Savills is being sued by a tenant for more than £100,000 after he fell off a security gate (pictured) at a property in North London.
49-year-old City financial sector worker Carlos Reguero Perez returned late at night with a takeaway to his rented flat in Hampstead only to find that a newly-installed security gate at his development had been activated.
Unable to gain entry because he did not have the required code or keys to enter, Perez attempted to climb over the gates but fell onto the concrete below and suffered spine and brain injuries.
He is now seeking compensation from Savills, which managed his property.
Perez, who works for one of the UK’s high-street banks, claims Savills had failed to give him the necessary codes or keyfob and that after trying to rouse other residents in the block, had no choice but to try and get over the gate.
Savills’ lawyers said the company denies any responsibility for his injuries and that he acted in “reckless disregard for his own safety by climbing the gate”, local media reports.
The company also denies agreeing to provide Mr Perez Swith the codes or keyfob for the gate, which was installed by the management company that operates the site, and that it had “no role in the installation of the gates”.
It claims that Mr Perez should have arranged alternative accommodation with friends rather than try and climb the gate.
But Savills’ attempt to have the case thrown out prior to a full court hearing were unsuccessful and it will now proceed to a trial.