Siobahn Sylvester is a senior solicitor within the dispute resolution team at our Grimsby office.
Siobahn 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 a senior solicitor in June 2019. Siobahn is recognised by the Legal 500 as a key lawyer in the property and litigation team.
She has over 8 years’ post qualification experience and advises on all aspects of commercial disputes with significant experience in property related disputes. She works closely with the firm’s domestic and commercial property departments in respect of a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, and has built a specialism acting for both freeholders and leaseholders on all aspects of enfranchisement not limited to lease extensions, purchase of freeholds, right to manage and other individual and collective rights.
Other property related disputes experience includes:
Cohabitee disputes and claims under the trust of land and appointment of trustees act
Recovery of service charge and ground rent arrears
Commercial and residential lease renewals
Disputes arising out of breaches of lease obligations
Land ownership/rights disputes including adverse possession and forfeiture
Siobahn also advises on all aspects of landlord and tenant matters and acts for landlord across the country to seek possession back of their properties under the Rent Act and Housing Act. She advises on contractual consumer disputes and works closely with a national retailer in providing assistance with all elements of disputes both with individual retailers and with business clients.
Siobahn is recognised for having a forward thinking, commercial approach to disputes to achieve the best result for the client in the quickest and cost-effective way possible. 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. Siobahn assists the family department in respect of applications for possession and has also intervened in a number of divorce proceedings to protect client’s property interests that would have otherwise have formed part of matrimonial proceedings, one of which resulted in the client retaining nearly half a million pound property interest in the region.