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Scott Goldstein

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Scott trained in the City and spent seventeen years in practice in Top 100 firms. Latterly he headed up the Property Disputes Team of a leading Thames Valley firm. Drawing on this experience, Scott is able to bring a wide range of technical knowhow and commercial nous to bear on any property dispute, be it commercial or residential. He is building up a following of developer and high net worth clients.

Landlord and tenant work is of particular interest to Scott.  On the commercial side, he has developed an expertise dealing with cases involving the applicability of the criteria for opposing a new business tenancy on the grounds of redevelopment (ground (f)).  With residential tenancies, Scott has represented landlords and tenants of long leases in connection with enfranchisement claims, service charge disputes and disputes between tenant directors of freehold companies.  He acted for the successful landlord in a Court of Appeal case concerning waiver of the right to forfeit a long residential lease.


Scott has had articles and comment published in the Financial Times, Property Week, Prime Resi, News on the Block, the Property Law Journal, LexisNexis and The Daily Beast.  He regularly gives talks to professionals and clients alike and in February 2018 presented two one hour seminars to an audience of several hundred surveyors and other property professionals at the Five Counties Conference in High Wycombe.

Scott has an MA in Social and Political Sciences from Girton College, Cambridge. He is also a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Property Litigation Association.

Qualified 2002, joined Payne Hicks Beach 2018, senior associate 2018, partner 2019.

Scott is recommended by The Legal 500 UK 2024 which compliments him on how he “handles difficult cases with ease – he addresses all angles and is assiduous and thorough in his preparation and presentation of the paperwork, enabling complicated matters to be readily digested and put forward to the client’s best advantage”.

He is ranked in Chambers UK 2024 in the category of Real Estate Litigation.

Ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Real Estate Litigation by Chambers UK 2023 

Ranked in Real Estate: Property Litigation by Legal 500 UK 2023


Comments in Chambers and Legal 500 include:

“Scott is very tactical and always looking for the best commercial outcome for his client.”  Chambers UK 2023

“He has exceptional knowledge and a no-nonsense approach.” Chambers UK 2023

“Scott Goldstein is excellent. He is details focused without losing sight of the wider commercial and strategic position.”  The Legal 500 UK 2023

“Scott Goldstein is a highly effective litigator, bringing great experience and insight to every dispute he is involved in.” The Legal 500 UK 2023

“Scott Goldstein is an excellent operator. Always ready to question facts and re-appraise opinions; he leaves no stone unturned.” The Legal 500 UK 2023

  • BDW Trading Limited v Opticlife Limited [2010] EWHC 1951 (Ch) (Notices to Complete had been incorrectly served, entitling the client purchaser to the return of deposits worth £1.5m)
  • Greenwood Reversions Limited v (1) WEF (2) Mehra [2008] H.L.R. 31 (CA) (consideration of the correct approach to granting relief against forfeiture of a long residential lease
  • Hollis et al v Rolfe et al [2008] EWHC 1747 (Ch) (undue influence in property contracts)