Nigel is a Senior Associate in the Property Litigation team.
Experienced in providing strategic advice on dispute avoidance and practical support on dispute resolution for commercial and residential property.
For commercial real estate, Nigel advises on lease renewals, the service of notices, contractual breaks, permissions for consent to assign, sublet or carry out alterations, service charge disputes, the recovery of rent arrears, interim and terminal dilapidations claims and property-based contractual disputes. He also advises on strategies for recovering vacant possession of commercial property which has been earmarked for future development.
For residential property, he advises on possession claims in respect of assured shorthold, assured and Rent Act tenancies, the eviction of squatters including those from the travelling community, residential service charges disputes, leasehold enfranchisement claims and tenant rights of first refusal to buy under the 1987 Landlord and Tenant Act.
Nigel acts for developers, investors, corporate occupiers, owners of commercial and residential property portfolios and private individuals.
Recent examples of how Nigel has supported clients include:
- successfully resisting an application to strike out an expert’s report on rent valuation for a tenant involved in contested lease renewal proceedings, by establishing that third party expert opinion within an expert’s report did not require prior-approval from the court under CPR Part 35 (Mondial Assistance (UK) Ltd v Bridgewater Properties Ltd  EWHC B38 (Ch);
- regaining vacant possession of land owned by a major housebuilder by securing the removal of horses which had been placed on the land by a travelling family in an attempt to gain possession rights under the increasingly problematic practice of fly grazing;
- structuring ownership arrangements in respect of a mixed-use scheme to introduce a blocking lease so that the freehold could be sold without triggering tenant rights of first refusal or the right to leasehold enfranchisement; and
- providing strategic advice to a national homebuilder on their options for clawing back land that had inadvertently been included within new home plot sales and which was preventing them creating an estate road that was wide enough to ensure adoption by the local authority.