Caroline DeLaney is the Head of Real Estate Disputes. She joined the firm in May 2014, having been head of real estate disputes at international law firm CMS and City law firm Kingsley Napley.
Caroline has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with commercial, residential and agricultural real estate problems. She has particular expertise in rights of light and development disputes, including restrictive covenants, easements, party walls and overage issues. She has also advised on the full range of landlord and tenant problems, including service charge disputes, dilapidations, rent reviews, break clauses, and statutory lease renewals. Her experience also covers possession actions, including those involving squatters and protestors, and real estate issues related to insolvency and telecommunications.
Her experience in all aspects of real estate litigation is complemented by her expertise in alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation, Land Registry adjudications, tribunal applications (Property Chamber and Upper Chamber) and judicial review. Caroline also advises on general real estate law, construction disputes, planning challenges (including CPOs), professional negligence claims and environmental law. She also deals with all aspects of leisure licensing.
During her career Caroline has acted for a broad spectrum of clients, including developers, retailers and leisure operators, charities, government departments and local authorities, public landowners, energy companies, banks, offshore trusts, institutional investors and insolvency practitioners, and also high net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs.
Caroline has been consistently recognised as a leader in the field of real estate disputes in the major legal directories, including The Legal 500 and Chambers UK. She has been described by them as “on the ball”, “impressive and client-friendly”, as someone who can be relied upon “to get to the bottom of legal problems”, “impressive and proactive”, “a good sensible negotiator” and “academic yet commercially minded”, and they have been “impressed with the level at which she operates”.