forward-thinking, commercial approach to disputes to achieve the best result for the client in the quickest and most cost-effective way possible. 

Her work often sees her take on personal disputes. She has successfully intervened in a number of divorce proceedings to protect clients’ property interests that would otherwise have formed part of matrimonial proceedings. One case of interest resulted in the client retaining a property interest in the region of half a million pounds. She assists the family law team in respect of applications for possession and the Wills, estates, tax & trusts team in property interests being realised in respect of estates.

Siobahn has expert knowledge within the tourism and leisure sector, regularly assisting caravan park owners and users in disputes over occupation and licences.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2013 after successfully obtaining a 2:1 Law Degree from the University of Hull in 2009 and attaining a Distinction for the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in 2010. She has worked for Wilkin Chapman since February 2016, being promoted to senior solicitor in June 2019.

Outside of work, Siobahn is a chair of governors for a local primary academy school that is part of a multi-academy trust.

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