The Dispute Resolution team has a reputation for providing pragmatic, commercial advice on a wide range of property litigation and real estate disputes.
Our commercial clients extend across the spectrum of typical SME’s including developers, retailers, service providers, charities, and professional landlords including private individuals, as well as organisations in the financial and educational sectors. The team works closely with our Commercial Property and Corporate & Commercial experts to provide a full service to our commercial property clients.
When resolving disputes, our specialists focus on acting in the quickest and most cost effective way, always having regard to the particular client’s objectives. Where litigation appears to be the only course open, we do regularly represent our commercial clients (both large and small) in substantial matters in the County Court and the High Court.
Types of commercial property disputes
A commercial property dispute may arise for many reasons.
Landlords may need to protect their investment for example where a tenant falls into rent arrears or becomes insolvent or fails to carry out repairs or comply with the terms of the lease.
Tenants may need to protect their business premises and livelihood if a landlord is non-compliant with the terms of the lease, fails to carry out the landlord’s responsibilities in terms of repairs or are concerned about the rising cost of the rent.
Our Dispute Resolution experts can advise on a wide range of commercial property disputes which include:
- Assignment and subletting disputes
- Breaches of covenant
- Commercial tenant rent arrears/insolvency disputes
- Contested commercial lease renewals
- Dilapidation and disrepair disputes
- Forfeiture and relief from forfeiture claims
- Landlord insolvency
- Lease interpretation issues
- Possession actions
- Rent arrears recovery
- Service charge disputes
Methods of resolution
As well as providing advice about conventional forms of litigation, we can also advise you on alternative dispute resolution methods (ADR), including mediation and arbitration which an increasing number of our commercial clients now choose.
Avoiding commercial property disputes
A major benefit for many of our clients is the expert guidance we can give on the best way to avoid problems in the first place. Our Commercial Property team can help protect clients by drafting robust contracts and leases, reducing the risk of future dispute.
Resolving disputes quickly and effectively
Commercial Property disputes can be costly for both landlords and tenants. If you are involved in a dispute or are concerned that a dispute may be brewing, our advice is to act quickly. Our Dispute Resolution team has a reputation for its strong commercial approach which achieves swift and favourable outcomes for our clients.
For further advice on commercial property /real estate disputes and litigation, do not delay and contact us now.