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Property Litigation

Iqbal Mohammed Direct Access barrister

Iqbal is a member of the Property Bar Association. His property practice includes the following work.




Claims involving disrepair, dilapidations or breach of covenant; forfeiture or relief from forfeiture; challenging s. 146 notices; unreasonable refusal to consent to assignment/transfer; disputes over commercial licences; claims or applications to determine the meaning of words or acts under a lease or agreement; claims against guarantors. Iqbal also acts in disputes over business rates and fees or charges related to or applied on land.




Claims under sections 25 or 26; claims involving the validity of opt out agreements under s. 38A; disputes involving the applicability or extent of Part II of the Act.




Claims for possession; claims for rent arrears or disrepair; disputes over the nature of occupation (whether protected tenancy or otherwise); challenging the validity of tenancies; s. 146 notices or forfeiture of long leases; service charge disputes; disputes with managing agents or freeholders; partnership or business disputes involving residential lettings; claims against lettings agencies; claims against guarantors or third parties.




Claims of beneficial interest in land; raising estoppel; disputes over the payment of deposits; property purchased in a personal relationship with or without a declaration of trust; family property; equitable relief involving land (declarations, specific performance); claims under Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996; equitable leases.




Iqbal has acted in claims arising out of adverse possession of land as well as all manner of disputes involving mortgages or legal charges over land. Boundary disputes; nuisance; interpretation or enforcement of restrictive covenants; and access to neighbouring land.



  • Successful 7 day trial in London over the ownership of a London property between two former partners

  • Successful appeal in the Upper Tribunal against the dismissal of an adverse possession claim 

  • A 3-day trial of a claim for unlawful forfeiture and damages where the landlord had forfeit the lease for non-payment of rent and alienation but immediately demised the property in a new lease to another lessee

  • Advising on and acting for a council in a £1.12m claim for specific performance and breach of contract arising out of a refusal to honour an expert determination over a rent review; successfully resisted an appeal of the judgment (see article).

  • 4 claims by LPA Receivers seeking possession of commercial properties, all secured against a loan of £1m 

  • Acted in a claim seeking to avoid a lease signed by a deceased landlord who was disabled, 3-day trial on non est factum and fraud 

  • Claiming in ignis suus and Rylands v Fletcher against a local authority, whose warehouse burned down causing the claimant's neighbouring business loss 

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