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Luke Maidens

Luke Maidens

Head of Property Disputes

0113 227 9298 | 07934 853015

LMaidens@LawBlacks.com

Luke Maidens joined Blacks Solicitors in 2021 as Partner and Head of the Property Disputes team.

Luke was previously a Property Litigation Partner at a major international law firm and has some 15 years of experience and expertise in the full range of property litigation matters. He will always strive to resolve any issues in the most practical and commercial way possible.

In addition, Luke is a leading expert in the telecommunications sector and has been at the forefront of precedent-setting litigation, following the introduction of the new Telecommunications Code, in December 2017.

He is the co-author of the leading telecoms law text ‘The Electronic Communications Code and Property Law; Practice and Procedure’, published by Routledge in 2019.

Luke has been listed as a Next Generation Partner in the Legal 500 and quoted as “a real rising star”.

His recent experience includes:

General Property Disputes

  • Acting on the behalf of a major landlord client in a precedent-setting four-day unopposed lease renewal trial. This involved determining complex questions of valuation and other issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, within the framework of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954; see WH Smith Retail Holdings Limited v Commerz Real Investmentgesellshaft MBH [2021]
  • Securing vacant possession of a high-profile and high-value city-centre site for an international developer and investor client, for onward redevelopment.
  • Successfully defending a number of significant dilapidations claims on the behalf of a large international manufacturing business, either reducing the claim significantly, or else having it withdrawn altogether.

Telecoms

Luke deals with all issues and technical queries arising from the installation of telecommunications apparatus on land. His recent reported telecoms cases include:

  • Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited -v- The University of London; (Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and The Court of Appeal);
  • Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited -v- Compton Beauchamp Estates Limited; (Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and The Court of Appeal); and
  • Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited -v- Richard Gregory Keast; (Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)).