Gary has built (from a standing start) and heads the highly-rated real estate litigation team in London. He helps developer and investor clients manage risk, and has been ranked as a leading lawyer in London by the legal directories for over a decade.
His main focus is in urban dynamics, with a particular focus on the regeneration sector. He is regularly instructed by domestic and international household names involved in the future of living (including build to rent developers / operators, housebuilders and student developers and operators), the future of work (including office developers and occupiers) and urban mobility (logistical developers and operators).
Gary troubleshoots complex legal issues to ensure consented schemes are fully delivered (having successfully defended countless injunction threats and claims) and operated optimally. He is regularly recommended for his rights to light expertise in the legal directories. He has successfully de-risked many schemes with a gross development value in the aggregate of billions of pounds over the last decade. He also has an excellent working knowledge of the contaminated land regime (having won a scholarship to undertake an LLM, by research, on this topic) and the electronic communications code (having been seconded to Vodafone's radio base station team for six months).
Gary is a former Chair of the Property Litigation Association, and a current member of Sweet & Maxwell's editorial board of The Landlord and Tenant Reports.
Gary has a huge degree of experience and a practical attitude. He has unrivalled expertise in rights of light disputes.
Development-related and neighbourly disputes…are among the key strengths of team head and rights to light specialist, Gary Lawrenson; he is also noted for his property management expertise
G Park Skelmersdale v Electricity North West Limited
Successfully acting for GLP in the Upper Tribunal and also the Court of Appeal in this compensation case regarding overhead electricity pylons preventing development of a large warehouse.
Regency Villas Title Ltd and Others v Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd and Others
Acting for the principal appellant in the leading Supreme Court case concerning the enforceability of recreational easements.
UK Leasing Brighton Ltd & Ors v Topland Neptune Ltd & Ors
Successfully acting for the principal defendant in a High Court case of first instance regarding the unwinding an unlawful assignment of a lease.
Ansco Arena Limited v Law  EWHC 835
Successfully acting for claimant to obtain an anticipatory injunction from the High Court to prevent “urban explorers” from trespassing on the O2 Arena roof and remove their video content of previous 02 trespasses from their social media channels.
Obtained, at trial, a declaration from the High Court that the tenants failed to validly exercise its break option and that the lease is continuing
Represented in a rent review relating to the subterranean area of Waterloo Station
Advised a number of landlords as to their rights and obligations in relation to the CVA of the Travelodge Group.
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