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A leading set specialising in commercial, construction, insurance and property law

Residential Leases & Tenancies

We have the expertise and resources to advise and represent clients quickly and efficiently on the widest possible range of disputes and legal issues relating to leases and tenancies affecting residential premises.

Our barristers regularly advise and represent landlords, tenants and property managers. Their expertise covers to the full range of interests associated with leaseholds and tenancies including those with statutory protection. They can advice in relation to transactions and disputes at any stage. Our barristers have extensive experience in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (FtT), covering all issues including service charge disputes, enfranchisement, rights of first refusal and appointment of managers.

Increasingly, disputes between residential landlords and tenants are being settled without recourse to formal court or tribunal proceedings. Our members work as part of a team with our clients and can assist with legal, tactical and procedural advice, drafting, negotiation and mediation to reach a cost effective solution.

Our expertise also encompasses all aspects of social housing, including succession and homelessness. To find out about the full range of our work in this area, visit our Social Housing page.

What the directories say

Hardwicke is a set which is highly praised by clients forChambers UK 2015 the "refreshing level of attention and customer care" both its barristers and clerks provide. Its 20-strong team has members who are active in all areas of real property law, and are known for the "practical, reasonable and sensible" advice they give. One solicitor said of them: "They have a very commercial approach both in terms of their advice and the fees they charge. Clients can actually understand their opinions, which saves me the need of having to translate things into layman's terms."

Client service: "The clerks are very good at client care, and get the job done very effectively." "The clerks and practice managers make a real effort to build relationships with instructing solicitors."

Chambers UK, 2015

The barristers at Hardwicke are among "the best around for property and housing litigation", and the set has "some very good up-and-coming juniors". It provides "outstanding service", "immense strength in landlord and tenant disputes", and is also "excellent for cases where property crosses over with another subject".

The Legal 500, 2014

Who we act for

  • Landlords (private & public, corporate, institutional & individuals)
  • Local Authorities (as Landlord & public authority dealing with environmental, health & safety and planning issues)
  • Lessees/Tenants (corporate and private individuals)
  • RSLs and other Charitable and Social Housing providers

Our areas of work include

  • ASTs and Assured tenancies
  • Consents
  • Dilapidations & Disrepair
  • Enfranchisement
  • Estate management
  • Forfeiture
  • Non-contentious (transactional)
  • Portfolio management
  • Rent Act tenancies
  • Rent deposits
  • Repossessions
  • Right to first refusal and right to buy
  • Service charge disputes
  • Surrender

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact our Practice Management Team for the Property & Private Client Division on +44 20 7242 2523 or email practicemanagementteam@hardwicke.co.uk‚Äč.