Rebecca is an Associate Director in our real estate disputes and risk team in London. She acts for a variety of clients in the Built Environment sector, with a particular specialism in residential and mixed-use property. Rebecca also has a particular focus on assets in the Living sector, including build-to-rent, student accommodation, later living and co-living.
Rebecca advises investors, developers, build-to-rent operators and student accommodation providers on complex issues affecting their residential and mixed-use property portfolios, including rights to light issues. She advises on all aspects of residential landlord and tenant law, such as leasehold enfranchisement, tenants’ rights of first refusal, service charge disputes as well as mixed-use asset management issues. She also assists operators with the streamlining of their leasing and resident management processes.
Working closely with Osborne Clarke's Construction and Regulatory Disputes teams, Rebecca provides comprehensive advice to developers and investors on the rapidly evolving regulations relating to fire and building safety. In addition, she provides a "triaging" service to developers and building owners to help them:
- understand their risk exposure
- devise a strategy to implement any necessary changes
- manage relations with leaseholders and relevant authorities.
Rebecca is a member of the UK Apartment Association, Property Litigation Association and Women in Property.
"Rebecca is great with client relationships and fully on top of the detail in each claim. Rebecca sees a case through from beginning to end with a proper holistic approach and always with an eye for what is best for the client."
Acted for Redevco at the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in relation to (1) a contested appointment of a manager application and (2) a service charge application regarding a mixed-use development in Central London.
Advises Greystar, the global build-to-rent and student accommodation operator, on all asset management affecting their UK portfolio.
Advises a number of developers on fire safety liabilities affecting existing and legacy sites.
Rights to light
Advises investor and developer clients on rights to light risk and mitigation strategies.
A large institutional landlord
Acted for a large institutional landlord on a statutory headlease extension claim by its Housing Association tenant.
Acted for a Bank on a high value, contested mortgage repossession claim on a property in Central London.
Advised a pension fund on its service charge consultation obligations and recovery options on a large residential block in prime, Central London.
Burrows Investments Ltd v Ward Homes Ltd
Burrows Investments Ltd v Ward Homes Limited  PLSCS 266 - Successfully representing the defendant developer in a dispute regarding overage and breach of contract allegations.
Assisted on a rights to light dispute for an investor client against an adjoining land owner, achieving a significant release payment for our client.
A large UK PLC
Acted for a large UK PLC on a contentious rent review involving arguments of contractual construction and rectification.