Call: 2010

Lina Mattsson

“technically excellent, commercially astute and ruthless in court” Legal 500

Practice overview

Lina is a specialist property practitioner who is widely recognised as an excellent trial advocate and for her common sense commercial advice.

Lina practises in the full range of property disputes, including commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, easements, restrictive covenants, adverse possession, and land registration. She has particular expertise in commercial property disputes, including development and joint venture agreements. She also acts in professional negligence claims involving property transactions.

She is regularly instructed in High Court, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), FTT Property Chamber, and County Court hearings as well as a junior to leading counsel in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. She also frequently represents clients at mediations and other forms of ADR.

Lina regularly writes “Did you miss”, the monthly update on recent case law in Gatehouse Chambers' property team newsletter.

In her spare time Lina enjoys hiking, diving and a Sunday roast with her family and friends in the pub.

Areas of expertise

  • Property
    • Commercial landlord & tenant

      Commercial landlord & tenant

      Lina’s practice encompasses commercial, residential and agricultural property.

      Recent Work:

      • Rabiu v Marlbray Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 476; [2016] 1 W.L.R. 5147; [2016] 2 P. & C.R. DG21 (Court of Appeal), 24 May 2016; dispute concerning the enforceability of a contract for the purchase of leases of individual hotel rooms in the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel by joint tenants where only one proposed joint tenant participates. Lina led by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC.
      • Rabiu v Marlbray Ltd [2013] EWHC 3272 (Ch) (Chancery Division), 29 October 2013; disputed concerning the enforceability of a number of contract for the purchase of leases of individual hotel rooms in the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Lina led by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC.
    • Development & planning

      Development & planning

      Lina advises on development issues such as restrictive covenants and easements, adverse possession, trespass, TLATA claims, Party Wall Act disputes, boundary disputes, and fixtures.

    • Housing (social & privately rented)

      Housing (social & privately rented)

      Lina handles short term tenancy disputes such as refusal to consent, breach of tenancy etc.

      Recent Work:

      • 1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v East Tower Apartments Ltd [2016] EWHC 2438 (Ch); [2017] 1 P. & C.R. 8 (Chancery Division), 06 October 2016; dispute regarding a landlord’s unreasonable refusal to grant consent for assignments of residential leases in a prestigious development in Canary Wharf. Appeal to the Court of Appeal outstanding; Lina led by Jonathan Seitler QC.
    • Leasehold & leasehold management

      Leasehold & leasehold management

      Lina is experienced in dealing with the issues that arise with long leases such as enfranchisement, forfeiture and breach of covenant.

      Recent Work:

      • East Tower Apartments Ltd v No.1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd (Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)), 19 December 2016; service charge dispute relating to a landlord’s overcharge by several hundreds of thousands by double charging VAT and CCL to the lessees.
      • Patel v Patel unreported Westlaw; County Court (Southend), 04 April 2016; acting for the landlord in an opposed lease renewal pursuant s 30(1)(g) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Act.
    • Real property & mortgages

      Real property & mortgages

      Lina has experience in all types of real property cases including disputes over the creation, ownership, transfer and protection of property interests or rights over property and the impact of relationship breakdowns and death.

      Recent Work:

      • Pickard v Constable [2017] EWHC 2475 (Ch), (Chancery Division), 6 October 2017; possession of matrimonial home sought by Trustees in Bankruptcy against non-bankrupt spouse.
      • De Le Cuona v Big Apple Marketing Ltd, (Chancery Division), unreported (on Westlaw), 12 April 2017; dispute regarding an easement to park. Lina led by John de Waal QC.
      • Parr v Tiuta International Ltd [2016] EWHC 2 (QB) (Queen’s Bench Division), 12 January 2016; acting for a lender in relation to a challenge to a charging order on ground of the doctrine of merger upon judgment.
      • (on the application of Aguilar Quila) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  [2011] UKSC 45; [2012] 1 A.C. 621; [2011] 3 W.L.R. 836; [2012] 1 All E.R. 1011 (Supreme Court); challenge by way of judicial review.
  • Banking & finance

    Banking & finance

    Lina has a particular expertise in banking litigation regarding securities that are challenged on the basis of fraud or threatened by forfeiture.

