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Charlotte Black

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Property

Property forms the core of Charlotte’s work.

Charlotte accepts instructions on all matters with a property angle, including professional negligence matters. Areas of work include:

  • Adverse possession]
  • Commercial and residential landlord and tenant
  • Contracts of sale, options and rights of pre-emption
  • Development contracts and overage disputes
  • Easements, restrictive covenants and boundary disputes
  • Joint ventures
  • Land registration and conveyancing
  • Mortgages, charges and other securities, with particular experience of matters involving LPA receivers
  • Property -related torts: nuisance, trespass
  • Property-related professional negligence: solicitors surveyors, valuers, land agents
  • Property-related finance and insolvency
  • Trusts of land, proprietary estoppel and co-ownership
  • International and off-shore property

Commercial Landlord and Tenant

  • Charlotte has particular experience within the commercial landlord and tenant field. In particular:
    She is regularly instructed in relation to lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (both opposed and unopposed), and has acted for a leading property developer landlord in a claim under ground (f), including issues relating to adverse possession (with Martin Hutchings QC).
  • She is particularly experienced in the field of terminal dilapidations having acted for the successful landlord in the leading case of Sunlife Europe Properties Ltd v Tiger Aspect Holdings Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1656 (whilst at Forsters LLP), and in a number of high value dilapidations claims since then.
  • She has current instructions relating to service charge disputes and the validity of lease breaks.

Residential landlord and tenant
Charlotte also acts in residential landlord and tenant matters. She appeared in the reported case of Gater & Ors v Wellington Real Estate & Anor [2014] UKUT 561 (LC) relating to residential service charges. She has also recently appeared in court in claim for possession under the Housing Act 1988 based on ground 6 (residential redevelopment).

Development Agreements / joint ventures
Charlotte has significant experience of development agreements. She has acted in arbitrations concerning conditional development agreements, and is currently instructed by a large developer in a high court dispute over a collaboration agreement.

Easements / covenants
Charlotte is regularly instructed on matters relating to easements and restrictive covenants (including issues of enforceability as well as modification/ discharge).

Torts
Charlotte’s caseload regularly involves torts, including trespass, nuisance, conspiracy, and inducing a breach of contract. She is currently acting in a nuisance claim in the High Court relating to water ingress into a high street store.

Property Finance and Insolvency
Charlotte has particular experience of mortgage-related issues, especially those involving LPA receivers. She also regularly receives instructions (often working as part of a wider team of insolvency lawyers and other practitioners) in insolvency matters which have a property angle.

Land Registration and conveyancing
Charlotte regularly acts in matters which involve issues of land registration and conveyancing, including disputes in the Land Registration Division of the Property Chamber, First-tier Tribunal.