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  • Overview

    Leading property dispute lawyers in the South East

    The property world is highly diverse meaning disputes can arise in all shapes and sizes. But our team of property dispute lawyers pride themselves on their versatility to act for all types of clients, discussing their problems in clear language without unnecessary legal jargon in order to get the result they want. We don't impose standard solutions but our extensive knowledge of the property sphere means that we can give well-informed advice geared to the client's needs both present and future.

    We represent clients in all forums including the High Court and County Court, Lands Tribunal, and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). All of our property dispute lawyers are members of the Property Litigation Association and we have strong working relationships with specialist surveyors and experts, as well as Chancery barristers. Above all, we recognise that the property world is a business in which personal relationships count and we fully address the human as well as the legal dimension of any problem.

    The property dispute solicitors at Thomson Snell & Passmore work closely Portfolio asset management team.

    In recent years our highly experienced team has undertaken a wide range of work including:

    • Real estate disputes to include advising on easements, restrictive covenants, rights of common, boundary disputes and adverse possession claims
    • Disputes arising out of development contracts
    • Advising on commercial landlord and tenant disputes and related insolvency matters
    • Advising lenders on enforcement options under a charge
    • Contested lease renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
    • Professional negligence claims arising from property related matters
    • Property contract disputes to include claims for misrepresentation and non-completion
    • Disputes involving trespassers and squatters, nuisance and adverse possession
    • Residential landlord and tenant possession actions.
       

    The team also has expertise in complex specialist areas such as leasehold enfranchisement, agricultural tenancies and telecommunication masts.

    For further information please contact one of the team.

     

  • Related Client Stories

    Enforcement notices withdrawn following successful negotiations

    The client was issued with two enforcement notices relating to a parcel of land to the side of a motorway. The land had been trespassed upon, with caravans and hard standing left on site without the authority of the client. On behalf of the client, two appeals were submitted against the notices.

    Claims against a former landlord by a creditor of an insolvent tenant

    The Property Disputes Team recently advised a long standing client who had granted a lease of premises to a printing company.  The tenant financed the purchase of printing presses through a lending facility.

    Diverting access rights to enable development to proceed

    The Property Disputes Team recently assisted a developer client who was in the process of developing a multi-million residential scheme with an on site community facility.

    Resolving issues between neighbouring properties concerning upgrading service media

    Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for private individuals who wanted to upgrade the electricity supply to their property in a prominent town in the South West. The existing supply was not fit for purpose and was a risk to their insurance cover if left unaddressed.

    Challenging the validity of a break notice

    Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for a client landlord of commercial premises in Kent. The tenant attempted to serve a break notice to bring its lease to an end.

    Dealing with uncertainties with the extent of land ownership

    Thomson Snell & Passmore recently acted for a client who was in the process of selling a substantial property in East Sussex when he discovered an irregularity with the boundary line at the Land Registry.

    Challenging the distribution of funds following the sale of a property by an administrator

    The Property Litigation Team acted for a large organisation of which hundreds of private member clubs through the UK are members.

    The risks of informal email dialogue when applying for landlord consent

    The Upper Tribunal (UT) recently considered whether a residential tenant had agreed to pay the amount charged by the landlord for granting retrospective consent to alterations to his flat.

    Additional challenges faced by landlords when tenants fall into liquidation

    The main course of disagreement between landlords and developers is in relation to the uplift in price to be paid by a developer to acquire the site once, for example, planning permission has been obtained.

    Additional challenges faced by landlords when tenants fall into liquidation

    We act for a client who owns a large multi-let distribution centre in Kent.  One of its tenants was recently placed into liquidation owing our client arrears of rent and leaving it to fend off claims from suppliers and other creditors who claimed rights over goods being stored in one of the units.

    Landlord unreasonably withholding consent

    We acted for the tenant of a mixed use property in Central London whose landlord refused the tenant permission to make a planning application to use the upper floors for residential purposes.  The landlord refused permission on the grounds that it perceived the tenant’s ultimate motive was to try and force the sale of the freehold under the enfranchisement process.  The tenant issued court proceedings seeking a declaration as to the position.

  • Latest Updates

    Moratorium on Forfeiture for Commercial Tenants in England and Wales

    COVID-19: Understanding the impact on residential landlords

    COVID-19: UPDATED: Key considerations for commercial landlords and tenants

    As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to develop at speed, nearly every area of business is facing disruption of some kind. This is especially true for commercial landlords and tenants, especially those in the leisure and hospitality industries. 

    Resident and non-resident landlord tax; is there a difference?

    In a recent article from the Financial Times, James Parratt answered a query concerning a letter from the HMRC. The letter inquired about the tax status of the recipient's landlord, which suggested to them that they were responsible for paying their landlord's tax bill. James Parratt explained:

    Leasehold Reform: Premiums for Lease Extension and Enfranchisement

    On 9 January 2020, the Law Commission published its report on the options for reducing the costs payable by leaseholders extending their leases or purchasing the freeholds of their properties.

    Queen’s Speech – Housing & Private Rented

    The Christmas Queen’s Speech included proposals for significant changes for residential property, particularly in the private rented sector and for leaseholders.

