A distinctive focus with a rigorous, results driven approach
JB Leitch is the preferred advisor for some of England and Wales' largest corporate landlords, freehold investors and property management companies. With an enviable track record in the area of ground rent and service charge arrears recovery, we provide advice in significant breach of covenant claims, lease forfeiture and relief from forfeiture, major works, First-tier Tribunal (FTT) appeals, right to manage, enfranchisement and private rented sector disputes on residential, mixed-use and commercial property.
Property management law can be a complicated field, and for over 25 years JB Leitch has continued to develop and refine processes to manage small and large-scale levels of instruction with equal rigour.
From arrears recovery to heavyweight litigation, we invest considerable resource to all matters, from case set up and management, to research, contact and communication with both client, defaulting lessee or lenders, through to reporting, recovery or escalation to legal proceedings where appropriate.
The process is involved, large scale and supported by significant and ongoing IT investment (including remote working technologies and new hybrid cloud systems). Matters are managed by qualified and well-trained relationship managers and administrators, who are rigorous, diligent, and knowledgeable – our services are not provided by a “white label” call centre or third-party agent who act as a collection or administration agency who merely issue demands - Our legal services are provided by a large pool of industry leading legal experts, all “under one roof.”
In recent years, we have become increasingly established as a specialist in the management of claims relating to building and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, providing complex advisory and litigation work relating to wider issues of building safety at blocks throughout the UK. We regularly represent landlords and management companies in the Tribunal system on matters concerning:
- The reasonableness and payability of fire safety works, including any necessary dispensation applications
- The costs and charging of cladding replacement schemes
- The impacts and implications of the Defective Premises Act
- Analysis of insurance policies, warranties and building documentation
- Consideration of action against contractors
- Issuing proceedings against developers, contractors, insurers and other parties
- Building Safety Fund applications and requirements
- Responses to Enforcement Notices, Improvement Notices and enforcement action
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