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A Note From the Senior Partner

From Strength to Strength

 

DJB was founded in 1999 with four core objectives: focus on real estate, focus on top-quality clients, focus on providing exemplary service with top-quality solicitors and only working with nice people.   As we move into our third decade of operating these objectives still run at the heart of DJB.

DJB have proven that great people are also gracious and that hard working people who will never let a client down can also spend time with their families.  By focusing on building the best team and removing the barriers often encountered by those people, you can achieve a diverse and brilliant membership with equal gender balance at all levels, without having to strive for that as an end in itself.  These ethics pervade the firm and are what everyone at DJB buys into.

With 5 offices throughout the UK and circa 50 lawyers, DJB is now the largest and most experienced (in terms of aggregate PQE) specialist real estate law firm in the UK.  We deliver the full spectrum of real estate legal services to the UK’s largest institutional and corporate landowners, both in the public and private sector.

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MADELEINE DAVITT, Senior Partner

We are unique in the way we work

The Ethos

Our approach allows our solicitors to focus solely on legal work, from anywhere in the world.

Whilst our solicitors are focusing on the legal work, our specialist Client Directors, Client Partners and Account Managers build and maintain our client base on your behalf.

DJB’s Client Partners and Client Directors are responsible for building relationships, working to understand clients’ business goals and individual requirements to ensure we always deliver a tailored service.  Their priority is to ensure our clients’ needs are always fulfilled in terms of price, quality of lawyering and service.  The Account Management team take care of all client and matter administration, supporting clients on a day-to-day basis.  Their goal is to facilitate and deliver excellent client care.

AT DJB everyone goes the extra mile.  We take care in ensuring that we share values with our clients, that all of our solicitors will work to maintain our values and standards, and that we only work with suppliers who endeavour towards the same goals that we do.

Major Projects

DJB Have Advised our Prestigious Clients on Major Projects Throughout the UK:

We continue to advise on a number of matters of national importance and high profile properties.

Benefits to our Clients

Since our foundation we have been ahead of the field in shaping a structure to develop an excellent service for the best possible value.  Our client base includes some of the most significant landowners in the country.  We also provide specialist real estate support to other law firms, both large full-service law firms and niche practices.

The experience of our solicitors, combined with the fact that they focus entirely on delivering quality legal advice, means that our solicitors can deliver fast, accurate results first time round.  DJB achieve exceptional commercial value by only charging for legal dealings: all commercial and client dealings are completed at no charge to our clients.

Ensuring complete service satisfaction and delivering expert advice, whilst still retaining commercial value, is a task often struggled with by competitors using the traditional partner-led approach.

The Firms Rankings and Awards

The Times Best Law Firms 2021

We were commended for Commercial Property, Planning and Landlord and Tenant Law.

Chambers and Partners 2020

We are ranked for Commercial Property, Planning, Property Litigation in this directory.

Legal Business Awards 2020

The Firm has been shortlisted for Real Estate Firm of the Year 2020

Lawyer Awards 2019

The firm was a finalist for 'National Firm of the Year' 2019.

​ British Legal Awards 2018

The firm won The Boutique Law Firm of the Year Award 2018.

Legal 500 2020

Top-ranked firm for commercial property for the last 10 years. We are in the top 40 law firms for real estate in London. Additionally, we are ranked in planning, property litigation and public sector.

EG Awards 2018

The firm was a finalist for 'Legal Team of the Year' 2018.

​ EG Awards 2017

The firm was a finalist for 'Real Estate Law Firm of The Year' in the EG awards, hosted by Estates Gazette.

Lawyer Awards 2013

The firm won The National Boutique Firm of the Year Award and was runner-up for The Real Estate Team of the Year Award.