Commercial Tenant Disputes

Resolving commercial landlord and tenant disputes

Here at Hart Brown, our team of solicitors are experts in resolving commercial landlord and tenant disputes. We know that a dispute with your landlord can result not only in your losing the property but also the goodwill being destroyed. Commercial tenancy disputes and the complexities of commercial tenancy law can cause a lot of stress to both parties and we are on hand to find a resolution quickly but still works the best for you. 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.

Hart Brown’s team are used to dealing with a variety of commercial landlord and tenant disputes. We have a proven track record of success in dealing with the following:

  • 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

Commercial property disputes can be daunting and can often bring up lots of questions. We are able to advise on the tenants rights in commercial properties and the laws surrounding that area.

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 you with business ownership disputes, please call on 01483 887766, email us or contact us via live chat below.

Who to contact

Jane Crosby

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Jane Crosby

Jane is a Partner based in the Guildford office and she is also Head of the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown. Jane specialises in employment Law and commercial litigation and brings more than 15 years' experience to her role.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Jane was employed in the aviation industry. This experience is appreciated by many of Jane's clients who note that she is able to take a commercial and pragmatic approach to any legal issue that they face.

Jane acts for a wide range of individuals and businesses and her areas of specialism include aviation, property related industries and IT. Jane regularly advises on aspects of employment law, such as settlement agreements, employment contracts, policies and procedures, redundancies, equal pay, data protection, issues arising from TUPE and reorganisations, the calculation of holiday pay, bonus and commission payments, disciplinary and grievance issues, dismissal and termination issues, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Jane gets involved in GDPR training for her clients and she is able to deliver tailored employment law training sessions upon request.

As a commercial litigation lawyer, Jane also deals in shareholder and directors disputes, commercial contract disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Jane has been involved in successful high value commercial litigation for clients in the High Courts, she is an accredited mediator and she is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Jane is often asked to write for a number of well known publications, including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Week and she has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

Here is small selection of the feedback that Jane has received:

“Jane, I cannot sincerely thank you enough for your wise counsel and am delighted to have made your acquaintance. If I am blessed with a new position somewhere I will hand over my contract in the first instance to you. Likewise, any of my friends, peers, romans and countrymen wanting advice, I will point them in your direction.”

“Jane, you have been most resilient on my behalf for which I sincerely thank you for all your endeavours. I have a tremendous working relationship with Hart Brown and you have undoubtedly compounded this further."

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

    Lucy Penfold

    Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

    Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

    Lucy Penfold

    Lucy is a Senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown and specialises in property litigation and contentious trusts and probate.

    Lucy completed her law degree at Kingston University before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford (now the University of Law). Lucy qualified in 2012 and brings with her general commercial litigation experience from Central London and Surrey law firms.

    A member of the Property Litigation Association, Lucy deals with all areas of property litigation including varied landlord and tenant disputes, evictions, neighbour disputes, boundary disputes, commercial property disputes, property disrepairs and dilapidations.

    Lucy also deals with various contentious probate matters, including interpreting the terms of wills, brining or defending claims to contest wills or trusts, and executor removal disputes.

    Lucy’s general commercial litigation experience allows her to have a pragmatic and commercial approach to any legal issue faced.

      Morag Lewis

      Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

      Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

      Morag Lewis

      Morag joined Hart Brown in December 2018 as a Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution Department based in Guildford and is currently doing her CILEx exams with a view to progressing her career as a Chartered Legal Executive.

      Morag currently assists the Partners and Solicitors with their varied caseloads and she has acquired considerable experience in advising and assisting clients across a wide range of disputes, including land law, contractual disputes, employment, debt recovery and contentious probate matters, both in the High Court and County Court.

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