Graeme is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team.
He advises on disputes arising out of commercial property sale and purchase agreements, conditional contracts and options, deeds of variation and development agreements. In addition, he supports on commercial property boundary disputes, rights to light claims, party wall issues, easements and restrictive covenants, and rights of way issues.
His extensive experience includes landlord and tenant disputes, including those arising out of lease renewals, rent reviews, repair obligations, dilapidation claims, rent arrears, forfeiture and possession proceedings, and applications to assign a lease or alter premises. Wherever possible he will try to keep disputes out of court and he regularly helps clients to engage in mediation, adjudication and expert determination.
Working with PLCs, SMEs, local authorities, charities and private individuals, he has broad sector experience, and particular knowledge of licensed premises.
Recent examples of how Graeme has supported clients include:
- securing compensation and the right to regain possession of commercial premises for a tenant unlawfully evicted by their landlord;
- recovering £500,000 for a company whose infrastructure was damaged when a utilities pipe collapsed causing hazardous material to escape requiring an extensive cleanup;
- successfully forfeiting the lease of a public house on behalf of a landlord whose tenant had agreed to an unlawful assignment; and
- negotiating concessions on land use for a charitable organisation in return for their agreement to a £1 billion mixed use development encompassing part of their land.