Claire Lamkin Partner
“A first class Property Litigation solicitor with a commercial view to complex disputes and an up-to-date knowledge of current legislation”
“Always pushes to get the best commercial outcome.”
Claire specialises in all aspects of disputes concerning commercial and residential property and also provides advice and representation before matters become contentious.
Main area of practice
Claire’s main areas of work is focussed on retail property although she also provides advice about rights to light, party walls, development agreements, mortgagees in possession, lease renewals, insolvency and other asset management issues such as forfeiture, recovery of arrears, service charges, squatters and dilapidations. Claire is involved in residential cases too including possession actions, tenancy deposits and supports our specialist enfranchisement and lease extension team.
Claire acts on behalf of both landlords and tenants, retailers, investors and developers, and homeowners.
Claire applies pragmatism to all her instructions to enable her to offer her clients costs-effective solutions. She has developed a loyal following of clients and intermediaries for who she is the initial point of contact.
- Acting for an offshore developer in an action to recover an outstanding loan of £2m and obtaining a freezing injunction to prevent the debtor from dissipating assets
- Claire recently advised a mortgagee which took possession of commercial premises, about the status of the occupiers on the land and the options available to it to secure vacant possession by a specific date
- Acted for a national retailer defending a £300,000 claim for terminal dilapidations which settled at an all parties without prejudice meeting for less than half the value of the claim
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Provides CPD training to other professionals including surveyors and asset managers
- Written articles for the Retail Gazette
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