Druces for Business

Real Estate Dispute Resolution

Druces for Business

Real Estate Dispute Resolution

For real estate dispute resolution, Druces advise a broad cross section of clients on all forms of actual or potential real estate disputes – legal proceedings both at Court and Tribunal, and notices relating to commercial and residential property.

In respect of commercial property, we advise investor landlords, developers, private individuals, family trusts, partnerships, charities, major retailers and corporate clients on all aspects of landlord and tenant law, with a particular emphasis on rent arrears recovery, other breaches of lease, and all the usual management issues.

We have a very experienced practice dealing with lease renewals and termination of protected business tenancies, acting for and against development schemes, associated dilapidation and repair claims, and dealing with break and other notices for both landlords and tenants alike.

In relation to residential property disputes, we regularly advise clients on lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, management issues and high value service charge and other disputes.

Recent work

  • During the pandemic we advised various clients on rent arrears and options for recovery, from multi-million pound arrears from tenants on Bond Street, to a tattoo artist in Soho. We have been widely reported as to recovery of rent arrears from tenants within London’s Trocadero.
  • We act for a major off-shore investor/developer with their current portfolio, including regears of existing leases and lease renewals.
  • Druces act for a major landlord of M4 office and retail parks as to lease renewals and terminations, including invalid break notices served by their tenants.
  • Our real estate dispute resolution team advised a property developer client on issues arising out of its sale of a substantial development site for over £10 million including obligations to maintain a reserve fund to meet the national homebuilder purchaser’s liabilities under a Section 106 agreement.
  • We work with a large UK charity with regard to various issues arising out of its extensive retail and other property portfolio including boundary disputes, blocked rights of way, right to light issues, lease renewals and similar landlord and tenant issues.
  • Druces has advised a number of ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals and trusts with regard to family interests in high value London residences, including advising on and resolving real estate disputes between family members, lease extensions contested by the landlord/freeholder and associated applications to Tribunal for determination of the premium.

Who to Contact

Benjamin Lomer


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