Property Disputes

Property Disputes
This department exclusively handles litigation matters relating to land or property.

Mackrell.’s property litigation team consists of two highly qualified and experienced solicitors. It is led by supervising Partner and Head of Property Litigation, Tony Kent. Tony has more than 36 years of experience in litigation, working primarily in complex property disputes for the last 30 years. He has considerable knowledge having practised through landmark changes to the sector, including the Housing Act 1988 and the substantial changes to leasehold enfranchisement and extension.

Tony and his team pride themselves on being able to provide their clients with a “one-stop” service, by dealing with all aspects of a case, including attending at court and dealing with advocacy themselves. He has worked on a variety of high-profile assignments, including cases involving surveyors as ‘owners’ under environmental protection notices, sale by councils at less than full value, assured tenancies and difficult rent increases.

Working alongside Tony is Rozia Ali. This tenacious lawyer is six years qualified but has already built up a fantastic reputation for getting matters resolved. Rozia started her career qualifying in general litigation and has for the last few years focused on property. She brings to the team a modern approach and has worked in a diverse range of property cases both at local and central London practices.

Our services include

Our Property Disputes team exclusively handles dispute and litigation matters relating to land or property.

Our team of property dispute lawyers regularly act both for landlords bringing claims against tenants and on behalf of tenants who wish to bring claims against their landlords. We are also able to assist with all real estate-related disputes.

Our specialist lawyers are able to provide advice and support on a range of property-related issues including:

  • Rent recovery and arrears
  • Residential Possession proceedings
  • Service charge recovery
  • Commercial Possession proceedings
  • Break notices
  • Dilapidation and disrepair claims and counterclaims
  • Forfeiture
  • Boundary and right of way disputes
  • Easement issues
  • Land registration disputes
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Landlord’s consent issues
  • Lease renewals, enfranchisements and extensions
  • Rights to light
  • rights of way and other easement disputes
  • Succession and abandonment claims
  • Tree roots claims
  • Water infrastructure charges
  • Professional Negligence claims

We currently act for one of the largest landlords in the country who has a property portfolio of property in London and south-east England worth more than £6 billion, together with their managing agents. We obtain regular instructions from the freeholders and managing agents on various matters, including the recovery of service charge and ground rent arrears.

Unlike some of our rival firms, we take a very ‘hands-on’ approach to dealing with matters and will handle issues from serving initial letters straight through to acting for our clients in court.