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Co-ownership disputes

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Millions of unmarried couples cohabit in the UK, but unlike their married counterparts, they still do not have statutory rights if their relationship breaks down. The same is the case where there is cohabitation between friends and family. Quite different rules and principles apply. A cohabitation agreement can help to avoid problems and disputes later on if relations break down.

Why would someone need this service?

You would need this service if you are not married or in a civil partnership and either you are intending to buy property with a partner or have done so and problems have occurred.

You should seek advice from Grant Saw before you enter into any sharing arrangement with another person, especially if this involves moving in with them and living together. An agreement (known as a Co-habitation Agreement) can then be put in place to ensure that property is held as you intend it to be. We recommend that you read our separate section on Co-habitation Agreements in this regard.

If you do not have a written agreement and you are worried about what would happen if you and your partner separate, then we can advise you as to your rights and, if necessary, assist you in obtaining a court declaration to establish those rights.

How does the process work?

Each party should obtain independent legal advice. Grant Saw can advise you on your legal position and to start with, can talk to your partner’s solicitors to see if it is possible to reach agreement. If that is not possible then one of you will need to file a detailed claim at the local county court. The other party will file a response. Court proceedings will then commence which if they proceed to trial will ultimately be determined by a Judge.

As with disputes between married parties, mediation will also be available if you both agree to try to resolve your differences through this alternative procedure to court proceedings.

How long does it take?

The mediation process usually takes around 3 – 4 months to complete.

However, if the parties are unable to agree settlement terms at mediation and the matter does need to proceed to court, it will often take around 12 – 18 months for a Judge to make a final decision at a trial.

Is it expensive? How do the costings work?

Costs depend on the amount of time a lawyer would need to spend on the case and this can vary from matter to matter and will be dependent on your personal circumstances. Often there is no written agreement to refer to and a Judge may eventually have to decide whether or not there was any agreement reached (such as a verbal agreement) between the parties and if so what the terms of that agreement were.

Your first consultation with us will be for a fixed fee of £100 + VAT for a face-to-face consultation of up to one hour. When we have established the level of service that is required based on your personal circumstances, we will provide you with a estimate for our acting for you from that point onwards.

This fee applies only to a  co-ownership dispute arising from a breakdown of a relationship

What should people consider before calling?

You should bring with you to the first appointment, any paperwork which may show the terms of agreement between you and your partner over the property. The more paperwork you can produce and the more information you can provide, the better understanding your lawyer will have at the outset.

Why are Grant Saw the best people for the job?

Grant Saw have experienced lawyers who are on hand to give their clients the best assistance and advice possible.

For more information or to discuss a specific family matter, please email [email protected] or contact the team on 020 8858 6971 today.

We are currently offering a free, initial telephone consultation. Feel free to contact us or leave your details here and a member of the team will contact you at a time that suits.

