Disputes and disagreements are a fact of economic life. They are part of the business of owning or occupying property. Resolving these disputes should be approached in an equally businesslike way: analysing the risks, weighing up the rewards and pushing hard for a result that makes business sense.
Our Property Litigation Group is recognised as one of London's largest specialist teams with a market leading reputation. Unlike other top drawer firms, we are equally at home advising a range of differing client groups from leading UK property companies, developers, corporate occupiers, investment funds to high net worth individuals. The property litigation lawyers in our team regularly participate in court and trial work – including in the Appeal Courts. The size and complexity of the matters handled in the team often attract significant media interest and require a commercial and strategic approach.
Recognised as assertive, highly skilled litigators, the team are also experienced negotiators, regularly conducting mediations, arbitrations and other dispute resolution alternatives. But where litigation is inevitable our clients' cases are pursued with vigour and commercialism in equal measure. Understanding the distraction that litigation can be to clients' core businesses, they are used to working within timetables and budgets.
The Group’s expertise covers the full range of real estate disputes including those relating to:
- Breaches of contract;
- Commercial, residential and mixed-use schemes;
- Compensation claims;
- Construction disputes;
- Development disputes;
- Dilapidations claims;
- Landlord and Tenant Act 1954;
- Landlord and tenant issues including rent arrears, forfeiture and lease renewals;
- Party wall disputes;
- Possession of land claims;
- Professional negligence;
- Rights of light claims;
- Service charge disputes.