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Dispute Resolution

Disputes arise within any organisation, however these can be particularly difficult for charities involving trustees.

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Trustees are likely to disagree at some point, and if left unresolved these disagreements can lead to a breakdown in effective governance and management of the charity.

Charities can also find themselves in dispute with others, whether that be contractors, funders, or service users. Sometimes, a charity may find itself in dispute with the Charity Commission or other government agencies.

Trustees need to consider the following:

  • Reputation and crisis management;
  • Protecting the charities assets;
  • The power to compromise a claim; and
  • The process for litigation including the cost and risk to the charity

We understand that litigation can be a stressful, costly and time consuming area, which is why litigation is a last resort. We work with you to provide swift, reliable advice with the aim of resolving a dispute quickly and effectively, using negotiation and mediation if appropriate – but always being ready to enforce or defend rights through the court if need be.

  • 1 Property Disputes
    Complications often arise in property. Resolving these disputes requires a quick response with specialists who understand the risks associated and give you clear, practical advice.

    Property litigation

    We always seek to guide our clients on the most appropriate options available when facing a dispute. Our experienced team covers all levels of court work right up to the Supreme Court, and are skilled at dealing with disputes in other dispute resolution forums such as the property tribunals, arbitration and mediation.

    In addition we uniquely offer advice in the high-end residential property market and in leasehold enfranchisement disputes, particularly in prime central London. We are also strong in the field of compulsory purchase, whether acting for acquiring authorities or landowners.

    Working with a wide range of clients we help them to protect and develop their property interests.

    Clients include:

    The team’s expertise covers a range of real estate disputes relating to commercial, residential and mixed-use properties including:

    • Boundary disputes
    • Claims for compensation under the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965
    • Disputed easements
    • Disputes over contracts for the sale of land
    • Insolvency
    • Misrepresentation claims
    • Noise and other nuisance claims
    • Options and rights of preemption
    • Party wall disputes
    • Property and insolvency issues, and
    • Property-related professional negligence claims
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Rights of light claims
    • Trespass/squatters/adverse possession

    We also deal with all types of landlord and tenant disputes including:

    • Breaches of covenant
    • Business lease renewal claims
    • Dilapidations and repairs
    • Disputed rent reviews
    • Disputes regarding consent to assign or underlet
    • Possession and forfeiture
    • Rent arrears
    • Service charge disputes

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