Andrew Chesser


Andrew is a partner in the real estate disputes team.

He specialises in advising on and handling property related disputes. He has wide experience in landlord and tenant and property disputes acting for landowners, occupiers, developers and interested parties.

Andrew has handled many cases which have gone to trial before Courts, Arbitrators and Tribunals covering many areas including forfeiture and possession of commercial, rural and residential property, contested business lease renewals, rent review, dilapidations, residential management disputes, rights of first refusal and statutory compensation. He has also covered other areas which consist of interpretation of easements and covenants, planning enquiries, arbitration appeals, interpretation of easements and covenants, residential management disputes, rights of first refusal, statutory compensation, planning enquiries and arbitration appeals. In addition, Andrew has represented clients in several mediations and negotiated settlements in a substantial number of cases.

Andrew joined Withers in early 2016 after spending over 25 years at his previous firm.


We have worked with Andrew for over 15 years on a number of contentious matters and have been grateful for his experience and consistent and loyal support, which enabled us to work through some very difficult times. We were pleased to be able to move to Withers with Andrew two years ago and have continued to work with him and his colleagues in corporate, banking and finance and real estate on our recent acquisition of the Whittlebury Hall lease, which proved to be considerably more complex than anticipated, but the team all worked well together well to achieve the desired result.

Jeff Sargeant, Executive Chairman, Whittlebury Park Golf & Country Club

I have worked with Andrew for many years on a number of complex commercial and landlord and tenant matters. I have always found him to be clear in his advice, quick to respond and steady under pressure. Andrew is a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team.

Phil Day - Golden Square Group

Andrew Chesser of Withers LLP regularly advises on landlord and tenant disputes. He also advises a range of developers and landowners. He is considered “superb” by his clients and heads the firm’s real estate disputes team.

Chambers and Partners UK, 2017

Very sound instincts and good sense of when to run an argument and when to let it go.

Chambers and Partners UK, 2018





Acting for the successful purchaser in the case of Schmid v Fellner and another relating to the validity of the rescission of a contract.

Advising the landlord in the case of Sargeant v Macepark in a dispute about consent to alterations when it was established that a landlord’s business interests were a relevant factor.

Acting for the tenant on the interpretation of a rent review clause (Cadogan v Escada).

England and Wales, 1987

Andrew speaks regularly to clients and property professionals on topical issues. He has also had articles published in the Estates Gazette and other publications.

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Dilapidations Forum

Property Litigation Association


I enjoy the personal interaction and working relationships that I have built up

I was delighted to join Withers’ real estate team in early 2016 to be head of real estate disputes. I have many years of experience but most recently have been advising family businesses who have substantial property holdings with contentious issues to be resolved. I enjoy the personal interaction and working relationships that I have built up.

Before joining Withers I had a three-month sabbatical during which I sailed across the South Atlantic as part of a round-the-world yacht race. This has given me a ‘new lease of life’ to tackle the great variety of problems which come across my desk.



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