Simon specialises in all types of property litigation and dispute resolution including landlord and tenant disputes, breaches of covenant and leasehold enfranchisement. He also undertakes a wide variety of general commercial litigation work including shareholder claims, professional negligence claims and asset recovery and protection.
Simon’s reputation as one of London’s top property litigators stems from his establishment of one of the first teams of lawyers dedicated solely to leasehold enfranchisement, which has experienced phenomenal success and continues to grow.
Highlights of his work include:
- Acting on behalf of Lexgorge Limited in the Supreme Court appeal on a landmark case on the definition of ”a house”.
- Being key member of the legal team acting on behalf of US private equity group Westbrook Partners in its claim to acquire the freehold of Dolphin Square from Friends Provident; this is the largest enfranchisement claim to date.
- Overseeing all of the enfranchisement work for one of London’s largest private landlords.
- Acting for Dadourian Group International in a significant, widely-reported trial which laid down the “Dadourian Guidelines” – guidelines for permitting enforcement of freezing orders in foreign jurisdictions.
“Simon Serota is a highly experienced and effective solicitor with vast experience of enfranchisement claims…he is full of ideas.”
Anthony Radevsky, Falcon Chambers
“Mr Serota is a recognised expert in the world of leasehold enfranchisement with a depth of knowledge not only of the law but of the valuation processes. He is totally approachable…I have nothing but praise…”
Eric F Shapiro, Chesterton Global