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Chan D’Souza is ‘extremely knowledgeable and diligent’.
Legal 500, 2016
Chan D’Souza has ‘a fantastic grasp of the law and good litigation instincts'.
Legal 500, 2014
Chan D’Souza has ‘an instinctive grasp of property litigation’.
Legal 500, 2013
Chan advises a wide range of institutions, companies and individuals on all aspects of landlord and tenant and property related disputes.
Her commercial landlord and tenant practice includes advising both landlords and tenants on dilapidations, service charge disputes, rent reviews, exercise of break clauses, forfeiture, alienation and alterations provisions in the lease, disputed business lease renewals and the impact of insolvency on the landlord and tenant relationship.
On the residential landlord and tenant side, Chan mainly acts for landlords and their managing agents and regularly advises on the recovery of service charge arrears, disrepair, the landlords statutory obligations in relation to consultation for qualifying works and agreements, the right to manage, enfranchisement and nuisance claims.
Chan also advises on other property related disputes such as enforceability of restrictive covenants, boundary disputes, adverse possession claims, disputes concerning ownership and trusts of land and professional negligence claims relating to property transactions.
- Acting for a Trust owing a prestigious property estate in Central London on a dilapidations claim where a new lease has been granted to the sub-tenant of the outgoing tenant and where the landlord intends to do the work;
- Acting on behalf of a national sports charity on their landlord’s liability for extensive water damage to the tenant’s premises and premises of other tenants where the leak emanated from the client’s premises;
- Advising a corporate tenant on the exercise of a break clause and the conditions applying where the tenant has sub-let;
- Advising managing agents of a vast and complicated estate on their ability to recover service charge under the terms of the lease to include a successful application to the LVT to vary upwards of 100 leases.
Chan was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 after completing her training with the city firm Biddle & Co. She remained in the city for the next 7 years specialising in property litigation. Her last 3 years in the City were spent at Alsop Wilkinson, where she headed the Property Litigation Department. In 1996 Chan left the City to help start a new practice in South Kensington with other like-minded City lawyers where she headed up the Litigation Department. Chan joined Cumberland Ellis in January 2002 and became a partner in May 2004. She joined Wedlake Bell LLP from Cumberland Ellis when the firms merged in April 2012.