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Real estate disputes are often an unavoidable part of owning, developing or occupying commercial property. We help investors, developers, landlords, tenants, financiers and anyone else involved in commercial real estate with their real estate disputes

The global real estate market is constantly transforming and the sector has never been more complex. As a result, our clients are looking for lawyers that know their market and can adapt to changes.

To help our clients in managing their real estate disputes, our dedicated real estate litigators provide a first-class and innovative real estate dispute resolution service. These disputes are of critical importance to our clients and we draw together the skills and resources needed to offer timely and commercial advice from the point of instruction. We have the resources and experience to deal with all aspects of an actual or threatened dispute, whatever the scale of the issue.

We can help across a wide range of areas including development-related matters such as contested site assembly, rights of light and other easements and possession issues, insolvency, transactional disputes, professional negligence, restrictive covenants, business rates, disputes on Compulsory Purchase Orders and other compensation issues, Telecommunications Act issues and leasehold enfranchisement, all which helps manage disputes.

We can also assist with all types of landlord and tenant disputes, including business lease renewals, rent review issues, lease termination, dilapidations claims and service charge disputes.

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Recent Experience

Valero Energy Limited

(formerly known as Chevron Limited), advising in the successful defence of a multi-million pound claim for repudiatory breach of contract, in respect of options over multiple contracts for development land in the UK; the claim forged new law on enforceability of options

The owner of a portfolio of UK shopping centres

Advising in a multi-million pound complex professional negligence claim against its former managing agents 

Westfield

Advising in a service charge dispute with a group of tenants, including Marks and Spencer, at its flagship shopping centre in White City, London

Lendlease

Advising in its acquisition and planned redevelopment of Deptford Wharves, London, which involved obtaining vacant possession of the complex site and obtaining orders for possession against repeated gypsy travellers

TAG Farnborough Airport

Defending compensation claims made by a class action of over 200 local residents under the Land Compensation Act 1973, involving novel consideration of certain issues such as the nature of government occupation and the 'purpose' test, as well as issues of estoppel and reliance (UK)

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Advising in a claim for in excess of £500million in unpaid rents and other damages resulting from the Lehman Brothers administration relating to UK property

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