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Richard Hosmer, Associate

Richard advises on a broad range of property disputes.

Richard Hosmer, Associate

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Summary

Richard has advised on most of the contentious areas of commercial and residential landlord and tenant law, including business tenancy renewals and terminations, break options, applications for landlord’s consent, breaches of covenant, terminal dilapidations, possession claims, rent arrears and service charges, the right of first refusal, collective enfranchisement and statutory lease extensions. He has had numerous cases involving real property issues, such as rights of way and other rights over land, boundaries, adverse possession, party walls, nuisance and harassment, as well as cases arising in connection with property development, trusts of land and professional negligence. Since joining Charles Russell Speechlys his work has also increasingly included advising on property related insolvency issues. Richard has prepared cases for the County Court, High Court and First-tier Tribunal but also assists clients to reach settlement by alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation, where appropriate. He acts for a range of corporate clients as well as private individuals. Richard regularly speaks at seminars on aspects of law and practice relating to property disputes.

Richard is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights

  • Acting for the tenant company of hotel premises in London in defending the landlord company’s claim for an order terminating the tenancies without renewal and subsequently, on appeal to the High Court, in seeking a re-trial on grounds of judicial bias.
  • Acting for the liquidator of the parent company of the Luminar group which owned and operated nightclubs throughout the country in a claim against the company’s former directors primarily in relation to losses suffered by the landlords of a number of commercial premises let to the company’s subsidiaries.
  • Advising the corporate owner of an industrial site on strategy for recovering vacant possession in the context of a complicated company dispute and plans to realise the asset for a multi-million pound sum.
  • Applying to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for determination of the terms of acquisition on behalf of participating tenants in a strongly contested collective enfranchisement claim.
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