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real estate litigation

Litigation can be a distraction to your retail business, as well as a drain on management resources. Whether you are disputing a service charge bill or challenging a rent review, our team of experienced lawyers can offer straightforward advice and explain all of your options for alternative dispute resolution.

  • Depth of expertise – all our lawyers are members of the Property Litigation Association.
  • Rent reviews – our team provide advice on the interpretation of the rent review clause in the lease and tactics in any dispute.
  • Dilapidations – there is increasing scope for tenants to dispute terminal dilapidation schedules, particularly using the argument that the property has not diminished in value to refute any claim. We recently acted for a luxury retailer to reduce the landlords claim by over 60% in total.
  • Service charges – the service charge may be largest item of expenditure for a tenant save for the rent. We appreciate the importance of ensuring that the service charge accords to the terms of the lease.
  • Applications for consents – our team has acted for both tenants and landlords in relation to application for consent.
  • Client workshops – to add value, we have set up client workshops on dilapidations and service charges.

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Legal updates

Landlord succeeds in opposing business tenant’s right of renewal by contriving an entirely artificial scheme of works

The judgment in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2017] EWHC 1670 (QB) was handed down on 3 July 2017, and it certainly makes for interesting reading.


Legal updates

Property Managers Association event 2015

For the third year running, we are delighted to host this year’s Property Managers Association training session. Download slides from the event.


Regulations have now been passed to bring into force the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

These regulations will apply from 2018. David Harris explains what the current proposals are for non-domestic properties and what the consequences will be for landlords.


Top tips when applying for landlord consent

To put maximum pressure on the landlord when applying for consent, the application itself is key.


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