The success of our commercial property litigation team is defined by three words. Strength. Depth. Quality.
The property litigation team is directed and managed by one of our founding directors, Martyn Liberson, who has in excess of 25 years’ experience in this arena. Martyn works alongside a strong and talented team of thorough, determined and able property dispute specialists, each of whom has gained several years’ property litigation expertise and has proven know-how and ability in this technically challenging field. All team members are members of the Property Litigation Association.
This proven approach, means that work is carried out at an appropriate level, with continuous rigorous peer review and a careful eye to detail, procedure and strategy, which are hallmarks of a well-conducted matter. This leads to strong client satisfaction as shown by our many clients who regularly provide repeat work.
Equally as strong is our quality client base which includes listed companies, some of the largest private UK based property companies, household name companies, central government departments, substantial developers and investors and high net worth individuals, landed estates and trusts. Also active amongst our clients are those in the public sector and leading firms of residential property managers. We also act for insolvency practitioners and work alongside property consultancies on difficult and challenging matters. Clients and properties are spread across the UK, including several in the City of London. We also regularly act for clients based offshore. Clients with complex portfolios engage with a number of firms but ours have selected us for our property litigation skills.
We undertake a broad mix of work which encompasses all aspects of development and investment property, commercial estates, offices, warehousing, retail and residential property management. Each client and work type requires a nuanced approach. We take particular care from the outset to have a clear understanding of the client’s objectives.
It is sometimes the case that property is only the ‘back bone’ of the issue: we regularly crossover into other fields of law, including professional negligence claims, fraud, contract claims, debt recovery and enforcement, competition law, mortgages, defamation, planning, rates, corporate and individual insolvency, company law, partnership law, charity law, trusts and construction.
The team prides itself on its strong and effective working relationships with specialist counsel, surveyors and other experts, who when appointed, are selected both for their ability to add value but for their ability to work with the client in a trusted team.
The caseload spans the County Court, High Court and First Tier Tribunal (Lands Chamber), as well as undertaking arbitration under the PACT scheme, adjudication and mediation (Martyn Liberson is an ADR accredited mediator). We have acted in a number of matters which have been reported in the Law Reports.
A significant proportion of our work is generated by recommendation from our clients, as well as by surveyors and barristers with whom we work. We are listed in Legal 500.
Core work undertaken includes:
- Planning and development agreements;
- Contentious and non-contentious lease renewals;
- Service charge recovery and disputes;
- Rights of way;
- Rights of light;
- Boundary disputes;
- Disputes as to ownership and trusts of land;
- Break notices;
- Insolvency issues;
- Forfeiture and section 146 Notices/relief against forfeiture
- Rent recovery
- Breach of covenant, including unlawful user, failure to repair and breach of alienation
- Property related professional negligence claims
- Construction disputes;
- Trust disputes;
- Residential property management
- Advice, assistance and guidance for property professionals
For further information on our property litigation services contact our team of experts below or call 0121 314 0000.