Meet the Co-ownership disputes team
Ray Crudgington
Managing Partner
greenwich
02083054224
ray.crudgington@grantsaw.co.uk
Maria Lati
Partner
Head of Residential Property
blackheath
02083054229
maria.lati@grantsaw.co.uk
Michael Clary
Partner
Head of Family
greenwich
02083054237
michael.clary@grantsaw.co.uk
Kalpa Prajapati
Partner
Head of Private Client
blackheath
02083053536
kalpa.prajapati@grantsaw.co.uk
Mario Savvides
Partner
Head of Commercial Property
greenwich
02083053531
mario.savvides@grantsaw.co.uk
Sarah-Kate Jackson
Partner
Head of Litigation
greenwich
02083054236
sarah-kate.jackson@grantsaw.co.uk
Adina-Leigh Collins
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053556
adina-leigh.collins@grantsaw.co.uk
Aimal Gram
Commercial Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053524
aimal.gram@grantsaw.co.uk
Aisha Mohammed
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054228
aisha.mohammed@grantsaw.co.uk
Aishat Balogun
Aishat Balogun
Family
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054214
aishat.balogun@grantsaw.co.uk
An Le Tran
Commercial Property
Professional Support Solicitor
greenwich
02083054226
anle.tran@grantsaw.co.uk
Angus Young
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054225
angus.young@grantsaw.co.uk
Atifha Aftab
Atifha Aftab
Family
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054238
atifha.aftab@grantsaw.co.uk
Bimal Kotecha
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053523
bimal.kotecha@grantsaw.co.uk
Charlotte Mandy
Charlotte Mandy
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083054231
charlotte.mandy@grantsaw.co.uk
Claire Mac Mahon
Litigation
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053537
claire.macmahon@grantsaw.co.uk
Deborah Taite
Residential Property
Solicitor
blackheath
02083053542
deborah.taite@grantsaw.co.uk
Emily Pearce
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053526
emily.pearce@grantsaw.co.uk
Georgia Beales
Litigation
Paralegal
greenwich
02083054206
georgia.beales@grantsaw.co.uk
James McKimm
James McKimm
Corporate and Commercial
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054217
james.mckimm@grantsaw.co.uk
Jeremy Brooks
Jeremy Brooks
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083053534
jeremy.brooks@grantsaw.co.uk
Joanna Godden
Notary Public
Notary
greenwich
02083083535
joanna.godden@grantsaw.co.uk
Kim Whitaker
Kim Whitaker
Corporate and Commercial
Head of Corporate and Commercial
greenwich
02083053539
kim.whitaker@grantsaw.co.uk
Laura Danquah
Compliance Manager
greenwich
02083054222
laura.danquah@grantsaw.co.uk
Lauren Smith
Employment and Family
Paralegal
greenwich
02083053543
lauren.smith@grantsaw.co.uk
Maleeha Iqbal
Residential Property
Licensed Conveyancer
greenwich
02083054232
maleeha.iqbal@grantsaw.co.uk
Mandeep Clair
Family
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054235
mandeep.clair@grantsaw.co.uk
Michael Pope
Employment
Consultant Solicitor
greenwich
02083053540
michael.pope@grantsaw.co.uk
Michelle Pinnington
Michelle Pinnington
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054216
michelle.pinnington@grantsaw.co.uk
Raj Waghela
Raj Waghela
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083053529
raj.waghela@grantsaw.co.uk
Randeep Thethy
Randeep Thethy
Residential Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054209
randeep.thethy@grantsaw.co.uk
Ruggero Pesciatini
Ruggero Pesciatini
Corporate and Commercial
Paralegal
greenwich
02083054220
ruggero.pesciatini@grantsaw.co.uk
Saad Hameed
Residential Property
Trainee Solicitor
greenwich
02083053528
saad.hameed@grantsaw.co.uk
Sarah Conner
Sarah Conner
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083054234
sarah.conner@grantsaw.co.uk
Simran Lalli
Simran Lalli
Employment
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054208
simran.lalli@grantsaw.co.uk
Susan Collins
Commercial Property
Solicitor
greenwich
02083054200
susan.collins@grantsaw.co.uk
Tatiana Zenina
Tatiana Zenina
Private Client
Solicitor
blackheath
02083054239
tatiana.zenina@grantsaw.co.uk
Trisha Djemal
Trisha Djemal
Residential Property
Consultant Solicitor
blackheath
02083053546
trisha.djemal@grantsaw.co.uk
Tyrone Grant
Residential Property
Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement
blackheath
02083053522
tyrone.grant@grantsaw.co.uk
Denise
Accounts Staff
greenwich
02088586971
enquiries@grantsaw.co.uk
Jayne Lye
Support Staff
Office Manager
greenwich
02083054204
jayne.lye@grantsaw.co.uk
Jamie
Support Staff
Head of IT
greenwich
02088586971
enquiries@grantsaw.co.uk
Kasia
Accounts Staff
greenwich
02088586971
enquiries@grantsaw.co.uk
Michael Tobin
Michael Tobin
Support Staff
Marketing and Business Development Manager
greenwich
02083053550
michael.tobin@grantsaw.co.uk
Sue Holness
Support Staff
Customer Services
greenwich
02083054221
sue.holness@grantsaw.co.uk