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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 the kinds of cases that our London office 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 under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and rent review.
  • 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 contractor and developer, 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.

Recent examples of work by other offices include representing:

  • A major German real estate fund in connection with the late delivery of an important real estate development in Luxembourg
  • A Hong Kong company on the commencement of legal proceedings against a company for recovery of possession of the property together with the arrears of rent, management charges and other moneys due under a lease

Our emphasis is on providing pragmatic advice tailored to specific situations, which makes us the natural choice for the 'big ticket' work relating to a wide variety of property types, including large development sites, shopping centres and office blocks. We take time to fully understand our clients businesses and the wider property market.

Clients also benefit from our pre-emptive commercial advice, which flags up potential future problems. As a first step, we try to avoid disputes and to contain our clients costs. When unavoidable, we use court proceedings or other dispute resolution procedures to achieve their goals.

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.

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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.