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Mike Lewis

Head of Property Dispute Resolution

EXPERTISE

I am a full-service property dispute resolution specialist covering all types of real estate disputes. I work closely with property clients to achieve their objectives, particularly developers, retailers and high net worth individuals.

I regularly advise on disputes relating to vacant possession, dilapidations, forfeiture, service charges, rent reviews, nuisance, trespass and rights to light. I also advise on contested and uncontested lease renewals, and possession actions.

My objective for clients is always to achieve the most successful outcome as cost-effectively as possible, favouring the use of mediation rather than the far more expensive court option. That said, situations that demand litigation will be handled in the same manner, with a carefully engineered strategy that balances cost versus success.

Prior to joining SA Law, I was a Legal Director in the award-winning Litigation department at international law firm Clyde & Co.

KEY EXPERIENCE

  • Successfully settled an access and easements dispute for a property developer on a private estate in South West London.
  • Acted for a global pharmaceutical company over the interpretation of a rent review clause at one of its sites.
  • Settled a dilapidations claim for an office tenant in Watford.
  • Acted for leaseholders of a penthouse flat in Cadogen Square. It was a nuisance claim due to leaks which had caused damage to the flat bearer.
  • Successfully defended a major mobile phone retailer in relation to a dispute over a substantial call centre, threatened with forfeiture of lease due to inherited liability from the previous owner.
  • Acted for a retailer who had exercised a break (conditional on vacant possession). Squatters arrived the week before the break date so had to seek an urgent possession order.
  • Acted for a purchaser of a property in a claim against the vendor for fraudulent misrepresentation on the seller's property information form.
  • Acted for a developer in relation to a dispute concerning a Joint Venture Agreement for the purposes of developing 14 flats. The dispute resulted in in a 4 day trial.

IN GENERAL

  • Member of the Property Litigation Association
  • Chairman of St Albans BID
  • Qualified in 2005

Mike SPECIALISES IN

Property Dispute Resolution Retail Property Retail
BRC Membership
ALEP
My greatest life lesson so far is that winning is as much about attitude as aptitude.
If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be a journalist.
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Success is receiving repeat instructions and recommendations from clients.

Related Services

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Commercial Property Enfranchisement and Lease Extensions Residential Property Retail Property
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