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Shazia Aslam

Markel Law

Solicitor

Areas of focus
Civil litigation

Shazia has specialised in litigation matters for over twelve years, working with clients to resolve a range of complex matters. Shazia’s practice primarily focuses on advising individual and business clients on all types of civil and commercial disputes. Her style is clear and result-focused.

Civil and Commercial Litigation
Her specialisms include particular expertise in dealing with commercial contract disputes and issues such as interpretation of contract terms, termination rights, performance and non-payment, together with defamation, professional negligence and intellectual property.

Shazia has worked with a wide range of clients from national household brands, to limited companies and new start-ups in various sectors including aviation, banking and finance, beauty, recruitment, transport, manufacturing, education, as well as various professional entities such as surveyors and accountants.

Shazia regularly uses mediation as a dispute resolution tool.

Property litigation
Shazia acts for investors, landlords, retailers, owner-managed businesses and residential landlords. She advises on breaches of covenant, forfeiture, dilapidations, lease termination, consent issues and rights of way. Her specialisms cover:

  • Recovering possession of property for major redevelopment projects;
  • Applying to court to modify and vary covenants that limit the use of land;
  • Challenging business rates liability;
  • Pursuing claims under the Land Tribunal;
  • Lease Extensions within the Property Tier Tribunal;
  • Enfranchisement; and
  • Residential Possession Proceedings.

Work highlights include:

  • Defended a claim for almost £1,000,000 for breach of contract following the Defendants failure to provide goods and services. The matter settled after the successful application to strike out parts of the Claimants claim.
  • Pursued a dilapidation claim in the sum of almost £500,000 , that required the instruction of several experts (including quantity surveyors, valuers and accountants) and which finally settled shortly before trial. The Defendant agreed to pay costs on an indemnity basis.
  • Defending a civil claim for £75,000 for a high-net-worth client in respect of overpayment of expenses whilst in their previous employment, alongside assisting the client in pursuing an Employment claim for unfair dismissal and notice payment (in the sum of £300,000). Both claims were resolved with the Claimant receiving payment at mediation along with a contribution towards their legal costs.
  • Pursued a claim against a firm of solicitors who had acted negligently in relation to a property litigation matter. The firm had failed to properly register a charging order obtained on behalf of the client to secure a judgment debt. The firm registered a restriction when they should have registered (in the case of a sole registered proprietor) an agreed or unilateral notice, which would secured an equitable charge on the register. The property was sold without notice and our client pursued their losses. This claim was settled prior to trial.
  • Pursued a claim on behalf of a client against 3 fellow directors of a company that sold prestigious cars, which had entered into Administration. Our client had loaned £1 million to the directors for the purchase of the vehicles, and held the title to all the vehicles in stock. Once the company had entered into Administration, my client took ownership of the vehicles but discovered the directors had obtained additional financial security on the vehicles without our client's permission. Shazia was able to achieve a settlement with the two separate lenders whilst protecting her client's interest.