Keith Pearlman


Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation

Keith specialises in all aspects of property litigation, adopting a hard, but commercial and pragmatic approach to disputes.

Keith’s expertise includes landlord and tenant disputes; opposed and non-opposed lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954; interim and terminal dilapidations; building claims; insolvency; covenant issues; service charge disputes; rent recovery and lease forfeiture; party wall claims; nuisance (including water ingress, to include and liability, causation and damages issues)  and almost all problems affecting commercial or residential property.

Keith’s other primary areas of expertise include corporate and individual insolvency, where he acts for and against insolvency practitioners, company directors, creditors and banks.

Keith also continues to advise in relation to professional negligence; contentious probate and trusts, such as contested wills, intestacies, and 1975 Act claims; financial mis-selling; contested insurance claims; debt recovery; and business and trade disputes.

Keith represents substantial PLCs, property investors, developers and individual clients.

He has extensive experience in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Work highlights

Acting for major property developer in a multimillion-pound claim including substantial rent arrears, allegations of civil fraud, rectification, and professional negligence.

Damages claim

Representing overseas PLC company in successfully securing a £1m damages claim arising from terminal disrepairs to a well-known building near London Bridge.

Residential leasehold dispute

Following a lengthy mediation, successfully settling a long running (and emotive) residential leasehold dispute between a freeholder and several lessees, relating to liability issues and damages arising from historic water ingress.

Lease renewal

Opposing a commercial tenant (a well-known betting firm) obtaining a lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, by advising a private Landlord in the preparation of extensive cogent evidence, to support our client’s intention to substantially redevelop its retail property, enabling agreement with a national supermarket chain to take a lease at a substantially enhanced rent of the newly developed unit.

Defending creditor claims

Acting for Joint Liquidators in defending challenges to their appointment and obtaining adverse costs orders. Thereafter successfully defending spurious creditor claims in excess of £300,000 resulting in enhanced realisations to genuine creditors.

Recent articles

Media spotlight

Claiming for damage to your home in the wake of extreme weather conditions

Keith Pearlman comments for The Telegraph on the importance of collating detailed evidence of damage to your home when claiming from your insurers in extreme weather.

Keith Pearlman



Covid-19: Contentious commercial property issues and future trends

Keith Pearlman discusses the issues being experienced within the commercial property sector as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic



10 tips for dealing with water ingress affecting commercial and residential properties – a real nuisance!

Water will always find the quickest and easiest route to travel through a building, often with devastating consequences