John Scannell


[John] is "very good at putting the client at ease and things in perspective."

Chambers [UK 2019]


John joined Birketts in April 2006. He is a partner and heads the firm's Property Litigation Team in Norwich.

John advises clients on a wide range of contentious property matters including: rent arrears; service charge disputes; disrepair and dilapidations; forfeiture of leases; enforcing freehold and leasehold covenants; insolvency-related property matters; business lease renewal; residential, commercial and agricultural security of tenure; possession, injunctions and specific performance; squatters; adverse possession; boundary disputes; contentious Land Registry proceedings and enforcing security over land. John acts for a wide range of corporate and private clients including property developers, commercial landlords and tenants, and social landlords.

John qualified as a Solicitor in November 1989 and worked as a non-contentious commercial property lawyer before becoming a commercial litigator with a particular interest in property disputes. Since 1998 he has practised almost exclusively as a property litigation specialist.

Other Information

John is ranked in band 1 by Chambers [UK 2019]. Sources say that he is "very good at putting the client at ease and things in perspective."

In previous editions, sources observe John to be "a property litigator who is second to no one,” and note that he "has an eminent reputation in the market and handles residential, commercial and agricultural disputes. Commentators note his user-friendly approach". Sources praise John "because he really understands his cases - he is one of the most technically able property litigators outside London".

John is recommended and named as a 'Leading Individual' by Legal 500 [UK 2020]. 

John is a member of the Social Housing Law Association and the Property Litigation Association.

Legal 500 UK 2020 - Leading Individual          Legal 500 UK 2020 Recommended Lawyer