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Ward Hadaway

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Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sharon Mathieson

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Ward Hadaway

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Property Litigation




Sharon specialises in property litigation, acting for a wealth of clients across various sectors.

She acts for landlords and tenants in disputes involving dilapidations, service charge, the validity of break notices, rent review and lease renewal and other landlord and tenant disputes including possession and forfeiture.

She also specialises in advising land owners on the interpretation of property contracts such as options and pre-emptions, rectification (both Land Registry and Deed rectification), trespass, adverse possession, restrictive covenants and easements.

Sharon has particular expertise in advising public and third sector clients on property matters with specific experience of the additional factors that ought to be taken into account in those sectors (charitable objectives, PR/media attention, the political arena, individual complaints and ombudsman procedures).

She currently provides day to day estates advice to Canal & River Trust.

Sharon works closely with our property teams, providing strategic input (often behind the scenes) into matters such as vacant possession and development strategies; and also with our commercial litigation team, acting in property-related professional negligence claims.

Sharon has presented at a number of in-house seminars and workshops on topics such as:

    Charitable property
    Commercial service charges
    Dilapidations and break notices
    Driving Efficiencies in your Estate Management
    Restrictive covenant issues
    Third Party Occupiers
    Business tenancies
    Introduction to landlord and tenant issues

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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