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Real Estate & Planning Disputes

United Kingdom

Whether you are a developer, landlord, contractor or occupier, when a real estate project or transaction becomes contentious, you need legal advice from a disputes team that understands the issues peculiar to the sector.

Our Real Estate Disputes Team is one of the largest specialist teams in the UK. Servicing clients from 6 locations in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the team focuses exclusively on real estate issues. Working as an embedded part of the wider real estate group, the team gives clients the benefit of experience acting for the full spectrum of property holders across the widest range of disputes.

Our clients include landlords, tenants, infrastructure providers, corporate occupiers, institutional funds and insolvency practitioners, and the team has expertise in mixed-use and residential property issues, as well as commercial property: from real estate related insolvency to leasehold enfranchisement.

Our case went to court and we won. An outstanding result for our fund and for the industry at large…CMS did an exceptional job.
Global investment firm

Whatever the complexity or type of dispute, our starting point is always to listen to you. Our approach and solutions are designed around your priorities: preserving the value of your investments and relationships, minimising costs, and achieving a speedy resolution. We’re particularly committed to helping you keep control of your costs, providing upfront fee estimates and, in certain cases, undertaking fixed fee work.

As a team, heading to the court room is not our aim. Litigation should be a last resort. We pride ourselves on achieving commercial solutions for our clients, whether that is by mediation, arbitration or litigation. 

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A cor­por­ate oc­cu­pi­er on a cor­por­ate oc­cu­pi­er on a dis­pute arising un­der a prop­erty out­sourcing agree­ment. The dis­pute was re­ferred to ar­bit­ra­tion and we achieved a res­ult that will save our cli­ent mil­lions over the next few years.An in­junc­tion and su
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29 September 2016
Dis­putes di­gest
This edi­tion in­cludes up­dates on cur­rent con­ten­tious is­sues, in­clud­ing dis­putes in elite level sport, pro­gress in the High Court’s ‘Fin­an­cial List’, and re­cent cases on ag­greg­a­tion of claims and ex­clu­sion of li­ab­il­ity in com­mer­cial con­tracts.
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