An increase in commercial property disputes should be no surprise, according to Sheffield lawyer Danny Revitt.
The number of cases taken to the High Court in London has risen by 43 per cent, with the rise being linked to recent economic problems and a drive by some firms to reduce their office and retail space.
Mr Revitt, a partner with Irwin Mitchell’s property litigation team in Sheffield, said: “The results reflect our team’s observations that the downturn in the market over the last three years has resulted in more contentious issues arising between landlords and tenants.
“In very simple terms, tenants are desperate to get out of their liabilities under leases and landlords are desperate to ensure that they have regular income from their investments.
“Despite the trend towards resolving disputes by negotiation and mediation wherever possible, an increase in the number of court disputes is inevitable in these conditions.”