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Real Estate Disputes

We deal with all types of property dispute.

This includes: 

  • 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)
  • dilapidations
  • property insolvency
  • housing management
  • enfranchisement
  • ADR (including arbitration, expert determinations and mediations)

We also advise clients on how to avoid disputes and minimise property-related risk.  

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Enforcing arbitral awards in England & Wales

12 December 2017

Where a party has obtained a favourable arbitration award in a jurisdiction other than England and Wales and the respondent to those arbitration proceedings has assets in this jurisdiction, the successful party may wish to enforce the arbitration award here. This guide will consider the steps that the successful party must take in order to be able to do so.

Use of disclosed documents to threaten new proceedings was a breach of court rules and may amount to a contempt of court by the solicitor and client

12 December 2017

The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) provide that using documents disclosed in existing proceedings (except for the specific purposes allowed) breach the rules. CPR 31.22 provides various exceptions to when a document disclosed in a set of proceedings may be used. Any use outside of the rules could also amount to a contempt of court. Both the client who relied on the solicitor’s advice and the solicitor may be equally vulnerable to the contempt proceedings where there is no evidence of deliberate or reckless misconduct by the solicitor.

A guide to the litigation process

15 August 2017

If you are involved in a dispute you need to know: what options there are for resolving the dispute; what litigation involves; the steps from the start of proceedings to trial; what parties to proceedings have to do; the fundamentals of court procedure; how to use legal advisers efficiently and cost effectively; and what happens after judgment.

Service of a claim form on an agent - was it valid?

22 June 2017

In a recent case the High Court considered as a preliminary issue whether a claimant had validly served a claim form on what they considered was the agent of the claimant. The rules of service require that the defendant must be served at the place within the jurisdiction where it conducts business, or where it carries on its activities and which has a real connection with the claim. Therefore the question here was whether the agent’s office was a place at which the defendant conducted its business, or where it carried on its activities?

Mediation

14 June 2017

Mediation is a common method of alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’). It is a consensual process, with any settlement having to be agreed by both parties.

Disclosure: avoiding the pitfalls

22 May 2017

This guide provides you with a general introduction to the obligations of disclosure in Court proceedings. The rules governing disclosure are found in the Civil Procedure Rules Part 31 and the surrounding case law. This guide will highlight the main points you need to know, consider the problems often encountered and offer some practical tips.

Marathon Asset misses the jackpot again

12 April 2017

After being awarded only £2 in nominal damages in its breach of confidence case, Marathon Asset has been heavily penalised on costs after failing to accept the defendants’ Part 36 offer.

Expert Witnesses

16 March 2017

This guide provides a general introduction to the use of experts in court proceedings. The rules governing expert evidence are found in Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 35, the Court Guides and the Guidance for Instruction of Experts in Civil Claims published by the Civil Justice Council. This guidance will highlight the main points you need to know, consider issues often encountered and offer some practical tips.

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