Darren Higginson

Solicitor (Associate)

Specialist Areas

  • Property and Land Disputes
  • Wills and Estates disputes
  • Contract Disputes
  • Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Experience

Darren has considerable experience of property and land disputes, having specialised in this area of law for the last 15 years.

He deals with issues concerning boundaries, adverse possession, rights over neighbouring land, nuisance and trespass claims, the alteration or removal of restrictive covenants and various other types of land disputes.

In addition to his main area of practice Darren acts for Landlords and Lessees of property in relation to possession, services charges and breach of covenant claims.

He also has experience of disputes concerning Wills and Estates and deals with contractual and negligence claims, such as disputes with contractors and other professionals, including Solicitors, Surveyors and Architects.

Recent case: Disputes regarding septic tanks and soakaways. … Read more

Darren regularly acts for clients in relation to drainage disputes and issues concerning septic tanks and soakaways, including gaining access for repair and maintenance, dealing with the consequences of system failures and negotiating terms for the installation of replacement systems.

Recent case: Opposing a claim by a group of individuals for ownership of land left to the client in a Will, which was occupied by them as a smallholding. … Read more

The group argued that the owner of the land had promised that he would leave it to them in his Will but he had failed to do so and our client was the sole Beneficiary of his Estate. Darren was able to secure a settlement which allowed the group to retain the land for future generations whilst releasing a substantial sum of money for the client.

Recent case: Adverse possession of various parcels of land under the Land Registration Act 2002 and the transitional provisions. … Read more

Darren has successfully claimed land for numerous clients and is familiar with the different schemes for adverse possession, which are complex and often confusing to property and land owners.

Recent case: Securing a lease of a garage in London for the Beneficiary of an Estate in opposition to a claim for possession by the Landlord. … Read more

Darren issued a claim on behalf of the client and the Court accepted that an Order for forfeiture of the lease, which had been made several years earlier, should be set aside and that the Land Registry title should be reinstated and the lease transferred to the client.

Recent case: Obtaining a substantial sum for a client in return for the variation of a covenant preventing development of land. … Read more

A covenant prevented more than three properties being built on a plot of land. The landowner wanted to create a further building plot and negotiations took place for the variation of the covenant. An agreement was put in place which allowed for a further property to be built subject to certain restrictions and in return the landowner paid a substantial sum to the client.

Recent case: Securing compensation for a client whose former Solicitor was negligent in relation to a sale of land. … Read more

Darren’s client sold a Manor House and the Solicitor who acted for them included a paddock in the sale which was supposed to be retained. Darren was instrumental in securing compensation from the Solicitor when the purchaser refused to transfer the land back.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Qualified as a Solicitor in 2001