    Law Commission Leasehold Enfranchisement Report: Our Thoughts

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has recently published a report setting out options to reduce the cost that leaseholders have to pay to buy the freehold or extend the lease of their homes. The findings of the report have been published with the aim of making the process easier and more affordable for millions of leaseholders across England and Wales.

    Restrictive covenants on a freehold property – a glimmer of hope?

    Restrictive covenants on a freehold property – a glimmer of hope? Restrictive covenants are commonly found in leasehold property, such as flats, but less so in freehold properties.

    Sign of the times – automatic email sign-off a binding signature

    In our increasingly digital age, the case of Neocleous & Anor v Rees is a keen reminder of the care needed in email correspondence. An automatic email sign-off could unwittingly bind you to a contract.

    The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal's decision on Sequent Nominees Limited v Hautford Limited. 

    The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal's decision on Sequent Nominees Limited v Hautford Limited. 

    The Debenhams CVA

    Among pages of stories about the death of the high street, it’s the company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) entered into by the big retailers that have drawn the most attention. One of the biggest of these, the Debenhams CVA, has just come before the High Court, with landlords challenging the CVA on five grounds:

    Losing out on a rental property due to last minute higher offer: do we have any kind of redress?

    James Parratt recently offered advice to a Sunday Times reader, regarding a rental situation. The reader in question had recently put down a deposit to rent a house and agreed a price of £1,800 a month with a local independent letting agency. 

    Can I stop my neighbour’s nuisance barbecues?

    How to turn down the volume next door, and ways to guard against gazumping

    A New Deal for Renting – The End of Section 21?

    In April this year, the Government announced its intention to end no fault evictions. With the consultation now published, the details of those proposals are now beginning to take shape.

    Ban on letting agents’ fees now in force

    From 1 June 2019, the new Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force

    Terminating business leases: landlord’s intention to redevelop

    Where premises are let under a lease within the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, at the end of the lease the tenant has a statutory right to either claim a new lease or remain in occupation.

    MIPIM 2019

    We will be at MIPIM 2019, the world's largest property expo between 12-15 March with representatives from all of our property teams.

    Adverse Possession

    The saying ‘possession is nine tenths of the law’ is well known but, when it comes to land, is it really true?

    How to safely get off the escalator

    The issue of ground rents payable for leasehold properties has attracted negative publicity recently; particularly so called ‘escalator’ ground rents.  These are rents that escalate over time, for example doubling every ten years.

    Staying one step ahead

    The High Court has recently handed down a decision, which will be welcome news to land owners and developers alike who own sites that are at risk of trespassers from entering them.

    The bargaining power of a CVA

    A number of retailers have issued Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) announcements this year. If a limited company is insolvent, it can use a CVA to pay creditors over a fixed period. If creditors agree, the limited company can continue trading during this time.

    A ‘once and for all’ breach when an AST landlord fails to provide a Gas Safety Certificate?

    An Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) is the standard form of tenancy where a residential property is rented as a separate dwelling and the tenant, or at least one joint tenant, is to use it as their principal home. 

    Top tips for guarantors of leases

    By Laura Keatley, Solicitor in Commercial Property & Development.

    Boundary Dispute Protocol – breaking down barriers?

    The Protocol for Disputes between Neighbours and the Location of the Boundary (The Boundary Dispute Protocol) was introduced in September 2017.

    Restrictive Covenants

    Restrictive covenants affecting freehold land can hinder plans for future land use or development...

    Private Landlords and the Right to Rent

    The “Right to Rent” scheme was introduced by the Immigration Act 2014 as a means to prevent people with no legal right to remain in the UK from renting or remaining in private domestic rented accommodation. It seeks to achieve this by imposing obligations on landlords (or their agents if they have agreed in writing to undertake the necessary due diligence) to check the status of existing and potential tenants. Landlords should not ignore their obligations, since in addition to the original civil penalty of up to £3,000 for failure to conduct the necessary checks, criminal sanctions were introduced from 1 December 2016.

    Implications of the business rates revaluation

    A landlord of premises let under a tenancy protected by the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (“the Act”) and who is intending to oppose the grant of a new tenancy should consider the implications of the business rates revaluation and the possibility of serving notice under section 25 of the Act before 1 April 2017.

    FAQ: Commerical Property

    Q. I have a lease of a flat that now has less than 70 years left to run.  I have read that I might have trouble selling or getting a mortgage.  Can I extend my lease?

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Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.

Client

Responses were quick and to the point. They understood my needs, which prevented matters having to be re explained or the outcome of their services being unexpected and not what was required. They were clear about the procedure that we would follow and kept me up to date.

Client

They're very commercially minded and very practical. Good-quality people and very professional.

Chambers UK 2015

They are particularly good at understanding what exactly we need, which gives us reassurance and confidence in them and saves on costs.

Chambers UK 2015

They got to understand the root of our industry and advised us on the approaches we could take.

Client in Chambers UK

They give you the best and worst scenarios, painting a true picture for you.

Chambers UK

Excellent level of service‚ and ‚no-nonsense, personal‚ approach.

Chambers UK

Alison Sparks was very responsive throughout and did very thorough work, at times beyond what would be expected, to support our case

Client

I was very pleased with the due care and attention I was given in this matter.

Client

The lawyers are very proactive, easy to deal with and have a friendly attitude; they are also experienced in their field of work.

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