Residential or Commercial Property – How to Choose the Right Lawyer

Whether it be buying or selling a house or renewing a commercial lease, choosing a property lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make in relation to your property transaction. The end result of any transaction is likely to be as good as the quality of the work delivered by the professional […]

S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel – The Conclusion!

In October this year we left landlords and tenants around the country holding their breath for the outcome of the Supreme Court decision in S Franses Limited v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd [2018] UKSC 62. Well the waiting is now over as the Supreme Court has now handed down its judgement in one of the […]

Restrictive Covenants versus Development Rights…

Does the existence of a restrictive covenant in Deeds mean that I can’t develop my land? Well the short answer is ‘it depends!’ The starting point is always to properly consider the exact terms of the restrictive covenant, in addition it is also important to remember that the simple fact that a restrictive covenant exists […]

MEES – What you need to know as a Landlord or Tenant

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)  What are MEES? They are regulations which relate to energy efficiency ratings of commercial properties. The current ratings range from A-G, A being the most energy efficient and G the least. The regulations state that from 1st April this year any commercial property that has an Energy Performance Certificate […]

S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd – Landlords and Tenants Hold their Breath……

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Demolish or Reconstruct ground [s.30(1)(f)] to be considered by the Supreme Court – Part 1 S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd (Judgement [2017] EWHC 1670 QB appealed) was heard by the Supreme Court on 17 October 2018. The decision will have significant consequences  and landlords and tenants across […]

Is it Time to Look at Your Lease Terms?

One of the areas we get asked about from time to time by clients and enquirers are upward only rent reviews. These were very popular among landlords, for obvious reasons, during the 80’s and 90’s. The recent challenging trading environment for many retailers on the High Street as well as those operating in other commercial […]

The Death of the High Street?

Much has been said and written about the “death of the high street” in recent times. The decline in high street sales happened quite rapidly after the recession hit in 2008 and Britain’s high streets struggled to recover in line with the remainder of the economy in the years that followed. In the last twelve […]