Adam Colenso


Property Litigation

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Adam specialises in a wide range of property litigation including claims for breach of covenant and forfeiture, dilapidations, lease renewals, rent reviews and service charge disputes. He has a particular interest in leasehold enfranchisement work disputes.

He regularly undertakes possession claims, disputes relating to protected tenancies, boundary disputes, adverse possession litigation and claims relating to rights of way and other easements. Adam also deals with ToLATA disputes, nuisance claims and litigation relating to public houses.

Recent Experience

  • Emergency Exit Easement dispute in relation to commercial premises in Ashford, Kent.
  • Application for modification of restrictive covenant under s.84(1) of the Law of Property Act 1925 in respect of property in prestigious Surrey estate.
  • Party Wall Act Award Appeal Hearing in Central London County Court.
  • Judicial Review of a decision to reject a Town and Village Green Application.
  • Professional Negligence Claim against solicitors who failed to complete the acquisition of a development site in South London.
  • Business Lease Renewal Claim for large site with public sector tenants in South-East London.

Career History

Adam took a History degree at Newcastle University and a Masters degree at York University. Thereafter he completed the CPE law conversion and qualified as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law in 2001. He was a partner at Cumberland Ellis from November 2006 and joined Wedlake Bell LLP from Cumberland Ellis in April 2012 when the firms merged.


Turning the Lights Off” 17 October 2014 article in Building relating to rights of light and section 237 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Fair and loathing”, Solicitors Journal, 15 November 2011.

Supreme Court to Decide how unmarried couple divides ownership of their home”, The Times, 28 April 2011.

Kernott v Jones – Guidance and the case for reform”  Resolution Review 148, September/October 2010.

Playing House”, Solicitors Journal, 29 July 2010.


"We were fortunate to secure the best legal team in the country (Vivian Chapman QC and Wedlake Bell LLP solicitors) which certainly helped to level the playing field" (Congleton Chronicle on 24 March 2016) Bobby Bell - original applicant in the Town and Village Green Application the decision of Cheshire East BC in which was successfully judicially reviewed under Adam's conduct."

"The ‘excellent’ Adam Colenso regularly handles leasehold enfranchisement work"

— Legal 500, 2017


“Can the landowner evict tenants from a residential caravan site?” – Adam Colenso comments for The Guardian


No oral modification clause case will have ‘wide ramifications for all types of contracts’