Mark Reading

Role:
Executive Committee, Website & Marketing Committee
Organisation:
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Position
Chair, Website & Marketing Committee
Email
mark.reading@mishcon.com
Telephone:
+44 20 3321 7084
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Mark is a Legal Director in the firm’s Real Estate Dispute Resolution group, practicing in all areas of commercial and residential property law. He has extensive Court experience at High Court and County Court level both at trial and in relation to interim applications.

Most recently, he acted at trial for a tenant in opposed lease renewal proceedings where the landlord was opposing on redevelopment grounds. This case is thought to involve the first application of the ‘conditional intention’ test formulated by the Supreme Court in the case of S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited. The claimant tenant has now been granted permission to appeal by the High Court and Mark will be acting for the tenant in the appeal which is due to be heard in April 2020. This year Mark also acted for the successful claimants in a six day possession trial, which dealt with both proprietary estoppel and constructive trust defences, as well the cross-examination of ten witnesses of fact.

In recent years, Mark also acted for successful claimants in two significant and high profile High Court actions: Vivienne Westwood Limited v Conduit Street Developments Limited (which considered the law of penalties in a landlord and tenant context); and Minerva (Wandsworth) Limited v Greenland Ram (London) Limited (which concerned a high-value overage dispute relating to a key development site in Wandsworth). Both cases were included in Estates Gazette’s top ten cases of 2017. He has also had previous successes at trial in the fields of both rights of light and estate agency commissions.

In 2017 he was shortlisted as a Rising Star of 2017 at the Estates Gazette Awards and was the first lawyer to have been shortlisted following the Awards’ inception. He remains the only property disputes lawyer to have been shortlisted. In 2018 Mark was described in the Legal 500 as “A superstar in the making” and this year he was ranked by Chambers & Partners as an “Associate to watch.” He is described in Chambers & Partners 2020 as “a strong choice for portfolio managers… [who] knows every detail, has cases at his fingertips, does tremendous amounts of work and manages to retain control of it all.”

In addition to representing clients in live proceedings, Mark also provides strategic advice on a range of property management related matters, including: business lease renewals (both opposed and unopposed and from a landlord and tenant perspective), dilapidations (whether interim or terminal), forfeiture (including relief applications), arrears recovery, applications for consent to assign/underlet and property related insolvency issues (from both from a corporate/individual and creditor/debtor perspective). He has particular expertise in advising serviced office/workspace sector clients on these issues. He also provides strategic advice to developer clients in relation to the effect of real property issues and third party rights upon their future development plans, including the impact of the Telecommunications Code.

Mark is also at home in a residential law context and regularly advises individuals on issues arising from statutory lease extensions and tenant’s rights of first refusal, as well as real property and private nuisance disputes between neighbouring landowners.

Mark was a founding member of the junior arm of the Property Litigation Association and was a member of the Association’s Executive Committee, a role he held for three years. From November 2019 he is returning to the Executive Committee and taking on the role of Chair of the Association’s Website and Marketing Sub-Committee. In March 2021 Mark spoke at the joint Property Litigation Association and Property Bar Association panel event ‘Looking back to look forward’ with circa 200 attendees.

Mark regularly writes for the property press and has had articles published on topics ranging from consents in property contracts, to quiet enjoyment and non-derogation from grant, to agricultural tenancies.

Expertise

  • Adverse Possession
  • Agricultural Tenancies
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Breach Of Covenant
  • Break Clauses/Notices
  • Dilapidations
  • Easements
  • Ecclesiastical Law Issues
  • Enforcing Contracts For Sale Of Land
  • Enforcing Lease Obligations
  • Evictions
  • Forfeiture
  • Insolvency
  • Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
  • Lease Renewals
  • Nuisance Claims
  • Options
  • Ownership Disputes
  • Possession Claims
  • Real Estate Insolvency
  • Rent Arrears
  • Rent Recovery
  • Rent Review
  • Rents & Service Charge Disputes
  • Residential Tenancies/PRS
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Rights Of Light
  • Rights Of Way
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Specific Performance
  • Squatters
  • Tenancy Renewals
  • Trespass
  • Vacant Possession