Michelle Adams is a partner in the Real Estate Litigation team, leading the Birmingham offering. She is experienced in a broad range of property-related disputes for financial institutions, retail, media and logistics clients in the management of their English and Welsh property portfolios. She also has particular telecommunications expertise in a property context.

Michelle has several years’ experience advising on litigious commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant issues such as lease renewals, rent reviews, breaches of covenant (e.g. alienation, user), break rights and vacant possession strategy; nuisance and possession queries; debt recovery and insolvency; dilapidations during and at the end of the lease term; covenant interpretation; and service charge issues. She is responsible for organising and presenting the Development and Tenancy from Hell workshops, part of the Birmingham Real Estate Property CPD programme. She is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

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  • Successfully obtaining possession of a portfolio of properties at trial for a financial institution client in contested proceedings, incorporating an extensive disclosure process.
  • Delivering strategic termination advice to landowners and operators in respect of their rights and obligations under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and the Electronic Communications Code; along with implementation of those strategies.
  • Advising an international client on its rights to terminate its UK property interest, the strict applicability of break conditions and consequential management of its legal obligations to vacate such site.
  • Interpretation of a restrictive covenant for a developer client and the effect and enforceability of such covenant on its development plans.


  • Nottingham Law School, LL.B., 2008
  • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C., 2008
  • Nottingham Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2007
  • University of Manchester, B.Sc., 2006


  • England and Wales, 2010
  • "Michelle provides good leadership and drives her team to achieve results." Chambers 2024
  • "Michelle is great to work with; she is quick to respond and has a very good knowledge of her field." Chambers 2024
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers 2024 for Real Estate Litigation
  • Winner of the 2019 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Award for the Legal category
  • Winner of the 2019 Future Face of Legal at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Awards

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