Real Estate Disputes
We deal with all types of property dispute.
- land acquisition, development and use, commercial landlord & tenant, housing and residential, property finance/insolvency and negligence
- money claims, enforcement and injunctions, declaratory relief, emergency applications, and bespoke claims under statute
We deal with investors, developers, landlords, tenants, corporate occupiers, retailers, registered providers, banks and high net worth individuals.
We litigate in all forums: Privy Council and Appeal Courts, High Court & County Court, property and other tribunals, arbitration and expert determination and ADR/mediation.
We have particular expertise and experience in:
- rights of light, easement and restrictive covenant matters
- site clearance – including squatters and large scale protester action
- leasehold consents
- break clauses
- rent review and other property valuation disputes (including overage)
- property insolvency
- housing management
- ADR (including arbitration, expert determinations and mediations)
We also advise clients on how to avoid disputes and minimise property-related risk.
Major overhaul to disclosure coming: are you ready?22 November 2018
Documents win and lose cases. On 1 January 2019, fundamental changes to the disclosure process are due to come into force as part of a pilot scheme in the Business & Property Courts across England and Wales.
SFO v ENRC landmark privilege case: no appeal but the story continues…10 October 2018
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed that it will not appeal the Court of Appeal’s landmark ruling that documents created during an internal investigation by Eurasion Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) were protected by litigation privilege and do not have to be disclosed to the SFO. However, the story does not end there because in a new twist, ENRC has applied for a judicial review of the SFO’s investigation into criminal allegations of corruption and financial wrongdoing by ENRC.
Permission to issue a warrant for possession is no longer required in rent arrears cases27 September 2018
The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2018 (SI 2018/975) come into force from 1 October 2018 so that a writ or warrant for possession may be issued without the court’s permission where there has been non-compliance with an order suspending possession on payment of money.
The importance of gas safety19 September 2018
On 6 April 2018, the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 were amended with the new regulations allowing ‘flexibility’ for landlords when carrying out annual gas safety inspections. It’s important to note that these amendments do not change or relax a landlord’s obligations to carry out an annual gas safety inspection. They simply allow for the annual inspection to be carried out within a two month period prior to the expiry of the existing certificate, whilst retaining the existing expiry date.
SFO V ENRC: Landmark privilege decision by Court of Appeal10 September 2018
The Court of Appeal has handed down its much anticipated decision in the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (“ENRC”) appeal. In a judgment that will leave many lawyers breathing a heavy sigh of relief, the Court of Appeal overturned large parts of Mrs Justice Andrews’ first instance decision.
Dispute Resolution Update - July 201827 July 2018
Welcome to our July 2018 Dispute Resolution Update which brings you news and our views on law and practice for dispute resolution. We’ve included articles on domestic disputes and international disputes, including summaries of recent cases. We have also included client guides on key aspects of dispute resolution.
Tom Merrick comments for LexisNexis: Requirement for non-reliance clause to be reasonable upheld (First Tower Trustees Ltd and anor v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd)26 July 2018
Discussing the Court of Appeal decision in First Tower Trustees, Tom Merrick advises that sellers and landlords need to take extreme care in ensuring that replies to pre-contract enquiries are accurate and up to date and be alive to the potential risks in enforcing non-reliance clauses.
Legal Professional Privilege06 July 2018
This guide is intended to provide a brief overview of legal professional privilege. It also identifies some practical steps which will help to maintain privilege and concludes with a privilege “flowchart” and table of commonly used terms.