Damian Pitts - Senior Associate

Damian is part of our Dispute Resolution team and is recommended in the Legal 500 as being “bright and thorough” and “knowledgeable, capable and diplomatic”.

Damian was educated at the University of St Andrews having studied for a Masters in Medieval History. He later converted to the law at City University before being called to the Bar in 2009 and he cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2012.

Damian specialises in property litigation and financial services litigation.

His general property litigation work for private individuals encompasses acting for clients in boundary disputes, Party Wall matters, actions for interference with rights of way and rights of light. Damian acts for residential private landlords on possession and rent arrears claims. Damian also has a wealth of experience in lease extension and collective enfranchisement matters. For commercial clients, Damian is experienced in: opposed and unopposed business lease renewals; terminal dilapidations claims; and forfeiture of commercial leases.

Damian’s financial services work encompasses acting for both IFAs and complainants in the jurisdictions of the Financial Ombudsman Service and the civil Courts.

Damian also has a keen interest in Motorsport Law having acted for both drivers and teams in the Mini Challenge, British Touring Cars and Formula E. Damian is perhaps one of a handful of lawyers in the UK with experience of representing drivers at the National Court of Motorsport UK.

Prior to the merger with Ashtons, Damian was Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Team at Steeles Law.

His work highlights include:

  • acting for an independent financial advice firm based in Wales in a dispute with its professional indemnity insurer over coverage at a value in excess of £1.5m
  • acting for an independent financial advice firm in dealing with complaints made against the firm in respect of pension mis-selling
  • representing an independent financial advice firm in judicial review proceedings of a decision of the Financial Ombudsman Service
  • regularly representing Insolvency Practitioners to realise property assets of bankrupts
  • acting for a property fund in recover damages for terminal dilapidations arising out of commercial property held in the fund
  • acting for a Formula E in a €4m dispute with one of its sponsors
  • representing a racing driver at the National Court of Motorsport UK following an on-track incident.

Damian’s interests outside of work are most sports, mainly golf and motorsports.