Philip Parkinson Legal Director

Phil is Legal Director at JB Leitch and has specialised in property litigation for over 10 years. He has been ranked in the Legal 500 for a number of years and in 2019 received Rising Star status. Phil is frequently instructed on behalf of landlords and asset managers in relation to forfeiture, both residential and commercial, breach of covenant/contract, landlord and tenant disputes and injunctive relief together with complex appeals from the First-tier-Tribunal (Property Chamber) to the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

Career Profile:

The majority of Phil’s work involves high value and complex cases often within the appellate courts. He has significant experience in acting for clients for cases that are listed within the Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal, Queens Bench Division and the Technology & Construction Courts and has been involved in several reported cases including recent cases relating to liability for cladding costs, fire safety, service charges and injunctive relief.

Recent examples of instructions include:

  • Significant advisory work and litigation relating to landlord’s obligations regarding fire safety, with a specific emphasis on the Housing Act 2004 and the Fire Safety Order following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, including acting in several of the leading cases since.
  • A complex series of appeals to the Upper Tribunal in relation to management structures on a large mixed use development.
  • Successfully defending an injunction brought by a developer on a multi-million pound development site in Central London.
  • Obtaining determinations on liability in relation to multi-million pounds worth of fire-safety costs.
  • Succeeding in opposing an appeal before the Court of Appeal in relation to high value disrepair and service charge arrears case.

Areas of Specialism:

Phil has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes – including service charge, breach of covenant and trespass.
  • Appeals to the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.
  • Injunctions – including trespass, breach of covenant and development disputes.
  • First-tier Tribunal cases – service charge, breach of covenant.
  • Cases within the County Court, High Court and Business & Property Court.
  • Advising on complex disputes, especially those relating to large and mixed use schemes.

Personal:

Outside of work, Phil enjoys travel, watching live sports and spending time with his daughter.

Philip Parkinson

 

Below are some of Phil’s recent and recognisable cases:

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

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Recent articles by Philip Parkinson

Electronic apparatus installation:  Whether a right exists to survey a site for the proposed installation of electronic communications apparatus (University of London v Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd - 2019)
Electronic apparatus installation: Whether a right exists to survey a site for the proposed installation of electronic communications apparatus (University of London v Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd - 2019)
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Safety First: JB Leitch Secure another Dispensation for Safety
Safety First: JB Leitch Secure another Dispensation for Safety
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Company Voluntary Arrangements: Whether a tenant’s CVA can compromise a landlord’s claim for future rent (Discovery, Northampton Ltd and others v Debenhams Retail Ltd and others - 2019)
Company Voluntary Arrangements: Whether a tenant’s CVA can compromise a landlord’s claim for future rent (Discovery, Northampton Ltd and others v Debenhams Retail Ltd and others - 2019)
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