Real Estate and Land Use disputes

  • Combining our market-leading skills in dispute resolution and our formidable expertise in real estate, we have developed one of Israel's leading real estate dispute practices.

     

    We advise property owners, developers, civil engineers, investors, landlords, tenants, financial institutions and joint venture partners on all aspects of real estate disputes in Israel, aiming to settle claims amicably but vigorously undertaking or defending claims where they cannot be resolved by way of negotiation or mediation.

     

    Our experience and expertise includes everything from development and contractual disputes to disputes relating to planning and land use. We have extensive experience acting for clients before the district and national planning and construction appeal committees and are experts in challenging, modifying and seeking to set aside decisions of the local, district or national planning and building committee. The firm also has a specialist constructions disputes team which deals with complex, high value construction and infrastructure disputes. With the largest dispute resolution practice in Israel, we have the resources to handle the most technical of real estate related disputes in every type of court and tribunal.

    • Representing the Municipality of Tel Aviv in one of the largest disputes in the history of Israel, concerning claims by the Tel Aviv Municipality (and other municipalities in Israel) against the Israel Lands Administration for monies due to the municipalities. The claim is valued at approximately US$560 million
    • Representing Sharbiv Ltd., a privately held company specialising in construction of housing and large scale infrastructure, in proceedings instituted against the Israel Land Administration and the Municipality of Haifa for compensation for loss suffered as a result of delay in transferring ownership in certain prime real estate to the client
    • Representing the Municipality of Tel Aviv in injunctive proceedings brought against it by a major building contractor who sought to prevent the construction of the new Habima, Israel’s National Theatre.  The proceedings were dismissed and this landmark building has been completed and is in public use
    • Representing the Jewish Agency on proceedings commenced by it for compensation against numerous moshavim and kibbutzim for disposing of agricultural land for non-permitted commercial purposes (one of the cases included the sale of agricultural land intended for the construction of Ben Gurion Airport's Israel’s third terminal)
    • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals in proceedings commenced against the local authority planning and building committee with respect to the committee’s refusal to issue a building permit to Teva in order for it to build a diesel container at its logistics centre
    • Representing Ramat Gan Local Committee for Planning, before the Supreme Court and the District Committee for Planning, in a zoning dispute relating to the construction of a building for a law college
    • Representing the municipality of Ramat Gan in proceedings against land owners, with respect to compensation arising from zoning changes on land
    • Representing the Tamar Regional Authority in its proposed new plans and regulations that would regulate the protection from flooding of low-lying hotels on the shores of the Dead Sea
    • Representing Alonei Abba, an agricultural collective, in an appeal before the Supreme Court relating to a major land use dispute against Jezreel Valley Regional Council
    • Obtaining a court ruling permitting a kibbutz to construct a new housing project for its members near to the sea. In these proceedings the client succeeded in its defence of judicial review proceedings commenced by certain environmental organisations that had sought to prevent the issue of building permits for the project
    • Representing an agricultural collective against the City of Eilat in a claim for substantial damages arising from the supply of water with a high saline content, which caused severe damage to the plaintiff's agricultural produce