Katy is a Partner in the Property Litigation team.

She supports our retail clients’ internal estate teams and their professional advisors on all contentious property issues, portfolio management and enforcement of lease obligations including lease renewals, break options, exit management, dilapidations, rent reviews, possession and access issues.

Her specialism is dealing with complex landlord and tenant matters. She provides advice on strategy and risk management issues for clients with complex corporate group structures, particularly on how to best structure, retain and protect security of tenure of leasehold estates, with a particular emphasis on redevelopment of business premises.  Katy also focuses on contentious real estate claims such as specific performance of development contracts, right of way issue and restrictive covenants.

In addition, Katy has particular expertise in dealing with Central London (Oxford Street and surrounding area) lease renewals for retail clients.  Where a landlord opposes a lease renewal, such as for redevelopment, she is skilled at using the 1954 Act to negotiate the best possible outcome for tenants in terms of exit arrangements and compensation.

Notable clients include McDonald’s Restaurants, the Arcadia Group, The Body Shop, Moss Bros, MEPC, Whittard, Mothercare and the Early Learning Centre.

Recent examples of how Katy has supported clients include:

  • negotiating optimal compensation for a tenant who was forced to vacate West End premises after one of the leading Central London landowners opposed their lease renewal;
  • successfully settling a claim against a developer who failed to complete the development of a mixed-use project in East London; and
  • successfully establishing in the High Court that there was no right of way through our client’s industrial estate for the public to access Great Tew Estate - Leven Holdings Limited v Johnston and others [2018] EWHC223(CH).