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Claire is a commercial property solicitor based in the firm's St Albans office. She advises on general commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant, site acquisitions and disposals and development work. She has particular knowledge of retail and industrial work. Claire also acts for lenders on development loans and major industrial and investment funds. Her investment experience includes acquisitions and disposals of both development sites and occupied trade parks and town developments together with advising on the property aspects of corporate asset sales and purchases.

Licences for occupation – is your short term licence agreement actually a formal tenancy?

A recent ruling is likely to have significant consequences for guardian property companies (and other landlords) who use licence agreements to place occupiers into properties to protect against squatters and vandalism.  The case of Camelot Property Management Limited and Camelot Guardian Management Limited v Roynon [2017] highlights the importance of carrying through in practice what …

Licences for occupation – is your short term licence agreement actually a formal tenancy?

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Landlords repair obligation “lessened”?

The Court of Appeal recently made it clear that despite there being an obligation on landlords to repair a property, this is not the same as an obligation to make the premises safe and that general defects did not have to be dealt with unless the premises were out of repair. The case (Dodd v …

Landlords repair obligation “lessened”?

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