Commercial Tenant Disputes

Resolving issues between landlord and tenant


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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Simon Wood

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Barrister, Dispute Resolution

Simon Wood

Simon is a barrister within the 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.

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