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Donald Lambert, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Donald leads the firm’s real estate litigation team. He joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 1983 and became a partner in 1998. His practice covers a broad range of international commercial contract disputes as well as disputes in the real estate sector. He is recognised as a leading expert on 1954 Act renewals for both landlords and tenants and regularly lectures on this topic and others for Central Law Training (CLT).

He advises clients in litigation before the English courts and in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, LME and other trade bodies. In common with other senior members of the group, he spends much of his time giving positioning and dispute avoidance advice for key clients such as Aviva Investors.

Donald is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Property Litigation Association, the RICS Dilapidations Forum and the Panel of Arbitrators of the Minor Metals Trade Association. He is recognised by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession in which he is described as 'excellent', and The Legal 500 where he is praised for his ‘strong commercial acumen’.


Recent work highlights

  • Settling a long running case in the Technology and Construction Court involving four parties in a dispute over the design and installation of the power supply to 200 flats.
  • Advising a number of clients on jurisdictional issues which determined whether the Commercial Agents Regulations applied to their agreements and which court had jurisdiction to determine disputes over termination.
  • Acting for the landlord of a retail park in Northern England to recover in excess of £300,000 in rent and service charge from former tenants, while seeking a new letting.
  • Successfully recovering damages and costs from licenced conveyancers who failed to alert a purchaser to unusual restrictions on the use of part of the area included in their demise.
  • Acting in a number of significant dilapidations claims advising on the extent of recovery and diminution to the value of the landlord’s reversion and also on the interplay of disrepair issues.

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