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Clarke Willmott LLP

1 GEORGES SQUARE, BATH STREET, BRISTOL, BS1 6BA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 209 1000
Fax:
Fax 0345 209 2002
DX:
78247 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.clarkewillmott.com

Kary Withers

Tel:
Work 0345 209 1469
Email:
Clarke Willmott LLP

Work Department

Property Litigation

Position

Kary heads Clarke Willmott's Social Housing team and is a Partner in our Property Litigation team dealing with a wide variety of property related disputes, both residential and commercial. 


London: Real estate

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Within: Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Clarke Willmott LLP provides ‘exceptional advice’ to its registered provider client base due, in part, to the ‘superb knowledge’ of joint practice heads Lindsay Felstead, Oliver Smedley, Kary Withers and Vicky Kells, who head up the firm’s housing management, development, property litigation and securitisation teams respectively. Fraser MacRae is also noted for financing matters. Highlights included advising Moat on various developments, handling the acquisition of 83 units from a national house builder for Aster Communities, and assisting Clarion Housing Group with several statutory and non-statutory lease extensions. The group also represented Asra Housing Group in a prosecution relating to disrepair issues resulting in environmental health failures, and acted for London & Quadrant in a possession claim against a tenant who had used the premises to cultivate cannabis. Metropolitan Housing Trust, Stonewater, GreenSquare, East Thames and Notting Hill Housing Trust are also clients.

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South East: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

The ‘excellent and knowledgeable’ team at Clarke Willmott LLP regularly represents clients in complex housing claims involving antisocial behaviour, breach of tenancy, failed succession and trespassing. It also advises on non-contentious matters involving policy and procedures, disrepair, leases and tenancy agreements. Recent work includes acting for Radian Group as tenant of a commercial property in Portsmouth in a matter involving dilapidations, lease issues and insolvency, and representing the same client in injunction proceedings against an elderly tenant following complaints of hoarding and annoyance. The team also assisted United Communities with obtaining a without-notice injunction against a former tenant suspected of drug dealing. Key figures include Kary Withers, who advises on the full range of property disputes, and Lindsay Felstead, who heads the housing management team. Oliver Smedley is also a name to note.

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South West: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The property litigation lawyers at Clarke Willmott LLP are ‘pleasant and approachable, but prepared to be as aggressive as necessary to get the right answer for clients’. The sizeable practice acts for a wide-ranging client base encompassing the retail, investment, housing and public sectors. Chris Taylor leads the practice and is acting in a multimillion-pound dispute regarding a major housing development. Other key figures include Graham McIntyre, who successfully represented Lidl UK in a multimillion-pound High Court dispute with Generator Developments LLP concerning a development site in Brentwood; the ‘knowledgeable and responsiveNicola Seager, who provides ongoing advice to private equity firm Marcol in relation to contentious issues arising from its UK property portfolio; and Simon Freeman, who acts for Ashtenne Industrial Fund on contentious issues of its property portfolio, and represented Corren Properties Limited in connection with a £2m dilapidation claim concerning an office building in Chiswick. Also recommended are Bonnie Martin, Kary Withers, Neil Ham and Amy Rudrum, who focuses on landlord and tenant litigation.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

Clients of Clarke Willmott LLP rate its willingness to provide ‘advice rather than options’. The practice acts for registered providers on a wide variety of housing matters, including site acquisitions, development, financing and securitisation. ‘Invaluable’ practice head Oliver Smedley is advising The Guinness Partnership on a high-value land acquisition and planned development of open market and affordable housing units in Bristol. Smedley also acted for Aster Group on a joint venture agreement with Galliford Try. Other key individuals include Helen Wittram, who focuses on social housing development work and advised on multimillion-pound acquisitions of affordable housing units from multiple national housebuilders. Kary Withers leads the property litigation team and handles a variety of housing disputes.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Clarke Willmott LLPdemonstrates deep knowledge and experience, always responding swiftly to any queries’. It is highly capable of advising on ‘very complicated areas of telecoms law in clear, plain language which can be easily disseminated’. The team uniquely acts for landowner clients against mast and telecoms operators, and has particular expertise in data protection and data security issues. In 2016, it handled a number of highly sensitive matters to obtain vacant possessions of telecommunications sites to enable development. Clients include Aster Group, Pinnacle Towers, Informed Solutions, Onecom and The Guinness Partnership. The ‘excellentKary Withers is the key contact.

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