When it comes to property, things don’t always go according to plan.
As the effects of the pandemic continue to impact the industry, the past six months has seen significant changes for almost all property owners and occupiers in the UK.
As a result property disputes have been on the rise.
We will work with you to ensure disputes are resolved as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. We do this using negotiation, arbitration and mediation, and as necessary we will use Court or Tribunal proceedings - we have a hard fought reputation for being robust and assertive to deliver the result you need
However, like you, we would rather property disputes didn’t happen. We can work with you at an early stage so problems can be avoided or resolved before they develop into litigation.
As one of the largest Real Estate Disputes teams in the UK, we have extensive expertise in the commercial, residential and mixed-use sectors. This gives us an edge in resolving disputes, and providing clear and strategic advice to our clients - we have a proven track record of helping clients maximise opportunities and minimise risks.
From private individuals, to major international organisations, to some of the UK’s largest estates, we can assist you in handling all varieties of Real Estate disputes . We understand the complexities of both commercial and residential property disputes, from the perspective of both landlords/ tenants and owners/occupiers. We aim to be your trusted advisors and offer you a tailored and flexible service to support you in both your legal and business requirements.
We are thought leaders in the property industry, including the residential arena, and publish regular insights on our Building Up, Essential Residential and HS2 hubs below.
Meet the team
Partner - Head of Real Estate Disputes
Real Estate Disputes
Some of our clients
Phase out of temporary restrictions on use of winding up petitions
Hannah takes a look at the recent UK Government announcement on statutory demands and the presentation of winding up petitions
The impact of COVID-19 on commercial and residential tenancies
What impact has COVID-19 had on commercial and residential tenancies? Read more here.
Q&A: Separate blocks, common parts and enfranchisement
Miriam Seitler and Lauren Fraser answer queries relating to leaseholders seeking to acquire the freehold.
Coded messages for landlords and tenants
“What does the code of practice mean for landlords and tenants? Read more here”
Q&A: Wrestling with restrictive covenants
Camilla Lamont (barrister at Landmark Chambers) and Real Estate Disputes Partner Emma Humphreys answer a pair of covenant queries
Property Patter: post-pandemic lease renewals
Here we discuss some of the trends in the cases we have seen so far on rent, interim rents, pandemic clauses and other issues.
Complying with vacant possession conditions
The Court of Appeal recently grappled with the issue of vacant possession when terminating a commercial lease...
Emma Humphreys writes for Lexis PSL Property Disputes on the government’s plans for pandemic rent debt
Emma Humphreys considers the government’s recently published analysis of the responses to its ‘call for evidence’.
Q&A: Rent and the problem with pets
Approximately 3.2m UK households have welcomed a pet since the outbreak of Covid-19 - but what does this mean for renters?
Powering Real Estate
Is it plausible to meet the governments ambitious plan to get new houses off the gas grid by 2025? Watch our webinar here
Property Patter: “Holiday” listening for surveyors: what (non-COVID) news is there so far in 2021?
Here we discuss “business as usual” judgments which have been handed down so far this year.
Pandemic Clauses: sharing (risk) is not (necessarily) caring
A County Court decision has refused to include a clause in a renewal lease to reduce the rent by 50% in the event of future lockdowns
Service charge demands: a reminder of key principles
What are the key principles, implications and key takeaways?
Property Patter: dealing with COVID-19 arrears and the future of commercial tenancy relationships
What are the government’s plans for dealing with pandemic arrears and commercial tenancy relationships?
Emma Preece writes for Property Week on complying with vacant possession conditions
The Court of Appeal recently grappled with the issue of vacant possession in Capitol Park Leeds Plc v Global Radio Services.
Property Patter: The Electronic Communications Code – what are the current issues with negotiating telecoms agreements?
We discuss some of the practical issues arising out of the Electronic Communications Code.
Joseph Green writes for Property Week on whether special-purpose vehicle leases can be used to avoid empty rates
A recent Supreme Court judgment clarified where the burden of paying empty rates should lie.
Emma Preece quoted by Estate Gazette on the implications of the Court of Appeal's decision in Capitol Park Leeds v Global Radio Services
The Court of Appeal backed tenants in an unusual case about the condition in which tenants are obliged to return premises to landlords.
Q&A: Duval and consent for alterations
Q&A from a landlord and tenant on consent to carry out works in the light of the Supreme Court ruling in Duval.
Dispensation from consultation and major works
The Court of Appeal upheld the FTT judgement in Aster Communities v Chapman & Others, but what does this mean for landlords and tenants?