Disputes can be inherently uncertain and so we aim to minimise your risk by helping you to make informed choices and avoid unnecessary exposure to litigation.

But when disputes arise, we draw on a range of experience from the highest level of complex litigation in the Court of Appeal, to routine debt recovery, to give you the reassurance you need.

We have key experience acting on a range of high-value, high-profile and complex litigation cases, with a particular specialism in relation to retail property work and acting for retailers with extensive property portfolios.

Whether you are an institutional landlord or major tenant, a bank, financial institution, insolvency practitioner or professional advisor, our team will be well placed to advise you on our specific requirements.

We are instructed by the major accountancy practices and financial institutions in relation to the assets that underpin their security, for example, advising on the obligations of tenants in shopping centres or the enforcement of sales contracts on residential development sites.

We advise on numerous matters arising out of the insolvency of companies and develop strategies to unlock the value of assets and facilitate sales.

More generally we undertake the usual contentious property matters including dilapidations, lease renewals, rent review, professional negligence and general property management work.

Clients and experience

Our many case highlights include:

  • Strategic advice to an institutional landlord client to avoid a claim for forfeiture of its head lease, coupled with a potential specific performance claim against the sub-tenant
  • High Court proceedings in relation to the purported termination of an agreement for lease by a car park operator, where the availability of a fully operational car park was critical to the success of a £40 million development. The team was able to negotiate a settlement which enabled the development to open on time
  • Strategic advice to a Law of Property Act receiver to implement the development of a shopping centre, attracting one of the major supermarkets as an anchor tenant and recovering possession of residential and commercial units through court proceedings and negotiation
  • Advising a substantial development company in relation to a rent review dispute at a retail park worth approximately £2.6 million on basis of capital value. Proceedings were brought in the High Court with the team taking the unusual step of appealing an arbitrator's award on the grounds of serious irregularity
  • Acting on behalf of a financial institution to obtain relief from forfeiture of premises over which the client held a charge, where the borrower had fraudulently obtained advances from the bank
  • Rent review arbitration, involving a complex legal dispute concerning the appropriate basis of valuation of unusual premises where there is little by way of comparable evidence
  • Acting for a developer in a complex and contested lease renewal and disputed exercise of a break clause reported in the Crossco No.4 Unlimited & Ors v Jolan Ltd & Ors (2011) case
  • Numerous very high-value professional negligence claims
  • English aspects of extremely long-running Singapore trust litigation
  • Substantial dilapidations disputes for both landlords and tenants
  • Several contested break notices

Our team is highly regarded by the independent legal directories.

"They get good-quality work, particularly if the matter is high-value and complex, because they have national and international profile" 
Chamber UK 2016

For more information, please contact a member of our team.

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Meet the team
Julie Middlemass

Julie Middlemass

Partner, Real Estate Disputes
Leeds, UK

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