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Matthew Weal

Matthew Weal

Senior Associate

Matthew is a senior associate in our Real Estate Dispute Resolution team.

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Experience

Matthew helps clients achieve their objectives in all areas of commercial property litigation, including contentious landlord and tenant work such as business lease renewals, trespass claims, break clause disputes, tenant arrears/insolvency, landlord consents, dilapidations claims, rent reviews and right to manage and service charge disputes.

He also has considerable experience of handling high value property cases for clients which result in lengthy High Court, Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) trials. Matthew also encourages and regularly uses a broad range of alternative dispute resolution processes for his clients, including mediations and expert determinations.

Matthew is recognised as a key lawyer in the Legal 500 2023, noted for his expertise in landlord and tenant issues, contractual disputes, rent review, landlord consents and business lease renewals. He is renowned for his "Good communication throughout, practical and commercial advice" (client testimonial in the Legal 500 2023).

Matthew works closely with the transactional real estate team and has wide experience acting on large scale development matters, including rights of light, vacant possession strategies, boundary and party wall issues. Matthew also advises on sale and purchase disputes and has an interest in leasehold reform with extensive experience dealing with the nuances of mixed-use schemes.

Matthew is a member of our Trust, Asset Tracing and Fraud Group, the Business Rates team and advises clients on property law issues in the context of fraudulent transactions.

He regularly produces articles and commentary pieces for our Development Notes blog, the Law Society and the Property Law Journal on various real estate and case law developments.

Matthew's experience includes advising:

  • British Land: Advising on rights of light and various contentious redevelopment issues at Canada Water, Southwark (the largest redevelopment/regeneration project in the UK)
  • Royal Mail Group: Advising on the extensive £600 million redevelopment of Nine Elms Park, London, comprising eight prime development plots in a high density residential-led, mixed-use development to be situated within a linear park connecting Vauxhall to Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the Thames
  • Ludgate House: Advising on the high-profile Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) business rates litigation in respect of the validity of property guardianship as a mitigation tool

 

 

Background

Matthew holds a Master of Arts (Law) from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and graduated with First Class honours. He qualified as a Solicitor Advocate with higher rights of audience in 2016 and is also a member of the Property Litigation Association.

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