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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

David Haines

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Private wealth, real estate and construction; litigation and dispute resolution.


David specialises in all forms of commercial and residential property litigation and has particular expertise in commercial dilapidations claims, covenant and easement disputes, compulsory purchase order work, leasehold enfranchisement, and commercial landlord and tenant matters. David leads the firm’s contentious compulsory purchase and leasehold enfranchisement teams, as well as Charles Russell Speechlys’ dedicated HS2 team, which has been set up specifically to assist clients affected or potentially affected by HS2. David has a well established reputation and nationwide practice, acting for a variety of clients, which include NEC and The Diocese of Guildford. David regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on a variety of property-based subjects (including for RICS, CPD Essentials and The Law Society).


Contributes articles, including to the ‘Estates Gazette’ and ‘Property Law Journal’.

South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is led by Ingrid Saffin following her arrival in July 2017 from Mundays LLP; Saffin provides 'quick, definitive advice that the client can understand, together with options for moving the matter forward'. Other key practitioners in the team include David Haines and Claire Timmings, who collectively provide 'a first-class service'. Retail and leisure, charities, healthcare and energy are key sector strengths; recent work includes acting for CareTech Holdings on the acquisition of Selborne Care and the team continues to assist Wagamama with portfolio management including disposals, leasing and subletting matters. Debra Kent retired.

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Property litigation

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David Haines - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Property litigation

According to some, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'streets ahead' for property litigation; its lawyers are 'of the highest quality and also very approachable, with great knowledge and connections both internally and externally'. Peter Levaggi heads the practice and is 'an exceptional lawyer who combines amazing business acumen and knowledge with deep empathy'. In an illustration of his strength in property insolvency matters, he is acting for the liquidator of Strobe 2 in a claim against the company's former directors arising from losses suffered by the landlords of a number of commercial premises originally let to the company's subsidiaries. Levaggi's other key mandates included acting for the National Crime Agency in the repossession of property from a notorious criminal, which involved working with various statutory agencies and county enforcement to recover property pursuant to a confiscation order; and acting in the settlement of directors' liabilities following the failure of legal expenses funder and claims manager Zuko Legal. David Haines ('an analytical, practical lawyer who plays the long game in a dispute and has a great rapport with clients') is noted for his expertise in commercial landlord and tenant matters; he recently acted for M&P Enterprises in an appeal against a claim for an order terminating the tenancy of hotel premises in London. Richard Flenley has been highly active for property owners on HS2-related work.

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