    Recent Work:

    • Parr v Tiuta International Ltd [2016] EWHC 2 (QB) (Queen’s Bench Division), 12 January 2016; acting for a lender in relation to a challenge to a charging order on ground of the doctrine of merger upon judgment.
  • Commercial dispute resolution

    Commercial dispute resolution

    Lina is regularly instructed on contractual disputes. She is also experienced in obtaining and resisting applications for interim injunctive relief, including freezing orders.

    Recent Work:

    • Pickard v Constable [2017] EWHC 2475 (Ch), (Chancery Division), 6 October 2017; Trustees in Bankruptcy claim against non-bankrupt spouse.
    • 1 West India Quay (Residential) Ltd v East Tower Apartments Ltd [2016] EWHC 2438 (Ch); [2017] 1 P. & C.R. 8 (Chancery Division), 06 October 2016; dispute regarding a landlord’s unreasonable refusal to grant consent for assignments of residential leases in a prestigious development in Canary Wharf. Appeal to the Court of Appeal outstanding; Lina led by Jonathan Seitler QC.
    • Rabiu v Marlbray Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 476; [2016] 1 W.L.R. 5147; [2016] 2 P. & C.R. DG21 (Court of Appeal), 24 May 2016; disputed concerning the enforceability of a contract for the purchase of leases of individual hotel rooms in the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel by joint tenants where only one proposed joint tenant participates. Lina led by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC.
    • Rabiu v Marlbray Ltd [2013] EWHC 3272 (Ch) (Chancery Division), 29 October 2013; disputed concerning the enforceability of a number of contracts for the purchase of leases of individual hotel rooms in the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Lina led by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC.

Recognition

“technically excellent, commercially astute and ruthless in court”Legal 500
“Lina is an excellent litigator, calm under pressure and quick on her feet. She always puts the client first and the clients recognise this. Lina is always open to input which not only creates cohesive team approach to cases but makes working with her a pleasure”Legal 500

Directory recommendations

Lina is recommended for Property Litigation by Legal 500 which says she is:

Lina is an excellent litigator, calm under pressure and quick on her feet. She always puts the client first and the clients recognise this. Lina is always open to input which not only creates cohesive team approach to cases but makes working with her a pleasure.” (Legal 500)

technically excellent, commercially astute and ruthless in court(Legal 500).

Publications

Contributor to Law Society’s publication “Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions”, Editor John de Waal QC, published in late September 2018.

Qualifications

  • LLB (European Legal Studies) Hons, Lancaster University, Lancaster, First Class (2004-2008)
  • Erasmus – Socrates, University of Seville, Spain, First Class with special mention (2006-2007)
  • Master of Laws, London School of Economics, London, Merit (2008-2009)
  • Bar Vocational Course, College of Law, London, Very Competent (2009-2010)
  • 2009 Sir Thomas More Bursary
  • 2008 Hardwicke Scholarship
  • 2007 – 2008 F H Lawson Prize
  • 2006 – 2007 Hart Publishing Prize
  • 2004 – 2005 Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize

News

Minister v Hathaway [2021] EWCA Civ 936, 23 June 2021

01/07/2021

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft MBH v TFS Stores Ltd [2021] EWHC 863 (Ch), 16 April 2021

26/05/2021

Book publication: ‘Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions’, edited by John de Waal QC

22/10/2018

Articles

Minister v Hathaway [2021] EWCA Civ 936, 23 June 2021

01/07/2021

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft MBH v TFS Stores Ltd [2021] EWHC 863 (Ch), 16 April 2021

26/05/2021

Cuciurean v Secretary of State for Transport [2021] EWCA Civ 357

01/04/2021

Criterion Buildings Ltd v Mckinsey and Co Inc (United Kingdom) [2021] EWHC 314 (Ch)

09/03/2021

Faiz v Burnley BC [2021] EWCA Civ 55, 22 January 2021

28/01/2021

Past events

Laying the Foundations: How to manage TOLATA claims

13/04/2021

#HardwickeBrew – Property – Waiver of forfeiture in the post Covid-19 world

01/10/2020

#HardwickeBrew – Property – Lease Renewals and Covid

09/07/2020

#HardwickeBrew – Property – (Near) futurology – what does the (near) future hold after the extension of PD51Z?

11/06/2020

Law Society Property Bristol Workshop – Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions

06/11/2018

Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions: problems and pitfalls for practitioners – London roadshow

31/10/2018

Law Society Property London Workshop – Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions

20/09/2018

The FTT (Property Chamber) at 3 years old: a Costs Case Study

22/06/2016

Newsletters

Books

Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions

28/01/2019