CHARITIES

Property Litigation

Many charities own property which is central to their charitable purposes, to their income stream or to their long term investments.

Property needs to be actively managed to allow charities to diversify to make the most of their assets. We work with charities and their trustees providing pragmatic advice on managing their properties, as well as assisting them in navigating their way through avoiding or resolving potential, fledgling or full blown disputes.

We can advise on matters including property management of agricultural, residential and commercial land, including dilapidations, lease renewals, tenant default, rent review for commercial and service charge disputes and enfranchisement for residential property; complex freehold issues including covenants, easements, title issues, rights of water and town and village greens and professional negligence.

Our team also has extensive experience of mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Our recent work involves:

  • We act for Dartington Hall Trust and the Dartmouth Trust in the management of their residential and commercial property portfolios
  • We act for a number of religious trusts and are able to provide advice which is sensitive to their religious and moral drivers
  • We advised a charity in relation to Agricultural Holding Act Tenancy claimed over a high value property by a former employee of the trust