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Landlord and Tenant Disputes

We specialise in advising on contentious issues between landlords and tenants of commercial property and resolving disputes between them by negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation as required.

We act for both commercial landlords and tenants, for all nature of businesses, both small and large. We always identify and focus on our clients’ commercial requirements and we work with our clients to achieve their desired outcome as quickly and economically as possible.

The areas we cover include:

  • dilapidations
  • forfeiture and possession
  • 1954 Act business lease renewals(opposed and unopposed)
  • service charge disputes
  • recovery of arrears of rent and service charges
  • rent reviews
  • other breaches of covenant
  • claims against guarantors and former tenants
  • break notices (preparing and serving notices for tenants or checking the validity of notices for landlords) where serving an invalid notice can be disastrous for a tenant or present a landlord with an unexpected benefit
  • insolvency issues

Our expertise in this area has been recommended by the well respected clients guide to the best law firms, the Legal 500, with a particular mention for Mark Timberlake, our Managing Partner.

Mark Timberlake explains complex issues in understandable terms” and is “excellent in really difficult situation”.

For issues arising in relation to:

  • Long leases of flats or houses please refer to our Flat Managers and Owners page
  • Residential lettings please refer to our Buy to Let Landlords page

For any further advice on landlord or tenant issues please contact one of the team today to see how we can help.

 

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Mark Timberlake

Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755200
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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“The advice Mark gave was very good value for money and the combination of strictly accurate legal advice and common sense were exactly what I needed.”

Nick Stocks. Director, Spitfire Court Properties Ltd.

Mark is managing partner of Laceys and also heads the Dispute Resolution department. Mark specialises in property and landlord and tenant disputes, possession and debt recovery in relation to both commercial and residential property. He has extensive experience in relation to issues involving blocks of flats including representation in the Property Chamber and the courts. He has also dealt with many commercial disputes, professional negligence and insolvency claims.

He has frequently given talks on the law as it affects managing agents through the Association of Residential Managing Agents and other groups.

He has been recommended for many years by the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal profession which has said that Mark ‘is very highly rated by clients’, ‘explains complex issues in understandable terms’ and ‘is excellent in really difficult situations’. He is a committee member of the Bournemouth Law Society and a governor of Dumpton School.

Mark is married with 2 teenage children and at weekends can often be found on his boat which he sails competitively.

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