Dispute Resolution

We are recognised as a market leader in dealing with leasehold enfranchisement claims, yet our expertise extends to all types of real estate disputes, both in the commercial and residential sector.

Our team provides pragmatic and cost-effective advice, not only in relation to conventional litigation, but also all forms of alternative dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration) and has extensive experience of dealing with real estate disputes, from the County Court up to and including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Expertise

  • Adverse possession claims
  • Appointment of a new manager (Landlord & Tenant Act 1987)
  • Boundary disputes
  • Breach of covenant claims
  • Break notices
  • Dilapidation claims
  • Forfeiture proceedings
  • Possession claims (residential property – Housing Act 1988)
  • Commercial lease renewals (bringing and defending claims for a new lease under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954)
  • Rent review
  • Service charge disputes
  • Contractual disputes (including misrepresentation claims, options, breach of condition/warranty and rights of pre-emption).
  • Easements (e.g. bringing and defending claims for rights over land, including disputes concerning rights of way and rights of light)
  • Insolvency & bankruptcy: advising landlords and tenants on all issues arising from their landlord/tenant’s insolvency and conducting bankruptcy/winding up proceedings
  • Leasehold enfranchisement claims
  • Nuisance claims
  • Party wall disputes
  • Professional negligence (property related)
  • Property damage
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Right to Manage claims (Commonhold & Leasehold Reform Act 2002)
  • Schemes of Management (enforcement and modification)
  • Trespass and removal of squatters
  • Variation of leases

Reported cases

  • Lovat v Hertsmere Borough Council [2011] EWCA Civ 1185: An enfranchisement claim under the provisions of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967
  • Westbrook Dolphin Square Limited v Friends Provident Life & Pensions [2011] EWHC 2302 (Ch): Acting for the nominee purchaser in relation to the biggest enfranchisement claim yet made under the 1993 Act in respect of which proceedings are on-going in the Court of Appeal
  • The Earl Cadogan and Cadogan Estates Ltd v Magnohard Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 594
  • Day and another v Hosebay Ltd; Howard De Walden Estates v Lexgorge Limited [2012] UKSC 41: Leasehold Reform Act 1967 – whether a mansion block of flats is a house reasonably so called.
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