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Real Estate Litigation and Planning Disputes

The real estate market is always changing. Businesses need lawyers who know the market, understand the commerciality of issues as well as the law, and will give advice tailored to a particular business need.

We are recognised as a leading real estate litigation practice with an outstanding reputation for handling complex ad hoc and high-profile commercial property and planning disputes, acting on pivotal cases for a wide range of clients ; from government bodies and international financial institutions to major corporate concerns.

Examples of cases we can advise on include:

  • Landlord and tenant matters - break notice disputes, service charge claims, possession and forfeiture actions, dilapidations, lease renewal or business tenancy claims.
  • Insolvency-related disputes advising insolvency practitioners, advising on a landlord's remedies in the face of an insolvent tenant.
  • Neighbour disputes, rights to light claims, nuisance, boundary issues, restrictive covenants, rights of access.
  • Professional negligence actions for example in relation to advice given by solicitors, valuers' negligence cases concerning surveyors, and claims against management companies.
  • Major property transaction disputes, construction disputes between contractors and developers, failures to complete, warranty claims, joint venture disputes and limited partner disputes.
  • Enfranchisement - in respect of prime and super prime residential premises, advising landlords and tenants in respect of lease extension and collective enfranchisement (freehold purchase) claims.

With wide experience of the property market and all types of dispute resolution procedure, we are used to managing many of the largest and most complex multi-party disputes. Working closely with our real estate, insolvency, corporate, projects and finance teams, we provide clients with creative legal solutions to their business problems, right up to conclusion of a project or dispute.

News & insights

Publications: 06 OCTOBER 2020

Beyond Covid-19: How will the shifting balances of power in the commercial real estate sector in England and Wales affect financial institutions?

As the economic ramifications of Covid-19 are felt across society it is clear that the implications for financial institutions as lenders and investors in commercial real estate are significant. 

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Publications: 09 JULY 2020

Beyond Covid-19: Unexpected Policy Shift as Land Registry announces acceptance of Electronic Signatures

The Land Registry has today announced that it will “soon” start to accept electronic signatures. This is a major policy shift for the Land Registry and will be welcomed by the property industry both…

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Publications: 21 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 Coronavirus: Real Estate and Covid-19 – The questions we are being asked in The Netherlands

This note discusses a number of issues and queries that are arising in the commercial real estate investing and lending markets in the Netherlands as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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Publications: 17 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Real Estate and Covid-19 – The questions we are being asked in France

This note discusses a number of issues and queries that are arising in the commercial real estate investing and lending markets in France as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

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Our dedicated real estate litigation team works closely with lawyers in our real estate, planning, construction and environmental practices to advise on the full range of issues that are of both strategic and operational importance to corporates with regard to their real estate holdings.