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Lucy Taggart

Solicitor - Property Litigation

My experience

I am a solicitor in the Property Litigation team. I have extensive specialist experience having started my career in the Real Estate Commercial Department of a leading firm in Chancery Lane. After qualifying as a solicitor in 2001 I joined one of the largest commercial property departments in the City where I learned strategies to enable me to identify pitfalls before they even arise.

I have extensive knowledge of and experience in complex landlord and tenant issues of all kinds including:

  • co-ordinating all contentious aspects of large portfolios of properties for commercial, retail and industrial clients – business lease renewals (contentious and non-contentious), service of schedules of dilapidations, litigation in pursuing/defending dilapidations claims;
  • serving & reviewing s.25 Notices and s.26 Requests, commencing and defending Landlord & Tenant 1954 Act Business Lease Renewals;
  • break Notices/Options to determine leases – including the interpretation of break clauses acting for both landlord and tenant and service of related notices;
  • arrears claims and recovery actions against tenants and guarantors to include rents, service charges and insurance charges enforced through court action, bailiffs and statutory demands. Defending such claims for tenants;
  • breach of other tenant covenants – including service of s146 and other notices to enforce tenant’s obligations and/or to gain possession;
  • breach of landlord’s obligations – including injunctions to compel compliance with repair obligations; and
  • possession proceedings against “persons unknown” or tenants who remain unlawfully in occupation.

Recent examples of work undertaken:

  • Acting for a national retailer tenant in a service charge dispute for road resurfacing on the landlord’s estate.
  • Recovering possession of various public recreation grounds for local parish councils from “persons unknown / trespassers”.
  • Advising a national funeral care home operator in withdrawing from the site and settling a large dilapidation claim.
  • Acting for global telecommunications provider in securing and retaining active network sites throughout the UK for its expansive portfolio.
  • Pursuing commercial tenant for recovery of substantial arrears, commencing forfeiture proceedings for consent from court to recover premises and resultant negotiations with Administrators.
  • Drafting and serving multiple break notices acting for a light industrial commercial landlord implementing its strategy for redevelopment.
  • Giving complex advice on agricultural tenancy issues and the termination of such a tenancy to facilitate the client’s sale to a national home developer.
  • Acting for wealthy private clients protecting their second home from an adverse possession claim brought by a neighbour.
  • Providing strategic advice to a landlord/freeholder on bringing tenancies protected by 1954 Act to an end to implement redevelopment strategy.

More recently, I have been advising on boundary disputes that can arise from residential properties and adverse possession claims which are becoming more and more frequent and call for careful, strategic handling.

I roll up my sleeves to work alongside clients to find practical, cost effective solutions to real estate focussed problems.

I am a member of the Southampton Property Association.

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Commercial rent arrears recovery

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How I’ve helped our clients

A referee says "I was impressed by Lucy Taggart taking time to really understand the problem."

Legal 500 2024 Edition

One client says "You can always rely on them to deliver a good result, particularly Lucy Taggart in commercial property issues;" whilst another adds "Lucy Taggart always keeps us up to date. Gives very good advice – very active and knowledgeable. An excellent solicitor. Highly recommend".

Legal 500 2023 - Referee Comments

Lucy Taggart supported our recent boundary dispute with a neighbour. It was a challenging situation with strong opinions on both sides. Lucy helped us to navigate the legal process and it was very useful to have her advice and counsel at difficult times. Lucy certainly helped us to get to a point where we could come to an amicable agreement with our neighbour.

S&G - Dispute with neighbour

I worked with Lucy on a difficult dispute with a neighbour. She was consistently helpful, quick to respond, and clear with her detailed advice both when it was good news and bad. She was also constructively pragmatic, and pleasant at all times. Ultimately the matter was resolved satisfactorily without the expense of a court hearing. Overall, it was a very professional and highly satisfactory experience.

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Would thoroughly recommend Lucy Taggart - professional, friendly and effective service - Thank you

Delyth Leask - Boundary advice
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