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What happened: Blackstone Solicitors were instructed in June 2016 on behalf of a married couple who had purchased a property in September 2013 which was their main residence. The couple purchased the property for the sum of £225,000.00 and their former property solicitor advised them that the property was subject to a 99-year leasehold interest. After a number of years, the couple intended to re-mortgage the property and conducted a search on or around 2015. The search results showed that there was actually 56 years remaining on the lease, as opposed to 99 years and they were not advised of the impact of the short leasehold interest. This culminated in the couple being unable to re-mortgage the property due to the short lease and the mortgage payments increased. The couple attempted to remedy the situation by seeking to extend the leasehold interest and the freehold interest, however, the costs were substantial and sought legal assistance.
Outcome: Settlement was reached and the couple received payment of 85% of the damages claimed in the court papers and legal costs. The damages paid for the purchase of the leasehold interest and the freehold interest and in the couples own words “All the advice, patience and support you guys have given us has been fantastic. We're delighted with the result.”
Blackstone Solicitors were instructed by a firm of debt recovery agents following a breach of contract by a merchant services provider (card machine) in respect of the percentage fees applied to transactions taken by way of credit and debit card.
Outcome: The matter settled at mediation on positive terms for our client.
Blackstone Solicitors were instructed on behalf of two individuals who had designed and built a property to a high specification. This unfortunately led to a dispute between the installer and our client and non-payment of fees for unsatisfactory works. After a number of months of trying to deal with the dispute themselves, the installer issued proceedings for a sum in excess of £140,000.
Outcome: We were successful in defending the claim on behalf of our clients who were also successful in their counterclaim and set off. Due to the offers put forward historically and the result generally, the Judge also awarded our clients 90% of their budgeted costs by way of interim payment.
Our Iranian client received a five-figure settlement from RBS when the bank closed his account for Iran-related transactions.
Outcome: £31,200 recovery
The Landlord of a property containing a number of units let on an individual basis required possession of the property in order to undertake significant remedial works. The landlord served notice on the tenants, one of which, without any prior warning or communication, issued an application for injunctive relief to stop the Landlord obtaining possession. The tenant in question was in rent arrears and the Landlord was therefore at liberty to forfeit the lease in any event.
Outcome: We successfully defended the application and recovered the Landlord’s costs of the application.