Rex Cowell

Partner in Property Litigation

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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Rex is a highly experienced property litigator. His work covers all types of landlord and tenant disputes on commercial and residential properties such as forfeiture, disrepair, rent arrears and contested lease renewals. He also advises on land disputes such as easements and boundaries.

Rex has fought numerous cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal but he also advises on disputes in the County Courts, the Property Tribunals and, increasingly today, in mediations.

His clients include property investment companies, individual landlords and commercial tenants. Rex also works for a number of firms of solicitors who have property departments but who wish to refer their clients to him when disputes occur.

During his career, Rex has been a partner at a regional firm of solicitors, head of litigation at a listed property company and prior to joining Excello, he ran his own firm specialising in property disputes for 14 years.

Rex's Experience

  • Advising a landlord on the disputed interpretation of a covenant to sub-let part of a substantial multi-let property. The case was fought through the courts and the landlord’s interpretation of the covenant was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
  • In the context of a claim for renewal of a business lease, Rex defended a claim for possession on behalf of a commercial tenant. The reality was that the landlord was seeking to develop the site and wished to avoid paying compensation to which the commercial tenant was entitled. The case settled in the week before trial.
  • Advising a landlord of a mixed use development when a bar/restaurant on the ground floor caused substantial noise nuisance to the leaseholders on the upper floors. An emergency injunction was obtained to restrain the noise and this was upheld at the subsequent trial in the High Court.
  • On behalf of a commercial landlord, Rex recovered a six-figure sum for rent arrears from a well-known pub chain that had refused to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Advising the freehold owner of a block of flats in respect of various unsustainable claims made by a leaseholder.  The matter proceeded through to a trial at which the freeholder was successful. Rex then obtained an order for costs and enforced that order by obtaining possession and selling the leaseholder’s flat.

Rex is married with two children. He is a keen walker along the Kent coast where he lives and – when not being asked to drive his teenage daughter to wherever she wants to go – also enjoys playing golf and meeting up with friends and family.


I can always rely on Rex to provide me with his honest and accurate opinion to enable me to make appropriate commercial decisions. His advice is always considered and straightforward and tempered by the practicalities of the situation whilst designed to get the desired result in the simplest and most cost-effective way

Paul Upward, Ocobase Property Group

Rex has a practical and straightforward approach to property litigation. He manages costs, meets deadlines reliably and is available when you need him. He’s consistently a pleasure to work with.

Claire Dunn, Marden Oak

Rex provided a prompt, efficient and responsive service. His advice was sound and commercially aware and resulted in a successfully defended case for Caxtons. I would be happy to recommend him at any time.

David Gurton, Caxtons Chartered Surveyors

I wanted to express my gratitude for your terrier-like persistence. I am well aware that without you this deal would either have collapsed or else the landlords may have manoeuvred us out of the property deliberately. So many thanks for all your advice and hard work.

James Paulett, Paulett Retail Limited

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