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Paul Hayes

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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Real Estate & Housing Litigation


Head of Housing and Residential Litigation, specialising in residential property litigation, including acting on behalf of many of the UKs Registered Providers of Social Housing dealing with all housing management issues, both contentious and non-contentious, including anti-social behaviour, nuisance, disrepair, non occupation and sub-let (tenancy fraud), rent arrears and debt recovery, breach of tenancy and trespass. Protestor and trespass actions dealing with a number of high profile matters that received substantial press coverage including the eviction of around 100 trespassers from two residential properties in Park Lane London, acting for Harrods and Harvey Nichols in their claims against protestors, and the eviction of a large number of travellers from development sites. These practice areas include on a regular basis advising and assisting on Human Rights, Equality Act and Data Protection issues. Residential property litigation includes acting for a number private landlords on all housing management related issues, including in the Property Tribunal on service charge disputes, lease extension, enfranchisement claims and right to manage claims.


Joined Hancock & Willis 1989; Merged Lewis Silkin 1992; became Head of Housing Litigation August 2006


Chartered Institute of Housing; Property Litigation Association; Social Housing Law Association

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The ‘efficient and effective litigators' at Lewis Silkin LLP have experience in dilapidations, break clauses, property insolvency and lease renewals. Dilapidations are a particular specialism for practice head Brian Kilcoyne and Mario Betts who both provide ‘able and safe litigation hands’. The pair recently deployed their expertise for client MullenLowe on a dilapidations claim amounting to 1.5m. Other highlights include acting for Pizza Express on a contentious renewal and obtaining an injunction for Canada Goose against protesters who oppose the sale of fur at the client’s store in Regent Street. Other clients include Harrods, Network Homes Limited and Notting Hill Housing Group. Paul Hayes is head of the housing litigation team and assists clients with housing management issues.

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