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What the team is known for Powerful litigation offering, particularly with regard to disputes arising from development and infrastructure projects. Expertise in land issues affecting the energy and telecoms industries, with a deep pool of well-known retail clients. Also noted for its work with pension funds and other institutional investors in connection with a broad range of residential and commercial property disputes. Particularly adept at advising on landlord and tenant matters.
Strengths One client appreciates the firm's ability to "meet any required time frame, know our specific requirements and offer pragmatic and effective legal advice."
"The team provides an exceptional service," another client reports, adding: "They have detailed subject knowledge and are very detailed in their work."
Work highlights Acted for Cornerstone in a case before the Upper Tribunal concerning what factors should be considered in the assessment of compensation payable to the landowner in relation to the Electronic Communications Code.
David Shakesby is recognised for his experience acting on a range of high-profile real estate disputes for clients across the infrastructure, finance and natural resources sectors. Clients describe him as "an experienced and effective lawyer who runs cases well."
Emily Van Schalkwyk advises energy, telecoms and utilities clients on infrastructure and land rights disputes. One client states: "I hold her in the highest regard in respect of her knowledge, professionalism and service."
Leona Briggs is head of the firm's real estate litigation team and is described by clients as"an excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful lawyer." She is highly regarded for her significant experience advising on complex Electronic Communications Code claims, as well as landlord and tenant issues and development disputes.