Real Estate Disputes

We advise clients on a wide range of technically complex, high-value disputes in relation to their real estate interests. These include multi-billion pound infrastructure projects, large commercial and industrial developments, residential developments and private equity and pension investments.

We advise in relation to disputes arising out of:

  • re-development strategies;
  • corporate sales;
  • overage and other deferred consideration;
  • planning;
  • boundaries;
  • lease payments, rents and rent reviews;
  • service charges;
  • maintenance and repair;
  • assignment and sub-letting;
  • alternations;
  • insurance;
  • insolvency;
  • forfeiture;
  • lease breaks;
  • nuisance and trespass;
  • rights of light;
  • dilapidations;
  • party wall matters; and
  • professional negligence.

Our clients include all of the key market participants – developers, house builders, institutional landlords, investors and asset managers – who are involved in funding, planning, designing, building, buying, selling, managing and maintaining real estate assets and portfolios.

In each case, we pride ourselves on understanding our clients and their real estate interests, supporting their commercial goals and resolving their disputes through litigation (court and First-tier Tribunal), arbitration and expert determination, as well as alternative forms of dispute resolution.

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