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property dispute resolution


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 2017.

what we do...

  • 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.  


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Vodafone Ltd v Hanover Capital Ltd [2020] EW Misc 18 (CC)

The first reported case on how a court determines rent on the renewal of a lease of a telecommunications mast site under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 following the Electronic Communications Code 2017 coming into force.

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Legal updates

EMI Group Ltd v The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd [2020] EWHC 2061 (Ch)

The court interprets the guarantee provisions in a lease to uphold their validity under the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995.

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Legal updates

Peninsula Securities Ltd v Dunnes Stores (Bangor) Ltd [2020] UKSC 36

An exclusivity covenant given by a landlord of a shopping centre to an anchor tenant was not declared unenforceable under the common law doctrine of restraint of trade.

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Legal updates

Arqiva Services Ltd v AP Wireless II (UK) Ltd [2020] UKUT 195 (LC)

An operator whose contracted out lease expired prior to the Electronic Communications Code 2017 coming into force had no means of obtaining rights under that Code.

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James Coles

Partner and Head of Real Estate Litigation

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