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Andrew Myers

T: +44 20 7809 2275 Email Andrew | Vcard Office: London

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Commercial litigation; Professional negligence

Commercial litigation; Professional negligence

Property litigation

Property litigation

Real estate litigation

Real estate litigation

Andrew Myers Partner

Contact details

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2275 Email Andrew | Vcard Office: London

Andrew is well known as a tenacious litigator who gets results. His “no nonsense” approach cuts to the chase and gets his clients results. He frequently takes on cases where other lawyers have floundered and turns them around. The directories have described Andrew as a "red hot litigator" and someone who "fights hard but fair". Andrew has particular expertise in property­-related disputes.
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Andrew has over 25 years' experience specialising in property disputes, contract disputes and professional negligence claims. His property litigation experience spans the full range and includes dilapidations claims, enforcing covenants, tenant insolvency, restrictive covenants, lease renewals and suing other solicitors who have drafted property documents negligently.

He is an experienced tactician, a solicitor advocate. He recently won a Court of Appeal case, as sole advocate, successfully arguing against the QC on the other side. Andrew is also experienced at using “no win no fee” to his clients’ benefit.

Andrew acted for the successful tenants in the largest ever enfranchisement claim -
Westbrook Dolphin Square Limited v Friends Life Ltd.

He acted for the successful defendants in a dispute concerning a failed joint venture to build a shopping centre in Wolverhampton. Andrew’s clients were sued for £56 million. The judge ordered them to pay just £2 (and made their opponents reimburse Andrew’s clients' legal costs).

He recently took Lidl to the Court of Appeal on a joint venture property dispute, and recovered a very substantial overage payment for a local authority.

Andrew acts for several large institutional pension fund landlords, as well as several entrepreneurial property companies. But he also acts for smaller businesses and institutions. He recently settled a claim by a property agent whose introduction fee a national housebuilder had refused to pay. Andrew also successfully defended a widow from an attempt by her relatives to take her late husband's estate, and a local charity whose landlord tried (but failed) to forfeit the charity’s 89 year lease.

The Legal directories describe Andrew as “shrewd and determined’ (Legal 500 2018 edition) and “a real fighter” who “completely runs the show in landlord and tenant stuff”” (Chambers 2013). The Legal 500 (2017 edition) has described him as having “boundless enthusiasm” with “great attention to detail and considerable tenancy.” As Chambers UK 2015 states "he's very commercial. He sees the wood for the trees and has your interests at heart.”

"He is always prompt and attentive. He gives concise and accurate advice based on his depth of knowledge and his experience in his area of expertise"

Chambers UK 2019

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Andrew has over 25 years' experience in all types of property disputes including dilapidations claims, enforcing covenants, tenant insolvency, restrictive covenants, lease renewals and negligently drafted property documents.

Dolphin Square enfranchisement claim

Andrew acted for the successful tenants in the largest ever enfranchisement claim Westbrook Dolphin Square Limited v Friends Life Ltd [2014] EWHC 2433 (Ch). Following the trial the judge declared the proposed £111.7 million purchase price as realistic and dismissed all six of the landlord’s attempts to block the enfranchisement.

Property joint venture disputes

Andrew acted for the successful defendants in a dispute concerning a failed joint venture to build a shopping centre in Wolverhampton. Multi Veste 226 BV v NI Summer Row Unitholder BV [2011] EWHC 2026 (Ch). Multi Corporation sued Andrew’s clients for £56 million. The judge awarded Multi just £2 (and made them pay Andrew’s clients' legal costs).

Andrew acted for a property developer who took Lidl to the Court of Appeal when Lidl pulled out of a property joint venture- Generator Developments Limited v Lidl UK GmbH [2018] EWCA Civ 396.

Dilapidations

Andrew acted on a £5 million dilapidations claim against BT (settled just before trial, again with his clients getting their costs).

Andrew’s dilapidations practice has also shaped the law in this area. His cases include Van Dal Footwear Ltd v Ryman Ltd [2010] 1 All ER 883 and Westminster City Council v HSBC Bank plc [2003] 1 EGLR 62.

HMV

Andrew acted against HMV following its first  administration, forcing it to relocate from the Oxford Street premises.

HS2

Andrew is currently seeking an 8 figure sum from HS2 as compensation following its compulsory purchase of his client’s property.  Andrew has forced HS2 to prioritise compensating his client.

Suing a top 10 law firm over a mistake in a conveyancing transaction

Clients who had lost a claim using a top 10 law firm came to Andrew, who identified the problem: the law firm’s original documentation had been negligently drafted.  Andrew is now bringing  a claim of just under £2 million against that law firm

Andrew has acted on a variety of commercial disputes, including a substantial number of professional negligence claims and contract disputes.

Professional negligence

Andrew advised on a professional negligence claim against a top 30 law firm in relation to a failure to advise correctly in relation to a £16 million loan and defective security provisions required for the purchase of a children's wear retail chain.
 
Andrew also advised on a professional negligence claim from a top 60 law firm on their mishandling of the contracts and guarantees that underpinned this acquisition of the retail premises.

Contract disputes

Andrew handles a range of contract disputes.  He is suing Lone Star for a substantial introduction fee.  He has acted for clients suing Habib Bank in a breach of mandate case and he acts for a well­known firm of tutors, handling a number of disputes for them.  He has also successfully settled a very large misrepresentation claim against a large institution.

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Awards

Commercial litigation; Professional negligence

Commercial litigation; Professional negligence

Property litigation

Property litigation

Real estate litigation

Real estate litigation

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