• Representation of a client Trillium in Supreme Court proceedings, from a successful appeal in the Court of Appeal against a non-domestic rating decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) affecting one of its properties which in itself allowed the appeal of the Valuation Officer from the Valuation Tribunal of England. The central issue was that the rating authority has misapplied the complex case law and legislation relating to how commercial property should be valued when it is empty and there is no proven demand for it. The Supreme Court's decision is of great import for those in the commercial property sector and clarifies the interpretation of existing law.
  • Advising an estate owner on planning, restoration and aftercare liabilities of its tenant using a defunct estate quarry for the deposit of coking material due to the related closure of a power station.
  • Advising a minerals operator on a joint venture arrangement with a French listed company as regards the exploitation of lithium reserves in a former china clay / kaolin mine.
  • Advising a tenant in a contested rent review of a long lease the permitted use of which is for an aluminium fabrication plant An issue arose as to whether rent was to be reviewed on the basis of a ground rent only lease or whether what should be rentalised on review is the land plus the buildings with associated interpretation issues . The matter went to arbitration before a QC acting as arbitrator. He found for our client on all 6 issues put to him, we achieved 100% costs recovery and saved the client a very significant rental outlay.
  • Applying to the High Court for a vesting order following the dissolution of a company as a result of land remaining within its ownership pre - dissolution such that bona vacantia advice was necessary with the result that the land is now vested in the proper owner.