Adam is a Legal Director based in Kennedys’ London office. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2012.
Adam is a highly experienced litigation lawyer, having dealt with a broad range of disputes and litigation across the real estate sector and for a similarly wide range clients: from commercial landlords, tenants and developers to high net worth individuals.
Adam adopts a commercial and proactive approach to his advice, focusing on the early resolution of disputes (and potential disputes) in order to save time and costs. He is often asked to provide strategic advice on large and complex real estate transactions, including vacant possession strategies for developers and project risk assessments for investors and lenders.
Adam’s expertise centres on four key practice areas:
Commercial landlord and tenant: including opposed and unopposed lease renewals, including claims for interim rent (Landlord and Tenant Act 1954); rent arrears recovery; claims for breach of covenant; break notices; dilapidation claims; forfeiture claims; alienation disputes (including claims for unreasonably holding consent under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988).
Residential landlord and tenant: including advice on consents for the alteration and redevelopment of residential properties; service charge disputes (including disputes over claims for major works – Landlord and Tenant Act 1985); right to manage (RTM) companies; rent arrears recovery and tenancy deposit disputes; and possession claims against assured shorthold tenants (Housing Act 1988) and protected tenants (Rent Act 1977).
Real property disputes: including nuisance and property damage claims; easements (rights of way, rights to light); disputes involving covenants affecting freehold land (and proceedings for modification and discharge in the Upper Tribunal); party wall disputes; trespass claims; adverse possession claims; pre-emption rights (Landlord and Tenant Act 1987); and boundary disputes.
Property based insolvency: advising commercial landlords and tenants on the effect of insolvency, including: liquidation and disclaimer; administration (including claims for payment of rent as an expense); Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs), including the service of CVA break notices; and the current statutory restrictions on the service of statutory demands and winding-up petitions.
Adam is a member of the Property Litigation Association (PLA).
- Advising a commercial landlord in relation to its claim for recovery of a substantial amount of unpaid rent as an expense of the administration of its tenant.
- Acting for a commercial tenant in a dispute over the terms of an agreement for lease and agreeing terms of settlement to release the tenant from its obligation to take up occupation of the premises.
- Acting for a commercial landowner in its defence of an action by neighbouring owners concerning claims of nuisance (flooding and noise/disturbance) as a result of redevelopment work being carried out to its land.
- Achieving a substantial payment (£10m) to settle High Court proceedings against the administrators of an insolvent property developer following damage caused to a large residential mansion block of penthouse apartments.