Rachel FitzGerald

Associate

Property Litigation




T: 020 7395 3138
rfitzgerald@wedlakebell.com



Expertise

Rachel specialises in a wide range of property disputes with an emphasis on commercial landlord and tenant disputes and real property disputes.
She advises on a broad range of contentious commercial matters, acting for both landlords and tenants in respect of claims for dilapidations, forfeiture and breach of lease covenants.
She is also experienced in providing strategic advice to her clients on business tenancy lease renewal matters, the exercise of break clauses, consents to assign or underlet, rent reviews, obtaining vacant possession and tenancy insolvency issues.
Rachel has a particular interest in easement and restrictive covenant disputes.


Recent Experience

At her previous firm, Rachel’s recent experience included:

  • Defending a landlord’s claim for possession of an industrial premises in South-West London where the landlord sought to establish an intention to redevelop the premises
  • Acting for a tenant of a large logistics and warehouse site in Berkshire on a business lease renewal matter
  • Acting for a tenant of a London office premises where the landlord was in breach of its repairing obligations
  • Defending a claim for misrepresentation following the sale of a property in Surrey where it was alleged that the vendor had failed to identify the presence of Japanese Knotweed at the property
  • Assisting a landlord of a large multi-unit business park in Surrey on the recovery of rent arrears and other tenancy insolvency issues

Career History

Rachel joined Wedlake Bell LLP in January 2021 having previously practised at Mundays LLP. Rachel completed her training contract at Irwin Mitchell LLP in 2015.
Rachel graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2010 having obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Joint-Honours) degree in Law and English and a Bachelor of Laws degree before obtaining her Masters in Law degree at Trinity College Dublin in 2011. She then completed the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2012 and the Legal Practice Course in 2013, both at the University of Law.
Rachel is a member of the Property Litigation Association.


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