Leon works on a range of matters across the firm's specialist real estate disputes and planning teams. He advises on all areas of property litigation, including contentious landlord and tenant work such as commercial lease renewals, trespass claims, break clause disputes, tenant arrears/insolvency, service charge disputes and dilapidations claims. He also acts on a range of planning matters, including both DCO and local planning applications, due diligence exercises and judicial reviews.
Leon has experience working with institutional investors in the context of property asset management work and, alongside the transactional real estate team, on large-scale development matters and sales/acquisitions. He also advises on discrete questions of property law and practice, as well as on the consenting process for a variety of projects – from housing to nuclear power – under both the standard and nationally significant infrastructure project planning regimes.
Leon's experience includes advising:
- Institutional investors in numerous asset management matters including trespass claims and enforcement, disputed break notices, dilapidations claims and tenant arrears/insolvency
- bp in relation to its proposals for a carbon capture and storage facility in the North Sea (the Northern Endurance Partnership project), including representations against the Hornsea 4 DCO and related advice
- EDF Energy in relation to its appeal against the Environment Agency's deemed refusal to grant a variation to the environmental permit for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station
- EDF Energy in relation to judicial review claims in respect of the Sizewell C DCO
Leon has a BA in Law from Cambridge University (Jesus College) and qualified as a solicitor in 2022. As a trainee, he did a six-month secondment in the Legal (Disputes) Team at IBM.