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  • expansion of cargo bike logistics in UK cities

    Kirsten Walters

    With frequent news stories of poor air quality in our cities, increasing CO2 emissions, congestion and safety issues, next Tuesday’s Cyclelogistics Empowerment Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, aims to encourage city officials and businesses to consider the potential of cycle logistics solutions. A study (funded by the EU) has shown that over 50% of all motorized […]

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  • spiralling service charges

    Sarah Parkinson

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by 25 chalet tenants against the strict interpretation of the service charge provisions in their 99 year leases. The leases provide for the tenants to pay a fixed £90 service charge in the first year of the term, to be compounded annually by 10%. Although this means that, […]

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  • compulsory purchase reform on the way – but is it enough?

    Stephen Coult

    Whilst the Government’s proposed compulsory purchase reforms are welcome, they appear narrow and politically motivated, relating to perceived problems relating particularly to HS2 rather than taking the opportunity to simplify one of the most complex areas of law with statute dating back to 1845 still being operative. The consultation process, which ends on 9 June […]

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  • retailers team up to expand 'click-and-collect' services

    Sarah Parkinson

    We’ve already seen some alliances in click-and-collect between individual retailers – remember the tie-up between Ebay and Argos in 2013? Not surprisingly, this idea of sharing of excess space between retailers has been pushed to the next level recently – with retailers realising the benefits of coming together for the greater good. We’ve already seen […]

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  • 'click-and-collect' open to all

    Sarah Parkinson

    As from 15 April 2015, retailers will be able to build new ‘click-and-collect’ facilities, such as covered collection points or lockers, without making a planning application. The proposals would also enable retailers to install new loading bay doors and ramps without first seeking planning permission – leaving them well placed to accept more deliveries for […]

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  • the Great British pub – an asset of community value

    Sarah Parkinson

    New rules will make it harder for retailers in England to convert pubs into retail space. Currently, such a change of use does not generally require an express planning permission. That will change from 6 April where the pub is listed by the local authority as an asset of community value, i.e. it is a […]

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  • discretion to vary Part 36 consequences

    Tim Rayner

    A recent judgment could give tenants even more ammunition against those landlords who continue to pursue inflated terminal dilapidations claims. Duncum v Churm (Oxford County Court) did not involve dilapidations but may still have important implications in that arena. A Part 36 offer of £202,500 was accepted against an original claim value of £1 million, […]

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  • business rates warning over vacant property refurbishments

    Sarah Parkinson

    Owners of vacant non-domestic premises that are undergoing refurbishment should not automatically assume that their properties will be assessed at a nominal rateable value. The Court of Appeal has held that a property that had been undergoing internal refurbishment was not exempt from business rates. In this instance, on the valuation date, various major building […]

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  • concern for transfers of a going concern?

    Luke Robinson

    Selling or buying a property subject to an existing agreement for lease (AFL) can be outside the scope of VAT as the sale of a property rental business to the buyer, provided it meets the statutory conditions for a transfer of a going concern (TOGC). However, a recent Upper Tribunal case ruled that there was […]

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  • landlord’s right to erect scaffolding on retail premises

    Kirsten Walters

    In Century Projects Ltd v Almacantar (Centre Point) Ltd, the tenant ran a high class restaurant at the top of Centre Point Tower with panoramic views over London.  The landlord proposed to erect scaffolding shrouded by sheets, which the tenant believed would have a devastating effect on its business, wanting the landlord to use workmen […]

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  • are home delivery services by the big four supermarkets sustainable?

    Kirsten Walters

    With the news that Ocado has posted a profit for the first half of its financial year, there are hopes it will make an annual pre-tax profit for the first time since it was founded in 2000. However, a survey by Knight Frank has revealed that home deliveries are a loss-leading service which may ultimately […]

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  • can the layout of a retail store be registered as a trade mark?

    Laura Mackenzie-Mitchell

    In a potentially ground-breaking decision the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed (in response to an application by Apple Inc. for a device mark depicting its flagship store design) that – subject to certain notable caveats – a representation that depicts the layout of a retail store by means of an integral […]

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  • court delivers food for thought over lease renewals

    Sima Odedra

    Iceland Foods v Castlebrook Holdings Ltd [2014] neatly illustratesthe balance which the court must strike when deciding on the terms of a renewal lease. Iceland occupied the premises under a long lease. Upon expiry Iceland sought a renewal lease for a term of 5 years (Iceland wanted to maintain flexibility in, what were then, volatile […]

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  • break rights and overpayments – case law update

    Sarah Parkinson

    Do you remember the Marks and Spencer Plc v BNP Paribas case last year? M&S had a break right which was conditional on there being no arrears at the break date (as well as paying a financial penalty). Having paid the full quarter’s rents to exercise the break right, the judge implied a term that […]

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  • taking notice of contractual provisions

    Ryan Harrison

    In Friends Life Ltd v Siemens Hearing Instruments Ltd a lease provided that “the Tenant may determine the Term on the Termination Date by giving the Landlord not more than 12 month’s [sic] and not less than six month’s [sic] written notice, which notice must be expressed to be given under section 24(2) of the […]

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  • displaying EPCs - a new sanction for non-compliance

    Sarah Parkinson

    You may remember that the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 introduced a new obligation to display an EPC in any non-residential building that is frequently visited by members of the public, where the building has a total useful floor area of more than 500 sq metres. The EPC must be displayed […]

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  • basis of tenant’s occupation following expiry of contracted out lease

    David Harris

    Where a tenant remains in occupation following the expiry of a contracted out lease, does it occupy as a tenant at will or as a periodic tenant? The Court of Appeal has confirmed that where the parties are negotiating for the grant of a new lease, a tenancy at will is most likely to be […]

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  • Speculative industrial developments lead to more flexibility in lo...

    Kirsten Walters

    Harworth Estates’ announcement of the first speculative industrial development in Yorkshire since 2007 follows recent research from CBRE showing after years of over-supply of logistics space across Yorkshire, there has recently been a sharp drop in availability of “oven-ready” sites. Several of our national logistics clients have addressed the shortage of good quality, affordable warehouse […]

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  • administrators’ liability for rent

    Sarah Parkinson

    The Court of Appeal has overturned the rule that administrators are not liable to pay any rent that falls due prior to their appointment, even though they continue to use premises for the purposes of the administration. Game Station Ltd (‘Game’) went into administration on 26 March 2012, without paying the quarter’s rent due on […]

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  • a tenant’s right to remove its fixtures

    Richard Miller

    The Court of Appeal has held that the tenant of a long lease of a steel works which it had constructed was not entitled to remove large items of plant and machinery during the term of the lease. The High Court had previously held that the items in question were tenant’s fixtures, which a tenant […]

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