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.
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?
Mediation14 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 pitfalls22 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 again12 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 Witnesses16 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.
Estate agent unable to claim his fee on successful property sale17 February 2017
The Court of Appeal has decided that it cannot imply contractual terms where there is no contract in the first place. In this case, it would not imply a term to enable an estate agent to recover his commission on a sale.
Court considers service of a defendant’s notice to force claimant to serve proceedings or discontinue a claim14 February 2017
A recent decision not only reminds practitioners of a defendant’s ability to force a claimant to either serve proceedings or discontinue a claim by using a CPR 7.7(1) notice, but also considers for the first time the date for compliance with such a notice.
Legal advice privilege: Not as wide as you think?08 February 2017
Who is a lawyer’s client and what type of communications are protected for the purposes of legal advice privilege have been the subject of two recent important High Court decisions. These cases make it clear that not all communications between lawyers and a client’s employees will be protected by legal advice privilege, even if the communication took place to allow legal advice to be given.