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Blue Manchester v North West Ground Rents Ltd

Partner Mike Lewis, examines the blue Manchester v North West Ground Rents Ltd case. This is the first of several case studies he covered in his recent talk at Heathrow Airport for 80 surveyors as part of their CPD training. Being the largest skyscraper outside London, Beetham Tower is Manchester’s most iconic building. It’s 47 …

Blue Manchester v North West Ground Rents Ltd

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When not to go to court – dilapidations update

A recent case provided an opportunity for the High Court to confirm the correct approach to assessing damages where a landlord has undertaken some but not all the repair works required under a lease.  In short, Car Giant leased units to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (“Hammersmith”) under full repairing leases which came …

When not to go to court – dilapidations update

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Brexit frustration

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), decided to relocate from its Canary Wharf premises to Amsterdam. The EMA tried to bring their lease at to an end, maintaining that the 25 year lease, granted in October 2014, would be ‘frustrated’ by the potential withdrawal of …

Brexit frustration

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The Taste of Victory

Due to a recent ruling by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”), any business across Europe is now permitted to use the name “Big Mac” on any of their products in stores. The change comes after the relatively small Irish restaurant chain, Supermac, won a  long running battle against McDonald’s to have use of …

The Taste of Victory

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Default judgments: don’t be lulled into deadline complacency

A recent case has shown that courts are willing to be sensible in their interpretation of deadlines for accepting or defending proceedings. But defendants should not allow this apparent leniency to lull them into missing deadlines. When a claimant serves proceedings on a defendant, the latter has a prescribed period to either accept or defend …

Default judgments: don’t be lulled into deadline complacency

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Disclosure Rules set for major changes

New rules were recently approved by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) committee to change the way in which litigants disclose their documents. It is set to be a two-year pilot scheme in the business and property courts, beginning in January 2019 and if successful, is likely to lead to wider reforms on disclosure. This announcement follows …

Disclosure Rules set for major changes

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