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Property Disputes

Expertise

Our team of lawyers have 30 years’ specialist experience dealing with a wide range of property related disputes. We offer expert, straightforward and practical advice in order to find the best available option to resolve your specific query as quickly as possible.

We understand that property related disputes could become costly, time-consuming and stressful for landlords and tenants alike. Therefore, we actively encourage proactive methods of settlement to keep legal costs down. If settlement is not possible, we can also guide you through the legal process at Court or in the Property Tribunal to maximise your prospects of a successful outcome without wasting time and incurring unnecessary costs.

Amongst our extensive property team, we are able to offer you a complete property service including drafting property related documents and dealing with all manner of property related issues.

If you are a small to medium size commercial landlord, a commercial tenant, a residential management company, franchisor, franchisee, retailer, housebuilder, developer, property investor, a social housing provider or a letting agent, we can help you. Please contact us for an initial 15 minute no obligation consultation on 01753 876 800 or by emailing us at propertydisputes@owenwhite.com.

We can help you with a variety of legal issues relating to commercial and residential premises and construction matters. Please see below our previous experience and cases and a list of the services we can provide.


Our Experience

Advising a Large National House Builder

We issued High Court proceedings and successfully negotiated the settlement of a multi-million-pound dispute relating to the interpretation of an option agreement. Our client (a national house builder) was paid a seven-figure sum as part of the settlement.

Adjudication in respect of a Construction Contract

We dealt with an adjudication concerning the interpretation of a construction contract on a significant development. We successfully defended proceedings brought by a sub-contractor.

Achieving Possession for Redevelopment

We obtained vacant possession of numerous residential properties to enable a large redevelopment to take place by serving break notices.

Possession against trespassers

Acted for a national housebuilder in issuing, obtaining and enforcing an urgent possession order in the High Court against persons unknown who had unlawfully entered a construction site.

Advising on Overage Payments

We advised a large national house builder in respect of a land dispute over the calculation of an overage payment in a land contract relating to a significant development. The property dispute involved complex technical issues. There was a significant six figure sum involved. We helped our client achieve a settlement and so avoid costly, risky property litigation.

Opposing Lease Renewals

We helped a land developer client secure vacant possession of commercial premises protected by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 to allow the redevelopment of an industrial site in North London. The redevelopment provided 160 new dwellings and commercial properties for the local area. Our property disputes work included helping our client terminate commercial leases and defeat claims by the tenants for new leases.

Sharples v Places for People Homes Ltd and Godfrey v A2Dominion Homes Ltd

We acted for a social housing provider on a landmark conjoined Court of Appeal case which confirmed that a landlord could recover possession of a property based on rent arrears which are subject to a Debt Relief Order.

BDW Trading Limited v JM Rowe (Investments) Limited [2011] EWCA Civ 548

Successfully acted for Barratt Homes at trial and on appeal in respect of a conditional contract for development.

Our Services

  • Rent Arrears
  • Service Charges
  • Breaches of tenancy/lease
  • Forfeiture
  • Possession proceedings
  • Service of break notices and all manner of other property notices
  • Dilapidations and disrepair
  • Landlord and Tenant Insolvency Events (e.g. administrations, liquidations and CVAs)
  • Rent Reviews
  • Sub-letting
  • Consent for assignment of leases
  • Consent for alterations to premises
  • Advice in relation to rights of first refusal, leasehold enfranchisement and Right to Manage
  • Lease renewals (including service of Section 25 and Section 26 notices)
  • Advice on guarantees and authorised guarantee agreements (AGAs)
  • Trespass
  • Environmental claims
  • Party Wall Act
  • Restrictive Covenants, Rights of Way and Easements
  • Rights of Light
  • Telecoms and The Electronic Communications Code
  • Nuisance
  • Section 21 proceedings
  • HMO
  • Adjudication
  • Disputes on Construction Contracts
  • Development Agreement and Land Contract Disputes
  • Overage Claims
  • Disputes on Section 106 Agreements
  • Nomination Agreements

Our Property Disputes Team

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Senate House, 62–70 Bath Road,
Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3SR