Contact details

Sophie Schultz

T: +44 20 7809 2257 M: +44 7584 390 465 Email Sophie | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Property litigation

Property litigation

Sophie Schultz Partner

Contact details

Sophie Schultz

Sophie Schultz
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2257 M: +44 7584 390 465 Email Sophie | Vcard Office: London

A specialist property litigator with 11+ years' experience, Sophie helps clients navigate the complexities of property law and resolve disputes quickly and cost-effectively. She advises property investors, developers, lenders, corporate occupiers and individuals on every manner of property dispute. Sophie has a particular expertise in rights of light. 
  • Profile
  • Services
She is renowned for her legal knowledge and ability to get to the bottom of a tricky issue.  Sources quoted in Chambers UK have praised her "phenomenal" knowledge (2015) and described her as a "walking brain" (2014) that is "able to tie the opposition up in knots" (2011).

Sophie has acted on a wide range of landlord and tenant claims. She also has extensive experience in the development sphere, advising both developers and neighbours on issues such as nuisance claims, rights of light claims and injunctions. Other experience includes adverse possession, boundaries, easements, insolvency-related issues, joint ventures, leasehold enfranchisement, professional negligence, residential property and sale and purchase disputes.  

Sophie aims to resolve disputes without court proceedings wherever possible.  Often straightforward 'without prejudice negotiations' are most effective but she also has experience of mediation, arbitration and expert determination where needed. Sophie gives practical and effective advice and deploys a range of strategies. Clients express their appreciation of having her in their corner to fight their side. 

Sophie also advises on risk management, for example the existence and implications of a split reversion and how to structure a development title to avoid enfranchisement risk. She is a solicitor advocate and member of the Property Litigation Association. Sophie has written for Property Week, Estates Gazette, Landlord & Tenant Review and FM World.
 
"If there is a point of law that you want to know, she is the one to ask. Her knowledge is just phenomenal."

Chambers UK 2015
  • Dispute resolution
  • Commercial litigation
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Real estate litigation

Service charge dispute

Acting for a major institutional landlord, secured favourable settlement of an unpaid service charge dispute going back many years, involving evaluation of the tenant's counterclaim for provision of inadequate air conditioning services.

Contested lease renewal proceedings

Successfully represented a national high street retailer (as tenant) in a hard-fought dispute over the terms of a landlord's redevelopment break right, which settled only a few days before trial.

Rights of light - various adjoining owners

Securing substantial compensation settlements for a range of institutional investors, public bodies and individuals, adapting tactics (from correspondence/negotiations to court proceedings) according to circumstances and the client's aims and budget.

Vacant possession to enable development

Obtained possession from 14 tenants (including business tenants and corporate lease of flat), adopting different strategies according to the nature of the tenancy and the redevelopment's impact on each one.

Insolvency – administrators of a nationwide retail chain

Resisted attempts by landlords to forfeit leases, advised on the surrender of other leases and assessed the company's rights and liabilities regarding numerous other different types of commercial and residential property.

Sale and purchase dispute

Highly-contested court proceedings to force seller to complete a sale agreement before fast-approaching longstop date. By applying pressure at the interim stage, a timely and cost-effective settlement was achieved without full trial.

More: Dispute resolution

Neighbour/construction nuisance

Successfully obtained interim injunctions for FTSE 250 company to prevent demolition nuisance which was seriously affecting their entire business. The proceedings were highly contested and conducted under significant time pressure.

Rights of light – developer

Comprehensive advice from initial stages onwards on evaluating and managing rights of light risk including acquisition report, advice on insurance options, using legal arguments to cut down claims, and working with surveyors to secure releases.

Sale and purchase dispute

Highly-contested court proceedings to force seller to complete a sale agreement before fast-approaching longstop date. By applying pressure at the interim stage, a timely and cost-effective settlement was achieved without full trial.

Contested lease renewal proceedings

Successfully represented a national high street retailer (as tenant) in a hard-fought dispute over the terms of a landlord's redevelopment break right, which settled only a few days before trial.

More: Commercial litigation

Service charge dispute 

Acting for a major institutional landlord, secured favourable settlement of an unpaid service charge dispute going back many years, involving evaluation of the tenant's counterclaim for provision of inadequate air conditioning services. 
 

Contested lease renewal proceedings 

Successfully represented a national high street retailer (as tenant) in a hard-fought dispute over the terms of a landlord's redevelopment break right, which settled only a few days before trial.  

Vacant possession to enable development 

Obtained possession from 14 tenants (including business tenants and corporate lease of flat), adopting different strategies according to the nature of the tenancy and the redevelopment's impact on each one. 

Insolvency – administrators of a nationwide retail chain

Resisted attempts by landlords to forfeit leases, advised on the surrender of other leases and assessed the company's rights and liabilities regarding numerous other different types of commercial and residential property.
 
More: Landlord and tenant

Service charge dispute 

Acting for a major institutional landlord, secured favourable settlement of an unpaid service charge dispute going back many years, involving evaluation of the tenant's counterclaim for provision of inadequate air conditioning services.  

Contested lease renewal proceedings 

Successfully represented a national high street retailer (as tenant) in a hard-fought dispute over the terms of a landlord's redevelopment break right, which settled only a few days before trial.  

Neighbour/construction nuisance 

Successfully obtained interim injunctions for FTSE 250 company to prevent demolition nuisance which was seriously affecting their entire business.  The proceedings were highly contested and conducted under significant time pressure. 

Rights of light – developer 

Comprehensive advice from initial stages onwards on evaluating and managing rights of light risk including acquisition report, advice on insurance options, using legal arguments to cut down claims, and working with surveyors to secure releases. 

Rights of light - various adjoining owners 

Securing substantial compensation settlements for a range of institutional investors, public bodies and individuals, adapting tactics (from correspondence/negotiations to court proceedings) according to circumstances and the client's aims and budget. 

Vacant possession to enable development 

Obtained possession from 14 tenants (including business tenants and corporate lease of flat), adopting different strategies according to the nature of the tenancy and the redevelopment's impact on each one. 

Insolvency – administrators of a nationwide retail chain

Resisted attempts by landlords to forfeit leases, advised on the surrender of other leases and assessed the company's rights and liabilities regarding numerous other different types of commercial and residential property.

Sale and purchase dispute  

Highly-contested court proceedings to force seller to complete a sale agreement before fast-approaching longstop date. By applying pressure at the interim stage, a timely and cost-effective settlement was achieved without full trial.
 
More: Real estate litigation

Awards

Property litigation

Property litigation

Latest news & insights

27 Apr 2017

From News

Stephenson Harwood promotes four to partnership

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has promoted three lawyers to partner and one lawyer to local partner, effective 1 May 2017.

More

print-footer
logo
© Stephenson Harwood LLP 2016. Any reference to Stephenson Harwood in this document means Stephenson Harwood LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings. Any reference to a partner is used to refer to a member of Stephenson Harwood LLP.