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Ward Hadaway

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Simon Thirtle

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Ward Hadaway

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Property Ltigiation




Simon is an Associate within the Property Litigation Department and provides specialist advice to commercial landlords, tenants, private individuals, and public sector clients, including local authorities and registered providers of social housing.

Simon is experienced in both commercial and residential property litigation.

He advises in relation to commercial property disputes, including business tenancy renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, dilapidations claims, possession proceedings and forfeiture, and break clauses.

Simon has also acted on behalf of commercial clients in respect of the management of residential property, including advice in relation to service charges. In disputes concerning residential property, Simon has advised as to the recovery of rent and service charges and possession actions in the County Court.

As a member of the Ward Hadaway Social Housing Group, Simon regularly provides assistance in relation to possession and injunction claims, and committal applications.

He is experienced in acting in housing disrepair and unlawful eviction claims, as well as advising in relation to general issues of housing management including considerations arising under the Mental Health Act and Human Rights Act.

Simon has also provided advice in relation to boundary disputes and title rectification, trespass, actions arising under the Party Wall Act and claims in relation to property ownership under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act, as well as disputes and applications dealt with by the Residential Property Tribunal.

He regularly provides training to clients on a wide range of property-related issues and, in 2014, was elected as the Chair for the Yorkshire Housing Law Practitioners Association.

North: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Ward Hadaway is ‘one of the best property litigation teams in the North East’. It is rated as being ‘professional and friendly’, providing ‘accurate and realistic advice’ and ‘effectively fighting its clients’ interests’. Acting for commercial and public sector clients, team head Sharon Mathieson, who divides her time between Newcastle and Leeds, represented a local authority in court proceedings that sought to limit the use of land previously designated as a village green, and acted for the tenant in a dispute with the landlord over a lease renewal for a large industrial site. In other significant work, she represented a landowner in a dispute with an adjoining landowner pertaining to ownership issues for a significant area of land along the edge of a waterway. Clients also single out associate Jeremy Hardy, who has a ‘reassuring presence’ and ‘a good commercial sense’. He is also‘astute at finding solutions to difficult legal positions’ and ‘consistently obtains good results’, while associate Victoria Lowrie is noted as being ‘tenacious and knowledgeable’. Associate Simon Thirtle is another key individual of the team.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Ward Hadaway’s practice, which ‘provides accurate and realistic advice’, is led by Sharon Mathieson, who splits her time between Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester and focuses on dilapidation claims, service charge issues, break notices, lease renewals forfeitures and possession proceedings. Mathieson’s recent highlights include representing a local authority in proceedings related to limiting the use of land designated as a village green, acting for an occupier in a contentious lease renewal and handling a boundary issues for a landowner. Associate Simon Thirtle is also a name to note and advises commercial landlords, tenant, private individuals and public sector clients.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Ward Hadaway’s registered provider client base includes Inclusion Housing, which it advised on five projects with Civitas Social Housing; Livin Housing, which it assisted with an option agreement relating to a development; and Isos Homes, which is acted for on its merger with Derwentside Housing. Bernicia, Byker Community Trust, Home Group, Thirteen Group and Mosscare St Vincent’s are also clients. Key practitioners include department head John Murray, who specialises in housing management issues and has experience in anti-social behaviour, disrepair and leasehold disputes; and associate Simon Thirtle, who handles housing litigation. The practice works closely with the firm’s Newcastle office.

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