Telecoms

Our real estate telecoms team is one of the few specialist teams in the UK acting solely for landowners.  This enables us to provide robust commercial advice to our clients without conflict.

We advise on the installation and removal of electronic communications equipment from sites including:

Installation:

  • Wayleaves
  • Rooftop leases
  • Greenfield sites
  • Implications of Code Agreements

Removal:

  • Strategy for removal
  • Serving of Code Notices
  • Acting in proceedings for the removal of equipment
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Obtaining possession and removal

The team works with both residential and commercial developers as well as investor clients, occupiers and other landowners.  It is well respected in the industry and has in-depth experience of working with most of the specialist telecoms surveyors.

Recent highlights for the team include acting in Crest Nicholson v Arqiva (2015) on the validity of paragraph 21 Code notices.

Real estate litigation partner Thekla Fellas, who heads the telecoms team, is one of the leading lawyers in this specialist area.   She regularly lectures and writes on this topic and is the author of the telecommunications chapter in the book “Business Premises: Possession and Lease Renewal”.

Thekla is involved in the consultations for the new Telecommunications Code, co-ordinating discussion groups for clients and specialist professionals and making representations to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

If you have any questions or queries please call Thekla on +44 (0)20 3036 7252 or email tfellas@fladgate.com

Advises clients on a range of complex disputes.  Thekla Fellas is described as a “very impressive” practitioner by a source. She has notable expertise in property disputes in the telecommunications sector and also advises on a range of development-related disputes.

Chambers UK 2017
 
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Advises clients on a range of complex disputes. Offers notable expertise in the hotel and leisure, telecoms and high-value residential property sectors.

“Fladgate has the balance right – they communicate amongst each other and they aren’t drowning in their own importance!”

 

Chambers UK

Represented Crest Nicholson Operations in a case concerning the removal of telecoms equipment from the old Cambridge City football ground.

Thekla Fellas is described as a “very impressive” practitioner by a source. She has notable expertise in property disputes in the telecommunications sector and also advises on a range of development-related disputes.

Chambers UK

Thekla Fellas leads the ‘excellent’ team at Fladgate LLP, which has particular expertise in telecoms disputes acting against operators. Clients include Soho Estates and St James Group (Berkeley Homes).

Legal 500

Known for its expertise in the telecoms sector but also handles significant work in the leisure industry. Frequently advises on vacant possession strategy and on matters relating to complex commercial and residential developments.  “They work hard but have a wonderful culture; they are human and fun to work with. They have a high level of technical knowledge and a tactical approach.”

Chambers UK

Thekla Fellas is a well-known name in telecoms-related real estate litigation. Sources say she is “friendly, active and well respected”.

“Very effective property litigation firm” Fladgate LLP has expertise in the leisure, telecoms, site development and high-value residential sectors. Thekla Fellas leads the team.

Legal 500

Acts on both commercial and residential property matters for clients including investors and developers. Particular strength in telecoms issues, residential development work and property management. Thekla Fellas is the head of the real estate disputes team, and an active and well-respected figure in the field. She has a niche expertise in property disputes involving telecoms issues. Sources regard her as someone who “handles herself very effectively”.

Chambers UK

  • Crest Nicholson – acting in Crest v Arqiva [2015] regarding the validity of paragraph 21 Code notices.  Successfully removing Arqiva and obtaining vacant possession before the end of the contractual lease and receiving a contribution towards Crest’s costs.
  • Residential developer – advising on the removal of telecoms equipment from the roof of premises to allow a £300m development of a wider site.

 

  • Developer client – securing the removal of telecoms operators from a residential development with budget and within timescales in respect of the development of a college site.
  • Investor client – securing the removal of telecoms operators from a rooftop site to allow the addition of further floors to the building.
  • Owner/occupier – putting together a strategy for the removal of operators from a large West London site to allow the site to be sold for residential development.
  • Owner – securing the removal of two telecoms operators from a mixed use block in London and their relocation back onto the building following redevelopment.
  • Major transport company – acting on its national portfolio for the management and removal of telecoms operators.
  • X-Leisure – acting in respect of telecoms for its leisure schemes.