Real Estate Disputes

Disputes and disagreements involving land and property are commonplace. Owners, occupiers, investors or developers might encounter property issues relating to anything from a lease or contract dispute to potential fraud.

Property disputes often become highly contentious and difficult to navigate without the benefit of sound legal advice.

We have the expertise and experience to provide a proactive, commercial and creative approach to any property-related issue. You need to know the legal framework underpinning your position in order to properly assess the options available to you to solve the problem.

We give clear guidance on such matters.  We act for individuals and businesses and have extensive sector experience to help each client with their exact needs. We offer discrete and tailored legal advice with commercial solutions in a wide variety of property-related disputes, including:  

  • Break options and vacant possession strategies
  • Business lease terminations and renewals
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord & Tenant
  • Contractors, including engineers and architects (to link in with Construction)
  • Co-ownership issues/trusts
  • Dilapidations
  • Enforcement (property related remedies such as forfeiture, possession of land or buildings, realising security)
  • Enfranchisement or lease extensions
  • Property-related fraud
  • Insolvent LL or T
  • Investors, developers including development agreements and overage
  • Party Wall/Rights of Light
  • Professional negligence
  • Rent reviews
  • Service Charge disputes

There are a range of options available to parties in order to resolve real estate disputes. Settling claims outside of the courts are often an essential part of the process, primarily to avoid adverse cost consequences, but also to save time.

We help our clients achieve early settlements but we are also tough litigators when we need to be. We give clear guidance on costs and transparent advice on litigation funding. Our dedicated Real Estate Disputes team is recognised for putting our clients’ interests at the heart of our advice and creating relationships which add value and achieve results. 

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Who is on the hook?

Everything must go?

Legal update: Claimant’s delay proves fatal when making application for relief from sanctions

Property transaction deemed an ‘unconscionable bargain’ but not enough of a bargain to overreach a mortgage interest

Conveyancers’ joint responsibility for fraudulent transaction

Rights of cohabitants - setting the record straight

Severing a joint tenancy may be easier than you think

Marks and Spencer plc (“M&S”) v BNP Paribas revisited: the final say on apportionment of rent

Selective licensing scheme - Hyndburn sees first prosecutions of private landlords

Legal update: Property valuer frustrates negligence claim, but not by proving it wasn’t negligent

Building contracts: The importance of accurate and clear Interim Applications and Pay Less Notices

Chalets and service charges: the Supreme Court orders for certainty in contracts

The requirements of a residential service charge demand

Legal update: Deregulation Act 2015 - Implications for tenancy deposit protection

Can a real estate agent be an arbitrator?

Gordon Ramsay’s court room nightmare

‘Right to rent’ checks must begin – more responsibilities for landlords

Let me in. Where there’s a tenancy, there are tenants’ rights

“All clear” on Section 21 Notices to Quit

Legal Update: The Court of Appeal limits the presumption of undue influence

Break clauses breaking the bank?

Key considerations when exercising a break clause

Break clauses in commercial property

Increase in County Court Jurisdiction Limit

Changes to the law of distress – more red tape for landlords?

Assured shorthold tenancies – one less banana skin...

Vacant retail property - how to deal with unwanted Christmas traders

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) up for discussion

Changes to Judicial Review of Planning Decisions come into force today

No more wheel-clamping on private land

Squatting becomes a criminal offence (again) – an update

Mobile phone masts - have your say

Landlords and Managing Agents take note - the importance of getting the address right

Squatting becomes a criminal offence (again)

M&E issues in dilapidations claims

Short lets during the 2012 London Olympic Games – beware of the minefield

Making recoveries from judgment debtors owning property

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