May 10, 2022
Members of our Real Estate Disputes Team discuss recent cases of interest to those dealing with residential property, including on service charge demands, statutory consultations and RTMs. We also review some of the significant changes which the government has in mind for residential tenancies, as well as the recent introduction of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022.
Cases covered include:
- Aviva Investors Ground Rent GP Limited & Anr v Williams and Ors
- Kensquare Limited v Boakye
- Aster Communities v Chapman
- No. 1 West India Quay (Residential) Limited v East Tower Apartments Limited
- Wynne v. Yates & Anr.
- Firstport Property Services Ltd v Settlers Court RTM Company Limited
April 19, 2022
Emma Humphreys is joined again by Harman Bains from our Tax Team to look at the Chancellor's recent Spring Statement and the key points which those with property interests will want to know about - whether as property owners, employers or as private individuals who will be affected by some of the changes.
For further information on the Spring Budget, please head to: Spring Statement: Act now before it's too late
March 29, 2022
The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act received Royal Assent on 24 March 2022. This Act introduces a new arbitration process to resolve certain outstanding commercial rent arrears related to the pandemic. But how will the process work and how can landlords and tenants prepare for it? Natalie Deuchar, Hope Wilson and Emma Humphreys explore the new scheme.
Please note: This podcast was recorded shortly before the Act received Royal Assent. No significant details were changed, but there is now a list of approved arbitrators available here.
Further information can be found at:
March 21, 2022
Many landlords have struggled to keep up with the pace of rule changes relating to Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs), and in particular the paperwork which must be provided to tenants when the tenancy is granted.
Emma Preece is joined by Hannah Turner and Laura Bushaway of our Real Estate Disputes Team to discuss the paperwork required and the implications of non-compliance, especially when it comes to regaining possession of the property in the future.
March 1, 2022
A lease can be disclaimed in certain insolvency situations, but how does this route work and what is its effect on other parties such as subtenants and guarantors? Emma Humphreys is joined by Megan Davies and Joseph Green of our Real Estate Disputes team to discuss these issues and how landlords can push for disclaimer in order to be able to regain control of premises.
February 8, 2022
Emma Humphreys is joined by Sara Lewis of Savills and Richard Grove of Calfordseaden to discuss how the Dilapidations Protocol is faring twenty years after it was first introduced.
Do the suggested timetables work in practice, are surveyors providing the required endorsements and what are some of the difficulties with section 18 valuations? As experienced dilapidations surveyors, Sara and Richard share their helpful and practical insights into some of the issues they face in preparing and negotiating claims.
January 18, 2022
In our first episode of Property Patter for 2022, Emma Humphreys and Laura Bushaway are joined by Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Michael Ranson of Falcon Chambers to look at what’s ahead in the world of property law during this year – including Parliament’s plans for addressing outstanding covid arrears, expert evidence in pandemic lease renewals and some thorny issues to be examined when it comes to residential service charges. We also consider how cases on the Electronic Communications Code are evolving and whether the upcoming Supreme Court appeals might lead to less litigation going forward.
- Bank of New York Mellon (International) Ltd v. Cine-UK Ltd  EWHC 1013 – Appeal to the Court of Appeal in February 2022
- London Trocadero (2015) LLP v. Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd  EWHC 3103 – Appeal to the Court of Appeal in February 2022
- Saville-Edells and Saville-Edells v. Jain (Unreported, County Court at Central London sitting in the FTT, 15 December 2021)
- Pollock v. St Joseph’s Gate Management Company – to be heard by the FTT during 2022
- Aviva Investors Ground Rent GP Ltd v. Williams  EWCA Civ 27
- Alberti v. Cadogan Holdings Limited  UKUT 85 – Appeal to the Court of Appeal in February 2022
- Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v. Compton Beauchamp Estates Ltd  EWCA Civ 1755 – Cojoined appeal to the Supreme Court in February 2022
- Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd v. Ashloch Ltd & Anr  EWCA Civ 90 - Cojoined appeal to the Supreme Court in February 2022
- Arqiva Services Ltd v. AP Wireless II (UK) Ltd  UKUT 195 - Cojoined appeal to the Supreme Court in February 2022
- See The government’s Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill and revised Code of Practice | Charles Russell Speechlys for details of the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill
- Property Patter Podcast: top tips and traps for expert evidence
January 12, 2022
Charles Russell Speechlys is delighted to be a corporate member of Philanthropy Impact, a not for profit organisation set up to work with advisers, philanthropists, charities and governments to develop greater expertise, awareness and impact in philanthropic action.
Sarah Rowley is joined by John Pepin CEO of Philanthropy Impact and Rennie Hoare, Chair of Philanthropy Impact and Partner and Head of Philanthropy at C. Hoare & Co to discuss the current landscape of philanthropy in the UK and current trends, priorities and concerns amongst philanthropists.
This podcast was recorded in November 2021 as Glasgow was hosting COP 26.
December 7, 2021
Leases often contain a break clause, allowing either or both parties to achieve early termination. Whilst these clauses often appear straightforward, complying with their requirements can be tricky and the implications of failing to exercise a break option can be costly. In this podcast, Lauren Fraser discusses our top 5 tips for exercising break options with Richard Flenley and Emma Preece, who also share their experiences of some of the more unusual break situations they have come across.
December 1, 2021
In this podcast, Charles Russell Speechlys Partner Christopher Page talks to members of the Hogg family about what managing the Penpont estate in a responsible and sustainable way means to them.
Listen for an insight into the thinking behind the Penpont Project – one of the world’s largest youth-led conservation schemes – and a modern take on the centuries old concept of stewardship.