I am a property litigation partner and I head up the firm's Housing and Property Dispute Resolution team. I deal with all types of residential and commercial property issues and act primarily for local authorities and NHS bodies across the country, as well as a number of registered providers of social housing. 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). I take a pragmatic and commercial approach to dispute resolution and have successfully resolved cases through litigation, expert determination, mediation and arbitration.
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  EWCA Civ 377 (Court of Appeal)– 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  EWHC 943 (Ch)– 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.
- Leonard Johnson, SCT (HPCC) Ltd and Her Majesty’s Attorney General v London Borough of Brent  EWHC 933 – interim decision clarifying the law on whether Her Majesty’s Attorney General must be a party to proceedings to establish whether a charitable trust exists.
- Leonard Johnson, SCT (HPCC) Ltd and Her Majesty’s Attorney General v London Borough of Brent  EWHC 2526 (Ch) – decision at trial that Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre was owned outright by Brent and was not subject to any private or charitable trust.
The wait goes on: Possession proceedings stayed until 20th September...
Where does this leave landlords?
COVID-19 Housing Resources
Keeping the Housing sector informed with guidance and support during the COVID-19 emergency
Coronavirus and Housing Management for Social Landlords: E-bulletin
Valid or not valid? Can mistakes in a Notice of Seeking Possession...
Pease v Carter 
The New Electronic Communications Code
A Briefing Update for Landowners
Bevan Brittan supports Gas Safety Week 2018
Key points for landlords to consider
Section 20 service charge consultation
Section 20 service charge consultation: is it ever necessary to re-consult, and if so, when? (Reedbase v Fattal )
Housing Management Newsflash – New Court Of Appeal Guidance On The...
Southern Housing Group V Ahern
New form of notice of seeking possession to be used from 1 December...
Updated form for all landlords
Important new law on issuing warrants for possession
Cardiff County Council v Lee (Flowers)
Housing: new law on dealing with sub-tenants when undertaking Section...
Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is a potential hazard for landlords of residential developments
Making offers in dilapidations claims - the importance of being early
On expiry of a commercial lease, a well-pitched Part 36 offer made at an early stage will give the tenant substantial costs...
Practical tips for landowners who have a mast on their building or...
Partner Steven Eccles and his team are regularly instructed by clients to remove telecoms masts from land or buildings, in...
Housing alert: introduction of new forms on 6 April 2016 and higher...
This month has seen a number of significant changes to social housing litigation introduced by the Government. These changes see...
Supreme Court Decision released on 2 December 2015
Can a tenant recover rent paid in advance relating to a period after a break date?
Residential service charge recovery – some welcome news for landlords!
In these challenging economic times, the Upper Tribunal and the Court of Appeal have made some new law which will, in different...
New Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions finally arrive
After a number of false starts, Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, finally comes into force today....
Rights of Light reform: Law Commission report and draft bill published
Having digested the results of its recent consultation, the Law Commission has today published its Report on its proposed reforms...
New Anti-social Behaviour legislation - Home Office guidance for...
New Anti-social Behaviour legislation - Home Office guidance for frontline professionals issued
Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery: A Briefing Note on the Changes to...
Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery: A Briefing Note on the Changes to the Law
New criminal offence of squatting in a residential building – what...
With effect from 1 September, a new criminal offence of squatting in a residential building comes on to the statute book under...
Telecoms masts - legal issues for NHS landowners
The presence of telecommunications apparatus can be a major obstacle to a landowner’s ability to dispose of or redevelop its land....
Gypsy and traveller sites – new statutory duties for local authorities...
With effect from 30 April 2011, new laws came into force which will change the legal relationship between local authorities and...
Section 20 leaseholder consultation - not to be overlooked in the...
Financial pressures are causing authorities across the country to review the way they procure and deliver repairs and maintenance...
HKRUK II (CHC) Ltd v Heaney
HKRUK II (CHC) Ltd v Heaney
Trespassers: How to Recover Possession Effectively
As the weather improves, unlawful squatting on private land typically becomes more of a problem for landowners, their agents and...
Goldacre v Nortel - welcome clarity on when administrators must pay...
Goldacre v. Nortel - welcome clarity on when administrators must pay rent for use of premisesThe recent High Court case of...
He is proactive, responsive and provides sound, practical and commercial advice...He demonstrates a keen eye for detail and has impressed with his tactical advice