Pauline Lam is a senior associate in the property litigation team.
She specialises in property dispute resolution and provides effective solutions for clients who encounter issues with a property element.
She advises businesses, charities and individuals on property disputes and avoidance. She acts in boundary and development disputes covering restrictive covenant, easement, trespass and nuisance. Her expertise spans across long leasehold issues such as breaches of covenants, service charges and building management disputes. Following the Grenfell Tower Fire Public Inquiry, Pauline’s caseload increasingly involves cladding remediation and building fire safety in residential and commercial properties with a focus on representing tenants, groups of leaseholders, leaseholders-owned freehold companies and right-to-manage companies. .
Pauline is recognised for her technical expertise and her detailed and pragmatic approach. She quickly establishes and maintains confidence of clients in often stressful situation involving complex and evolving areas of law. She ensures all avenues are explored in assisting her clients to achieve their goals in potentially contentious situations whilst avoiding disputes. However, where circumstances require, Pauline is also well equipped to advance her clients' position robustly.
Pauline trained and qualified with a property litigation specialist firm in the city of London in 2004 and became a partner of a London firm in 2009. She subsequently took a sabbatical and since has worked, amongst other things, on the Grenfell Tower Fire Public Inquiry for some of the bereaved, survivors and residents since 2019 with a leading human rights firm. She joined Russell-Cooke in 2021.
- Advised a number of groups of leaseholders in cladding remediation and building safety work related issues and successfully preserving their position in completing standstill agreements with opponents including developers and freeholders.
- Acted successfully for a Rent Act tenant in the Court of Appeal.
- Acted successfully for a freeholder and managing agent in resisting leaseholders’ application to appoint a manager in the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.
- Acted successfully for a developer in a dispute relating to restrictive covenant and easement resulting in a satisfactory settlement.
- Member of the Property Litigation Association