James Picknell

James Picknell


DMH Stallard (Guildford)

Wonersh House

The Guildway

Old Portsmouth Road



James has specialised in advising clients on property dispute matters since 2003, gaining significant experience in the areas of commercial landlord and tenant and land disputes. 
James joined DMH Stallard having worked for almost eighteen years at a well known regional firm where he was the head of a highly ranked property litigation team.
He represents commercial landlords and tenants in respect of a broad range of matters, such as opposed and unopposed commercial lease renewals, insolvency, assignment and subletting, forfeiture, rent arrears, and service charge disputes.  James has significant experience dealing with complex dilapidations claims, break clauses and lease exit strategies.
For many years, a consistently large part of James’ caseload has included advising on knotty private client and commercial land issues, such as access disputes, restrictive covenants and nuisance claims.  James has considerable experience advising clients on boundary disputes and adverse possession claims. 

James is ranked as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 and also ranked in Chambers and Partners 2021.

He shows great attention to detail and an analytic approach to solving complex and detailed issues. He communicates quickly and efficiently. He is always on top of the situation and anticipates future action from the other side.

Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Personal Awards

Chambers and Partners 2020 (Ranked In - James Picknell

Memberships and Associations

  • Property Litigation Association

Associated blogs

Commercial lease renewals and pandemic clauses

Will commercial reality trump the law when leases are up for renewal? Property expert James Picknell takes a look
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