Daniel Kidd Partner

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“Very bright with great legal knowledge and a commercial mind.”

Legal 500 2017
Daniel is the national head of our property litigation group: a team of over 20 specialist lawyers working from our offices in London, Oxford, Southampton and Cardiff. 

His own work is in resolving complex real estate disputes, especially in the retail, leisure and office sectors. He is a solicitor-advocate and is ranked in the Legal 500 guide to leading lawyers.

Main areas of practice

Daniel advises on real estate problems for developers, investors, occupiers, banks and insolvency practitioners, and helps with structuring and drafting for significant property transactions.

Clients

Daniel's experience includes work for the country's leading retailers and leisure groups, retail and office funds and developers, housebuilders, government agencies and all the major insolvency practitioners.

Significant experience

  • Acting for a major supermarket to successfully defeat a claim concerning an alleged joint venture for a town centre redevelopment.
  • Advising on a disputed receivership of a c£30m residential and commercial development near the Olympic Park, involving a sham lease and ensuring the exit of over 300 occupiers.
  • Mediation of a £3m dilapidations dispute on a large former industrial site.
  • Claims concerning landlords' consents, mistake, misdescription and misrepresentation, break notices, rights to light, adverse possession, privity of contract in leases, sale and purchase contracts, easements, proprietary estoppel and rights of first refusal.

Additional expertise 

Daniel has appeared on radio and TV, and written for industry journals on property issues. He is co-author of 'Landlords' Consents – a practical guide' published by RICS Books.

Expertise

Daniel’s Blog

If you can't be a shining example, at least be a horrible warning: lease assignments and offer-back clauses

A recent judgment shows how things can go badly wrong if you don't follow the lease to the letter when sending an offer-back notice and applying for consent.

No Refunds?! Why the Supreme Court refused Marks & Spencer rent repayment after lease breaks

No refunds? As many people think about returning their itchy Christmas jumpers, some are wondering why, when it comes to property, refunds are not always available for unwanted and unused services.

Articles by Daniel

Landlords' consent: when can landlords refuse for fear of enfranchisement?

Article

A recent case has updated the law on refusing consent (to assign, sublet, change use etc) on the basis that the tenant might acquire the freehold: it will be harder to do so in some modern leases.

Longer red tape for landlords

Article

If you manage a block with residential tenants, make a note that your next service charge consultation might be much more complicated.

Assure Annual Seminar

Speaking engagement

Daniel will be delivering a update on legal service charges.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Boundary disputes to be overhauled

While we await the new date for the Property Boundaries Bill to be considered in the House of Commons Our expert looks at the Bill and how it will revolutionise boundary disputes.

Another contaminated land liability stream for developers to contend with

Developers are geared up to carry out necessary remediation of brownfield sites through the planning process, but what happens if there is historical contamination on land that they have sold to homeowners years before?

Legal Viewpoint - Obligations route blocked on parking permit restrictions

A Court of Appeal ruling last month involving planning permission to convert a building in west London from five flats to eight explored...

The Draft Wales Bill

What is the significance of the provisions in the Bill? This is a draft Bill published by the Secretary of State for Wales, rather than a Bill proper. It is being consulted on, in advance of introducing a Bill proper sometime early in the new year.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016