Our specialist real estate lawyers advise charities and not-for-profit organisations on their real estate disputes. These include: 

  • dilapidations claims for tenants (this being claims by landlords for disrepair at the end of leases)
  • dilapidations claims by charity landlords
  • residential possession claims against beneficiaries of charities (under licences or tenancies)
  • residential possession claims against tenants of investment property
  • disputes with landlord in relation to breaches of tenant covenants
    disputes with commercial tenants
  • claims in relation to breaches or freehold restrictive covenants
    alleged breaches of planning law
  • construction claims
  • disputes over ownership of or trusteeship of an organisation's property
  • claims for breaches of mortgages or clawback arrangements
  • contentious adverse possession claims
  • breaches of liquor and other licensing rules
  • breaches of environmental legislation
  • claims by persons injured on property

Our team

  • Our specialist team consists of two partners and three assistants with wide experience of property law as it relates to the voluntary sector.
  • Legal review Chambers refers to our strong reputation in the charity field. The Legal 500 describes the team as 'knowledgeable, quick, trustworthy, and nice to deal with.'

Our approach

  • We work closely with our property litigation team to provide a cost-effective and risk-aware approach to property disputes, grounded on an understanding of charity law and the way the voluntary sector works.
  • Our team will consider the most appropriate way of dealing with a problem and if necessary will pass the matter to our dispute resolution lawyers.

Property Litigation Association

All Contentious Property solicitors are members of the Property Litigation Association. Jason Hunter is a former chairman and Paul Greatholder is a current director.

www.pla.org.uk

National Council of Voluntary Organisations

NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is a registered charity, which gives voice and support to civil society. Russell-Cooke are an approved consultant of the NCVO. NCVO believes passionately in the voluntary and community sector and are the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England with sister councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

www.ncvo.org.uk

Charges are usually based on hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements but we are flexible with regard to charging rates and will discuss with you budgets for work on a particular matter, or, where it is not entirely clear how things will develop, for the initial stages or a particular stage of a matter.  We will always provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

In circumstances where we can more or less either anticipate the work to be done or prescribe the work, we can act on a fixed or capped fee basis.

We would be pleased to discuss your requirements free of charge and tailor a costs proposal accordingly.

It is fundamental to our policy on allocating work that one of the factors we will consider is the likely cost outcome of using particular solicitors for particular pieces of work.  Whilst almost invariably a partner will be able to carry out work more quickly than a less experienced solicitor, a less experienced solicitor under appropriate supervision may be able to produce a more cost effective result.  Partner input is more likely to be appropriate and cost-effective in more complex or more specialised matters.

ADR Group

ADR Group is acknowledged nationally and internationally as a leading authority in mediation and other dispute resolution techniques. We are known for the quality service we continue to provide and have provided for the past 20 years.

www.adrgroup.co.uk

Charity Commission - Supporting Charities

The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales. We offer them advice and provide a wide range of services and guidance to help them run as effectively as possible. We also keep the online Register of Charities, which provides information about each of the thousands of registered charities in England and Wales.

charitycommission.gov.uk

Ethical Property Foundation

The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues. Our Property Advice Service offers independent, ethical advice and training, and has helped almost 600 organisations to rent, buy, let or manage property since 2005.

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Charity Property Help

Charity Property Help is a pro bono service designed to assist charities and voluntary organisations, by providing free support and guidance on all property matters in the UK.

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Sandy Adirondack

Training and consultancy on governance and law for the voluntary sector

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations

NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is a registered charity, which gives voice and support to civil society. Russell-Cooke are an approved consultant of the NCVO. NCVO believes passionately in the voluntary and community sector and are the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England with sister councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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CTN - The trustee network

CTN’s vision is of positive, effective trustees governing voluntary and community sector organisations. It works to achieve this by: increasing trustees’ access to information, guidance and support through networks, a website, signposting and services; and developing understanding and awareness of trusteeship and governance. CTN was founded in 1998 by a group of trustees who found that meeting together enhanced their motivation and effectiveness within their charitable organisations. There are now many networks around the country which provide networking and support opportunities to over 500 trustees a year. We also listen to the concerns of trustees and make sure that these are heard at a national level, through our partnerships, consultations and submissions. We regularly organise events to support trustees and hear their views; these range from a small working group lunch to our Annual Lecture for 300 trustees. Where possible, we work with partners to achieve positive outcomes for trustees.

trusteenet.org.uk

Prospectus

Prospectus is a specialist recruitment consultancy and recruitment advertising and design agency working exclusively with the not for profit sector. Their clients include charities, social enterprises, universities, health agencies, arts bodies, membership organisations and government departments. They work collaboratively with not for profit ‘umbrella’ organisations like NCVO and ACEVO.

prospect-us.co.uk

The London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC)

The London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) is a strategic and independent voice for London's voluntary and community sector. They support London's 60,000 plus voluntary and community organisations to improve the lives of Londoners.

lvsc.org.uk

ivo

ivo is a charity that promotes and enables volunteering and social action. ivo do this primarily through the use of digital technologies with their main projects being the ivo.org social platform and Do-it.org, the UK's largest volunteering service.

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