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Andrew Tugwell

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Andrew is a dual-qualified senior solicitor and chartered surveyor. He is also a qualified arbitrator and an experienced mediator. He has particular expertise dealing with property management issues and disputes. His clients include major corporate occupiers/tenants with large portfolios as well as institutional investors/landlords and private owners. Andrew acts for many well-known companies such as leading estate agents and surveyors.

Career

Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2018, Andrew worked at the following firms:

- Payne Hicks Beach

- Osborne Clarke

- CMS

- TCS Surveyors

- DTZ Plc

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

CEDR and ADR Net accredited Mediator

Member, Property Litigation Association

Publications

Estates Gazette and other publications

Experience

- Advised Cola Holdings, a major Hotel Group, concerning the acquisition of the 600+ bedroom Hilton Hotel in Kensington including advice relating to a major claim and appeal concerning alleged disrepair and the availability of specific performance. The matter included a High Court claim and multiple appeals requiring the tenant to carry out more than £100m improvement works.

- Acted for many of the UK’s largest estate agencies and surveyors including your-move, Reeds Rains, Marsh & Parsons, Lauristons and e.surv. Regularly instructed regarding lease renewals and property management matters on a national basis. Recently acted in relation to a particularly high-value major call centre/office site, commercially important to the client in respect of nuisance caused by the demolition of the adjoining shopping centre and issues arising.

- Advised concerning aspects of nuisance, derogation from grant of the leases, lease renewal rights and strategy, and dilapidations and remedies including injunction, exit strategy, notices and other matters. A long track record of continuous service for this major plc client.

- Provided key advice in respect of landlord and tenant and other property issues to SAGA plc, a major UK corporate occupier with a significant group of associated companies such as matters arising from SAGA’s recent acquisition of Destinology Limited and Bennetts Insurance Services Limited and other advice, consents, notices and disputes. Recently dealt with repair/dilapidations/lease exit issues in connection with SAGA’s disaster recovery premises in Kent.

- Advised GMS Estates Limited for many years, a longstanding property development and investment company with portfolios in London and nationally. Advised concerning various parts of the portfolio including Queensway involving a master plan to redesign and develop a prime new shopping area described by the Evening Standard as “a quarter of a mile strip that does a better job for international relations than any United Nations convention”.

- Advised Lewisham Investment Partnership on alleged valuation negligence, rent review law and valuation techniques (Lewisham Investment Partnership Limited v Morgan [1997] PLSCS292).

- Represented Save and Prosper in the alleged conflict of interest and the removal of a rent review arbitrator (Save & Prosper v Homebase Limited [2000]).

- Acted for Blackhawk Automotive (part of Snap-on Tools) in a leading commercial property dilapidations case regarding replacement of asbestos roof sheets (Riverside Investments v Blackhawk Automotive [December 2005] 01 EG 94 (CS)).

- Represented Hundalani in respect of service charge dispute and alleged interference with a right of way (Crane Road Properties LLP v Hundalani [2006] EWHC 2066 (Ch) [2006] PLSCS 191).

- Acted for Sloane Properties on a matter concerning disputed residential service charges relating to major expenditure covering more than one service charge year dealt with by the Lands Tribunal (Barrington v Sloane Properties [2007] 40EG 268).

- Represented Kensington Close Hotel in an important High Court and Court of Appeal case concerning disputed rights of access between two major London Hotels (London Tara Hotel v Kensington Close Hotel [2011] EWCA Civ 1356).

- Represented Kingswood Warren Management Company in a judicial review challenge concerning whether a Section 106 planning condition could be varied (R (on the application of Symphony Limited) v Reigate and Banstead Borough Council 17 December 2015 unreported).

- Acted for a commercial developer in a judicial review challenge to actions of Basingstoke to promote hotel use (2017).

- Represented Cola Holdings (an interested party) in a major claim and appeal concerning alleged disrepair and the availability of specific performance requiring the tenant to carry out £100m improvement works and the secondary issue of challenge in respect of the appointment and powers of an administrator (Zinc Cobham 1 Ltd v Adda Hotels [2018] EWHC 1025 (Ch)).