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Camilla Lamont

Camilla Lamont


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Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Camilla’s commercial landlord and tenant practice encompasses, amongst other things, dilapidations, tenant default, forfeiture, break clauses, rent review, service charges, telecommunications and 1954 Act renewals. 

Camilla is regularly instructed in respect of lease renewals, most frequently relating to retail and warehousing units. She has co-authored a book for the RICS on the subject and was a speaker at the PLA Annual Training Day in 2014 on the 1954 Act.  

Her service charge expertise extends to commercial leases. Camilla appeared for leading architect Alan Smith OBE in Hotspur Land Investments 2000 Ltd v Smith [2011], a case concerning the methodology of service charge apportionment across a mixed use development in Newcastle, and she frequently undertakes transactional work, advising as to the service charge implications of mixed use schemes. She acted for head lessors in a multi-party service charge dispute before the Upper Tribunal in respect of the Brunswick Centre in Leaseholders of Foundling Court and O’Donnell Court v Camden LBC [2017] L & TR 7.

Camilla has considerable experience in the field of tenant default and commercial forfeiture.  She acted for GPE, leading a criminal law junior, in successfully obtaining possession at the Central London County Court of 98 Great Portland Place, W1. The case involved detailed consideration of the inter-relation between commercial forfeiture and restraint orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in connection with the prosecution of Edward Davenport. She acted for an administrator resisting a claim to forfeit the lease of Le Pigalle Club in Piccadilly.

In the field of rent review, Camilla receives instructions to advise as to the correct construction of rent review provisions and to make submissions in the context of expert determination. 

Camilla has been appointed to act as a single joint expert in this field and welcomes such instructions. She was awarded the RICS Award in Arbitration in 2012.