Real Estate Disputes

We advise investors, developers, owners and occupiers of real estate on how best to avoid, manage and resolve real estate issues and disputes. We listen to your priorities and use our skills to reach a swift resolution.

Specialist experts

Our real estate litigation team supports issues with land and property transactions such as development agreements and option and overage provisions. We have experience providing strategic advice to developers looking to secure sites as well as more specific issues such as restrictive covenants, rights of light and party wall disputes.

For sellers or purchasers of land, we advise on off-plan contracts and disputes, rights of way, disputed boundaries, nuisance and trespassing.

But our expertise doesn’t stop there. From lease renewals and rent reviews to subletting, dilapidations and possession, we’re here to provide clear and prompt advice for both landlords and tenants. We also advise on the insolvency of borrowers, tenants and landlords and professional negligence in the real estate arena, and probate issues relating to real estate rights.

Our approach

We listen to find out what clients want to achieve and tailor our advice accordingly. Using formal process only where it is appropriate to do, our aim is to support you to achieve your objectives. We keep in mind the broad commercial drivers of avoiding or at least minimising real estate liabilities and maximising income and capital returns.

As key members of the wider HCR property team, we work closely with our colleagues in the transactional, construction and planning teams to ensure a full and seamless real estate service for our clients.

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Hear what our clients say about us

Having struggled for several years to deal with a contentious property matter due to inexpert legal advice, we were referred by developers to Gary for his ability as a property litigator. Thanks to his expertise in his field and to his extensive knowledge of proceedings, we were guided to success in our Application to the Lands Chamber in the High Court.

Gary provided comprehensive advice throughout, kept us informed at every stage of the case, also keeping costs on schedule. He has a conscientious work ethic and we would not hesitate to recommend Gary’s services to anyone needing property litigation advice.

Client Contentious property matter

Tahlia is acting for us in relation to a £7 million claim. She is guiding us through the litigation process brilliantly and is adept, well-connected and an excellent communicator.

The claim is technically complex, and Tahlia’s immense knowledge and experience makes navigating the difficult landscape of litigation much easier.

She has been great at helping us navigate some significant challenges that have arisen, is organised and keeps a keen eye on costs.

Client Claim in the Technology and Construction court

From our first telephone call, Tahlia was very professional and helpful, giving us sound legal advice.

Throughout the process, Tahlia was not only proactive, efficient and precise but she patiently took the time to explain in plain English the reasoning of the process. All in all, she provided us with excellent legal services and I would thoroughly recommend her.

“Excellent legal services” prompt client testimonial

A regular client of Jane Mayglothling was purchasing a listed property. During the conveyancing process, Jane spotted several title defects that could have led to her client being liable for costs or disputes once they had taken ownership.

Jane ensured the client was protected with a series of policies, while the Planning, Highways & Environment team contributed concise and helpful advice to add to the protection in risk areas. The client commented: “Good to work with you and the team at HCR again. They have been invaluable over the years; thank you very much.”

Protecting the purchaser of a listed property

Thank you very much for all your work in completing the legal side of the sale of the property.

Your calm and reassuring help over all the ups and downs of the last six months has been invaluable and is much appreciated!

Mr S Real Estate client

On behalf of the trustees, I would like to thank you and the rest of the team for all the hard work that you have put into this and the support you offered in what has been a very difficult time.

Client Real estate dispute

The practice can cater for specialist advise in our property business and adopts an approach that is able to offer smaller businesses a one point of contact most of the time, who is highly qualified and able to discuss your requirement and assign the most appropriate solicitor to deal with your file. If the situation allows or budgets are tight, you are able to use an Associate, knowing fees will reflect this, but work is carefully overseen by a Senior or Partner.

Client Legal 500 2024

HCR works as a team with the solicitor on the particular case calling on the various skill sets available within the firm which are very extensive. This was apparent at our mediation when legal documents were being drawn up. HCR were at the mediation but also working with their office team to ensure everything was covered and signed up comprehensively on the same day.

Client Legal 500 2024

A well-rounded litigation practice well able to serve both their regional client base and more widely. A greater depth of experience than might be expected of a firm in their locations, at a regional price.’

HCR has a strong team, capable of dealing with all manner of property disputes. There is a strong ethos of working ‘glove in hand’ with counsel on cases to ensure effective litigation.

Clients Legal 500 2024

Our solicitor made sure she understood what we were seeking to achieve while advising on our best approach and outcome. HCR were good at making sure we were always up to speed with events and billed monthly with detailed analysis of each bill.

The firm provided a very efficient and stress-free service

Clients Legal 500 2024

When Mr Bailey needed to obtain vacant possession of two residential properties, he contacted Georgia Dinallo, Solicitor in HCR’s Real Estates Disputes team, for advice. The properties had been let out for many years and there were deficiencies in the tenancy documentation that prevented him from serving a more straightforward notice on the tenants.

Georgia’s expertise in real estate disputes meant she was able to work with her client to secure possession of the properties. Alexandra Wild in the Real Estate team also worked with the client to ensure he was able to sell the properties when the time came.

Following this, Mr Bailey provided this testimonial: “I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your assistance on the sale of the property. Your help, advice & support in getting through the new tenancy agreements was superb.

“To have both yourself and Alexandra Wild at your Cheltenham Office working together has been a great comfort during this difficult time for our family.”

Successful sale of property following Real Estate Dispute Solicitor’s advice and guidance

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