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A company’s property is one of its most important assets, yet premises are rarely the core focus of a business. Time spent dealing with lengthy disputes can detract from key commercial priorities.
Our UK team, led by three nationally recognised real estate litigation partners, advises on all property litigation-related issues including property portfolio management matters for both landlord and tenants such as lease renewals, tenant default and high value and complex dilapidations claims. We also have extensive experience in property development matters such as notices to complete, site clearance, easements, restrictive covenants and overage claims.
Our team understands property management issues and disputes from your perspective; we protect your position, whether you are a landlord, tenant, developer or someone with an interest over another’s land. Our partner-led approach ensures that we deliver a high quality bespoke service and solutions which are commercially-focused and tailored to clients’ needs and objectives - externally recognised by Chambers 2015.
Sector experts - our clients span numerous sectors and range from high street retailers to high end luxury; private investors, developers and pension funds to a variety of public sector clients including central government organisations, local authorities, and health organisations such as NHS Property Services.
One of the largest and best known property dispute teams in the Midlands and rated highly in the legal directories both as a team and individually.
Legal experts - including high value or complex contested lease renewals, break options, dilapidations, privity claims, easements and right to light.
Full service solution - we draw on the extensive experience of our specialists in property, construction, planning, tax and environment, amongst others.
Product innovation - genuinely innovative services and pricing including fixed fees and menu pricing for lease renewals and dilapidations.
Acredart Limited & Car Giant Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham  EWHC 197 (TCC) is a wide–ranging High Court decision and a must-read for anyone who deals with dilapidations. Landlords and section 18 valuers will be particularly interested.
The registration gap again – another case showing the danger of delayed registration for a buyer.
A case illustrating the danger of using a restrictive covenant to secure an overage payment.
A case illustrating the importance of drafting complex commercial contracts precisely and consistently.
Browne Jacobson are our preferred firm of Solicitors and are always our first port of call in any matter that we can't deal with internally. They are an extremely helpful and professional team of people and understand LCP's needs and requirements extremely well. They are very easy to talk to and their advice and guidance is always on hand when needed.
First and foremost they understand our business and the speed we need to work at. They take a pragmatic view and, although it's not always a definitive black and white case, they always come to an amicable agreement with the other side.
They are technically excellent, commercially aware and user-friendly.
They really know their stuff.
They are exceptional, commercial and give you advice when you need it rather than sit on the fence.
They look at the bigger picture and are very much on the ball.
Advised a central government organisation in relation to an onerous break option which required full compliance with the lease covenants. Early strategic and legal advice was provided and the client’s objective of an early surrender settlement was achieved.
Acting for a high profile luxury retailer in relation to its claim for a new tenancy in the context of a high value contested lease renewal - involving complex legal and commercial issues, multiple parties and project management of the client’s wider professional team.
Successfully settled a high value and complex dilapidations claim for a London borough - the landlord’s claim was in excess of £1.2 million but the claim was settled by negotiation and without proceedings for £300k.
Acted for a large instructional landowner in respect of a contested renewal. The matter settled at mediation on terms that required property swaps between the parties and asset sales.
Advised a well-known retailer on interpretation issues of agreements as part of their property acquisition, as well as providing advice on enforcement of obligations in the agreements.
With the current publicity over the rating revaluation coming in next month alongside proposed changes to the appeals process, today’s Supreme Court decision will come as a relief to embattled ratepayers.
Riverside Park Ltd v NHS Property Services Limited is a must-read case. It provides guidance on a variety of issues associated with conditional breaks.
The Supreme Court has today unanimously upheld the Court of Appeal decision that where a tenant exercises a right to break a lease, no term should generally be implied that the landlord must reimburse…
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by 25 chalet tenants against the strict interpretation of the service charge provisions in their 99 year leases.
The law underpinning property dilapidations claims is complex but there is often a reluctance to instruct a solicitor.
Effective management of your property assets is important as it is essential to have immediate and secure access to key information about your property interests.
Business leases normally have a right of renewal. Unfortunately the legal process and formal notices required are complex and an application to court is regularly required as part of the process.
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