A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
At Anthony Collins Solicitors we are driven by our aim to deliver social value and to improve lives. As such, we are committed to assisting and supporting charities in the prompt resolution of disputes that may arise, to enable them to concentrate on the delivery of their own goals of improving society.
Our property disputes team has extensive experience advising charitable organisations on a wide range of property-based disputes, to include landlord and tenant issues and providing support and guidance in the disposal, acquisition and development of property.
We work with an assortment of charities, including national organisations and smaller faith-based clients. The solicitors in our team work closely with our colleagues in the charity law team to ensure we are up to date with this specialist area, meaning that our advice is tailored to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and regulations with which charities are bound to observe.
How we can help charities with property disputes
We advise and support our clients on all common estate management issues that portfolio holders may experience, such as the recovery of rent and service charge arrears, the disrepair of property, rent review, the renewal and termination of leases and possession disputes.
Our property disputes team supports our charity law team in connection with real property transactions. Where disputes arise in relation to those transactions, we are able to guide our clients in reaching a resolution to enable the completion of a transaction or, where necessary, acting on behalf of charities in matters relating to breaches of sale and purchase agreements, overage disputes and land registration issues, such as restrictive covenant, easement or prescription and adverse possession claims.
Trespass to land or nuisance charity disputes
Like all property owners, charities may experience trespass to land or nuisance from adjoining property and our team is able to offer advice on how best to address this.
Charity property disputes - governance and regulation
We are well-versed in advising charities on the interaction between governance procedures and property principles, including trust arrangements and ensuring compliance with the regulatory frameworks that apply. We also appreciate that a charity’s inherent nature must take into account the principles of best practice and reputation in addressing any dispute and tailor our advice accordingly.
Charity property disputes - mediation and negotiation
Our experience means we understand that charitable organisations may be restricted in their ability to fund complex litigation and we are well-practised in pursuing alternative means of dispute resolution such as mediation and negotiation in order to reach a resolution at the minimum of cost and time. Where appropriate we will represent charities throughout court proceedings, arbitrations and expert determination.
For more information
Please contact Phil Scully.
Specialist in property litigation.
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