tenacious and personable
THE LEGAL 500
Markus provides developers, property investors, corporate occupiers, estates and individuals with practical and commercial legal advice across a whole range of property disputes.
His expertise includes development related issues including enforcement of freehold covenants, rights and options over land as well as contractual disputes and devising vacant possession strategies. He also advises on all day-to-day commercial landlord and tenant issues, including contested and uncontested lease renewals, dilapidations claims, break notices, debt recovery, forfeiture, applications for consent and property aspects of insolvency.
Markus is also spearheading the Real Estate group’s international practice through his links with a number of European law firms and his regular attendance at various European Real Estate events.
Clients like how he gets to the heart of complex matters quickly and his expert and knowledgeable insight.
Recent experience includes:
- Devising and executing a successful vacant possession strategy for a high profile redevelopment of a major town centre shopping district with minimal delay and cost to the client.
- Advising a landowner/developer in a highly contested dispute over the interpretation and enforcement of an option exercised pursuant to an agreement to purchase land for development.
- Advising an estate owner on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and using this to successfully negotiate payment for their release.
- Advising on a multi-million pound redevelopment in relation to drainage rights and the enforceability of restrictive covenants and easements.
- Defending High Court proceedings arising out of an alleged derogation from grant and inducement following termination of a long lease.
- Successfully opposing a claim for breach of contract and threats of forfeiture for a well-known corporate operator across the whole of its large property portfolio and avoiding disruption to the client’s business.
- Acting for a well-known restaurant chain on day-to-day matters across its portfolio of restaurants including complex issues raised by the occupation of its subtenant pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 at its flagship premises.
- Advising a landlord investor client on problems caused by unlawful activities being carried out by its tenants at various sites, including unlawful alterations, use and assignments and recovering costs in the process.
- Acting for a landlord in a successful high-value dilapidations claim which was eventually settled by mediation.
- Successfully challenging the validity of a break option following the exercise of a conditional right to terminate a lease and negotiating a favourable settlement.
- Acting for institutional investors and corporate occupiers in successfully resolving both contested and uncontested lease renewals across their property portfolios.