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Matthew Spring

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Dispute Resolution/Property Litigation


Matthew is the firm’s first solicitor-advocate, entitled to appear at all levels of the Court system, including the Supreme Court. 


An experienced civil litigator, Matthew’s particular specialism is resolving property disputes. He acts for a range of corporate and individual clients in real estate matters (including development issues, rights of way, rights of light, party walls). He handles landlord and tenant/property management issues in both commercial and residential sectors (from industrial estates to residential flats). 


Matthew is a leading adviser of the firm in leasehold enfranchisement (residential lease extensions, collective enfranchisement and freehold acquisition) in which he has taken a case into the Supreme Court on qualifying criteria under the 1967 Act. He acts for landlords and tenants in disputes involving property management, service charges, breach of covenant and forfeiture of leases at First Tier and Upper Tribunal, County Court, High Court level and above.  He has experience of right to manage companies and rights of first refusal.


Matthew resolves contentious countryside issues with the firm’s private client team for landed estates and agriculture.  His property practice crosses into the field of construction law where he advises on performance and payment, negligence and damage issues arising under and out of JCT and other construction contracts, as well as resolving disputes through adjudication. 


He advises individuals and companies on insolvency issues, as well as having experience in acting for Administrators, LPA Receivers and Trustees in Bankruptcy. His Chancery law practice includes partnership disputes, including obtaining injunctions against outgoing partners, asset recovery in the context of trust litigation and contentious probate matters.  He handles Court cases on cohabitation and beneficial interests in property.  


Qualified 2000, joined Payne Hicks Beach 1998. 


Matthew is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the London Solicitors Litigation Association.  


Matthew has a Masters degree in Law.

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Andrew Tugwell heads the team at Payne Hicks Beach and is well-regarded for his work on complex valuation cases and estate agent issues. Tugwell is singled out as a ‘great solicitor’ and has been advising estate agencies such as and parent company LSL Property Services on matters including lease renewals, nuisance, dilapidations and injunction proceedings. Partner Matthew Spring is an important member of the team and ‘works hard for clients, pushing difficult points well’. Spring specialises on residential matters and leasehold enfranchisement disputes and is handling a Court of Appeal matter concerning lease consents in the context of right to manage companies. Scott Goldstein has joined the team from B P Collins LLP while Andrea Yiakoumetti has been promoted to Associate. Clients for the firm include Fiat, Atari, Telereal Trillium and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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