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Sophie Mahal

T: +44 20 7809 2203 M: +44 75 8451 5759 Email Sophie | Vcard Office: London

Sophie Mahal Associate

Contact details

Sophie Mahal

Sophie Mahal
Associate

T: +44 20 7809 2203 M: +44 75 8451 5759 Email Sophie | Vcard Office: London

Sophie is a property litigation associate specialising in all aspects of contentious property. Sophie provides clear and easy to understand advice and achieves cost-effective and practical solutions for clients. 
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  • Services

Sophie advises on all issues relating to business lease renewals; dilapidations; arrears recovery/enforcement; breaches of covenant; possession (including squatter claims); tenant insolvency; development considerations (including methods for obtaining vacant possession); notices exercising contractual/statutory rights; rights of first refusal and; general contractual claims.

Clients include property investors, developers, management companies, corporate tenants and individuals.

  • Real estate litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Commercial litigation

Lenders

Representing agents (particularly of large syndicates), bilateral lenders and syndicate members on cross border, senior and junior, secured and unsecured financings/refinancings and restructurings and on the granting and sale of loan participations.

Forfeiture

Advising a landlord of high-street shop premises on a tenant's wrongful forfeiture claim. The claim was discontinued days before trial resulting in the tenant being liable for the landlord's costs.

Lease variations

Advising a landlord of a residential block on the variation of all of its tenants' leases to enable it to lawfully replace and upgrade the block's heating system.

Dilapidations

Assisting a tenant in proceedings brought by its landlord seeking leave of the court to forfeit the tenant's lease for breach of a repairing covenant.

Insolvency

Advising landlords on strategies for recovering arrears against tenants in insolvency procedures.

Rights of first refusal

Advising tenants on both a prospective purchase under the rights of first refusal procedure and remedies for non-compliance with the procedure on past transactions.

Lease renewals

Managing landlord and tenant claims in unopposed lease renewal proceedings and advising on negotiation strategies.

Possession proceedings

Obtaining possession of commercial property, and development land, from squatters.

More: Real estate litigation

Breach of contract claim

Advising an individual facing a breach of contract claim after cancelling a high-value agreement with a wedding package provider. The claim was disputed on grounds of misrepresentation. A favourable, and cost-effective, settlement was achieved.

Enforcement in/outside UK

Assisting an individual enforcing an English judgment against her landlord resident in Poland.

Acting for a lender enforcing an Irish judgment against a debtor resident in England.

Rent deposit

Acting for a former retail tenant of the Westfield Shopping Centre seeking the recovery of its rent deposit. A favourable settlement was achieved through successful without prejudice negotiations.

More: Dispute resolution

Breach of contract claim

Advising an individual facing a breach of contract claim after cancelling a high-value agreement with a wedding package provider. The claim was disputed on grounds of misrepresentation. A favourable, and cost-effective, settlement was achieved.

Enforcement in/outside UK

Assisting an individual enforcing an English judgment against her landlord resident in Poland.

Acting for a lender enforcing an Irish judgment against a debtor resident in England.

Rent deposit

Acting for a former retail tenant of the Westfield Shopping Centre seeking the recovery of its rent deposit. A favourable settlement was achieved through successful without prejudice negotiations.

More: Commercial litigation
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