If you own land, or if you occupy it, there is a risk you will be involved in a property dispute. We will work with you to quickly develop a strategy to manage your dispute and to achieve the outcome you want.
Each dispute is different, as are the needs of each of our clients. Our expertise in litigation, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and negotiation means we can offer a strategy to meet your needs.
We appreciate that to provide the best legal solutions it is imperative to understand the business context within which our clients operate. Our lawyers have experience in a number of sector areas which reflect the businesses which our clients operate. This gives them the ability to quickly assess the commercial factors that influence a particular dispute.
We undertake the full range of portfolio management work to include lease renewal litigation, forfeiture and possession proceedings, enforcement of breaches of covenant including dilapidations, rent review and service charge disputes, break notice disputes, and issues in relation to assignment and subletting. We appreciate that some disputes require a bespoke approach as they may be high value or have particular commercial importance to your portfolio. We have the skills, experience and resources to meet your needs. We understand your requirements may be different for your high volume work such as unopposed lease renewals. We have a long record of providing high quality volume services in these areas which help you to better manage your legal spend. We never take a one size fits all approach. We take the time to understand your needs and to provide a solution which fulfils your requirements.
Our work for property occupiers is the flip side of the coin to our work for property investors. The legal issues are the same but the requirements of the client will often be different. It is our emphasis upon understanding our clients’ businesses and unique drivers that allows us to best bring our experience to bear for their benefit.
We have extensive experience of all freehold issues which can arise in relation to development projects. We advise on easements for the supply and discharge of water as well as easements for other services, rights of way and third party rights, options, overage disputes, specific performance and rights to light. We have the necessary skills in all aspects of Landlord and Tenant law to provide vacant possession strategies. We advise upon the termination of all forms of residential, commercial and agricultural occupancy including litigation where necessary. We appreciate the need to provide fast, effective, commercial advice.
Our lawyers have acted for some of the country’s largest energy companies managing their property portfolios and advising in relation to the contentious aspects of their energy generation developments. We provide advice upon site acquisition and clearance disputes to facilitate development, including all aspects of agricultural tenancy legislation which can often be vital to the success of a generation development project. We advise energy generation clients upon nuisance claims made as a result of flicker (caused by wind turbines), noise and emissions.
We act for both Further and Higher Education establishments in relation to their property portfolios. This ranges from disputes in relation to the development of new buildings, third party rights over an institutions’ land (to include Village Green Applications) and student protests on campus. We advise on all student accommodation issues to include duties in relation to physical alterations for disabled students as well as the interaction between the accommodation agreement and the student contract.
We advise our public sector and not for profit clients upon the full range of disputes which relate to their property portfolios. This can include commercial, residential and agricultural tenancy issues including management of County Farm Portfolios as well as freehold disputes involving adverse possession claims, trespass, subsidence, public and private rights of way and the full range of development disputes.
In addition to our dispute resolution work we offer specialist advisory advice in conjunction with our commercial property colleagues to ensure that our clients benefit from our ability to see where disputes could arise and to take preventative action. Prevention is in our view almost always better than cure.
Acted on behalf of Cardiff Council/Cardiff Harbour Authority in successfully making an application for a new business tenancy of a new sailing centre at Llanishen Reservoir.
Represented Hafod Care in a dispute with a Local Authority over the leases of 7 care homes.
We advised the Millennium Stadium plc on the applicability of the 1954 L&T Act to catering and franchise facilities in the Stadium.
Acting for a public conservation body in defending claims by residents and businesses relating to a landslide.
“They clearly know their stuff and they express it in an easily understandable way.”
“They’re excellent. They have a professional approach but they deal with you on a personal basis.”
Chambers UK 2016
While litigation is intrinsically demanding and stressful, Hugh James gave us unparalleled support and excellent service. Jessica Blandford was painstaking in her attention to detail and consummate in her professionalism, and I cannot thank her enough for helping bring the matter to a successful conclusion.
Rhiannon Rowley, Managing Director, Abaca
Thank you again for your prompt response which led to an immediate resolution and prevented a potentially difficult situation from developing. Your legal advice makes a very significant difference to the way we are able to do business and has a positive effect on our financial performance.
Mike Norgate, Director, Clarnor Estates Ltd
The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Hugh James excels in the public sector arena, acting for local authority consortia, the Welsh Government and the Crown Estate, and the firm’s strong housing association client base. On the private sector side, it advises significant housebuilders, the Millennium Stadium, Dwr Cymru and Celtic Energy. Its service levels are ‘excellent’.
Legal 500 2013
The group has a diverse client base, and also acts for house builders, local authorities, public sector bodies and utilities and energy companies. Sources appreciate that they “look for solutions instead of telling us what we can’t do.”
Chambers UK 2013