The property sector is at the forefront of the UK’s economic recovery, with projects of all sizes gathering pace and high-rise developments once again bristling against the London skyline. The property industry is reliant on finance to fund this growth, not only from major lending institutions but also from private equity and fund manager investors.
Residential and commercial developments are driving the sector’s expansion. Major infrastructure projects such as HS2 are well underway, with considerable implications for property owners caught in its path and, although the high street is still flagging, the Court of Appeal’s decision in Game changed the legal landscape by allowing commercial landlords to recover rents from the office holders of insolvent commercial tenants on a ‘pay as you go’ basis irrespective of when the rent falls due under the lease.
Our 30-strong property litigation team offers specialist advice to many of the best-known names in the sector and offer a wealth of litigation experience and commercial insight. We pride ourselves on our understanding of the sector and of the issues that affect developers, property owners (private and public), residential, commercial and social landlords, investors, asset managers, trusts, brokers, retailers, large corporate organisations, contractors and property professionals ranging to from surveyors to letting agents.
The circumstances of each matter vary enormously, from leasehold disputes to trespass actions and multi-million pound property valuation claims, but our overriding goal is always to identify an early case strategy that addresses not only the legal issues involved but also our clients’ practical and commercial objectives.