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Harold Benjamin

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Harrow, London

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 4

Harold Benjamin

The Harrow-based dispute resolution and litigation team at Harold Benjamin is particularly well versed in property litigation and deals with commercial litigation, insolvency, real estate, employment and estates disputes. The practice head is Jonathan Mahony, who focuses on hotel and construction work. Jeremy Lederman and senior associate Alim Shariff are other key litigators.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Mahony

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Lederman; Alim Shariff 


'Strengths are response times, expert knowledge, direct and easy accessibility to qualified resources'.

'The lawyers have successfully married professionalism with being pragmatic and approachable'.

'Alim Shariff and Jon Mahony are extremely attentive. In real terms, no client question is too simple, or irrelevant for them'.


Key Clients

Michael Wolf

Chill & Relax Ltd

Global Steel Holdings & Mr Pramod Lakshmi

USA Fashion (UK) Ltd

Lionwalk Ltd



Work highlights

  • Acting for the appellant in a Court of Appeal matter concerning the  law of contract and torts of conspiracy.
  • Assisted the client with opposing a claim concerning a commercial lease for damages in trespass to achieve forfeiture of lease.
  • Assisting defendants with an application for summary judgment without trial.
  • Assisted th client with a Queen’s Bench Division case concerning fraudulent receipts for payment of money.
  • Assisted applicants with a boundary dispute involving two former Council properties.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Commercial property: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Harold Benjamin

Harold Benjamin’s commercial property team handles property developments, secured lending, real estate investments and leasing matters, especially in the retail and leisure sectors. The team is also known for its experience in working with a number of luxury brand owners. The practice is headed by Ray Oshry and other names to note include Vijay Parikh, who was made managing partner in January 2019, and retail specialist Robert Souber.

Practice head(s):Ray Oshry

Other key lawyers:Vijay Parikh; Robert Souber


'Reliable, easy to communicate with anyone, even at partner level'.

'Always there to help, protect our interests and offer valuable advice'.

Key Clients

HCUC (being a merger of Harrow and Uxbridge Colleges)

Alexander McQueen


Pride ViewDevelopments

Mackenzie Homes

Bright Little Stars

American Drycleaners

One Savings Bank t/a Kent Reliance

Ladbrokes Coral

Shanly Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising HCUC (a merger of Harrow and Uxbridge Colleges) on property matters, in particular related to the merger of the two entities.
  • Advising luxury fashion client, Alexander McQueen on a move to a new Bond Street flagship store.
  • Advising Prideview Developments on its investment in seven commercial units in Northampton.
  • Assisting Bright Little Stars with a large property portfolio of nursery businesses.
  • Assisting American Dry Cleaners Group of Companies with its full property portfolio management.

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Planning - ranked: tier 3

Harold Benjamin

Harold Benjamin's planning work is a core part of its property development practice. The firm assists with the planning aspects (including planning agreements and section 106 work) of high-value residential and commercial development projects. Practice head Huseyin Huseyin specialises in planning and development aspects of social housing and affordable housing schemes.

Practice head(s):Huseyin Huseyin

Key Clients

Groveworld Ltd

East London Regeneration South (ELRS)

Martin Grant and Taylor Wimpey

Consortium – Berryfields Aylesbury

Trustees of Derby Hall Christian Assembly

Europa House

Kaz Hotels

Work highlights

  • Acted for East London Regeneration South (ELRS) SPV on the negotiation of a s106 agreement for delivery of the residential, commercial and social housing and the railway pedestrian access from Hackney Station.
  • Acting for Martin Grant and Taylor Wimpey on the last phase of a four site plan development, which began in 2000. The firm prepared the s106 planning application for the client in relation to site four in Kings Way, Bedfordshire.
  • Acted for Kaz Hotels on the purchase of the site at Goldhawk Road for the client's new hotel development. The firm assists the client with the acquisition of the site, planning and construction of the hotel.
  • Handling promotion and option agreement for 8 – 15 sites for a private client.
  • Assisting landowner with preparing promotion agreement and advising land owner on future development of the site.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Harold Benjamin

Harold Benjamin's property litigation team is 'efficient and responsive to both clients and counsel'. It has a wealth of experience of matters such as landlord and tenant disputes, rent arrears, dilapidation claims, lease renewals, construction disputes and boundary disputes. Jon Mahony is the practice head.  Richard Budd is 'a tenacious and methodical litigator'. Another name to note is Keith Boddy, who has expertise in lease renewals.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Mahony

Other key lawyers:Richard Budd; Keith Boddy


'I would not hesitate in recommending Harold Benjamin's Property Litigation team; it has a clear depth of experience'.

'I appreciate Richard Budd's ability to give clear and considered instructions under time-pressured circumstances; he clearly articulates the needs of the client but also manages expectations'.

'Richard is also a strong and insightful negotiator, with a poker face to match. He is extremely tactical in mediations and willing to walk away from the table if it is commercially and practically in his client's best interests'.

Key Clients


Ladbrokes Coral Group

Nitin Shah

Acre-Heathrow Ltd



Chill & Relax Ltd

4C Hotels

Work highlights

  • Acting for retailer Boucheron in commercial lease dispute at Central London County Court. Case concerns a commercial lease renewal, where the landlord did not want to renew the lease on the ground of redevelopment of the site.
  • Acted for Ladbrokes Coral Group on multiple lease renewals with over 100 sites in England and Wales.
  • The firm acted for a private client as the claimant in two sets of proceedings against the same defendant. Both claims were for possession and rental arrears in relation to an assured shorthold tenancy of which the defendant was a tenant.
  • Acted for the owner of a Heathrow Airport hotel in a construction dispute.
  • Acted for a client in a boundary dispute involving two ex-council properties.

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