Commercial Property Disputes

Dootsons act for both landlords and tenants of commercial premises.

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Commercial Property Disputes

Dootsons act for both landlords and tenants of commercial premises. Sometimes the relationship of landlord and tenant can be a rocky one and when disputes arise, careful consideration needs to be given to any lease in place.

Common issues we advise our clients on in relation to commercial property disputes include:

  • Tenant breaches such as failure to pay the rent, service charges and failure to keep the property in condition.
  • Landlord breaches such as failing to provide quiet enjoyment or a failure to maintain common parts.
  • Options in terminating a lease early if a party is in breach, such as forfeiture.
  • Dilapidations at the end of the lease (the failure by the tenant to leave the property in the condition as required in the lease).
  • Lease renewal proceedings at the end of a qualifying lease.

Some of the deadlines in relation to landlord and tenant matters can be restrictive so it is important that you take early advice on any problems you anticipate and plan ahead for when a lease will expire.

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    Paul Hatton - Head of department

    Paul takes pride in being a “problem solver” for his clients. In commercial litigation and employment matters he advises clients on a broad range of disputes and problems in the civil courts, striving to nip problems in the bud and minimise the impact on you or your business. Paul studied law at the University of Liverpool and qualified in 2005. He joined Dootsons in 2013, after working for law firms in Bolton and Altrincham, and became a Partner at Dootsons in May 2016. Paul is also an LSM accredited mediator.