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VWV

45 CLARENDON ROAD, WATFORD, HERTFORDSHIRE, WD17 1SZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01923 919 300
Fax:
Fax 01923 919 299
DX:
4514 WATFORD
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk

Laura Seaman

Tel:
Work 01923 919 314
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk
VWV

Work Department

Property Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Laura is a partner specialising in property litigation. She has significant experience in resolving a wide range of property disputes whether they relate to leasehold matters, title issues or contractual disputes involving land.

Whilst the majority of her work is on commercial landlord and tenant disputes she is equally skilled in dealing with mixed use and residential issues.

Generally she is kept busy with business lease renewals (opposed and unopposed), forfeiture actions, break notice disputes, dilapidations claims and a range of disputes rights of way and other easements as well as contentious issues on development projects including adverse possession.

Laura has spent a significant part of her career acting for Banks, and receivers appointed by them, and is particularly well versed in property litigation with an insolvency aspect.

She is experienced in all types of enfranchisement work including collective enfranchisement particularly lease extensions where the premiums are high.

Meeting Your Needs

Having been embedded with real estate lawyers for almost the entirety of her career, she works closely with real estate colleagues to anticipate and resolve issues on their transactions and as such is recognised as a trouble shooter within the firm.

Court proceedings are often a last resort but she believes in taking a robust approach wherever necessary. That said, she is a strong advocate of mediation where appropriate. Her practice takes her before the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry, to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Division) and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) as well as to the High Court and County Courts.

Laura regularly provides legal update session for clients on a wide variety of topics within her practice area. She has been a speaker at the Five Counties Conference for surveyors and other external events.

What Others Say

Chambers & Partners report of Laura:

  • "Her attention to detail, thoroughness, quality of advice and level of service are excellent."
  • "She sorts out sensible answers in quick timeframes and gives people realistic advice on potential outcomes."
  • "She is 'friendly, helpful and knowledgeable' and to be commended for 'explaining matters clearly and efficiently."
  • "Laura is a really impressive litigator who concentrates on landlord & tenant work."

Member

Laura is a member of the Property Litigation Association and an associate member of NARA.


South East: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

VWV's specialist team 'combines a deep understanding of contentious property issues with keen commercial acumen'. In addition to handling the gamut of general property disputes, it is active in insolvency-related litigation, where it often acts for landlords in matters where tenants have entered into administration. The group also generates work from high street lenders. Developer clients are another key work stream, with the group providing advice on options, development agreements and title/covenant issues. Laura Seaman and Michelle Bendall jointly lead the practice.

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