A partner in the firm’s Real Estate Disputes Group with 15+ years’ experience of complex high stakes disputes and managing risk across clients’ UK activities.
A Solicitor Advocate, described by Chambers as “a strong player in the market”, “good with opposition and extremely clear”, and praised for giving “a rounded commercial view on the key risks”.
Advising on landlord and tenant disputes such as rent reviews, dilapidations, forfeiture and possession claims, rent/service charge recovery and business lease renewals.
Also advising on sale and purchase disputes, neighbour and development disputes, including advising on rights of light, insolvency related matters and professional negligence actions.
Successful high profile and well-publicised injunctions include preventing Occupy London protestors from occupying land belonging to a number of the firm’s key clients – this attracted significant press attention and all efforts ensured that the firm was at the forefront of this important issue.
Reported decisions include: Century Projects Limited v Almacantar (Centre Point) Limited (2014); Hotgroup Plc v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc (as Trustee of Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust) (2010); and Hiscox Syndicates Limited and another v The Pinnacle Limited and others (2008).
Ranked by Chambers as a ‘Notable Practioner’ for Real Estate Litigation.
A member of the Property Litigation Association (PLA) the British Council of Shopping Centres, the British Council of Offices, and the British Institute of Facility Managers.
Century Projects Limited v Almacantar Limited - Successfully representing Almacantar, the owner of the iconic Centre Point building in London’s West End, in defending an interim injunction application brought by its tenant, Paramount.
Occupy London 2011 - Successfully led on a series of high profile and well-publicised injunctions to prevent Occupy London protestors from occupying land belonging to a number of the firm’s key clients. Work in this area attracted significant press attention and ensured that the firm was at the forefront of this important issue.
Hotgroup Plc v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc - Successfully represented the landlord clients in a break clause dispute against their tenant of commercial premises in London. Obtaining a declaration that the tenant had failed properly to exercise its break clause with the result that a very significant income stream was preserved until the contractual expiry of the lease.
Hiscox Syndicates Limited v The Pinnacle Limited - Acted in a fast-paced and high-profile dispute relating to the demolition and construction of the Pinnacle office building in London. The team successfully obtained interim injunctions to restrain the demolition contractors from causing vibration above specified levels to the client's building, obstructing access or allowing water ingress into the building. This case was widely reported in the media and law reports.