Joe Edwards, Senior Associate
Joe specialises in real estate finance disputes, property insolvency and property litigation.
Joe is a Senior Associate in the firm's Real Estate Disputes team.
He specialises in property finance disputes, acting for borrowers, lenders and guarantors. He deals with a wide range of property finance issues ranging from the enforcement of security, to property derivative disputes and more widely through to issues such as the upcoming LIBOR transition.
Joe has particular experience of cases involving fraud, economic duress and financial mis-selling (including negligent advice, misrepresentation and negligent misstatement).He also deals with property insolvency cases, including those with a cross-border element.
In addition, Joe advises generally on matters which impact property owners, developers and investors, particularly in the commercial and healthcare spheres, for instance professional negligence disputes against solicitors.
- Confidential client – acting for a borrower that is in default of a property loan with funds drawn of c.£55,000,000. Includes the defence of a possession claim by receivers where the property is estimated to be worth in excess of £100,000,000.
- Milton Ashbury Limited –v- Clydesdale Bank PLC - Acted for the claimant where the claim value was estimated at c.£6,000,000 in respect of a fixed rate loan dispute. The claim included allegations of economic duress and misrepresentation.
- PQW Brenley Corner Limited –v- Santander UK PLC (and another) – Acted for the claimant in a financial derivative dispute. The claim involved allegations of negligent advice and negligent misstatement.
- Confidential client – instructed by a specialist real estate lender to provide strategic advice on a complex proposed loan of c.£26,000,000 in relation to a mixed use development.
- Confidential client – acting for a class of investors who purchased units in a failed property fractional investment scheme. The investors’ deposits were used to forward fund development works. Includes an anticipated claim against the investors’ previous solicitors for breaches of duty.
Time is fleeting in professional negligence cases
Property finance disputes - what can be recovered from negligent advisors?
Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP – Clarification of the SAAMCO test by the Supreme Court
Joe Edwards, Simon Heatley and Lauren Kelly write for Practical Law on damages-based agreements
Law firms entering damages-based agreements face a catch-22.
Damages-based agreements: an island of clarity in changing seas
Simon, Joe and Lauren look at a recent judgment which is a welcome island of clarity in the damages-based agreement sea of uncertainty.
Damages-based agreements: A positive step by the Court of Appeal
Joe Edwards writes for New Law Journal on fraud and corporate wrongdoing in the wake of a predicted economic crisis
Property Patter: “Holiday” listening for surveyors: what (non-COVID) news is there so far in 2020?
In this podcast, we look at a few of the “business as usual” judgments which have been handed down so far this year.
Litigation funding: welcome High Court clarification for damages-based agreements
Joe and Simon look at a recent High Court clarification on damages-based agreements
Joe Edwards and Will Leney write for Property Law Journal on assessing secret commissions
Assessing secret commissions
Joe Edwards and Will Leney report on a case relating to mortgage enforceability and secret commissions.
Clarity in Party Wall Awards
This article reflects to the Party Wall Update written by David Haines and highlights the importance of drafting any award.
Negligence Claims Against Valuers – A Return to Common Sense?
Analysis of the Supreme Court decision in Tiuta International Ltd (In Liquidation) v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd  UKSC 77