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Thekla Fellas, Partner

Thekla Fellas


Practice areas

  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Real estate litigation
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Telecoms

Practice notes

Thekla Fellas is a Partner in the Real Estate Litigation team at Eversheds Sutherland.

A prominent real estate disputes lawyer with over 25 years’ experience Thekla holds dual qualification, having initially been called to the Bar in 1992 before also qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. Thekla acts on all aspects of real estate disputes and also has specialist expertise in Telecoms. She is recognised in the legal directories as a leading expert.

Thekla heads up the Telecoms Code Group at Eversheds Sutherland and is one of the leading lawyers on Telecoms Code disputes acting for landowners. She has over 17 years’ experience working in Telecoms. She acted in one of the few reported cases under the old code; was involved in the Law Commission’s and DCMS’ consultations on the new Code and acted on the very first case before the Tribunal under the new Code. She regularly lectures on Telecoms for the RICS and legal training bodies and has also written a chapter on the Code in the Business Premises: Possession and Lease Renewal.

Thekla has acted in nearly all of the key cases under the new Code; of the 5 cases identified by Judge Elizabeth Cooke as the key cases at the RICS telecoms Forum in November 2019, Thekla has acted in 4 four of them.

Thekla’s reported cases:

  • CTIL v Praed Street: the very first case before the Tribunal under the Code:
  • CTIL v University of London [2018] UKUT 0356 (LC): The first substantive judgment under the Code and the first case on rights of access.
  • EE Ltd and Hutchison 3G UK Ltd v the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Islington [2018] UKUT 0361 (LC): the first case under the Code on Interim Code Agreements.
  • EE Ltd and Hutchison 3G UK Ltd v the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Islington [2019] UKUT 0053 (LC): the first case on a full Code Agreement, consideration and compensation.
  • EE and H3G v Trustees of the Meyrick Estate [2019] UKUT 164 (LC): the first case on a Landlord’s intention to redevelop.
  • The University of London –v- Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 2075: the appeal on the rights of access for operators to buildings for survey purposes and whether interim code applications are standalone applications.
  • CTIL v Ashloch Limited and AP Wireless (II) UK Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 2075: the first case on the jurisdiction for renewals of leases protected by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Thekla also advises landowners on:

  • access requests received from operators for multi-site visits;
  • strategies for the removal or relocation of electronic communications apparatus;
  • pursuing operators for breach of agreements and/or damage caused to the landowner’s property;
  • strategies following the service of a Code notice by an operator;
  • entering into Code agreements;
  • upgrade requests received from operators; and
  • renewals of agreements.