Adam Eagle specialises in property litigation, dispute resolution and litigation risk-avoidance.
Adam has a wide range of experience in contentious property matters, including both litigation in the High Court (Chancery and Commercial Divisions), Tribunals and County Court, as well as advising on litigation risk-avoidance for some of the highest profile developments in London and the UK.
In litigation, Adam's key areas of expertise include professional negligence, Land Registration and adverse possession matters, complex contractual disputes (including disputes as to interpretation and rectification), enforcement of security and lease disputes. Adam regularly works in cross-jurisdictional matters, including recently working on enforcement of security and litigation risk management strategies alongside local counsel spanning seven jurisdictions.
Where advising on developments, Adam's practice focusses on vacant possession strategy, rights to light matters and a variety of other legal issues which arise from site acquisition through to practical completion.
- Providing litigation risk-avoidance advice, including in relation to rights to light, to Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited on the 2016 restructuring of its joint venture with Grosvenor for the redevelopment of 1-5 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia into a five star hotel (“The Peninsula London”) and high-end residential apartments.
- Advising a market-leading international property investor and developer on rights of light risks relating to a development in the city of London, valued at over £400 million, with all issues successfully resolved. The work included acting on a complex and sensitive professional negligence claim against rights of light surveyors worth over £1 million.
- Acting for the former owner of a large development site in South London in relation to a complex contract law dispute as to the interpretation of overage provisions, worth over £30 million.
- Working as a member of the core litigation team as Clifford Chance represented Citi on the bank's successful defence against Terra Firma's £1.5bn law suit before Mr Justice Burton in the High Court in London, which alleged that Citi induced it to bid for EMI by making fraudulent statements in conversations with Terra Firma's Principal, Guy Hands.
- Acting for clients in contractual disputes arising out of issues connected with Brexit, including acting for Canary Wharf Group in its dispute with the European Medicines Agency ((Canary Wharf BP4) T1 Ltd v European Medicines Agency). The team have instructed Joanne Wicks QC and Jonathan Chew of Wilberforce Chambers to act for the client in relation to matters of Property Law, whilst Lord Anderson KBE QC is dealing with European Law issues. The Agency is arguing that its 25-year lease of premises at Canary Wharf will be frustrated (come to an end automatically) when the UK leaves the European Union. Canary Wharf Group is seeking a declaration so that the Agency is clear that its lease obligations will not be affected by Brexit.
Clifford Chance successfully concludes high-profile Brexit lease dispute for Canary Wharf Group
5 July 2019
Clifford Chance's property litigation team leads Canary Wharf Group to victory in high-profile Brexit commercial lease dispute
20 February 2019
Clifford Chance advises CK Asset Holdings on the £1 billion acquisition of 5 Broadgate, London
15 June 2018
Conservation Covenants and their potential future use by Developers
13 August 2019
Brexit Will Not Frustrate The European Medicines Agency's Lease at Canary Wharf
27 February 2019
Career and qualifications
- Worcester College, University of Oxford (BA Jurisprudence) 2013
- Joined Clifford Chance 2014
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2016
- Member of the Property Litigation Association
- UK Environmental Law Association
Awards and citations
- Adam Eagle has been shortlisted as Junior Lawyer of the Year by The Law Society Excellence Awards 2019
- Adam Eagle has been shortlisted as a Rising Star by the EG Awards 2019
- "the ‘strong and strategic’ Adam Eagle have been acting for Horizon Nuclear Power to prevent squatters and trespassers at the client’s power stations."
Legal 500 2019