DMH Stallard’s real estate department is consistently ranked as a leading specialist in property dispute resolution and litigation.
We have built a strong reputation on our ability to align our skills to the business objectives of our clients, and to achieve effective commercial solutions to often complex disputes. We understand that clients will usually want to avoid litigation whenever possible and so our team is adept at practical problem solving, effective negotiation and pursuing alternate means of resolving the full range of problems associated with property.
Our team are dedicated property dispute lawyers. We believe it is important for our solicitors to be fully conversant with the property sector. For this reason the team sits within our real estate department working very closely with our property lawyers and planners and only handles property disputes.
Our real estate lawyers are all members of the Property Litigation Association (PLA), and one of our Partners sits on the PLA Law Reform Committee a prestigious body that provides thought leadership within the industry and who regularly lobbies Government on policies and issues relating to property.
What our real estate lawyers do
"Every engagement with the team at DMH has given me full confidence in their capabilities and ability to assist and deliver. They bring a scale and depth of knowledge to the table that is reliable, comforting and I know that when we engage with them on projects, that they will not only listen to the issues, but understand the importance, timescales, and needs – and deliver on them all."
Legal 500 2023
Our offering to commercial clients is full service across the entire range of property issues. This includes advice on rent review, lease renewals, break notices, exit strategies, dilapidations, arrears collection, enforcement of lease provisions, nuisance and enforcement of rights as between adjoining land owners.
We also advise on the full range of residential property issues for private portfolio landlord clients as well as those operating in the Registered Provider and Local Authority sector. This work includes: possession claims; advice on regulated, secure and assured shorthold tenancies; rent arrears; injunctions and antisocial behaviour. We also advise on lease enforcement, service charge recovery, major works consultation, Property Tribunal proceedings as well as leasehold recovery work for many of the firm's most prestigious clients.
The team has a specialism in residential lease extensions and claims by groups of leaseholders to acquire the freehold of their building. The firm was a founding member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) which is a professional association for legal and valuation specialists operating in the leasehold enfranchisement sector.
We also give particular emphasis to prevention, advising on strategy and policy, as well as risk, and often provide training to both in-house managers and external professionals.
How our real estate lawyers work
Led by partners Tina George and Emily Wood, our team comprises skilled negotiators and real litigators.
At heart, our approach is a simple one: we cut through procedural red tape and we get problems solved.
Our modern approach includes extensive use of our online technology platform, DMH Direct, and a transparent approach to pricing, including a range of fixed fees.
The reputation of our team is reflected in our list of clients including Liverpool Victoria, Dorrington PLC, the Ilchester Estate, Crest Nicolson, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea as well as the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea TMO, and the London Boroughs of Croydon and Enfield, to name but a few.
What they say
"Very well balanced practice with specialists in all fields. Our experience is that they are approachable and efficient and keep one appraised of progress and costs."
Legal 500 2023
How we've helped
The real estate disputes team acted for a private portfolio landlord client in relation to a range of issues relating to high value prime central London residential building including advice on major works consultation, service charge arrears, tribunal proceedings and lease obligations. The team worked very closely with the client directors, their project managers, design team and managing agents.