Alex Wyatt

Alex Wyatt

Property Litigation Lawyer
Property Dispute Resolution Team
Senior Associate

EXPERTISE

I help organisations, families and individuals to resolve challenges with properties they own or rent.

I advise on all types of property dispute, with a specialism in commercial and residential leases. I resolve challenges relating to lease renewals, extensions, variations, rectifications and terminations. I can also help you with issues around service charges, possession, dilapidations, injunctions, forfeiture, constructive trusts and leasehold enfranchisement.

Another key area of expertise is property development. I work with owners, developers and investors to resolve disputes that affect their projects, such as vacant possession and restrictive covenants. I also work proactively with clients to identify risks that could affect their developments, including undertaking due diligence.

I have also regularly act for housing associations and local authorities, with extensive understanding of the challenges they can face. I advise and represent them on issues such as tenant / leasehold management, possession, disrepair, antisocial behaviour, EPAs and ownership disputes to name a few.

I also represent clients in professional negligence cases relating to property, both bringing claims against property advisers, and defending them.

KEY EXPERIENCE

  • Secured a successful performance and damages claim for seven leasehold flat owners against a freehold company. The properties were being damaged by water ingress while the freeholder built additional flats on the roof of the building.
  • Settled a forfeiture claim against a well-known supermarket for undertaking unauthorised works and trespassing on retained land. The negotiated deal allowed them to continue trading in exchange for a significant rent increase.
  • Recovered just under £1 million of unpaid allowances for a Tenant Management Organisation from the London Borough it managed properties for.
  • Defeated a chief executive’s attempt to overthrow a housing association board, including excluding directors from its head office. After securing an interim injunction, the board’s governance was successfully upheld (Odu Dua Housing Association v Lara Oyedele).
  • Acted for a pub freeholder on the forfeiture of a commercial lease. After exposing excessive dishonesty by the leaseholder, costs were awarded against both the company and its directors (London & Quadrant Housing Trust v Prestige Properties Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 130).
  • Acted in Trafford Housing Trust Ltd v Louise Rubinstein and others [2013] UKUT, which was a landmark case that determined how to calculate the period of consultation under s20 of the Landlord & Tenant Act.

IN GENERAL

  • Qualified in 2005
  • Formerly with Blaser Mills, Devonshires and Edwards Duthie
  • Experienced trainer and conference speaker, including for Capita, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and the National Housing Federation

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