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Kate Clarke

Partner
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Kate Clarke

Partner

A partner specialising in commercial, property and construction disputes.

Kate advises commercial and private clients in respect of all litigation matters, including construction and real estate litigation, commercial and contractual disputes, intellectual property including copyright, passing off and trade marks, defamation, professional negligence claims, insolvency and misfeasance claims, partnership and company law including shareholder disputes and injunctions.  She also manages adjudications, arbitrations, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Kate acts for businesses all over the country in industries as diverse as sports promotion and property development, construction and technology.  Kate works regularly in the High Court in London, Birmingham and Manchester and within the county courts and Technology and Construction Courts.

Recent examples of how Kate has helped clients include:

• safeguarding a director's interest in a £40 million claim against the bank for interest rate swaps when the company went into liquidation;

• successfully defending a property developer in a claim for damages when they demolished a building;

• getting defamatory content about the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard removed from the internet following a dispute regarding a promotional tour to Poland; and

• successfully bringing a £300,000 breach of contract claim in respect of a joint venture to provide Tesco with hand car washing services.

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Graeme Dixon

Partner
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Graeme Dixon

Partner

A commercial property and litigation partner.

Graeme advises on disputes arising out of commercial property sale and purchase agreements, conditional contracts and options, deeds of variation and development agreements.  He also advises on commercial property boundary disputes, rights to light claims, party wall issues, easements and restrictive covenants, and rights of way issues.

Graeme has extensive experience in 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.

Graeme acts for 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 helped 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.

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Richard Jones

Partner
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Richard Jones

Partner

A specialist in property disputes.

Richard advises on all types of property disputes including possession claims (commercial and residential), lease interpretation, lease renewals and extensions, land ownership, boundary disputes, duplication, rights of way and boundaries, and rent reviews.

Richard also practises in licensing law, assisting clients seeking applications for new licences and licence variations.

Richard's clients include individuals, small businesses and corporates such as Prudential Assurance, Hanson, and Paddy Power

Recent examples of how Richard has helped clients include:

• enabling a cricket club to continue enjoying land used for over a century by confirming title through adverse possession at the Court of Appeal: Mitchell v Watkinson, [2013] All ER (D) 343 (Jul);

• ensuring Power Leisure Bookmakers paid only the market rent for premises at lease renewal, by demonstrating the rent on premises offered for comparison by the landlord was not typical; and

• enabling a mining company to retain their lease on a mothballed cement works by demonstrating occupation and an ongoing business.

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Jessica Neyt

Partner
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Jessica Neyt

Partner

A dispute resolution lawyer specialising in all aspects of property and contentious probate claims.

Jessica advises on contentious property matters including commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, breaches of covenants, injunctions, possession claims, rent review and land ownership disputes. Clients include individuals and blue-chip companies such as Prudential Assurance and Paddy Power.

Jessica also resolves will, trust and inheritance disputes relating to the validity and construction of wills, trusts and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.  She acts for families, beneficiaries, executors and trustees.

Recent examples of how Jessica has helped clients include:

• ensuring that an illegitimate child, whose father committed suicide and excluded her from the will, benefited from a share of his estate;

• enabling the owner to sell a valuable London property following a long dispute with freeholders; and

• enabling the Prudential Assurance to undertake a large volume of contentious and non-contentious lease renewals by advising on dilapidations claims, lease consents and repossession claims.

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Elizabeth Corcoran

Senior Associate
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Elizabeth Corcoran

Senior Associate

A property litigation specialist.

Elizabeth deals with all types of property dispute resolution.  She acts for private clients in disputes over family property, and for investors, developers, landlords and tenants in commercial property disputes relating to break notices, forfeiture, insolvent and defaulting tenants, rent arrears, eviction of squatters, and dilapidations.

Elizabeth's particular expertise is in land disputes involving adverse possession, trespass and boundaries, prescriptive and proprietary rights issues such as drainage and access.

Elizabeth acts for private individuals and corporate clients in County Court and High Court matters as well as the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Recent examples of how Elizabeth has helped clients include:

• negotiating a cost effective settlement between siblings in a dispute over the sale of an inherited family home;

• assisting householders on a new development to obtain ownership of a courtyard and access rights when the developer company which owned the land was dissolved; and

• ensuring a landowner could confirm adverse possession of a parcel of land by demonstrating over fifty years' continuous occupation and use.

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Lucy Walsh

Senior Associate
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Lucy Walsh

Senior Associate

A senior associate in the dispute resolution team, specialising in property litigation.

Lucy advises on residential and commercial property disputes, predominantly for property owners and institutional lenders.

Lucy’s residential work covers service charge disputes, statutory lease variations, applications for lease extension or collective enfranchisement, forfeiture of long leases, possession proceedings for assured shorthold and secure tenancies, the recovery of shared ownership property, leasehold right to manage claims, as well as rights of first refusal on property disposals.

Lucy’s commercial work focuses on the renewal of business tenancies, dilapidations claims, consent to assign, sublet or carry out alterations, forfeiture proceedings and the recovery of rent, service charges and other property-related debts.

Lucy’s clients include local authorities, social housing providers, institutional lenders, property investment and management companies and high-net-worth individuals with property portfolios.

Recent examples of how Lucy has helped clients include:

  • negotiating the surrender of a diverse range of residential and commercial leases for a registered social housing provider who required vacant possession of a mixed use site to facilitate a planned redevelopment at short notice;
  • supporting an institutional lender in exploring options for the recovery of a mortgage debt where the lender’s previous solicitor had failed to register the mortgage as a secured charge and the property had since been sold on; and
  • facilitating the relocation of a well-known retailer to smaller premises within a shopping centre in a deal which enabled the centre owners to stop the retailer from leaving and to secure a new tenant for the unit they had vacated.
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Hannah Carter

Associate
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Hannah Carter

Associate

A dispute resolution lawyer specialising in real estate.

Hannah advises on the resolution of property disputes.  Her main focus is on commercial property where she advises on hostile and non-hostile lease renewals, dilapidation claims, the exercise of break clauses, the recovery of commercial rent arrears, forfeiture and possession proceedings and the disposal of tenant goods following lease termination.

Hannah advises on boundary disputes, trespass and nuisance claims and property and construction cases involving alleged professional negligence.  Her residential work tends to be for clients with a mixed commercial and residential portfolio and includes leasehold enfranchisement and rights to manage claims brought by long leaseholders.

Hannah acts for a broad range of clients, including national landlord and tenant retailers, private individuals, commercial investors, developers, charities and pension funds.  The majority of her work is in the retail sector.

Recent examples of how Hannah has helped clients include:

  • successfully challenging the validity of a counter notice served by a landlord in response to our tenant client’s request for a new lease of a key store;
  • managing a substantial portfolio of commercial properties, on behalf of a mix of landlord and tenant clients to ensure that applications to renew leases were done according to the strict statutory renewal procedure;
  • negotiating the settlement of court proceedings brought against our retail client arising out of an unpaid contractor’s invoice which was disputed due to defective works.

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Kelly Smith

Solicitor
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Kelly Smith

Solicitor

Kelly is a solicitor in the Property litigation team.

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Jonathan Warlow

Solicitor
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Jonathan Warlow

Solicitor

Jonathan is a solicitor in the Dispute resolution and Property litigation teams.