Real estate disputes
Our real estate disputes team are adept at handling delicate negotiations while firmly advocating our clients’ rights.
We have a strong track record for successfully settling disputes over property ownership, between landlords and tenants and relating to development contracts, among many other issues.
We recently represented the American owner of a London flat whose neighbor wanted to build a two-level basement and install a pool. To our client, that meant two years of construction noise and disruption. But because he only inhabits the property for a few months each year, we were able to reach an agreement that no construction would be done while he was in town. The deal was done quickly, confidentially and efficiently.
‘It is usually sensible to resolve a dispute before it gets to court,’ advises Andrew Chesser, a leading lawyer in the real estate disputes team. ‘Litigation can be complex and time consuming and the cases that reach court are inevitably uncertain.’
When Withers does take a case to court or arbitration, our team excels at the technical aspects of the process – understanding the nuances of contract language, relevant statutes or court decisions and using them to craft a strong argument. In one recent case, we acted for a charity aiming to build a leading research unit in London. We were able to fend off a challenge by local objectors who felt that the council should not have granted planning permission, and sought to take it to judicial review.
In another case, we acted for a client wanting to purchase a large Oxfordshire manor house. The property had previously been under contract to another party, who had lost his seven-figure deposit and objected to our client’s deal. We fought the case in the High Court and won which allowed the purchase to go ahead.
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