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Property litigation

Dispute resolution service for public and private sector businesses, based on highly developed negotiation and litigation skills.

Whenever property disputes occur, the needs of all parties are always the same: to achieve a speedy resolution with minimum cost and disruption to normal activities. Much of this depends on informed understanding of the legal issues and experience in negotiating satisfactory settlements.

Handling property disputes is one of Weightmans' key areas of expertise and the Property Litigation team acts for public and private sector landlords, tenants and real estate developers across a client base of local authorities, NHS Trusts, housing associations, social landlords, blue chip retailers and owner-managed businesses.

We realise that, as a client, you need a service that is professional, proactive and focused on helping you achieve your goals. We understand, too, that litigation may not be the best means to achieve your objectives – and where other forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, are more appropriate, we'll choose that route.

From our lengthy experience, we also recognise that a commercial dispute needn't end a business relationship. We're sensitive to all the issues involved and seek to protect your interests long term while resolving immediate problems.

We use bespoke case management systems to ensure that all documents are accurate and consistent, court procedures are followed and deadlines met. All our activities are based on highly efficient internal systems, which help us provide a streamlined and genuinely cost-effective service.

Our services include:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Claims for disrepair
  • Contested lease renewals/surrenders/forfeitures
  • Enforcing/avoiding restrictive covenants/ easements
  • Eviction of squatters and travellers
  • Injunctive relief, including obtaining access to tenants’ properties to carry out utility inspections
  • Option agreement disputes
  • Re-possessions.
Care needed when making demands for a service charge

A tenant sought to avoid payment of an “on account” service charge, following a demand by its landlord.

Sian Evans Partner
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A gas safety reminder

A couple of recent cases have again reminded all social landlords of the need to remain on top of gas safety and that their contractors must always…


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Landlord and tenant - accepting surrender and waiving right to forfeit

Disputes between residential landlords and their tenants continue to reach the courts, even in the current climate. In these legal battles, it is…

David Tabinor Partner

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Allotment rents increase unlawful

The Administrative Court has recently held that Leeds City Council’s decision to increase allotment rents was unlawful.

Sian Evans Partner

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A right way: not as simple as from A to B

The Court of Appeal concluded that the owner of the dominant land had a right of access to their land from any point along an accessway over a shared…