Amanda McNeil

Amanda McNeil:

Partner: Head of Real Estate Litigation

Amanda heads our Real Estate Litigation team and specialises in contentious issues relating to all areas of commercial and residential property, advising and acting for landlord, tenants, developers and investors.

Amanda’s expertise in Commercial Property disputes includes Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 lease renewals including opposed renewals, forfeiture actions, rent recovery, service charge disputes, dilapidations claims, enforcement of covenants, advice relating to withholding of consent to assign/sublet/carry out alterations, original tenant liability and liability of guarantors, rent review advice, disputes over rent deposits and property insolvency issues.

Amanda's expertise in Residential Property disputes includes, service charge disputes, rent recovery, enforcement of covenants and possession proceedings (both Rent Act tenancies and Assured Shorthold tenancies).

Amanda has a particular expertise in Leasehold Enfranchisement both under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 (acquisition of freehold) and the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (lease extension) including collective enfranchisement.

Amanda is experienced in advising on the modification/release of restrictive covenants and boundary disputes.

Amanda is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the Dilapidations Forum.

Recent work

  • Acting for a landowner in seeking the removal/modification of restrictive covenants registered against its title which would materially affect the price and saleability of the land
  • Successfully opposing a tenant’s claim for relief from forfeiture following an unlawful subletting
  • Acting on behalf of a large restaurant chain in relation to its application for a new tenancy of its flagship restaurant under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 where the landlord opposed on the ground of redevelopment
  • Acting on behalf of a landlord in resisting a challenge as to the reasonableness of service charges by the tenants of a large block comprising in excess of 100 flats
  • Defending a claim brought against a tenant of his former head offices for damages in excess of £1million in respect of dilapidation's
  • Defending a claim of excessive use of a right of way.

Random fact

Amanda enjoys all outdoor pursuits and is a seasoned participant in assault /obstacle course races.

Amanda McNeil: Partner: Head of Real Estate Litigation