Our experience and expertise mean that across all practice areas, our advice is not only grounded in law, but also delivered as practical, sound information you can rely on.

Enterprise

We have in depth experience and advise on all aspects of small and medium business start-ups through to disposals. We advise clients on all aspects of participation in small and medium size businesses whether by way of equity or finance. We have particular experience in relation to asset sales and purchases and joint venture agreements.

Dispute Resolution

We are instructed in connection with a wide range of domestic, commercial and business disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, contentious insolvency, director liability claims and contractual disputes. If the commencement of litigation is unavoidable, then we have significant experience in the strategic planning of the case in the most cost efficient way and are renowned for the quality of our preparation of a claim and the intensity with which we engage with our opponent. We place significant emphasis upon practical commercial advice.

Not all disputes will end up with the commencement of litigation. Mindful of the costs, the time taken to litigate, and the impact which litigation inevitably has on the continuation of the client’s business, we will always explore an alternative route to settle a dispute. Mediation is an informal and consensual process which has proven to be tremendously successful in resolving disputes and can produce an extremely cost-effective and speedy resolution which can often preserve ongoing working relationships which may otherwise prove impossible in the event that proceedings are commenced.

Leasehold Enfranchisement and Ground Rent services

We have an in depth understanding and expertise in residential leasehold enfranchisement and ground rents generally. Under current legislation, tenants of a block of flats are in a position to force the landlord to contract to sell the freehold interest to the tenants collectively. Alternatively, an individual tenant has a statutory right to acquire a 90 year extension of the existing lease. The relevant legislation is complex and lays down a formal procedure which must be followed. We advise both landlords and tenants on their respective rights under the relevant legislation and handle a significant number of ground rent acquisitions, and lease extensions at any one time. We were recently instructed in connection with the disposal of a significant ground rent portfolio to several ground rent funds. Our experience is such that we keep updated with market trends in the sector which can be crucial in giving advice particularly as to the impact upon valuations.

We are a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners which is made up of various types of property professionals spanning many property sectors, who have a proven track record in leasehold enfranchisement.

Insolvency

Insolvency law is complex and demands a detailed technical knowledge. We advise Insolvency Practitioners in relation to their powers under the relevant insolvency legislation in connection with wide-ranging issues that arise during the course of an insolvency procedure. We are also regularly called upon to advise Insolvency Practitioners in connection with the restructuring of an insolvent business, particularly in relation to the disposal of assets.

We also regularly advise clients who are faced with claims made by insolvency practitioners, and creditors in connection with claims following the insolvency of a company.

Property Litigation

The financial climate arising from the banking crisis has given rise to challenges, some of which are unique in economic history for those who own, occupy or trade commercial property. We have developed an outstanding reputation for handling all kinds of commercial property disputes which have arisen from these challenges, in particular breach of covenant, contested business tenancy renewals and construction of rent review clauses.

Service charge arrears

It is imperative to the efficient running of a management company that the collection of service charges is administered robustly in order to preserve cash flow, without which there will be creditor and lessee pressure. We have a dedicated team specialising in the recovery of residential service charges, who have knowledge of the internal procedures adopted by and established lines of communication with, the service charge teams in some of the major residential lenders in the country. This typically results in the swift recovery of service charge arrears where a property is subject to a mortgage. We are also regularly instructed in connection with Applications to the First-tier Property Tribunal Service for a Determination as to the reasonableness of charges and/or services provided.

Real Estate Management Issues

We are often called upon to offer strategic advice in relation to complex commercial and residential property management issues.

Sport

The increasing commercialisation of football in this country has resulted in the need for more focused legal guidance than ever before, particularly in relation to the exploitation of commercial opportunities and regulatory matters. One of our solicitors is registered under The FA Football Agents Regulations.

    We advise players, managers and leading agents in relation to such matters as:
  • sponsorship agreements;
  • the exploitation of image and other intellectual property rights;
  • FA and Players’ Agents Regulations, Premier League Rules and other regulatory issues;
  • the negotiation of contracts
  • image (including social media) management
  • player transfers
  • third party rights in players