We provide specialist bespoke legal services to private and commercial clients.
The firm’s reputation has been built on our family and private client work and we are regarded as one of the very best of the small number of firms in the UK that provide these specialist services at the highest level. This is complemented with a top-ranking capability in key areas of commercial law and privacy and media law.
Our offices are located in one of the finest squares in London, 10 New Square Lincoln’s Inn, a building which the firm has occupied since 1770. Whilst the exterior may reflect the firm’s heritage its interiors combine state of the art equipment within classical surroundings. Our client meeting rooms, many of which have unrivalled views over New Square, host artwork from Anderson & Low.
How We Work
We handle complex problems for people and businesses and whether you are an individual or a corporate client, our advice will be incisive, straightforward and solution led. We are used to working under pressure, often in stressful – and sometimes emotional – situations: we handle difficult issues sensitively but are completely focused on protecting your interests.
We take the time to understand all our clients’ needs. We advise our individual clients objectively but sensitively, to suit their particular circumstances. If you are a commercial client we make sure we understand your business and the commercial realities you face so that our advice is absolutely right for you.
Our structure and our commitment to outstanding client service mean that all our specialist advisers work closely with each other to deliver seamless advice across all our practice areas.
Our reputation for dealing with property disputes is based on a thorough understanding of the property industry as well as an essential practical and commercial approach.
Whether you are a commercial occupier, developer, property investor or an individual owner, you may need advice and support to help you deal with frequent property issues. We regularly deal with lease renewals, notices, rent reviews, service charge issues, dilapidation disputes, rent arrears, enfranchisement, boundary and covenant issues, obtaining possession, planning issues, judicial review, arbitration, adjudication of construction disputes, option/development agreements, professional negligence including valuation matters and estate agents’ commission disputes.
We provide key advice regularly in all of these areas including dealing with numerous high profile reported court cases making new law. We work closely with our property and other departments and our numerous surveyor contacts. Our clients appreciate our very comprehensive property disputes service.
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Scott trained in the City and spent seventeen years in practice in Top 100 firms. Latterly he headed up the Property Disputes Team of a leading Thames Valley firm. Drawing on this experience, Scott is able to bring a wide range of technical knowhow and commercial nous to bear on any property dispute, be it commercial or residential. He is building up a following of developer and high net worth clients.
Landlord and tenant work is of particular interest to Scott. On the commercial side, he has developed an expertise dealing with cases involving the applicability of the criteria for opposing a new business tenancy on the grounds of redevelopment (ground (f)). With residential tenancies, Scott has represented landlords and tenants of long leases in connection with enfranchisement claims, service charge disputes and disputes between tenant directors of freehold companies. He acted for the successful landlord in a Court of Appeal case concerning waiver of the right to forfeit a long residential lease.
Scott has had articles and comment published in the Financial Times, Property Week, Prime Resi, News on the Block, the Property Law Journal, LexisNexis and The Daily Beast. He regularly gives talks to professionals and clients alike and in February 2018 presented two one hour seminars to an audience of several hundred surveyors and other property professionals at the Five Counties Conference in High Wycombe.
Scott and the real estate disputes team have extensive experience and expertise in dealing with complex real estate litigation. Tenant/landlord work is of particular interest and focus for him and his team.
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