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Vipul Kapoor Appointed Head of Litigation

On Monday 30th March 2020, Naylor Solicitors LLP appointed Vipul Kapoor as its new Head of Litigation in order to spearhead the firm’s growth.

An experienced solicitor, specialising in real estate litigation and dispute resolution, Vipul previously worked for almost 10 years at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

He has particular expertise in commercial property disputes, including:

  • Contentious business lease renewals
  • Rent reviews
  • Forfeiture and relief from forfeiture claims
  • Enforcement of leasehold covenants
  • Break notices
  • Service charge disputes
  • Advising on tenant insolvency
  • Disputes over rights of way and easements
  • Breaches of restrictive covenants
  • Trespass
  • Nuisance
  • Adverse possession
  • Dilapidations
  • Telecommunications issues

It is the firm’s stated aim to seek to provide the highest quality litigation advice in a practical, cost-effective and commercial way.

The firm believes that Vipul’s appointment will further this aim, while helping to continually expand its property litigation offering.

If you would like to contact Vipul with any litigation enquiry, he can be reached on: 020 7963 8686; or vipul.kapoor@naylorllp.co.uk.

Construction Disputes Solicitors in London

Deconstruction of Construction

As the coronavirus sweeps across the country and the government demands that all but essential workers stay at home, never has the phrase ‘force majeure’ been so relevant to contractors or employers.

This innocuous term, which is almost an afterthought in JCT contracts, is just as worrying as the virus itself for all connected with construction. A force majeure is the occurrence of an event which is outside the control of either one or both parties and which prevents them from fulfilling their obligations under the contract.

The current government guidelines have an impact on manpower. The virus is spread through the air and by failing to keep surfaces clean. Men working in close proximity, and building sites not being known for their cleanliness, raises the risk of the virus spreading in these situations. It is therefore understandable for contractors to think about standing down their workforce.

As there is no end date for high rates of contagion, contractors can’t be certain whether they will still be able to meet completion dates if they cease work on site. In most JCTs an extension of time can be requested and should usually be granted. However, consideration will have to be given as to how far along the build has reached and what outstanding works need to be done. Government guidelines, industry procedures, and health and safety regulations will also form part of any decision, but it may be possible for work to continue so no extension of time would be required.

In some JCTs there is also the right to terminate the contract due to a force majeure. However, whether it is the employer or the contractor who wants to take this route, there are procedures which have to be followed. A failure to terminate correctly can be costly. Even where termination is effected correctly, the terminating party may owe and/or be due monies from the other party.

Whether there is a request for an extension of time or a party is considering termination of the JCT, neither should be done without deconstructing all the facts as, although there is a need to stop the virus, it may not always mean that construction has to stop or be delayed.

If you wish to discuss this further or have any questions about the legal implications of the coronavirus pandemic on the construction industry, then please call Audrey Lawrence (Legal Director) on 020 7963 8682 or email audrey.lawrence@naylorllp.co.uk.

Legal Advice – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We would like to assure all our clients and contacts that we will operate as normal during the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to serve our clients as usual and will still be available to provide ongoing legal advice, including on issues arising specifically from the current crisis.

The areas as to which we can advise include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • All kinds of litigation and dispute resolution matters such as property disputes, neighbour disputes, commercial disputes and debt recovery
  • Any non-contentious, residential landlord & tenant issue, including general lease advice as well as leasehold enfranchisement (e.g. lease extensions and collective purchase or freehold)

We offer 30 minutes of FREE advice. To book your complimentary telephone consultation, call 020 7963 8690 or email admin@naylorllp.co.uk to make an appointment.

Finally, we wish you all the best and hope you and your family stay safe during this difficult time.

Now Hiring: Property Litigation Solicitor

We are looking to recruit a property litigation solicitor of 3-7+ years PQE.

We offer an attractive salary, a generous holiday entitlement, a worthwhile bonus scheme, flexible working, private medical insurance, life insurance and a sociable work environment, amongst other benefits.

The firm provides an interesting and varied case load, with some truly high-quality work, and a tried and tested environment to develop a legal career. For example, 60% of our solicitors started at the firm as paralegals, before becoming trainee solicitors, associate solicitors and now, in two cases, partners.

We are a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels they belong. We have a fantastic team – two thirds of our solicitors and solicitor partners are women – and our staff speak eight different languages.

The solicitor we are looking for will have a full case-load from day one, but will be actively encouraged to engage in networking and marketing (attending MIPIM, etc) and to develop a new client following.

Please email james@naylorllp.co.uk if you are interested in this position.

Jennifer Scurfield appointed as Partner

I am delighted to announce that Jennifer Scurfield has been appointed as a Partner from 1st April 2019.

Having joined the firm on 13th March 2013 and qualified as a solicitor on 15th July 2015, I could not be more pleased that Jennifer has worked her way up the firm from paralegal, to trainee solicitor, to newly qualified solicitor, to associate then senior associate solicitor and now partner. Her client care and attention to detail are second to none and match her invariable ability to get the best result possible for her clients.

Jennifer is now the head of our Residential Leasehold team and advises upon:-

  • Contentious and non-contentious residential leasehold issues; including complex licences to alter with a high financial value and technical complexity; and
  • Leasehold Reform Act work, including advising both landlords and tenants on claims to acquire freeholds, lease extensions and right to manage claims.

She also has extensive general real estate litigation experience, regularly taking cases to Court, the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and the Land Registration Tribunal.

Jennifer is a member of the Property Litigation Association and a member of Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

She obtained both an undergraduate and graduate degree in law from the University Pantheon-Assas Paris 2 (France) and an LLM from the University of Kent (Canterbury). She also successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (with Commendation) and the Legal Practice Course (with Distinction) at the University of Law (London-Bloomsbury) before being offered a training contract at the firm.

Having been raised in France with a British background, Jennifer is bilingual and regularly assists the firm’s French speaking clients with services in English property law.

 

E: jennifer.scurfield@naylorllp.co.uk

DDI: 020 7963 8691

Dominika Libova appointed as Partner

I am delighted to announce that Dominika Libova has been appointed as Partner in the firm from 1st April 2019.

Dominika joined the firm on 1st May 2013 and qualified as a solicitor on 15th April 2016. I could not be more pleased that Dominika has worked her way up the firm from personal assistant to paralegal, to trainee solicitor, to newly qualified solicitor, to associate then senior associate solicitor and now partner.

I am continually amazed by her dedication to her clients and her unrelenting desire to win, leaving no stone unturned in her preparation and conduct of often difficult pieces of litigation.

Dominika now specialises in all aspects of real estate litigation, with a particular focus upon property fraud and rights of light matters.

Dominika is also an accomplished advocate and is qualified as a solicitor-advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings). She is also a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Dominika holds a masters degree in Law and a doctorate in Law and Criminology from Pan European University in Bratislava, as well as a commendation in the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), a commendation in the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the LLM International Arbitration from the University of Law.

A native Slovak speaker, with experience as an in-house lawyer in Slovakia, she assists clients with cross-border matters in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

E: dominika.libova@naylorllp.co.uk

DDI: 020 7963 8693