Richard is a Partner in the Property Litigation and Telecommunications teams.
Working with commercial property owners, investors, developers, landlords and tenants helping them to manage the risks associated with property ownership or occupation. Richard supports clients on matters relating to forfeiture, service charges, possession proceedings, lease renewals, rent reviews, restrictive covenants, easements, nuisance claims, boundary disputes, adverse possession, trespass, site clearance, redevelopment and property related telecommunications matters.
With specialist expertise in complex interim and terminal dilapidations claims, particularly those involving diminution valuation issues, Richard has secured significant seven-figure sums for landlords and defended high value dilapidations claims, through court action or alternative dispute resolution, and he often presents on this topic to the RICS. Richard also has significant experience of acting for telecommunications Site Providers in the removal of mobile phone masts from land to make way for redevelopment projects and assists upon matters relating to the Old and New Electronic Communications Code.
Richard acts for housebuilders and developers in disputes arising during promotion and site assembly and after construction, such as in regard to grants, options, overage and clawback provisions – successfully securing sizeable payments for his clients.
Clients include Barratt David Wilson Homes, Airea PLC, Yorkshire Water and Keyland Developments. He works with commercial property owners, investors, developers, landlords and tenants funds, business park owners, REITs, national retailers and national housebuilders.
Recent examples of how Richard has supported clients include:
- securing vacant possession of a significant retail property in central Leeds to facilitate its onward redevelopment into a boutique hotel;
- ensuring that over 100 off-plan purchasers had to complete their purchases of central Leeds residential apartments after a downturn in the market, thereby securing the developer’s return on its investment;
- removing telecommunications equipment from the top of a block of student accommodation in Stratford, London, to facilitate its onward redevelopment as luxury residential accommodation;
- securing a payment of £2.1 million for the the landlord of an 11-storey office block in a dilapidations dispute; and
- securing £1.1 million for a landlord of open storage land in a dilapidations dispute.