We advise on a wide variety of commercial property matters and act for a variety of clients including public sector bodies, developers, funders, investors, landlords, operators and occupiers which gives us an understanding of the whole commercial real estate market from varying perspectives.
We place a great deal of importance on cultivating personal relationships and developing a genuine team ethos. Our approach is open and accessible and we seek to work collaboratively to develop strong relationships.
We act for clients of all sizes and have expertise in a broad range of sectors including retail, leisure, office, industrial, hotels, licenced premises, healthcare, residential and mixed-use development projects. The team has an outstanding reputation for their technical and commercial expertise and are recognised for their solutions-orientated approach.
Our property dispute resolution practice is diverse and covers instructions involving leasehold disputes, trespass actions, forfeiture, possession, disrepair, nuisance, compulsory purchase and multi-million pound property valuation litigation. We act for some of the biggest names in the property sector in dealing with all types of disputes. We understand the issues that affect insurers, 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 from surveyors to letting agents.
On the property insurance front, we have a well-established and respected team that advises clients in the general insurance and London Markets in respect of claims involving all types of property insurance issues, including policy coverage, fire spread, subsidence, water damage, structural collapse, fraud, arson and business interruption claims.
CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING
We have a long and successful track record in the construction & engineering sector, providing legal services at every stage of major construction & engineering projects. We work for design and engineering consultants, developers, investors, contractors, insurers and the public sector, handling a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. We’ve advised on several well-known and high-profile developments, including infrastructure projects, retail developments, luxury residential projects, hospitals, museums, hotels and educational facilities in the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia / Pacific, Africa and South America.
We are regularly instructed to negotiate and advise on procurement, appointments, project documentation, contract terms and conditions, collateral warranties, insurance arrangements and risk management.
We handle all types of dispute resolution in the industry, including adjudication, arbitration, mediation and litigation. And our comprehensive expertise covers an array of disputes, including professional negligence, insurance coverage, defects liability, loss, expense and delay, breach of contract, fee, final account and intellectual property as well as health and safety prosecutions and disciplinary matters.
Adjudication is often a better path than litigation or arbitration. But there are many traps for the unwary. We understand every aspect of adjudication, having represented clients in adjudications over fees and payments, professional negligence, technical or quality disputes and issues of time, loss and expense. In particular, the BLM team has extensive expertise in enforcing adjudication decisions, having helped to shape the law in this area.
The great advantages of arbitration are privacy, speed and cost. Unsurprisingly, it is an increasingly popular alternative to litigation in many sectors. We have huge experience in all types of arbitration, from its traditional strongholds of rent review and commodities reinsurance, into relatively new areas such as finance and sport.
As experienced arbitrators on four continents, our team has the knowledge and understanding to support you in any international arbitral process - the preferred final method for resolving commercial disputes. Many arbitral institutions and a number of jurisdictions (including England & Wales) have revised their legal frameworks to enhance their attractiveness as centres for arbitration, while other bodies, such as the International Bar Association, have worked to improve the effectiveness of arbitrations between different legal cultures. We’ve played a major role in these developments and are extremely well placed to guide you through the international arbitration process.
IP AND COPYRIGHT
The majority of the work we handle in relation to intellectual property and copyright issues is part of our long-established practice advising developers, contractors, consultants and public sector clients involved in property and construction & engineering projects and, in particular, the ownership and proprietary rights surrounding the design of buildings. We also advise issues universities in relation to a variety of contentious matters around copyright that arise as part of research projects, research papers and joint ventures.
Related Expertise: Claims Management, Employment Practices Liability, Environment, Health & Safety, Property Damage & Recovery