Property disputes can be highly complicated, with significant value depending upon the outcome. It is therefore critical to seek specialist advice at the earliest opportunity.
At Huggins Lewis Foskett, our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team are highly experienced in dealing with a wide range of property disputes. We have the tried and tested expertise needed to quickly get to the heart of the matter, unpicking all of the legal and personal issues to help find a positive way forward.
In many cases, we are able to negotiate an amicable resolution quickly, saving you time, money and stress. However, should court proceedings be required, we can offer the tough litigation skills to secure the most favourable outcome available.
Our property dispute resolution solicitors can advise clients on matters including:
- Landlord & tenant disputes (including rent recovery)
- Boundary and party wall disputes
- Restrictive covenant disputes
- Easements and rights of way disputes
- Right to light disputes
- Possession proceedings
- Trespass and adverse possession (‘squatters’ rights’)
- Nuisance and anti-social behaviour claims
If you are looking for help with a commercial property dispute, we can also help with commercial litigation and dispute resolution.
Why choose Huggins Lewis Foskett for property dispute resolution?
At Huggins Lewis Foskett, we pride ourselves on finding swift, cost-effective solutions to our clients’ property disputes. Taking a flexible approach with a firm focus on getting the outcome you need, we will always tailor our advice to your priorities.
Our property dispute resolution solicitors are highly skilled in negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and court litigation. This means we always use the most appropriate methods for your circumstances and to secure the best possible result.
Our Head of Litigation, Michael Legister, has nearly 30 years’ experience with property dispute resolution, including for high value and complex disputes. Our team also includes Nicky Maisuria, a litigation specialist with particular expertise in property disputes.
Huggins Lewis Foskett is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
How our property disputes solicitors can help
Landlord & tenant disputes
The relationships between landlords and tenants do not always run smoothly. Disputes can be costly and time-consuming for the landlord, as well as having the potential to affect the tenants’ living conditions and right to stay in their home.
We advise both landlords and tenants on a range of issues, including:
- Rent arrears
- Tenancy deposit disputes
- Anti-social behaviour
- Possession proceedings
- Service charge disputes for a leasehold property
Boundary and party wall disputes
Disputes over property boundaries and party walls are fairly common, but they can also quickly become very expensive and major sources of conflict.
Our property disputes solicitors can help with:
- Clarifying boundary lines
- Updating title deeds
- Negotiating compensation for any transfer of land or property
- Court proceedings to clarify the correct property boundary
Restrictive covenant disputes
Restrictive covenants on a property can seriously limit what a property owner is able to do and may affect the value of the property. When dealing with leasehold properties, they can also become a source of tension between residents and their landlords and/or management company.
We can assist with:
- Claims for breach of a restrictive covenant
- Seeking to have a restrictive covenant removed
- Varying the terms of a restrictive covenant
Easements and rights of way disputes
An easement grants another party or parties the right to take a particular action in relation to a piece of land. The most well-known type of easement is a right of way, giving people other than the owner the right to cross a property.
Our property disputes lawyers can assist with:
- Clarifying the terms of easements and rights of way
- Varying easements and rights of way
- Removing easements and rights of way
Right to light disputes
A property is deemed to have a ‘right to light’ if it has enjoyed uninterrupted light through an opening such as a window for over twenty years. Blocking this light (either partially or wholly) can be grounds for a legal claim.
Our team can assist with:
- Establishing whether the right to light exists
- Making a claim for infringement of the right to light
- Defending right to light claims
Trespass and adverse possession
Where it is believed that people are accessing or inhabiting a property or piece of land without the owner’s consent, swift action must be taken to resolve the situation. This could be a simple case of trespass, or it might be a long term problem, in which case the issue of adverse possession or ‘squatters’ rights’ could come into play.
Our property dispute resolution experts can help with:
- Establishing if adverse possession applies
- Making an adverse possession claim
- Seeking the removal of squatters
- Taking action over trespass
Nuisance and anti-social behaviour claims
Nuisance neighbours can make your life a misery, so any anti-social or otherwise problematic behaviour needs to be tackled promptly and effectively.
We can assist with:
- Contacting nuisance neighbours to seek an amicable resolution
- Initiating court proceedings for anti-social behaviour
- Seeking the eviction of nuisance neighbours
Our property dispute resolution fees
Fixed fee property dispute resolution
Some aspects of resolving a property dispute can be handled on a fixed fee basis, e.g. preparing a Letter Before Action.
We can also offer fixed fee debt recovery services for issues such a rent arrears recovery where appropriate.
Hourly rates for property dispute resolution
For more complex matters, we will usually charge according to our set hourly rates. These rates will depend on the complexity of the issues involved and the level of legal expertise required to deal with them effectively.
For an indication of our costs, please take a look at our hourly rates.
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