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Andrew Myers

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.

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Andrew is well known as a tenacious litigator who gets results. His “no nonsense” approach cuts to the chase and gets his clients results. He frequently takes on cases where other lawyers have floundered and turns them around. The directories have described Andrew as a "red hot litigator" and someone who "fights hard but fair". Andrew has particular expertise in property­-related disputes.

Andrew has over 25 years' experience specialising in property disputes, contract disputes and professional negligence claims. His property litigation experience spans the full range and includes dilapidations claims, enforcing covenants, tenant insolvency, restrictive covenants, lease renewals and suing other solicitors who have drafted property documents negligently.

He is an experienced tactician, a solicitor advocate. He recently won a Court of Appeal case, as sole advocate, successfully arguing against the QC on the other side. Andrew is also experienced at using “no win no fee” to his clients’ benefit.

Andrew acted for the successful tenants in the largest ever enfranchisement claim -
Westbrook Dolphin Square Limited v Friends Life Ltd.

He acted for the successful defendants in a dispute concerning a failed joint venture to build a shopping centre in Wolverhampton. Andrew’s clients were sued for £56 million. The judge ordered them to pay just £2 (and made their opponents reimburse Andrew’s clients' legal costs).

He recently took Lidl to the Court of Appeal on a joint venture property dispute, and recovered a very substantial overage payment for a local authority.

Andrew acts for several large institutional pension fund landlords, as well as several entrepreneurial property companies. But he also acts for smaller businesses and institutions. He recently settled a claim by a property agent whose introduction fee a national housebuilder had refused to pay. Andrew also successfully defended a widow from an attempt by her relatives to take her late husband's estate, and a local charity whose landlord tried (but failed) to forfeit the charity’s 89 year lease.

The Legal directories describe Andrew as “shrewd and determined’ (Legal 500 2018 edition) and “a real fighter” who “completely runs the show in landlord and tenant stuff”” (Chambers 2013). The Legal 500 (2017 edition) has described him as having “boundless enthusiasm” with “great attention to detail and considerable tenancy.” As Chambers UK 2015 states "he's very commercial. He sees the wood for the trees and has your interests at heart.”


London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Myers - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Property litigation

Stephenson Harwood's 'thorough, knowledgeable and efficient' team sits within the firm's commercial litigation practice and has particular expertise in rights of light and other development-related disputes as well as a wide range of contentious tenancy matters and issues at the intersection with professional negligence. 'Formidable litigator' Andrew Myers 'knows when to turn on the pressure and when not to in the dispute process'; he heads the team, which includes 'professional' rights of light expert Sophie Schultz; 'her work ethic and tenacity whilst retaining a human touch in order to maintain relationships is an absolute strength'.

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