Every dog in the manger has its day. Sometimes two – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 21st, 2020 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Court of Appeal decision in Dr Julia Duval v 11 – 13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 was a wake-up call to landlords to be alive to their, often overlooked, obligations to enforce tenants’ covenants at the behest of other tenants. That decision has been confirmed by the Supreme Court: [2020] UKSC 18.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th May 2020

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New judgment: Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2020 UKSC 18] – UKSC Blog

Posted May 7th, 2020 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘Two of the leases of 11-13 Randolph Crescent are held by the respondent, Dr Duval and a third lease Is held by Ms Martha Winfield. Each lease contains a covenant, clause 2.6, which prevents the lessee from making any alteration or improvement in, or addition to, the premises demised by the lease without the prior consent of the landlord. Each lease contains an absolute covenant, clause 2.7, which prevents the lessee from cutting into any roofs, walls, ceilings or service media. Clause 3.19 requires the landlord to enforce, at the request and cost of the lessee, certain covenants in the leases held by other lessees, including any covenant of a similar nature to clause 2.7. Mrs Winfield sought a licence from the landlord to carry out works to her flat which the landlord granted, subject to Mrs Winfield securing adequate insurance. Dr Duval then issued proceedings against the landlord seeking a declaration that the landlord did not possess the power to permit Mrs Winfield to act in breach of clause 2.7 of her lease. The landlord appealed to the Supreme Court.’

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UKSC Blog, 6th May 2020

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Much a door about nothing? When is a door a landlord’s fixture? – Falcon Chambers

Posted May 5th, 2020 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news by sally

‘Mr Fivaz had (and still has) long leases of two flats in a block owned by by Marlborough. In around 2014 he unilaterally replaced the front door of each flat. About 5 years later the landlord complained that his actions constituted a breach of the leases. It brought proceedings in the FTT for a determination of breach pursuant to s.168(4) of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.’

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Falcon Chambers, April 2020

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Modification of Leasehold Covenants: The latest decision – Falcon Chambers

Posted April 16th, 2020 in chambers articles, covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news by sally

‘In its latest decision on the modification of restrictive covenants in leases under s. 84, the Lands Tribunal has refused to modify a use covenant in a long lease prohibiting the use of the demised premises in question as a hotel.’

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Falcon Chambers, April 2020

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Holding and Management (Solitaire) Limited v Leslie Stafford Miller [2019] UKUT 402 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

‘The FTT improperly purported to determine matters which it had no statutory authority to do so on the basis of the generality of the County Court’s order transferring the matter to it.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 2nd April 2020

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Inducing Breach of Contract: – Reliance on Legal Advice Saves the Day in Court of Appeal – Littleton Chambers

Posted March 24th, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, contracts, covenants, enforcement, legal services, news by sally

‘In an important decision yesterday (27 February), Allen v Dodd & Co Limited [2020] EWCA Civ 258, the Court of Appeal held that if a person believes their conduct will probably not result in a breach of a contract they will not be liable for inducing a breach even if: (a) they knew there was a risk of breach; and (b) the court subsequently finds such a breach.’

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Littleton Chambers, 28th February 2020

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A busy residential road lies ahead – Tanfield Chambers

Posted January 9th, 2020 in covenants, enfranchisement, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, news, repossession by sally

‘2020 looks like it will be a busy year for residential property law. Now that the election is finally out of the way and the stasis in parliament has been resolved, we might actually see some changes in the law.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 6th January 2019

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The Importance of Pre-Action Decisions in Employee Competition Litigation – Littleton Chambers

‘Employee competition litigation typically starts with the discovery of some perceived threat to a business: perhaps the theft or removal of confidential documentation or information; the co-ordinated departure of key employees; or evidence of breaches of post termination covenants. Decisions have to be taken, often under time pressure, about how best to respond to that threat: is a without notice application justified? Is pre-action correspondence appropriate, and if so in what terms? What if any undertakings should be sought? These critical early decisions can have a significant impact on the future conduct of any litigation, including issues of costs and interim relief.’

