"Leanne Norton gives "good advice". "
The Legal 500 2014
Leanne is a property litigator specialising in all areas of contentious property work including complex land law and landlord and tenant matters. She is a senior associate and the team leader of the property litigation team in the Milton Keynes office which sits within Shoosmiths’ Thames Valley team. The team is ranked Tier 1 by The Legal 500.
She has acted for a wide range of property clients including major landowners and a number of organisations with large property portfolios including banks, charities and livery companies, developers, investors, insolvency practitioners, local government and other public bodies, oil companies and retailers. She also advises private individuals as landlord and tenant.
Leanne’s workload includes advising on adverse possession claims, exercising and challenging break options, boundary disputes, business rates, compulsory purchase matters, leasehold and collective enfranchisement matters (including rights of first refusal), unopposed and opposed business tenancy renewal claims,dilapidations, disputes on repairing obligations, forfeiting leases, interference with goods, disputes arising on obtaining landlord’s consent, nuisance claims (in particular caused by noise), residential and commercial rent and service charge disputes and arrears recovery, rights of light matters, tenant insolvency, protection under the telecommunications code and trespass and possession claims.
- advising and acting for a local authority as Acquiring Authority on a compulsory purchase claim stemming from it taking temporary and permanent possession of land pursuant to an order relating to a large transport infrastructure project.
- advising on a head landlord’s fiduciary duty to its intermediate landlord in the context of a lease extensions pursuant to the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993
- advising various institutions on the grant of a new lease, lease renewals and a contested lease renewal under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, most notably the inclusion of a landlord break option within a new lease, determination of the rent payable based on a “high class” use and the ability to recover possession pursuant to grounds (f) and (g).
- advising on liability for business rates including the ability to obtain relief and refunds where works of alteration and construction are being undertaken and in relation to the extent to which a charity is occupying premises and the variation to and removal from the Ratings List.
- advising on a whether a developer was in repudiatory breach and the extent of its reasonable endeavours obligation to build.
LLB (Hons) In Law 2:1 ( Coventry University )