Laura Southgate

Expertise

  • Commercial landlord and tenant litigation: Advising on lease renewals, break notices, surrender, forfeiture, dilapidations, rent review, withholding of consent and other disputes arising under commercial leases
  • Residential landlord and tenant litigation: Advising on possession claims (including against protected tenants), succession, service charge disputes, rent increases, housing disrepair, termination of long leases and other disputes arising under residential leases
  • Claims for possession against trespassers/squatters
  • Professional negligence: advising on property related negligence claims against solicitors, architects and surveyors
  • Property related contractual disputes: including advising on misrepresentation claims, options, breach of condition/warranty and rights of pre-emption
  • Land disputes: advising on adverse possession claims, easements, boundary disputes and restrictive covenants
  • Nuisance/property related negligence claims
  • Insolvency: advising landlords and tenants on all issues arising from their landlord/tenant’s insolvency and conducting bankruptcy/winding up proceedings
  • Injunctions: bringing and defending claims for injunctions, for example, in respect of damage to property, breach of lease, protection from harassment and interference with easements

Experience

  • Acted for a commercial landlord in a challenge to the validity of the tenant’s attempt to exercise a one-off break option in the lease
  • Acted for a client in a multi party professional negligence dispute involving negligent advice given by its former solicitors on the purchase of a high value property
  • Advised on a high value nuisance/negligence claim brought by multiple claimants against a client landowner for damage caused by flooding from a culvert running underneath the client’s land
  • Forfeited a Central London headlease on the grounds of rent arrears and immoral use, and successfully defended subsequent proceedings for relief from forfeiture
  • Advised an investor client on all contentious issues arising from its purchase of a prime development site in Central London, including advice on obtaining vacant possession and rights of way
  • Defending a claim in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal brought by 28 applicants for the variation of the service charge provisions in their leases
  • Advised an Administrator for a national retailer on securing vacant possession and exiting leases
  • Advised a landowner in a claim for an injunction and damages against a private individual who caused damage to a property, followed by committal proceedings for breach of the injunction
  • Acted for various London landed estates on commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes/general property management matters

Career History

  • Qualified: 2004
  • 2004 – 2007: Dickinson Dees
  • 2007 – 2009: Eversheds
  • 2009 – to date: Pemberton Greenish

Professional Memberships:

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Property Litigation Association
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