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Littleton Chambers, 21st November 2019

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Non-compete Covenants and the Balance of Convenience: Affinity Workforce Solutions Ltd v McCann – Blackstone Chambers

Posted November 20th, 2019 in competition, covenants, injunctions, news, restrictive covenants, undertakings by sally

‘The High Court recently refused to grant an interim injunction in support of an alleged non-compete covenant, in particular because of the initial approach taken by the employer upon finding out the employees were working for a competitor.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 18th November 2019

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Supreme Court backs freeholder in leasehold covenant dispute – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 31st, 2019 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘Supreme Court justices have ruled by a three to two majority that a freeholder was entitled to withhold consent for a leaseholder to apply for planning permission that might reduce the value of a West End property.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th October 2019

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New Judgment: Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd [2019] UKSC 32 – UKSC Blog

‘This appeal considered whether the doctrine of restraint of trade is engaged by a restriction on post-employment shareholding, the proper construction of the phrase ‘interested in’ in a non-competition covenant, and the correct approach to severance of a non-competition covenant.’

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UKSC Blog, 3rd July 2019

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Song from under the floorboards – Nearly Legal

Posted May 7th, 2019 in appeals, consent, contracts, covenants, enforcement, housing, leases, news, nuisance by tracey

‘Fouladi v Darout Ltd & Ors (2018) EWHC 3501 (Ch). Although the judgment is dated December 2018, this has just appeared – a case on the perennially vexed topic of noise from a flat above. In fact it is an appeal and cross appeal on a county court judgment and order on a claim by a leaseholder against both the upstairs leaseholder and the freeholder. The reason that the claim was made, reached trial and then appeal might be connected to the value of the claimant’s flat being some £2,400,000.’

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Nearly Legal, 6th May 2019

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High court victory for group seeking to build ‘black Canary Wharf’ – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in covenants, minorities, news, planning, sale of land by tracey

‘One of the UK’s largest black communities is celebrating a victory in the high court over a contested piece of land it wants to transform into a “black Canary Wharf”.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2019

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Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd and the contingent obligation principle; or ‘What do promises to marry have to do with leasehold covenants?’ – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news by sally

‘In Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 the Court of Appeal applied what might be called ‘the contingent obligation principle’ to solve a problem that had arisen between the landlord (11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd) of two houses that had been converted into 18 flats and two of the lessees, Dr Julia Duval of flats 11G and 11H, and Mrs Winfield of Flat 13.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th November 2018

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Every dog in a manger has its day: landlord’s obligation to enforce tenants’ covenants at the request of other tenants – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in covenants, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal’s decision in Duval v 11–13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2298 is a wake-up call to landlords to be alive to their, often overlooked, obligations to enforce tenants’ covenants at the behest of other tenants.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th November 2018

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Nicholas Saunderson v Cambridge Park Court Residents Association Limited [2018] UKUT 182 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 5th, 2018 in appeals, covenants, housing, jurisdiction, landlord & tenant, leases, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal considered the extent of a tenant’s liability to pay for communal heating when that obligation arose only by an estoppel by convention and, in fact, the tenant’s flat was no longer connected to the communal system.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 5th October 201

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Avon Ground Rents Ltd v Child [2018] UKUT 204 (LC) – Tanfield Chambers

‘The UT comprised of Holgate J and HHJ Hodge QC (also sitting as County Court judges) gave valuable guidance concerning the importance of judges maintaining jurisdictional clarity and seperation when sitting as both FTT judges and County Court judges under the Residential Property Dispute Deployment Pilot.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 5th October 2018

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A way to deal with delinquent lessors? – Nearly Legal

Posted October 26th, 2018 in covenants, landlord & tenant, leases, news by tracey

‘A not infrequent problem for leaseholders is a landlord who takes a lackadaisical approach to enforcing leasehold covenants, or worse yet allows or waives breaches of covenants by certain leaseholders.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th October 2018

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Unintentionally wide non-compete clause: A warning from the Court of Appeal in Egon Zehnder Ltd v Tillman – Cloisters

Posted October 20th, 2017 in company law, competition, covenants, interpretation, news by sally

‘Having previously blogged on this case (see here for that blog on Egon Zehnder Ltd v Tillman [2017] EWHC 1278 (Ch)), Jacques Algazy QC and Nathaniel Caiden consider the repercussions of the Court of Appeal judgment in Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1054.’

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Cloisters, 12th October 2017

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Family: Undertakings and variations – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in covenants, jurisdiction, mortgages, news, Supreme Court, undertakings by sally

‘While the Supreme Court’s decision in Birch v Birch [2017] UKSC 53 is ostensibly about the court’s power to vary undertakings, it provides useful broader guidance on the variation of family orders generally.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2017

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