Expertise

Beth specialises in all forms of commercial real estate litigation, including commercial lease renewals, break notices and vacant possession strategy work, property-related telecommunications disputes, dilapidations, rights of way disputes, trespass claims, forfeiture, debt recovery, property related insolvency, contractual interpretation and general property management work. 

She has experience of advising on the wide range of legal issues that arise when managing large property portfolios from acquisition, day-to-day management, through to sale of an asset. She undertakes work for a wide variety of clients including landlords, tenants, developers and investors across various sectors. This includes Hammerson, Schroders, British Land, HB Reavis and Aberdeen Standard Investments. 

Experience
  • Acting for Aberdeen Standard Investments in complex, high-value proceedings against their landlord in the Business and Property Court in respect of substantial water ingress;
  • Advising the LPA Receivers on various property disputes arising on the sale of a large mixed-use property in central London, including a dispute relating to service charge in the FTT;
  • Providing advice to a property company on the impact of the Electronics Communications Code on the acquisition of a number of properties in their portfolio, including dealing with ongoing claims in the County Court and the Upper Lands Tribunal and providing specific advice on the interaction between the LTA 1954 and the Code;
  • Assisting with the design and implementation of vacant possession strategies for two developers for the redevelopment of a prime inner-city shopping centre and a large, central London mixed office and retail site respectively, working to ensure income streams were maintained as long as possible whilst securing vacant possession in accordance with their development timetables;
  • Advising an investment fund client during redevelopment works at adjacent city-centre office buildings, including advising on and securing vacant possession of part of the site and dealing with disputes arising from alleged breaches of covenant during the works. This included defending a claim in the County Court which resulted in settlement and discontinuance of the claim.