Public Sector Property Disputes

Our experienced property dispute lawyers work every day with clients from the public sector. We advise on the whole range of issues which arise with freehold property ownership, and between landlords and tenants.

Disputes about land and property are, unfortunately, all too common. We pride ourselves on helping our clients find commercial and cost-effective outcomes. We are also proud that our lawyers are regularly recognised in the UK legal directories for their legal expertise.

We have a particular specialism in commercial landlord and tenant disputes. We have a dedicated team which handles commercial lease renewal work under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, for both landlords and tenants. There are often rigid deadlines in lease renewal claims. If you have been served with a Section 25 Notice or a Section 26 Request, it is important to act quickly. We can provide the necessary tactical and strategic overview to ensure you are protected.

We can also help with disputes about rent arrears, rent reviews, forfeiture, covenants, possession and repossession, and service charges. Clients also seek our advice on early termination of leases by exercising a break option or negotiating a surrender.

Once the lease has expired there are very specialist and technical legal issues to consider in assessing liability for disrepair, re-instatement and dilapidations. We have been involved in many high profile cases and can offer a real insight as to how best to pursue or defend such claims.

For owners of freehold property, we advise on the whole range of possible problems and challenges which may arise, including boundary, party wall, right of way, trespass, nuisance, right to light, easement and adverse possession disputes. Disputes over option agreements or conditional contracts are also regular features of our work. Further, if as an owner of land, you have squatters or fly-tippers trespassing on your land, we can provide the necessary instant response, working with our network of enforcement agents.

Property disputes come in various shapes and sizes, and in different tribunals. Our team of specialist lawyers represent our clients in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as dealing with claims in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). We regularly guide our clients through arbitration, expert determination and mediation with qualified commercial mediators in the team.

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What clients say

"Commercially minded and able to handle technical aspects well...user-friendly and effective."

Real Estate Litigation, Wales, Chambers & Partners 2022

"They are very strong in the South Wales market. "

Real Estate Litigation, Wales, Chambers & Partners 2021

"It is an excellent property litigation team, both in terms of its understanding of the issues and in the commerciality of its approach."

Property Litigation, Wales, Legal 500 2022

"The team has great strength in depth and are consistently able to have the right level of individual dealing with the right aspects of instructions to ensure an excellent quality of service at fee levels that are cost effective for clients. "

Property Litigation, East Midlands, Legal 500 2022

"The property litigation team has a reputation for providing reliable advice with a strong focus on commercial realities. "

Property Litigation, East Midlands, Legal 500 2021

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