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Jul
10
2019

The Cheese Bar to open Pick & Cheese, the UK’s first cheese conveyor belt restaurant with the help of the Clarkslegal Food and Restaurants Team
#Food and Restaurants #Real Estate #Clarkslegal

Pick & Cheese will launch next month in Covent Garden and offer more than 25 different cheeses to guests at the new KERB street food market in Seven Dials....

Jul
08
2019

Rights to remain at term end: TFS v BMG (Ashford) Ltd
#Real Estate #Commercial

The default position for a tenant occupying commercial premises is that when the contractual term expires, the tenant has a statutory right to a new lease even if the landlord is unwilling to grant a new lease on a voluntary basis. ...

Jul
01
2019

Clarkslegal supports Turkish food importer to buy wholesaler
#Corporate #Real Estate #Employment

We are pleased to complete the acquisition of a wholesale and distribution business for a client which further bolsters existing turnover and operations in different geographical areas....

Jun
04
2019

A useful reminder of what happens to an underlease when the headlease is surrendered, forfeited or disclaimed?
#Real Estate

The headlease is surrendered If this happens then the tenant under the headlease falls away and the tenant under any underlease becomes the direct tenant of the superior landlord and the premises will continue to be occupied by the undertenant on the terms of the underlease....

Apr
23
2019

Using s35 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 to vary the service charge provisions in a lease
#Real Estate

Section 35 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (LTA 1987) (as amended by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002), provides that a party to a long lease may apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal (LVT) to vary the lease on the grounds that the lease fails to make “satisfactory” provision in respect of one of the circumstances specified in section 35(4), LTA 1987. ...

Apr
15
2019

The end of section 21 notices?
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

It has been widely reported this week that the government will be ending the current ‘no fault’ eviction regime, which enables landlords to give residential tenants two months’ notice to end their tenancy agreement under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. The move is designed to give tenants more security and stop ‘retaliatory’ evictions (where landlords end a tenancy after the tenant complains about disrepair)....

Apr
10
2019

Top 5 tips when looking for restaurant premises in the UK
#Food and Restaurants #Setting up in the UK #Real Estate #Franchising

Often the hardest part of opening a restaurant in the UK is finding the perfect premises and location for your venture but once you are in then you also need to make it a success. Here are our top 5 tips to help this process run smoothly....

Apr
09
2019

Landowner & Developer Agreements – Option, Promotion or Hybrid?
#Real Estate

We are often asked by landowners what the best way is to fully realise the development value of their property where there is a possibility of planning permission being granted. What needs to be done to unlock the development potential and then obtain the maximum amount of the uplift in value on the subsequent sale of the property to developers?...

Apr
02
2019

Legal and property experts call for mandatory Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
#Construction #Real Estate #Environment #Press

A group of lawyers, property professionals and environmental consultants called for indoor air quality measures to be made legally enforceable during a roundtable discussion chaired by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)....

Mar
12
2019

Company voluntary arrangements
#Real Estate

A CVA is a procedure that allows a company: to settle debts by paying only a proportion of the amount that it owes to creditors ...

Feb
12
2019

Reduction in Submission Deadline for Stamp Duty Land Tax
#Real Estate

Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) is a tax which is payable on the purchase or leasehold transfers of property if they are valued over a certain threshold. SDLT is payable to HMRC. Currently, and until 28 February 2019, the filing and payment deadline for SDLT is 30 days after the 'effective date' of the transaction (i.e. completion of the transaction)...

Jan
04
2019

Out of the frying pan and into the fire for the UK restaurant sector in 2019?
#Food and Restaurants #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups #Real Estate

It has been a difficult 2018 for all of us and with increased uncertainty over what the future holds in Europe consumers seem to have tightened their belts and spent less on eating out. ...

Dec
11
2018

Electronic Communications Code 2017 – Termination of Pre and Post 2017 Code Arrangements – The Implications for Landowners
#Real Estate

The Electronic Communications Code 2017 (“the New Code”) came into effect on 28 December 2017 with the aim of making it easier for operators to obtain and secure certain rights. This was motivated by the Government’s wish to speed up the roll out of broadband and mobile network coverage across the UK, accepting that digital access is no longer considered a luxury but a necessity in line with other utilities. ...

Dec
11
2018

Revisiting Rock Advertising – Relying on Informal Variations to a Contract
#Dispute Resolution #Commercial #Real Estate

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange 2018 that, where a written contract states that it can only be varied by observing specified formalities (for example by doing so in writing and signed by both parties), those formalities will – in most circumstances – need to be observed if the variation is to be effective. This decision has far-reaching consequences, because many contracts are varied informally by the parties during their life without checking the requirements, which can be fatal to enforcement if a dispute arises. ...

Dec
10
2018

LTA 1954: Landlords not permitted to rely on spurious redevelopment schemes
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

Landlords and tenants will be familiar with the security of tenure provisions contained in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, which give tenants the right to renew their leases on expiry. Landlords can only object to a renewal on a limited number of grounds. One of those most frequently relied on by landlords is ground (f), which is that the landlord intends to demolish or reconstruct the premises subject to the tenancy, and cannot do so without obtaining possession from the tenant....

Nov
13
2018

Clarkslegal bolsters its Thames Valley presence with Corporate and Real Estate Partner appointments
#Clarkslegal #Commercial #Corporate #Real Estate

Clarkslegal is pleased to announce two new partner appointments to its Thames Valley office. Stuart Mullins joins the Corporate team and brings with him a wealth of experience acting for SMEs and corporates on mergers, acquisitions, banking, corporate law and commercial matters. Mark Izquierdo is appointed to head the Real Estate team in Reading and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the property market. Mark specialises in investment and development work (residential and commercial) and is highly regarded for the transactional work he undertakes. Managing Partner, Monica Atwal, welcomes Stuart and Mark commenting: “We are delighted with the new appointments to key growth areas for our practice. The appointments demonstrate our continued commitment to the Thames Valley and underline our position at the forefront of commercial legal services in the region”...

Nov
13
2018

Landlords beware when consenting to Tenant’s works
#Real Estate

The implications for a landlord consenting to tenant’s alterations in breach of an absolute prohibition contained in a lease were recently highlighted in the case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 (Decision 18 October 2018). Although this is a case concerning a residential lease, the finding also has implications for landlords of mixed use and commercial properties. ...

Nov
12
2018

Involuntary bailees: how do I get rid of possessions left in a property?
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

Clarkslegal has recently assisted a boatyard owner in the disposal of an abandoned steamboat. Whilst this is was an unusual scenario, it is often the case that when a tenant vacates a property, they leave behind unwanted possessions or goods, which have to be cleared before the property can be re-let. If what has been left behind is clearly just rubbish, the landlord can probably just dispose of it. But items or goods, even if the tenant appears to have abandoned them, are more complicated and cannot simply be thrown away. In this case, the landlord becomes what is known as an ‘involuntary bailee’ of the items and has a duty not to deliberately or recklessly damage or destroy them. So what should the landlord do with them?...

Nov
02
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by Chambers and Partners 2019
#Clarkslegal #Employment #Dispute Resolution #Real Estate #Construction #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Chambers and Partners has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate....

Oct
30
2018

Clarkslegal Recognised by UK Legal 500 2018  
#Clarkslegal #Complex Contracts #Employment #UK Immigration #Construction #Real Estate #Education #Public Sector #Press

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that Legal 500 has recognised the firm for the following practice areas; Construction, Commercial Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Corporate & Commercial, Education, Employment, Immigration and Local Government....

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