By developing strong working relationships with our clients, our property litigation team are able to identify and manage risks within property portfolios before disputes arise. Where disputes are unavoidable, our team will act quickly to identify the best strategy and provide practical cost-effective solutions to minimise the impact of the dispute.
Our client base includes commercial developers, property investors, public bodies, local authorities, leisure and retail operators, as well as land owners; meaning that we have a comprehensive understanding across all sectors.
commercial landlord and tenant disputes
Business Lease Renewals
We advise a wide range of clients including corporate occupiers and retailers on business lease renewals.
Consents to Assign, Underlet, Alter and Change Use
Leases usually contain covenants which control the way in which tenants can use their premises, how they can alter them and which restrict their ability to underlet or assign their leases. We routinely advise landlords and tenants on the interpretation and enforceability of these covenants.
We regularly advise both landlords and tenants in rent reviews and work closely with surveyors in seeking to agree the rent payable under a lease.
Forfeiture and Distraint
Leases often contain a right for the landlord to re-enter the premises and forfeit the lease if the tenant is in breach of its obligations. We are experienced in advising both landlords and tenants on the right to forfeit, how it can be waived and how relief from forfeiture can be obtained from the court.
Dilapidations and Exit Strategies
We represent clients in dilapidations claims, working with both landlords and tenants, and working closely with leading valuation experts to support/defend the claim as required.
Our team works closely with the Commercial Property team in providing strategic advice to a range of commercial and public sector clients. Our work includes advising on strategic advice on all issues which impact on the timing, profitability and successful delivery of developments. Issues which we have advised on recently include boundary disputes and claims of adverse possession; rights to light; Party Wall Act disputes; the enforceability and modification of restrictive covenants; development agreements including enforcement and termination; land contamination; overage provisions and disputes; rights to support; rights of way and other easement disputes; and site clearance, trespass and removal of squatters.
REsidential landlord and tenant
Our work includes advising on rights of first refusal and collective enfranchisement; tenancy termination and possession proceedings; tenancy deposit claims; obtaining warrants for possession; and recovery of arrears of rent and service charges.To arrange a discussion with a member of the team click here or call us on 029 2055 7200.