Colette is a Senior Associate in the real estate litigation team in London. Her work spans a number of sectors, with a focus on clients operating in the Real Estate & Infrastructure, Retail & Consumer and Energy & Utilities sectors. Colette has a broad expertise, having acted for and advised developers, corporate occupiers, telecoms operators, retail portfolio managers/owners and investment funds on a wide range of real estate issues.

Colette handles all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant disputes including lease renewals, dilapidation’s claims, and break clause disputes. She has a particular interest in business rates, having written a number of published articles on the subject.

She advises developers on typical issues affecting development sites, most notably on rights of light, but also on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and the interpretation of option agreements. In respect of rights of light, she has experience negotiating deeds of release, undertaking due diligence reviews and implementing Light Obstruction Notice strategies.

Colette also advises a number of the firm’s renewable energy clients in relation to property matters affecting their generation sites, predominantly in relation to landlord and tenant issues. She also advises electricity DNO clients in relation to enforcing statutory powers and compulsory purchase powers relating to infrastructure projects.

Colette is a member of both the Property Litigation Association and the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association. She is a frequent contributor to industry publications such as the Property Law Journal

Work

Marks & Spencer PLC

Marks & Spencer PLC v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd & Anor [2015] UKSC 72 - Acting for Marks & Spencer in a leading Supreme Court case concerning the apportionment of rent and the interpretation of a break clause in a high value lease.

A large investor

Assisting a large investor client to implement a vacant possession strategy for a high profile commercial redevelopment in East London. Included advising on utilising ground (f) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, exercising break options and terminating commercial and residential leases to achieve vacant possession.

An electricity distribution network operator

Advised an electricity distribution network operator on the enforcement of its CPO rights.

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