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Legal update

19 July 2021 Japanese knotweed – a diminishing risk?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (‘RICS’) is in the process of updating its guidance to surveyors on their approach to Japanese knotweed when valuing a property.

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Legal update

7 July 2021 Real estate quarterly update - April to June 2021

Read more about our latest real estate update aimed at in house lawyers (and other professionals) practising in the property and real estate sector.

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Legal update

7 July 2021 Rittson-Thomas and others v Oxfordshire County Council [2021] UKSC 13

Land had originally been conveyed in 1914 and 1928 to Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) as a site for a school for children of the parish under the School Sites Act 1841 (SSA 1841). However, the Reverter of Sites Act 1987 substituted a trust mechanism for the reverter, so that if a site ceases to be used for the permitted purpose, the holder of the legal estate holds it on trust for those who would have been entitled to the reverter.

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Legal update

7 July 2021 WH Smith Retail Holdings Ltd v Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbh [Winchester County Court, 25 March 2021]

The first reported case to consider a pandemic rent suspension clause on a non-contested lease renewal. Find out more.

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Legal update

7 July 2021 Bank of New York Mellon (International) Ltd v Cine-UK Ltd; AEW UK REIT Plc v Mecca Bingo Ltd; AEW UK REIT Plc v SportsDirect.com Retail Ltd [2021] EWHC 1013 (QB)

The second reported case where landlords obtained summary judgement to recover arrears of rent which had accrued since the start of the pandemic.

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Legal update

6 July 2021 TFS Stores Ltd v The Designer Retail Outlet Centres (Mansfield) Ltd and others [2021] EWCA Civ 688

The wording used in statutory declarations to describe when lease terms commenced did not invalidate the contracting out process for those leases for The Fragrance Shop.

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Legal update

6 July 2021 Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbh v TFS Stores Ltd [2021] EWHC 863 (Ch)

The first reported case where a landlord obtained summary judgement to recover arrears of rent and service charge which had accrued since the start of the pandemic.

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Private sector development club

Watch our on-demand video that guides you through a planning update, corporate real estate and property joint ventures and dealing with agricultural tenancies.

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Regeneration review - where are we now?

Catch up on our regeneration video, where we look at four keys areas of regeneration; public law, planning, construction and real estate.

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Legal update

18 May 2021 Wigan v Scullindale – local authority break rights in long development leases

The High Court has recently declared that a landlord’s break right in a long lease – expressed as being exercisable ‘at any time’ following a tenant default – had been validly exercised, even though the default in question had occurred 16 months prior to the break notice being served.

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