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Commercial Property Leases: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Advice for Your Clients

  • Thursday, 7th November 2019
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
  • 5 hrs CPD

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Answers to 13 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 QCs and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair’s Introduction

    Commercial Property Leases: shaping new law into solution-focused advice for your clients

    Answered by: James Styles of Stephenson Harwood

    James is “immensely experienced, a great communicator and at the forefront of developments.” He has actively advised household name clients on all aspects of real estate law.

  3. ​Redevelopment

    Cutting through all the opinions, how do you demonstrate a “genuine intention” to redevelop in the light of S Franses v The Cavendish Hotel litigation?

    What will sway the court?

    Answered by: Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC

    Guy is "a legend of the real estate Bar - genuinely pre-eminent - at the top of his game." He acted in S Franses v The Cavendish Hotel and co-wrote the ‘Handbook of Rent Review’.

  4. Alienation

    Going beyond Canary Wharf v European Medicines Agency, how can you gain an edge for clients in alienation cases?

    How can you expect the judges to react?

    What counts and what will make a difference?

    Answered by: Christopher Heather QC

    Christopher is "a complete star - one of the very best silks - he is able to pick up cases and develop them in such interesting ways." He is sub-editor of ‘Service Charges & Management’.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Forfeiture

    What is realistic and achievable for a landlord seeking the forfeiture of a lease following SHB Realisations v Cribbs Mall?

    What are the broader consequences for practice?

    Answered by: Caroline Shea QC

    Caroline is "decisive, technically impressive and pugnacious in the courtroom" and nominated for "Real Estate Silk of the Year (2019). She acted in the SHB litigation on forfeiture.

  7. Break clauses

    Which grey areas and unresolved arguments remain over break clauses, looking at (1) vacant possession, (2) reinstatement, (3) obligation to remove tenant's chattels and fixtures?

    Answered by: Andrew Walker QC

    Andrew is "one of the UK's most gifted real estate litigators.” “Phenomenally smart and commercial, his advice is very much in demand." He served as Chairman of the Bar for 2018.

  8. Lunch

  9. CVAs

    Weighing up all the tactical scenarios, what is the potential for landlords to challenge CVAs for abuse of process and inequitable treatment of creditors?

    Answered by: Raquel Agnello QC

    Raquel is an "leading light; particularly sought-after for restructuring cases and CVAs." She sits in the High Court as a Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge.

  10. Electronic Communications Code

    Which way is the wind blowing for cases coming under the Electronic Communications Code?

    Which arguments can landlords deploy to preserve the value and long-term potential of their property assets?

    Answered by: Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

    Brie is "the go-to silk for heavy weight property work" and "Barrister of the Year (2019)." She acted for Evolution (Shinfield) LLP in one of the leading cases on the new Telecoms Code.

  11. Over-run

  12. Close of conference

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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