Our experience and expertise mean that across all practice areas, our advice is not only grounded in law, but also delivered as practical, sound information you can rely on.

Enterprise

We have in depth experience and advise on all aspects of small and medium business start-ups through to disposals. We advise clients on all aspects of participation in small and medium size businesses whether by way of equity or finance. We have particular experience in relation to asset sales and purchases and joint venture agreements.

We are also trusted advisers to companies and high net worth individuals in relation to a range of commercial and legal matters.

Dispute Resolution

We are instructed in connection with a wide range of domestic, commercial and business disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, contentious insolvency, director liability claims and contractual disputes. If the commencement of litigation is unavoidable, then we have significant experience in the strategic planning of the case in the most cost efficient way and are renowned for the quality of our preparation of a claim and the intensity with which we engage with our opponent. We place significant emphasis upon practical commercial advice.

Not all disputes will end up with the commencement of litigation. Mindful of the costs, the time taken to litigate, and the impact which litigation inevitably has on the continuation of the client’s business, we will always explore an alternative route to settle a dispute. Mediation is an informal and consensual process which has proven to be tremendously successful in resolving disputes and can produce an extremely cost-effective and speedy resolution which can often preserve ongoing working relationships which may otherwise prove impossible in the event that proceedings are commenced.

In avoiding the commencement of proceedings we are often engaged to consider strategy and tactics in crisis management

Leasehold Enfranchisement

We have an in depth understanding and expertise in residential leasehold enfranchisement and the ground rent asset class generally. Under current legislation, lessees of a block of flats are in a position to force the freeholder to contract to sell the freehold interest to the lessees collectively. Alternatively, an individual lessee has a statutory right to acquire a 90 year extension of the existing lease. The relevant legislation is complex and lays down a formal procedure which must be followed. As a result of recent Law Commission reports into Leasehold Reform, there is expected to be significant reform of the leasehold enfranchisement legislation which is expected to have a wide ranging impact in relation to the procedure to be followed, valuation approach, and investment value. We advise freeholders and lessees on their respective rights under the relevant legislation and the possible legislative changes in light of the Law Commission recommendations. We handle a significant number of ground rent acquisitions, and lease extensions at any one time.

We are a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners which is made up of various types of property professionals spanning many property sectors, who have a proven track record in leasehold enfranchisement.

Insolvency

Insolvency law is complex and demands a detailed technical knowledge which is particularly important as the economy emerges from the COVID 19 pandemic and all options need to be explored. We advise Insolvency Practitioners in relation to their powers under the relevant insolvency legislation in connection with wide-ranging issues that arise during the course of an insolvency procedure. We are also regularly called upon to advise Insolvency Practitioners in connection with the restructuring of an insolvent business, particularly in relation to the disposal of assets.

We also regularly advise clients who are faced with claims made by insolvency practitioners, and creditors in connection with claims following the insolvency of a company.

Property Litigation

The financial climate arising from the COVID 19 pandemic will inevitably give rise to challenges, some of which will be unique in history for those who own, occupy or trade commercial property. We have developed an outstanding reputation for handling all kinds of commercial property disputes which will provide us with the experience you need to handle these challenges. We have particular experience in relation to First- tier Tribunal claims for breach of covenant, contested business tenancy renewals and the construction of rent review clauses.

Real Estate Management Issues

We are often called upon to offer strategic advice in relation to complex commercial and residential property management issues.

It is imperative to the efficient running of a management company that the collection of service charges is administered robustly in order to preserve cash flow, without which there will be creditor and lessee pressure. We have a dedicated team specialising in the recovery of residential service charges, who have knowledge of the internal procedures adopted by and established lines of communication with, the service charge teams in some of the major residential lenders in the country. This typically results in the swift recovery of service charge arrears where a property is subject to a mortgage. We are also regularly instructed in connection with Applications to the First-tier Property Tribunal Service for a Determination as to the reasonableness of charges and/or services provided.

Sport

The increasing commercialisation of football in this country has resulted in the need for more focused legal guidance than ever before, particularly in relation to the exploitation of commercial opportunities and regulatory matters. One of our solicitors is registered under The FA Football Agents Regulations.

    We advise players, managers and leading agents in relation to such matters as:
  • sponsorship agreements;
  • the exploitation of image and other intellectual property rights;
  • FA and Players’ Agents Regulations, Premier League Rules and other regulatory issues;
  • the negotiation of contracts
  • image (including social media) management
  • player transfers
  • third party rights in players
  • Rule K Arbitration proceedings

Rooftop Development

Upward urban development has been given a shot in the arm with the introduction of permanent permitted development rights for rooftop development. However there are multiple legal issues which must be considered in addition to the commercial and structural constraints, most notably the Rights of First Refusal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987, whether the terms of existing leases of the building conflict in any way with the redevelopment proposal, such as existing rights to use the roof space or the existence of telecommunications masts which may need to be removed or relocated. We have extensive experience in advising on these issues and also to future proof a new lease to ensure that adequate rights are reserved should a freeholder wish to undertake further development.

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