Property Litigation

Our dedicated Property Litigation team acts for landlords, tenants, freeholders, leaseholders and property agents.

Our clients range from large commercial property developers to small private investors and homeowners. Whoever we act for, our aim is to provide a cost-effective solution to any problem which our clients may face. If necessary, we will pursue rigorous Court action but we are also aware that this can be costly and time-consuming and therefore we do consider negotiations and mediation, if this is appropriate.

We regularly deal with disputes in the following areas:

  • Recovery of rent arrears and service charges
  • Possession actions
  • Actions for breach of covenants
  • Service of section 146 notices
  • Forfeiture and applications for relief
  • Insolvency of landlords and tenants
  • Exercise of break clauses
  • Dilapidation claims
  • 1954 Act  contested and uncontested business lease renewals
  • Leasehold extensions
  • Collective enfranchisement
  • Rights of light issues
  • Securing possession from squatters
  • Adverse possession
  • Boundary disputes and rights of way
  • Party wall disputes

Recent cases

  • Obtaining substantial damages, including exemplary damages, for a residential tenant who had been unlawfully evicted
  • High Court action concerning declaratory relief in a right of light dispute (Pavledes v Hadjisavva (2013) EGLR 12)
  • Advising on termination of leases to secure vacant possession of a development site
  • A successful forfeiture action for an investor who purchased a property at auction
  • Acting for a number of overseas investors to extend their leases and the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Development Act 1993

We are members of the Property Litigation Association.

For further information please telephone Alan Dixon on +44 20 7549 7895 or by email a.dixon@dklm.co.uk