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Andrew Myers

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

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Real estate litigation

Real estate litigation

Property litigation

Property litigation

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Professional negligence

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 "knows when to turn on the pressure" and get results. His “no nonsense” approach cuts to the chase and gets his clients results. Andrew 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 30 years' experience specialising in property disputes, contract disputes and professional negligence claims. His property litigation experience spans the full range and includes, forfeiture, dilapidations claims, enforcing covenants, tenant insolvency, restrictive covenants, lease renewals and suing other solicitors who have drafted property documents negligently. Andrew has also deals with contracts which have gone wrong, and joint ventures which fall apart.

Andrew is an experienced tactician, and a solicitor advocate, appearing in civil courts up to and including the Court of Appeal. Andrew regularly takes on cases on a “no win no fee” basis.

Andrew is acted on one of the first rent arbitrations under the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 addressing a 7-figure level of arrears on a trophy asset. He has already got the arbitrator to order the tenant to produce a lot of additional accounting documentation to ensure that the tenant does not falsely claim impecuniosity.

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

Andrew acts for some large institutional pension fund landlords, as well as several entrepreneurial property companies. But he also acts for smaller businesses and institutions. He loves to help right wrongs. He brought and 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.

Andrew recently won at trial for his pension fund client in the recent break clause case B & M Retail Limited v HSBC Bank Pension Trust UK Limited.

Andrew is highly regarded in the UK legal directories. Legal 500 UK 2024, property litigation regard Andrew as "one of the best in the business: super bright, resourceful and experienced". As a client in the Chambers & Partners UK 2024 guide puts it, "Andrew Myers is a superb litigator" and that they "wouldn't use anyone else."

"Andrew Myers is one of the best in the business: super bright, resourceful and experienced."

The Legal 500 UK 2024

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Andrew has 30 years' experience specialising in property disputes, contract disputes and professional negligence claims. His property litigation experience spans the full range and includes, forfeiture, dilapidations claims, enforcing covenants, tenant insolvency, restrictive covenants, lease renewals and suing other solicitors who have drafted property documents negligently. Andrew has also deals with contracts which have gone wrong (or where one side wants to get out of the contract), and joint ventures which fall apart.

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.

Andrew acted for two directors of a housing association where the other two directors tried to oust Andrew's clients. Andrew secured his clients a very substantial payout.

Overage claims

Andrew has acted on a number of claims where the buyer of property has tried to get out of paying an overage which is due. In one case Andrew acted – successfully – in the Court of Appeal as advocate.

Dilapidations

Andrew acted on a £5 million dilapidations claim against BT (settled just before trial, again with his clients getting their costs).  He is also working on a very substantial 8-figure dilapidations claim against a very well-known national institution.

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.

Estate agents' commission

Andrew has acted in several high value disputes involving the recovery of selling agents' fees.

Forfeiture

Andrew has acted – on both sides – on a number of high value and hotly disputed forfeitures. He is currently involved in acting for a very well known business defending an attempt by its landlord to forfeit the lease of a high profile trophy asset.

Professional negligence

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 then recovered just under £2 million from that law firm at a mediation.

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 is experienced at joint venture disputes, and contract disputes, shareholder disputes, and estate agents' fee claims (for and against). He sued Lone Star (on behalf of a single individual) for a substantial introduction fee. He has acted for clients suing a bank in a breach of mandate case.

Shareholder disputes

Andrew has acted for a number of shareholders/directors where they have fallen out with their fellow shareholders. In each case Andrew managed to get a sensible, commercial deal for his clients without needing to go to court.

Awards

Real estate litigation

Real estate litigation

Property litigation

Property litigation

Professional negligence

Professional negligence

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