Mark Reading Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 7084

Personal Profile

Mark is an Associate in the firm's Real Estate Dispute Resolution Group, practicing in all areas of commercial and residential property law.

From a commercial property perspective, Mark advises on business lease renewals (both opposed and unopposed and from both a landlord and tenant perspective), dilapidations, forfeiture, arrears recovery, applications for consent to assign/underlet and property related insolvency issues (from both a creditor and debtor perspective). He has significant experience in providing strategic advice to developers in relation to the effect of third party rights upon their development plans.

From a residential property perspective, Mark litigates on issues arising from residential lease extensions and tenant's rights of first refusal as well as real property disputes between neighbouring landowners.

Mark sits on the Executive Committee of the Property Litigation Association (PLA), an important and highly influential professional organisation for property litigators. He also regularly publishes articles in the property press.

Key Experience

  • Successfully defending a rights of light claim in the High Court brought by an adjoining landowner.
  • Successfully acting for an estate agent in bringing a claim against a former client for non-payment of a commission.
  • Successfully defending a summary judgment application brought in relation to a case concerning the interpretation of a guarantee, and successfully obtaining a security for costs order against the same defendant.
  • Successfully represented a private individual in a rights of light mediation, where settlement was achieved.
  • Successfully represented a corporate client in a dilapidations mediation, where settlement was achieved.
  • Successfully represented a private individual in a residential lease extension claim, where a favourable determination for the client was obtained from the Tribunal.
  • Experience in acting for a range of high profile clients, both landlord and tenant side, including: Capital & Counties Properties Plc; Threadneedle Property Investments; Land Securities Plc; Goldman Sachs; Hermes Real Estate Investments; Intu Properties Plc; Regus Group Companies; Glasgow City Council; TK Maxx; Vivienne Westwood Limited and CBRE Limited.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Nabarro LLP
Trainee Solicitor, Nabarro LLP
BPP Law School, London
University of Essex Law (LLB)

Articles and Publications

Estates Gazette"Guidance needed to avoid costly disputes" - E.G. 2015, 1521, 73 – an examination of the current legal position on whether solar panels can acquire prescriptive rights to light

Estates Gazette – "Agricultural tenancies: don't come a cropper" – E.G. 2014, 1422, 80-81 – an overview of the occupational rights of agricultural tenants

Estates Gazette – "Loose talk could cost commission" – E.G. 2014, 1417, 117 – an examination of a case considering whether there was a sufficient causal connection between a property agent's performance of his duties under a retainer and the purchase of a freehold property

Estates Gazette – "Seeking sanctuary from repairs" – E.G. 2013, 1342, 118-119 – an overview of the law relating to chancel repair liability, including a summary of the key characteristics of the liability and an update on the current legal position

Estates Gazette – "Freedom from interference" – E.G. 2013, 1326, 100-101 an overview on the extent of a landlord's obligations under a covenant for quiet enjoyment

Property Law Journal – "A question of timing" – P.L.J. 2012, 288, 2 – 5 – a discussion of Leisure (Norwich II) Ltd v Luminar Lava Ignite Ltd (In Administration)

Estates Gazette – "Don't be a Scrooge" – E.G. 2011, 1150, 56 – administrators' liability to pay rent as an expense of the administration

Property Law Journal – "Disregarding tenant improvements" – P.L.J. 2011, 278, 6 – 9 – a discussion of the High Court decision in Cordoba Holdings Ltd v Ballymore Properties Ltd

The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer – Issue 2 2008 – "Practise what you Preach" – a guide to the development of chancel repair liability in the twenty-first century.