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Our Approach

At Myerson we understand that you do not want to be embroiled in costly and lengthy litigation because this will ultimately affect the profitability of the project. Therefore, we aim to resolve disputes as quickly as possible. There are instances where you have no option other than to proceed through the Court process particularly, if you are a defendant in the proceedings. If you find yourself in this situation then our experts have a wealth of experience and will be able to guide you through the process and fight your corner for you.

We recognise that the legal answer does not always provide the best outcome to the dispute so we always consider whether there is a more innovative and creative approach to achieve the best outcome for you.

Myerson has a team of experts from across our contentious and non-contentious departments who work together to ensure that the approach to the dispute is the best for each client.

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Developer Disputes Expertise

Disputes that relate to a development can be dealt with in a variety of ways depending upon the dispute that has arisen and the relationship between the parties.

Some disputes will involve Court proceedings being issued or arbitration being commenced whereas other disputes may be better dealt with through a negotiated settlement.

We assess each matter on its own facts and will outline all of your options and advise you on the best course of action depending upon the objective you want to achieve.

Clearing a Site of Existing Tenants/Licensees

One of the first stages of any development will be to clear the site from existing occupiers. We can review the basis upon which they are occupying the site and prepare a strategy with you to obtain vacant possession of the site as and when you need it.

Service Charge Disputes

If proceedings are issued against you because, for example, the service charges are unreasonable or have not been demanded correctly then we can take away the stress of dealing with this from you, advise you on your options, defend the proceedings and bring them to a swift resolution.

Rent, Ground Rent and Service Charge Arrears

As a developer you may have retained the management of the site and the ability to recover rents or ground rents. Should you have any issues in demanding or recovering these from the tenants then we can assist you with this so that the arrears do not build up.

Rights to Light

When developing a site, you always have to give thought to whether you will be faced with any rights to light claims. We have experience of dealing with claims of this nature and can assist you in resolving any issues you encounter.


Oversailing can be a big problem for developers. We can act on your behalf should you be faced with a claim and fight your corner. We can also advise you of your risks at the outset and assist our Real Estate Team in negotiating and preparing the terms of an Oversailing Licence.


Trespassers can be a common problem for developers. We have a wealth of experience of obtaining possession from trespassers and aim to resolve the matter promptly to minimize any delays to the development of the site.

Development Constraints

We work alongside our Real Estate Team to resolve any development constraints at the development site. For example, there may be access issues or issues concerning rights of way. We can advise you on your legal position and commercial and legal options to resolve any concerns you have about the site.

Right of First Refusal

If you are considering making a disposal of your interest in a building that contains flats then by law you must offer it to the tenants before offering it on the open market. Failure to do so is criminal offence.

We regularly advise landlords in relation to their obligations and can guide you through the process which will initially involve serving notices on the tenants.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Seán Hackett

Seán Hackett

Seán is a Partner and Head of our Property Litigation department

Laura Pile

Laura Pile

Laura is a Partner in the Property Litigation department

Karen Taylor

Karen Taylor

Karen is a Senior Associate in our Property Litigation department

Jennifer Hartley

Jennifer Hartley

Jennifer is a Solicitor in our Property Litigation department.

Vikki Noone

Vikki Noone

Vikki is a Trainee Solicitor within our Property Litigation department

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