David Haines, Partner
David specialises in all forms of commercial and residential property litigation.
David is Head of the Property Litigation Group. David specialises in all forms of commercial and residential property litigation and has particular expertise in commercial dilapidations claims, covenant and easement disputes, compulsory purchase order work, leasehold enfranchisement, and commercial landlord and tenant matters. He leads the firm's contentious Compulsory Purchase and Collective Enfranchisement teams, as well as Charles Russell Speechlys' dedicated HS2 team, which has been set up specifically to assist clients affected or potentially affected by HS2. David has a well established reputation and nationwide practice, acting for a variety of clients, which include CitySprint, The Ernest Cook Trust and Warrant Investments PLC.
David regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on a variety of property based subjects (including for RICS, CPD Essentials and The Law Society). He also contributes articles, including to the Estates Gazette and Property Law Journal. David is also a Roll B Parliamentary Agent. David is ranked as a Band 1 Partner in Chambers and Partners 2021 and recognised as a 'Leading Individual' in Legal 500.
David is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Acting for Barrie House (Freehold) Limited in a multi million pound collective enfranchisement claim lasting over 6 years to successfully acquire the freehold of Barrie House in London [Merie Bin Mahfouz Company (UK) Ltd v Barrie House (Freehold) Ltd - Court of Appeal:C3/2015/1459]
- Acting for a major Japanese electronics and telecommunications company in negotiating its complex exit from its large UK HQ premises and move to new premises
- Acting for and advising CitySprint UK in respect of its property portfolio (including lease renewals, break notices, rent review and dilapidations work)
- Acting for clients in respect of various HS2 claims, including petitions to the House of Commons and House of Lords to secure concessions and assurances in respect of the HS2 scheme and land acquisition
- Acting for Forest Property Developers Ltd in successfully objecting to confirmation of the London Borough of Newham (Sugar House Lane, Stratford) Compulsory Purchase Order 2014 to exclude the key part of the client’s site from compulsory acquisition
David Haines quoted by CoStar and Estates Gazette on the extension of the rent moratorium
The extension of the moratorium again “delivers another blow to commercial landlords”, with rent arrears already totaling around £4.5bn.
David Haines quoted by Estates Gazette on the end to the rent moratorium
The rent moratorium has effectively stopped landlords from evicting occupiers unable to pay rent since the start of the pandemic.
David Haines and Ingrid Saffin write for Caterer Licensee on the end of the rent moratorium
With the rent moratorium due to end on 31 March, David and Ingrid emphasise the importance of communication with landlords.
Practicalities of Property Management –Residential and Mixed-use developments
Our recent bite-sized webinars discussing legal issues for surveyors and property managers are available here.
“Give us a break…”
Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on commercial landlords and tenants.
The End of the Property Boundaries Bill
David Haines article on how the Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill has been making its way through the House of Lords.
Party Wall Update
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors released the 7th edition of its Party Wall Legislation and Procedure Guidance Note.
Can a Claimant bring a second action arising out of the same cause of action as the first claim?
This point was considered recently by the High Court (Technology and Construction Court).
Commercial rent review determinations
In this article, we discuss rent review provisions which are common place in commercial business tenancies.
Government proposes sweeping changes to tenant evictions
New consultation on proposals to end “no fault’ evictions under Section 21 of the 1988 Housing Act.
Guildford office growth featured in three Surrey based publications
HS2 Update: Petitioning Against Phase 2A Begins
The passing at Second Reading means it is significantly closer to Phase 2a becoming reality.
Charles Russell Speechlys announces headline sponsorship of the Toast of Surrey Business Awards 2018
The awards celebrate the county's leading companies, business leaders and community initiatives.
All aboard for Phase 2a
Toast of Surrey Business Awards: proud sponsor of Company of the Year
Proud sponsor of the Company of the Year Award at the Toast of Surrey Awards 2017
Right to rent scheme to apply to all residential landlords in England from 1 February 2016
We explain in detail how to check that a tenant or lodger can legally rent a residential property.
HS2 – where are we now?
Key points arising from the previous Select Committee’s First Special Report of the Session 2014/15.
General Election 2015 Newsflash: What Does the Result mean for The HS2 Select Committee?
As it turned out, all but one of the MPs who sat on the Committee in the last Parliament were re-elected on the night
Undertakings and Assurances – How Protected are Petitioners?
Ultimately, petitioners want to ensure that commitments provided by HS2 ltd are given maximum protection.