I founded WH Lawrence Solicitors in January 2013. Since qualifying in the mid-1990s, I have acted almost exclusively as a property litigator. I spent the early part of my career at national firm, Eversheds in Manchester before moving to London to work at City practice, SJ Berwin until 2006.
Following a short stint in the West End, I joined national firm Hammonds (now Squire Patton Boggs) heading their London property litigation practice as a Partner. My clients range from commercial landlords and commercial tenants, to high net worth individuals and charities, all with property interests throughout the country.
“Practice head William Lawrence is ‘engaged, friendly and approachable’ with an ‘impressive, wide-range of expertise’.” (Legal 500)
“William Lawrence …. is very talented, knowledgeable and experienced.” (Legal 500)
“William Lawrence provides a personalised service. Clients praise his calm manner as well as being thoughtful and accurate.” (Legal 500)
“William Lawrence has the required skills of a top property litigator.” (Legal 500)
“Highly skilled litigator, William Lawrence, applies abundant common sense and rigorous forensic intellect to complex cases.” (Legal 500)
“Provides a personalised service…calm…thoughtful and accurate.” (Legal 500)
I have 20 years’ experience in real estate and general commercial litigation. I have held partnerships at Lawrence Graham (now Gowling WLG (UK) LLP); Mischcon de Reya and Jones Day, where I headed the real estate litigation team.
I have managed cases at all court levels, involving commercial and residential property litigation; landlord and tenant disputes and insolvency.
I specialise in dealing with issues relating to strategic property management for commercial and institutional landlords and tenants, as well as developers.
I have recently advised in High Court litigation against a major bank relating to enforcement of a legal charge; a number of planning disputes and a solicitors negligence claim.
“Very knowledgeable and focused Richard Anyamene … has particular expertise in strategic property management for commercial and institutional landlords, tenants and developers.” (Legal 500)
“Richard Anyamene resolves problems practically and to a budget.” (Legal 500)
“Richard Anyamene: an articulate practitioner.” (Legal 500)
“Richard Anyamene balances excellent technical knowledge with an understanding of commercial reality.” (Chambers and Partners)
I qualified at Shulmans in Leeds in 1998 and have worked exclusively as a property litigator throughout my career.
From 2001 until 2010 I worked in the Sheffield office of global law firm DLA Piper before joining niche commercial property firm Land Law LLP in 2011.
I have extensive experience of all aspects of real estate litigation and dispute resolution including landlord and tenant issues, acquisition and disposal advice, site assembly projects, development work and property management.
I have acted for multi-nationals, PLCs, property investors, house builders, developers, portfolio managers, landlords and tenants, local authorities, small businesses and individuals.
I divide my time between Sheffield and London and work for clients throughout the country, but particularly in Yorkshire and the North West.