Property Litigation

Commercial Property Litigation

Acting for clients of all sizes from SMEs to PLCs, we regularly advise in complex projects involving large property portfolios and developments.

We can assist in all types of commercial property litigation, including:

  • Disputes in connection with development agreements and site assembly issues (including easements and rights of way disputes)
  • Contentious and non-contentious business lease renewals
  • Rent and service charge recovery (including Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, court proceedings and insolvency proceedings)
  • Dilapidations claims
  • Disputes over breaches of covenant including forfeiture or relief applications
  • Service charge disputes
  • Exercising break options
  • Recovery of land or premises from unlawful occupiers or squatters
  • Lease surrender negotiations
  • Disputes over consent to assignment, sub-letting, change of use, alterations

Our property litigation solicitors support landlords and tenants on a range of commercial matters. We act for a diverse range of clients including:

  • Retailers
  • Developers
  • investors
  • Financial institutions
  • Educational establishments
  • Charities and property managers

The breadth of experience, together with close integration with our real estate, commercial, restructuring and insolvency teams, allows us to provide a full service offering to our clients.

We offer a highly responsive service, with lawyers always on hand to give clear, solutions-focused advice.

Our approach is to get a thorough understanding of your business and its commercial pressures, so that we can provide pragmatic advice that’s grounded in what you’re trying to achieve.

We are experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution whether that be litigation, arbitration, expert determination or alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.


Key Contacts

Our key contacts our all experts in their fields. Feel free to email or phone them to find out how we can help your business.

Recent Deals

City Centre Scheme

We acted for a landowner and developer on a £100m plus city centre scheme providing strategic development advice on issues such as restrictive covenants and rights of light.

National Property Investor

We helped a national property investor for more than 15 years, providing advice on all areas of property management for its estate.

Vacant Possession Recovery – National Property Investor

We acted for this national property investor in order to recover vacant large industrial premises after a series of occupier insolvencies. Our lawyers negotiated a swift multi-party sale of the plant and its machinery to enable a six figure re-letting.

Tenant

Successfully mediated the settlement of a £13m dilapidations claim on behalf of a tenant.

Occupation Of Premises – National Property Investor

Our lawyers acted for a national property investor in formalise the occupation of a premises after administration of a tenant. We helped recover a six figure rent sum, service charges and electricity arrears.

Injunction Application

We defended an injunction application for a real estate fund and obtained a summary judgement relating to contested possession and damages proceedings. This was after the former tenant re-entered the premises after the landlord’s forfeiture.

Testimonials

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Chambers

"They are very approachable and good with clients."

Chambers & Partners, 2016

Legal 500

Singled out for its "particular expertise in retail landlord and tenant cases."

Legal 500, 2015

Legal 500

“A good firm to have on your side.”

Legal 500, 2015

Awards & Accreditation

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

Leading Firm - Chambers & Partners 2017
Leading Firm - Legal 500 2016
Shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year - Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards 2016

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

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