Robert Highmore, Partner
Robert specialises in commercial and residential property and landlord and tenant litigation and dispute resolution.
Robert specialises in commercial and residential property and landlord and tenant litigation and dispute resolution, including property related professional negligence. He acts for a range of clients, including institutional funds, landed estates, charities, developers, property companies, corporate occupiers and individuals. Robert works hard to achieve the desired results for clients whether by assisting them avoid or defend claims, or by pursuing action with determination and to Court or the Tribunal should this be appropriate. He keeps the benefits of alternatives to litigation, such as mediation, closely in mind together with the importance of ensuring all advice and action is cost-effective. Robert and his team work alongside certain longstanding clients and assist them and their other advisers in looking after not only high value and significant cases, but also the many and varied day to day issues that arise in this often complex area of law and practice. He possesses a thorough understanding of clients’ businesses, properties and objectives, which is vital to giving relevant and effective advice.
Robert is a founder member and past Chair of the Property Litigation Association and a member and past founder Chair of the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association. He is a member of The Chartered Surveyors’ Company and a Trustee of the St Olave’s & St Saviour’s Schools Foundation.
Robert is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Long experience of managing a team looking after the residential and commercial landlord and tenant affairs of estate clients and others, both established and recently developed; this involves both contentious and advisory work
- In-depth knowledge of all aspects of residential landlord and tenant law and practice including breaches of covenant, statutory consultation, service charges, Estate Management Schemes and other aspects of enfranchisement law
- Advising on commercial premises, including dealing with issues arising out of transfer and subletting, adverse possession, breach of covenant, service charges and seeking possession for the purposes of redevelopment
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.
COVID-19 – Q&A: How is it affecting landlords and tenants?
We've pulled together some key questions & answers that are likely to arise between landlords & tenants.
Q&A: Grounds for refusal - two bad, one good?
Robert Highmore and David Holland QC consider whether a landlord’s refusal can be held unreasonable owing to the inclusion of bad grounds.
Robert Highmore writes for the Estates Gazette legal Q&A section on the topic of grounds for refusal
Tenants’ Associations (Provisions Relating to Recognition and Provision of Information) (England) Regulations 2018
New Regulations issued to make it easier for tenants’ associations of residential properties in England to become legally recognised.
Q&A: Professional Negligence Update
Robert Highmore and Claire Thompson address professional negligence issues.
Q&A: Handling responses to buyers’ enquiries
Robert Highmore and Claire Thompson consider how to handle responses to buyers’ enquiries effectively.
Q&A: The high-risk strategy of set-off
Robert Highmore and Bruce Walker consider whether repair costs can be set off against rent payments.