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A bit about me

The variety and diversity of property litigations means that no two days are the same – I could be acting for a freeholder, an investor, a developer or a lessee in a dispute over commercial, residential or agricultural property.

In each case, I always aim to give practical and commercial advice – there is no point in offering clients a ‘grey’ answer which doesn’t help further their commercial objectives. My role is to balance risk, cost and commercial goals.

Outside work, I aim to visit two or three new places each year; I love travelling.

Want to know more?

Know what you want to achieve – it might not always be possible, but it will ensure that we are all working towards to same goal.

Be commercial – litigation based on points of principle is expensive and all-consuming.

Be realistic about the amount of time you have; litigation is time-consuming and can often be a distraction from your day job.

Why is the court process so slow?
Unfortunately, the courts are overworked and understaffed – this means litigation often takes months or years to reach a conclusion.

Why can’t I recover all my costs if I win?
The UK courts do not work on an indemnity basis; an award of that nature is rare and is subject to a high threshold. 60-70% of costs is a more usual costs recovery if you are successful.

Why should I make a ‘without prejudice’ offer; we have a strong case?
Making strategically-timed offers will offer costs protection ahead of atrial and can also add tactical pressure to achieve a settlement.

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Have your say on the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill

March 2020 saw the mandatory closure of many businesses as the country entered its first…

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How should rent be set on telecoms sites at lease renewal?

The first indication by an English court of how rent is to be valued on…

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Quirky office space? Don’t get caught out

Hybrid working is looking like the biggest change for workplaces in 2021. As the vaccine…

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Damages awarded for unlawful eviction

A commercial tenant has been awarded damages of £8,600 after they had been unlawfully evicted…

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How should rent be set on telecoms sites at lease renewal?

The first indication by an English court of how rent is to be valued on…

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Dentists may be open but their landlords may still be in pain

Dentists began to treat patients again from 8 June, often after months of very limited…

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Degrees of difficulty – flexibility needed for student accommodation

University students are usually heading home for the summer now, and those returning next year…

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Insurance risks for empty properties

If you are leaving property empty, either as a freeholder or a lessee, you should…

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What about the guarantor?

The recent focus on rent holidays and renegotiating terms to ensure the solvency of the…

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Keeping the lights on

While the nation is working from home, the spotlight has fallen on electricity providers and…

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Do I have to retain my lease?

Will this crisis make companies think harder about how much office space they need, as…

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What about my ‘keep open’ clause?

Keeping staff and customers safe In this new world, non-essential retailers, pubs and restaurants will…

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How do I remove telecoms equipment if I want to develop my land?

The removal process The removal process will vary, depending upon what rights the telecoms operator…

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My landlord wants to redevelop; what can I do?

Business relocation This news may come as quite a shock and may suggest that you…

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I have received a schedule of dilapidations; what do I do now?

Schedule from your landlord The type of schedule you have received and its timing will…

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