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All posts by Michael Lewis

Mike heads up the team of property litigation specialists covering the entire range of commercial and residential property disputes. He regularly advises on issues relating to vacant possession, dilapidations, forfeiture, service charges, rent reviews, nuisance, trespass and rights to light. He also advises on contested and uncontested lease renewals, and possession actions. Mike is also part of the Retail team and has a wealth of retail experience.

A ‘growing’ problem- Compensation claims arising for Japanese Knotweed

Judgment Upheld by Court of Appeal In recent years, there has been a surge in articles produced on Japanese Knotweed, a highly invasive and fast growing bamboo-like plant which seems to be haunting many gardens in Britain. It was introduced to the UK in the 1820s for its ornamental qualities but has since proved to …

A ‘growing’ problem- Compensation claims arising for Japanese Knotweed

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Breaking Up Is Never Easy

Break clauses can greatly assist with a tenant’s portfolio management. It is a potential opportunity for the tenant to relocate to cheaper premises or renegotiate new terms and can be a valuable provision, particularly in this volatile market. However, it is not an entirely straightforward process and there can be various conditions attached to break …

Breaking Up Is Never Easy

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Rent Reviews: Not to be disregarded

A landlord can only conduct a rent review if there is a rental review provision in the lease. In modern leases, reviews are around every three to five years. Negotiations over rent clauses are crucial because the landlord will have a different objective to the tenant as the provisions often only allow for increases in …

Rent Reviews: Not to be disregarded

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New Scheme for Business Tenants

HMCTS have initiated a pilot scheme to introduce a more cost-effective way of dealing with unopposed lease renewals, by transferring them over from the Central London County Court to the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) Property Chamber. On a positive note, this should reduce unnecessary delays and force parties into focusing on the job at hand but …

New Scheme for Business Tenants

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