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Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Dispute Resolution for Businesses

Meet David Mallinson

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 Commercial Law 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 (large and small) in substantial matters in the County Court and the High Court.

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 and fails to carry out the landlord’s responsibilities in terms of repairs or if they are concerned about the rising cost of the rent.

Types of commercial property disputes

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.

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.

Please contact a member of our Dispute Resolution team. Girlings has offices in Canterbury, Ashford and Herne Bay.

Our Experts

David Mallinson

Head of Department
Dispute Resolution

Nicola Webster

Senior Associate Solicitor
Dispute Resolution

Lee Quickenden

Associate (FCILEx)
Dispute Resolution

Rebecca Page

Debt Recovery Manager
Debt Recovery

Sophia Wright

Wills, Tax & Estate Administration; Dispute Resolution

Anna Ayling

Trainee Solicitor
Dispute Resolution

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