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Unjust enrichment?

5 Mar, 2019
Islington Council is bringing proceedings against a resident to whom it sold a two-bedroom flat under its Right to Buy Scheme in 2013 for £340,000.  The resident had rented the...
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Ignoring restrictive covenants: the consequences for developers

8 Feb, 2019
The case of The Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Trust v Millgate Developments Ltd and another [2018] EWCA Civ 2679 is a useful case for developers to keep in mind when...
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The magical expanding easement ...

25 Jan, 2019
O'Byrnes' Application [2018] UKUT 395 (LC) A recent application to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) provided a useful reminder that a modification to a restrictive covenant under...
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Just how frustrating is Brexit?

17 Jan, 2019
A case between the European Medicine Agency ("EMA") and Canary Wharf Group is being heard in court this week, and it is one to keep an eye on. EMA has a 25 year lease of its...
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Diversity networks in the real estate profession and diversity at Cripps

10 Jan, 2019
The Property Week and Deverell Smith Open Plan revealed, of the property professionals surveyed, that those that felt diversity issues were having a negative impact on their career...
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No room for development ...

12 Dec, 2018
S Franses Ltd (Appellant) v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd (Respondent) Background The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 gives commercial tenants security of tenure (unless the...
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Legal 500 and Chambers UK rankings 2019 released

28 Nov, 2018
We are pleased to announce that our Real Estate team has again received positive comments from the Legal 500.  In London, our commercial property (retail) practice area is ranked...
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Qualified covenants - can a landlord unreasonably refuse consent to alterations?

23 Nov, 2018
The question in this week's Plog is whether a qualified covenant in a lease (ie a covenant requiring landlord's consent, but which does not expressly set out that the landlord must...
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Sub-letting of part - the issues a landlord should take into account

9 Nov, 2018
What are the issues that need to be taken into account when a landlord is considering allowing a tenant to sub-let part of a property? Firstly, they will need to consider whether...
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Autumn Budget 2018: Is it good news for the high street?

30 Oct, 2018
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, has announced plans to further support our local high streets by making more public funds available in an effort to rejuvenate...
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When an agreement is not an agreement

26 Oct, 2018
Parties often enter into contracts which provide that variations can only be made in writing.  Such clauses can appear in a variety of different contexts.  The question for the...
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"Deregulation" Regulations for Landlords

18 Oct, 2018
Do you have an old Assured Shorthold Tenancy (one that was granted before 1 October 2015)?  If so, are you sure that you are able to serve a section 21 notice to terminate the...
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Wild Duck Ltd v Smith (2018): can a landlord step in to carry out outstanding works following a developer's liquidation?

4 Sep, 2018
On 27 June 2018, the Court of Appeal considered an appeal by a management company against a High Court decision in relation to outstanding works to the common parts of a...
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No “weed-ling” out of this one

3 Aug, 2018
Last year I wrote about a case where individuals whose land had been encroached upon by the invasive species known as Japanese Knotweed (“JKW”) were granted damages...
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Overvaluation of dilapidated properties: what should damages amount to?

30 Jul, 2018
Mr Moore and Ms Heguland wished to buy a flat in the port town of Bideford in North Devon, which they intended to let out.  They were purchasing with the benefit of a mortgage...
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A PropTech transaction

20 Jul, 2018
"Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master." The property industry has, over the past 2 years, seen a massive uptake in embracing tech to make efficiencies.  Attitudes...
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Ashley Pappin joins Cripps LLP construction disputes team

13 Jul, 2018
by: Cripps
We are delighted to announce the recruitment of Ashley Pappin as Senior Associate.  Ashley becomes the fourth member of the Cripps LLP construction disputes team.  Ashley joins...
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They're coming home

13 Jul, 2018
Gareth Southgate's England squad went into the World Cup with expectations at an all time low.  So what national joy there has been to have made it as far as the semi final...
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Cripps’ employees are flying sky high

28 Jun, 2018
What do you picture when you think of a solicitor's typical working day?  The stereotype is often someone dressed in a suit, stuck in the office between 8:00am to 10:00pm. ...
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13 reasons why ... certain lease clauses cannot be enforced

8 Jun, 2018
The recent case of Zinc Cobham 1 Ltd and others v Adda Hotels considered whether or not a tenant's obligation in hotel leases to trade in accordance with certain (Hilton) brand...
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