Marjorie Batten



Marjorie is an Associate in the Property Litigation Team acting for both residential and commercial landlord and tenant clients, as well as local authorities and registered providers of social housing, in relation to a range of property matters, including breach of covenant and forfeiture, service charge recovery and disputes, contentious lease renewals, leasehold enfranchisement and the right of first refusal.

Marjorie also advises developers and other land owners in relation to issues affecting development land, including the enforcement and modification/discharge of restrictive covenants, trespass, adverse possession, rights acquired by prescription and the statutory regimes governing the creation and termination of wayleaves.

Marjorie is often instructed by leaseholders with high value prime central London property interests and is experienced in dealing with lease extension claims against the large London estates.

Marjorie is a member of the Property Litigation Association. She regularly delivers training to clients in-house and at organised events and is described as a ‘rising star’ with ‘an impressive depth of knowledge and exceptional client care skills’ (Legal 500). 

Relevant experience

  • Statutory Undertaker Landlord: acting in relation to a contentious collective enfranchisement claim and successfully ensuring the client's asset, which remained located within the property, was sufficiently protected.
  • Local Authority: acting in relation to a judicial review of a decision of the Valuation Office Agency based on the construction of regulation 128A of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 in conjunction with the Planning Team.
  • Private Individuals: successfully obtaining summary judgment in the High Court confirming rescission of contract and forfeiture of the deposit against a purchaser referred to by the press as ‘the house buyer from hell,’ who failed to complete in breach of contract.
  • Registered Provider: advising in relation to a leaseholder's challenge to service charges following major works.
  • Local Authority: advising in relation to the provision of temporary accommodation pursuant to section 188 of the Housing Act 1996, including advice on the terms of the agreement used for the provision of this accommodation and the procedure for recovering possession.
I have found Marjorie Hill particularly impressive. She has an impressive depth of knowledge and exceptional client care skills

Legal 500 2021