Matthew has over 10 years' experience specialising in property litigation dealing with all aspects of contentious commercial property and residential property issues. Matthew has acted for a diverse range of clients including some well known retail and service industry businesses.
Matthew represents Landlords and Tenants in all manner of commercial property disputes including lease renewal proceedings (both opposed and unopposed), dilapidations claims including use of the PLA Dilapidations Protocol, the impact of s.18 Landlord & Tenant Act 1927 and the effect of sub-tenants, rent/service charge disputes, advising on the effects of conditions attached to break options, serving break notices and advising landlords where a break notice may not be effective, advising on methods of obtaining vacant possession of sites and removal of equipment by telecommunications providers and advising on any discreet issues which arise during the term of a lease e.g. boundary disputes and encroachment.
Matthew appears regularly in Court on a variety of matters including Anti-Social Behaviour and has successfully defeated challenges brought on the grounds of proportionality. Matthew has developed a particular specialism in defending disrepair claims. His clear approach to the calculation of damages benefits clients by enabling the best possible outcome to be negotiated without trial costs.
There have always been challenges to the validity of break notices and there will always be more challenges where the market favours the tenant.