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Charlotte RossSenior Associate, Property Litigation
Charlotte is a Senior Associate in Forsters Property Litigation team. She has a wide range of experience, with an emphasis on real property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant disputes, and development risk mitigation work.
Charlotte frequently provides strategic advice to developers in relation to real property issues (easements, restrictive covenants, rights to light) which may affect the site, and in relation to how to secure vacant possession of the site from sitting tenants. This includes advising in relation to the effect of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 as well as the Telecoms Code. She also regularly advises in relation to management issues such as landlord's consents to assign or underlet, dilapidations, service charges, business tenancy lease renewals, breach of lease covenants, and tenant insolvency issues.
She was ranked by the Legal 500 in 2019, in which she was described as a "natural property litigator".
Charlotte trained with Forsters and qualified into the Real Estate Litigation team in 2008. She is an active member of the Property Litigation Association and is currently the Vice Chair of the association's Website and Marketing Committee.
The devastating impact of UK lockdown on the high street has been put into sharp focus, as the Arcadia Group (which owns brands including Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins) has confirmed that it has filed notice to appoint administrators. Arcadia follows Debenhams, Cath Kidston, Jaeger, TM Lewin and a long list of other household names who have taken similar action since March this year.
The Government has announced that the current legislation which prevent landlords from forfeiting commercial leases, or levying execution on the tenant's goods by way of CRAR to recover outstanding rent, will be extended from 30 September 2020 until 31 December 2020 to provide further protection for tenants who have not paid their rents or other sums due under their leases.
Despite stimulus packages from the Government, it unfortunately seems inevitable that a large number of businesses will enter liquidation in the short and medium term as the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is felt in nearly every sector.
My articles and links
"A natural property litigator" Legal 500 UK, 2019