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Sophie Schultz

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A specialist property litigator with 11+ years' experience, Sophie helps clients navigate the complexities of property law and resolve disputes quickly and cost-effectively. She advises property investors, developers, lenders, corporate occupiers and individuals on every manner of property dispute. Sophie has a particular expertise in rights of light. 

She is renowned for her legal knowledge and ability to get to the bottom of a tricky issue and has acted on a wide range of landlord and tenant claims. She also has extensive experience in the development sphere, advising both developers and neighbours on issues such as nuisance claims, rights of light claims and injunctions. Other experience includes adverse possession, boundaries, easements, insolvency-related issues, joint ventures, leasehold enfranchisement, professional negligence, residential property and sale and purchase disputes.  

Sophie aims to resolve disputes without court proceedings wherever possible.  Often straightforward 'without prejudice negotiations' are most effective but she also has experience of mediation, arbitration and expert determination where needed. Sophie gives practical and effective advice and deploys a range of strategies. Clients express their appreciation of having her in their corner to fight their side. 

Sophie also advises on risk management, for example the existence and implications of a split reversion and how to structure a development title to avoid enfranchisement risk. She is a solicitor advocate and member of the Property Litigation Association. Sophie has written for Property Week, Estates Gazette, Landlord & Tenant Review and FM World.

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

The team at Stephenson Harwood is ‘very knowledgeable and its relationship with clients is excellent’. The ‘shrewd and determinedAndrew Myers leads a group that delivers ‘a proactive approach and fine eye for detail’. Myers is a qualified solicitor advocate and is representing Sovereign Property Holdings in a high value overage claim in the Court of Appeal. A separate Court of Appeal matter saw the team acting for Generator Developments in a claim against Lidl for failing to honour a joint venture agreement. Partner Sophie Schultz is ‘fiercely intelligent, hugely knowledgeable and has great instincts in litigation’. Together with Myers she is advising the Royal College of Art on obtaining vacant possession of a site recently purchased for the development of a £108m campus. Associate William Payne 'is quick to get to grips with even very difficult and complex issues'. Rights of light and development and construction nuisance are core strengths for the firm.

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