How we help
From straightforward disputes to complex and unusual cases, the expertise and close working partnerships of our commercial litigation and commercial real estate teams together enable you to access a full suite of support within a local and accessible firm.
Our approach is centred on proactive, commercially-focused advice that allows properties to be relet quickly. When assessing rent or other payment arrears, our team identifies options and likely outcomes, whilst always looking ahead to the next step: will bailiffs be required? Would the landlord prefer the premises to be vacated and should the client consider commercial rent arrears recovery procedures?
If acting for business tenants, claims relating to structural defects, service charges or repairs are handled efficiently and with care.
Stephensons works with local and nationwide clients closely and understands their businesses, meaning that where a potential issue is anticipated, our team can quickly implement effective and practical strategies to manage risk and minimise disruption.
Find out more about our commercial real estate team.
We act on a broad range of commercial landlord and tenant issues, including:
- Contractual advice on leases and licences
- Commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR)
- Disputed lease renewals
- Service of notices
- Dilapidations and disrepair claims
- Breaches of covenant
- Claims on title
- Termination of leases
- Rent reviews
- Recovery of rent and service charge arrears
- Lender possession claims
- Party wall disputes
Predominantly acting for commercial landlords, property managers, investors and developers, Stephensons team also delivers advice to commercial tenants who may be looking to move on to larger premises, allowing for business growth.
Whoever the client, our commercial litigation team works always with a commercially-minded approach that ensures property investments are well protected.
Acting for a large portfolio client, Stephensons’ commercial litigation team deals with rent recovery, forfeiture, dilapidations and contested lease renewals.
The team has recently successfully obtained an injunction from the High Court to restrain a neighbouring property owner from carrying out building works on our client's land, significantly protecting its investment.
“I instructed Stephensons to help resolve a complex dilapidations dispute which had been ongoing for some time. The case had gone stale before instructing Stephensons and settlement appeared unlikely. I was advised to mediate to resolve the dispute. I was very impressed with the guidance given by Alistair Gregory who represented me at the mediation. His expertise and skill undoubtedly led to settlement being achieved on the day. I would recommend Stephensons to others." - Savemore Limited