Helen Dickie Senior Associate

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Contact Details

Helen is a Senior Associate in the Property Litigation team. 

Main areas of practice

Helen has extensive experience of all aspects of contentious real estate work. She has a particular focus on landlord and tenant matters (including lease renewals, termination, insolvency events, dilapidations, and rent and service charge disputes), as well as the enforcement, variation, and discharge of restrictive covenants.

Clients

Helen works for a wide range of clients, including institutional landlords, household name retailers, financial institutions, and private individuals. Her breadth of experience is reflected in her client base.

Significant experience 

  • Managing the high-street retail and banking portfolios  for a number of household names, using the legislative framework to enable clients to achieve their commercial aims.
  • Advising landlords on options and strategy on a tenant's insolvency, including the recovery of premises and negotiation of more favourable terms.
  • Advising developers on rights to light issues, serving obstruction notices and negotiating compensation, as well as issues relating to noise and access.
  • Resolving at mediation a dispute regarding payment of the second tranche of a purchase price for development land, subject to various contingencies.

Additional expertise 

Although her practice is primarily commercial, Helen also has significant experience in residential and mixed-use property issues, having been involved in a high-profile enfranchisement dispute, conducted complex service charge recovery litigation both in Court and at Tribunal, and advising on user provisions.

Expertise

Articles by Helen

Dilapidations: To repair or to pay?

Article

You're coming to the end of your commercial lease, and the premises aren't in a good way. Your priority is keeping costs to a minimum, so the questions you need to ask are:

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.

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

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.

Rights to Light update: How your behaviour with neighbours will impact your risk of an injunction

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal is a stark example of the effect conduct has on the court's discretion to grant an injunction.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016