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Lawrence is a commercial litigator with particular expertise in property, insolvency and professional negligence cases. He acts for companies, individuals, office holders and public bodies before courts and tribunals of all levels in England and Wales. He also has an extensive advisory and mediation practice.

A summary of the areas of law on which Lawrence has been instructed is set out below. This is necessarily an overview rather than a comprehensive list of cases:

Property

In the Legal 500 Lawrence has been recommended as a leading junior in Property Law on the Northern Circuit:

“He handles a broad spectrum of real estate cases, including landlord and tenant disputes.”

“He has an excellent all-round knowledge and is a great lateral thinker”

Real Property: Lawrence has acted in cases involving disputes regarding boundaries, easements, prescriptive rights, adverse possession, mortgages, restrictive covenants, specific performance, rectification, trespass and rights to light.

Landlord and Tenant: Cases in this area have involved leasehold covenants, forfeiture and relief from forfeiture, dilapidations, possession claims, termination and renewal of business tenancies, break clauses, options, telecommunications leases and the Electronic Communications Code.

Service charges: Lawrence acts for a number of large landlords in claims before the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal relating to the recovery of service charges under long residential leases and other claims before the Tribunal. He also acts for tenants in such claims.

Other: Lawrence has also acted in relation to a wide range of other areas on a less frequent basis, including: planning, rating, compulsory purchase, blight claims and water law.

Commercial

General commercial contractual disputes: sale of goods, provision of services, guarantees, asset finance, factoring, consumer credit.

Tort claims including: conversion, trespass to goods, nuisance, misrepresentation and fraud.

Injunctions, including obtaining and defending domestic and worldwide freezing injunctions.

Company: unfair prejudice petitions, directors’ disqualification.

Property related commercial cases: Development agreement disputes, overage disputes.

Partnership: Lawrence has advised on a number of partnership disputes and the claims arising from the dissolution of partnerships.

Trusts and probate: Trusts litigation, beneficial interest disputes, TOLATA claims, contentious probate, Inheritance Act claims.

Other: Lawrence has been instructed in relation to: trade marks and passing off; claims for libel and slander; sports law disputes.

Insolvency

Lawrence acts for office holders and for companies and individuals involved in insolvency proceedings.

He often acts on urgent applications including applications for the appointment of a provisional liquidator or an interim receiver, applications for the authorisation of warrants of entry and of arrest, applications for the removal of trustees and applications for the control of a trustee.

Lawrence is regularly instructed by insolvency practitioners to act in claims to recover money for the benefit of a company in liquidation or trustee in bankruptcy. These include claims for misfeasance, transfers at undervalue, preferential transfers and fraudulent trading. He also acts for directors, companies and other people defending such claims.

Lawrence is also instructed in relation to bankruptcy petitions and winding up petitions, both for creditors and debtors.

Professional negligence

Lawrence often acts in professional negligence cases, usually for claimants. Many of his instructions have involved bringing claims against solicitors, often for conveyancing or other property related negligence. However, he has also acted against many other professionals including surveyors, engineers and accountants.

Lawrence is also instructed by insurers to defend such claims.

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