Simeon is a Partner in the Property Litigation team.
Experienced in contentious real property matters including adverse possession, restrictive covenants, rights of way and rights to light, trespass and nuisance, access to neighbouring land, party walls and dangerous buildings. Simeon also deals with landlord and tenant disputes arising from lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, commercial dilapidations and residential housing repair claims, lease termination and possession proceedings, rent reviews and leasehold enfranchisement.
He supports on agricultural property matters, primarily acting for landowners who wish to secure possession of occupied farm buildings under protected or assured agricultural occupancy agreements.
With a proven track record, Simeon often settles disputes through negotiation and mediation and manages court proceedings to keep costs and liability exposure within acceptable bounds.
In addition, Simeon also provides training on the management and resolution of property disputes, primarily for corporate management teams and professional bodies including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Clients include corporate occupiers, institutional and private investors and national developers, primarily anchored in the retail sector. Currently his clients include McDonald’s Restaurants Limited, Arcadia Group, The Body Shop International Limited, Mothercare UK Limited, PD Hook Group, Topland Group, Finastra, Animal and Nuffield College.
Recent examples of how Simeon has supported clients include:
- securing possession of a tenanted building owned by an Oxford College by serving a carefully timed break notice to extinguish rights of renewal;
- achieving a reduction of nearly £200,000 in the settlement of a highly contentious claim for dilapidations, loss of rent and additional business rates on behalf of a commercial occupier; and
- negotiating the immediate suspension of landlord works causing interference with power supplies and telephone connections to a retail client’s tenanted premises and preventing them from fulfilling customer orders overseas.