As acknowledged leading dilapidations experts and the leading firm in the field, Malcolm Hollis has a proven track record in providing commercial solutions for both landlord and tenant clients, ranging from single instructions through to complete property portfolio management.
We currently deal with nearly 2,000 instructions a year and pride ourselves on the consistently high level quality of our service in this complex area of law, negotiating and securing the best possible outcomes for both landlord and tenant clients.
We apply our knowledge and considerable experience in formulating our advice and in determining the likely scenarios, all of which is crucial to developing the most appropriate strategy for each client. Over the years we have collected a wealth of settlement data and information which enables us to forecast and assess costs with a high degree of accuracy.
Our approach is always pragmatic, focused and commercial and we aim to deliver hassle-free outcomes. However, the nature of dilapidations is not always straightforward and we are often called upon to provide Expert Opinions. We have a great deal of experience in the litigation process having been involved in numerous cases, most notably our successful involvement in two of the UK’s recent, high profile dilapidations cases: PGF II SA & Anor v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc & Anor  and Sunlife Europe Properties Ltd v Tiger Aspect Holdings Ltd & Anor (2013).
We are currently the only independent commercial building consultancy to offer in-house legal counsel as part of our dilapidations and dispute resolution services. Our in-house barrister, Nicholas Dowding QC, is widely regarded as one of the top real estate QCs in the UK and can provide advice on complex disputes. In addition to this, our other in-house legal consultant, Vivien King, can assist in contentious matters, calling upon her wealth of experience in property litigation, having been a partner within the UK’s leading property solicitors. Whilst no longer a practicing solicitor, she can help you in directing your questions to the right people.
Malcolm Hollis also maintains very close links with the RICS, having co-authored the Dilapidations Guidance Note since its first edition and we also liaised with the RICS concerning the formal adoption of the PLA Protocol. In Ireland we were also involved with the SCSI Dilapidations sub-committee in the drafting of the Dilapidations: Guidance Note to Best Practice. In addition we are acknowledged contributors to the leading text on the subject, Dilapidations – The Modern Law and Practice written by our in-house barrister Nicholas Dowding QC along with Kirk Reynolds QC.
We also offer a number of dilapidations-related services including Schedules of Condition, Service Charges, Itinerary Schedules and Tenant Alterations, as well as a comprehensive range of dispute resolution options, should negotiations breakdown. Naturally, our project management team can also undertake the necessary construction works where necessary and our in-house environmental specialists are also on hand.
- Assessment of dilapidations liability for tenant/landlord
- Break clause advice and guidance on compliance works
- Compliant FRS 102 Accountancy Assessments for occupiers and guidance with compliance/negotiating financial settlements
- General strategy advice / implementation / Section 18 (1) guidance
- Interim/terminal defenses for tenants
- Itinerary schedules
- Monitoring compliance works for landlords/tenants
- Negotiating scope of works for tenant
- Portfolio dilapidations management for tenants/landlords
- Preparation of schedules for landlords and negotiation of financial settlements
- Prepare interim/terminal claim for landlord
Contact us for more information about any of these products.