Resolving issues between landlord and tenant.

Commercial Tenant Disputes

As a tenant of commercial premises you have a financial interest in the property, particularly if you have built up goodwill with a loyal customer base over many years. A dispute with your landlord can result not only in your losing the property but also the goodwill being destroyed.

Hart Brown’s commercial property dispute lawyers have a proven track record of success in dealing with all kinds of commercial landlord and tenant disputes including:

  • possession or renewal claims under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • claims for arrears of rent or service charges
  • other breaches of covenant
  • dilapidation or repair claims
  • disputes relating to unauthorised alterations or subletting
  • forfeiture

This is a complex and heavily regulated area of law where a failure to follow the correct procedure can cause delay, expense and in the worst case scenario the loss of the tenancy altogether. In many of these cases it is important to act both quickly and decisively. Hart Brown’s considerable experience in this area enables us to do both.

Whilst the only option may be to resolve the dispute in court proceedings, we will always explore other ways of resolving the dispute by means of negotiation, a ‘round table meeting’, or mediation.

To speak to one of our property dispute experts who can help with a dispute with your landlord in relation to commercial premises and/or any other commercial property dispute call, email or request a call back from one of our specialist lawyers.

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Anne Bridger

Solicitor, Commercial Property

Solicitor, Commercial Property

Anne Bridger

Anne has extensive experience in property law, both residential and commercial. In recent years, she has specialised in commercial property, particularly landlord and tenant matters.

Her most memorable case involved the sale of Ashdown Forest which included the Five Hundred Acre Wood and Pooh Bridge!

Anne, who trained with a city firm, joined Hart Brown in 2004.

Here are Anne’s answers to a brief interview about her interests:

What is your favourite meal?
Champagne and langoustine, ideally eaten in a beachside restaurant on the Amalfi Coast.

What would you have done if you had not become a solicitor?
Continued my semi-pro career singing in a band with my sisters.

What are your outside interests?
I am a fully paid up gym junkie!

Celia Watts

Consultant, Commercial Property

Consultant, Commercial Property

Celia Watts

Celia has a wealth of experience in commercial property and in particular in acquisition of developments sites, acting for both landlord and tenants on commercial leases of industrial units and offices and acting for landowners on the granting of options. Two of her most memorable cases have been the negotiating of sale of land at Battersea Power Station and acting on the acquisition and disposal of a major development site which included negotiation with the office of the Mayor of London.

Celia joined Hart Brown in 2007 and she became a consultant in 2015.

Celia’s clients provide excellent feedback: “From the start of this project to the end you have dealt with everything that has been thrown at you and given me impeccable advice on all matters from buying the sites to obtaining the planning permission through to completing a section 106 on such a massive development and working tirelessly ….. thank you once again for your sound advice”

Here are Celia’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements:

Favourite travel destination: Western Australia although my favourite city is Seville in Spain. However I am still checking and really need to visit the Maldives to see if they might take the top slot.

What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer? I would have loved to have become an architect but the training was slightly longer!

John Guthrie

Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property

Senior Solicitor, Commercial Property

John Guthrie

John started his career at Hart Brown in 2016. He is a Commercial Property solicitor with 18 years post qualification experience in property.

He is a member of the Law Society and has written articles for the local press in Kent and Sussex.

Here are John’s answers to a brief interview about his specialisms and interests.

Description of specialisms:
The full cycle of business leases, buying and selling businesses as a going concern, specialism in leasing and disposal of licensed premises, development work and residential leasehold extensions.

Most memorable case:
Handling the property aspects of a £20 million company acquisition and restructuring the leaseback arrangements to achieve a substantial SDLT saving.

First single purchase:
I can’t remember!

Favourite meal:

Favourite book:
To Kill a Mockingbird

Roderick Campbell

Partner, Head of Commercial Property

Partner, Head of Commercial Property

Roderick Campbell

Rod has specialised in property law for over 20 years concentrating on commercial property for the last 7 years. He handles a broad range of commercial transactions for both businesses and individuals. He has developed a particular expertise in dealing with restrictive covenants, options, conditional contracts and overage.

He is a member of the Law Society Property Group, the LawNet Commercial Property Group and Mensa. In order to further enhance his knowledge and skills in 2007 Rod took on the arduous task of studying for, and passing with Distinction, an LL.M Masters Degree in Advanced Commercial Property Law through Northumbria University. He achieved the highest combined score with his first 4 assignments and was awarded top prize by Butterworths/Lexis Nexis.

In 2008 he published a book on “Methods of Securing Development Land Overage”.

Roderick’s clients regularly describe him as “very good to deal with”, “clear, direct, straightforward, efficient and effective.” Another client commented: "Roderick Campbell provided extremely helpful, insightful, and totally professional advice. He was much more useful than other solicitors involved in the transaction."

His most memorable case was an Option Agreement concerning an M25 service area which lasted for some 12 years.

Rod joined Hart Brown as a trainee in 1983, qualifying in 1985 and became a partner in 1988.

Here are Rod’s answers to a brief interview about his interests and achievements.

What are your interests?
I am a keen swimmer and in 1999 I was the captain of a team of 6 who swam the English Channel. We raised £5,000 for the RNLI. I also enjoy skiing, surfing, walking and mountaineering.

What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?
Airline pilot.

Notable achievements
Apart from swimming the English Channel, obtaining a private pilots licence before I could drive (courtesy of winning a Royal Navy special Flying Award, whilst still at school).

Simon Wood

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Simon Wood

Simon is a barrister within our Dispute Resolution department having been called to the bar in 1987. He was a tenant in chambers in the Middle Temple for ten years where he had a broad practice in general commercial and civil litigation before increasingly specialising in property litigation. Before he joined Hart Brown in June 2012 he was in private practice in central London.

Simon has substantial expertise in all aspects of property disputes as well as property related professional negligence claims and insolvency.

Simon is a trained mediator and a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution as a way of resolving claims. He is also a member of the Property Litigation Association in the Middle Temple.

And outside work …

What is your favourite film?
Ferris Bueller’s day off.

What are your interests outside of work?
Running a small holding which includes pigs, bees and chickens. Sailing and cycling (but not at the same time!).

What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?

Tamzin Mandelli

Associate, Commercial Property

Associate, Commercial Property

Tamzin Mandelli

Prior to joining Hart Brown, Tamzin has worked in a wide variety of firms such as for a local authority, for regional and national firms, as well as running her own firm.

Tamzin specialises in all aspects of commercial property including the sale and purchase of shops, offices and restaurants, landlord and tenant matters (from granting the new lease, through to the various licences for works, transfers and so on) and dealing with the eventual termination of a lease. She is also experienced at dealing with development work including option agreements and acquisitions.

Her most memorable case was the lease of some advertising space – for a well known electronics company in Leicester Square!

Here are Tamzin's answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements.

What's your favourite book?
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan – so much more than the Game of Thrones.

What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?
I would have liked to have become an archaeologist. History fascinates me – particularly the Tudor era.

What's the high point of your legal career?
Apart from joining Hart Brown? When I drove past a school and recognised it because I had been involved in the legal work to widen the pavement. It was the first time I realised that the work I did made a difference and I still get a buzz when I recognise buildings or places because I have been involved in the legal work behind them.

What is the one thing you wished you had known at 18 that you know now?
Don’t hold onto your opinion too tightly – both you and circumstances change. Don’t be afraid to change your mind!

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