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I’m a property litigation partner and I head up the firm's housing and property dispute resolution team.
I provide advice to clients from most of the firm's markets but a large proportion of my work is for housing associations, NHS trusts, local authorities and private companies. I deal with all types of residential and commercial property issues. I have particular expertise in dealing with the removal of telecommunications operators from land, dilapidations disputes, Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 claims, rights of light, the exercise of break clauses to terminate commercial leases and residential leasehold management issues (including statutory leaseholder consultation).
Much of my work constitutes risk management advice, whereby I help clients manage issues early to stop them turning into disputes. Where a dispute has arisen, however, I take a robust and commercial approach to the dispute resolution process and am experienced in resolving disputes via litigation, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and in the various property tribunals.
Seminars and Training
I deliver a great deal of bespoke training to clients, on housing and property-related issues. I also speak regularly at key sector events and recent examples include the Resolve ASB national conference, the NHS Property Conference, CLT seminars and webinars as well as RICS events and other seminars targeted at surveyors.
- Laindon Holdings Ltd v South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – this case made a new law regarding the loss of rent, and fixture and fitting issues following dilapidations and the expiry of a lease.
- Levett -Dunn and Others v NHS Property Services Ltd – This case developed a new law regarding the correct address for the service of break-clause notices in commercial leases.
Barnsley MBC v Hadfield  EWHC 866 (QB) – acting for the Council to obtain an interim and final High Court injunction to restrain breaches of a TPO that protected woodland. The decision created new legal precedent on the interpretation and procedure for enforcement of TPO infringements.
I have written several publications including:
Steven Eccles is described as a "go-to" lawyer for real estate litigation. He is appreciated for his "tactical and strategic advice" and his ability to "effortlessly handle unexpected issues." He is a skilled litigator with a deep public sector client base and specialised expertise relating to social housing.