Commercial and residential property disputes

It is often said that the relationship of landlord and tenant gives rise to one of the most complex and frustrating set of rules.  The relationship is governed by the contract (usually written but in some circumstances oral) and the Courts have always indicated that it is not for a Judge to re-write the bargain reached between the parties.  That stated, the Courts have from time to time intervened to address what they consider to be unconscionable conduct.  Further Parliament has through a series of statutes tried to regulate the relationship (particularly in the case of residential leases) to overcome what they consider to be scrupulous conduct on the part of the landlords.

All of this intervention means that the relationship of a landlord and tenant is an area ripe for challenge and dispute in Court and requires highly specialised knowledge.  Experience is everything in this class of litigation.

We at GSC have acted for decades for the whole range landlord and tenant; from nationwide property entities to individual private landlords and for corporate and individual tenants including tenants in the private rental sector.

At GSC we also have vast experience of buying and selling properties including advising both vendors and purchasers of properties when their transaction has gone wrong including claims for negligence against their professional advisers.

The range of work within this sector is vast and the following is a list of just a few of the items upon which GSC can advise:

• Non-payment of rent

• Breach of covenants including for example unlawful assignments or under lettings and of course disrepair and dilapidations claim

• Relief from forfeiture

• Termination/ renewal of business tenancies under the Landlord & Tenant Act

• Rent Reviews

• Break clauses

• Restrictive covenants

• Party Wall Acts (although we fully appreciate that these sort of disputes have a high emotional content as well as legal problems)

• Service Charges (indeed we succeeded on one of the rare cases on this topic which went to the Supreme Court)

• Squatters

• Termination of tenancies under the Housing Acts using Section 8 and 21 Notices

Michael’s excellent legal knowledge, guidance and professionalism enabled a successful defence. He is a straight talker, getting to the heart of the issues quickly. Tactically astute with excellent negotiation skills. I would highly recommend Michael in any Commercial litigation.

Michael Shapiro is concise in his advice and adopts a pragmatic approach to challenges delivering realistic and enterprising solutions which produce results.

Michael is our first call whenever we need any legal advice. Straight talking, commercial astute, knowledgeable and honest, he has consistently produced results that result in better outcomes for my business. I am pleased to call him our lawyer and partner.

I have known Michael for 15 years, he is dynamic in his approach to the various problems we have put his way. He gets to the heart of the problem quickly and provides a very workable solution. His litigation skills are excellent and forceful with the other party. I very much like him on my side.

Michael Shapiro is an experienced litigator who has a very calm and collected approach to his job. He is never phased by the other side, and has an excellent manner with even the most difficult clients.

Have a Question? Get in touch

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you resolve commercial disputes, please contact:

Michael ShapiroMichael Shapiro, Partner and Head of Litigation on email at, or telephone on 020 7822 2222
Barry Samuels – ConsultantBarry Samuels, Solicitor/Consultant on email at, or telephone on
020 7822 2222

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