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News Category: Commercial property

  • 12 October 2017

    The liability of a freehold owner where a visitor suffers fatal injuries

    In the recent case of Dodd v Raebarn Estates Ltd and others (2017), the Court of Appeal considered whether a freeholder, who was the landlord of a headlease, could be held liable under the Defective Premises Act 1972 (“the DPA”) when a visitor fell down the stairs and suffered fatal head injuries. Read more

  • 23 August 2017

    The importance of carrying out a title investigation before entering into a deed of surrender

    The recent case of The Co-operative Bank plc v Hayes Freehold Limited and Others (2017) raised an interesting issue concerning the effect of a purported surrender of two leases. The landlord had failed to obtain the consent of a bank, which had a charge over the property, before effecting the disposition of the leases. Read more

  • 8 August 2017

    Michael Fahy to speak at Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar

    Michael Fahy has been invited to speak at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum Keynote Seminar, to be held in Central London on Thursday 18 January 2018. Read more

  • 17 July 2017

    The new minimum energy efficiency standards

    The minimum energy efficiency standards (“MEES”), introduced by The Energy Efficiency (Private Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, are due to come into effect on 1 April 2018. However, the vast majority of landlords are oblivious of the new requirements. Read more

  • 23 February 2017

    Living leases workshop delivered in partnership with the Ethical Property Foundation

    Michael Fahy delivered an insightful presentation, alongside Ian Parker of the Ethical Property Foundation, to attendees at a "Living Leases" workshop held in Norwich on 13 December 2016. Read more

  • 12 December 2016

    Break Clauses and ‘Vacant Possession’

    An important reminder of the need for strict compliance with break provisions is provided in the recent case of Riverside Park Ltd v NHS Property Services Ltd [2016]. Read more

  • 12 December 2016

    The Need for Caution when Exercising Break Rights

    In this period of economic uncertainty, an increasing number of Tenants will exercise break rights within their commercial leases and in this weak market, Landlords will challenge defective notices, or compliance with break conditions wherever possible. Whilst the costs savings for businesses in exiting commercial leases could be significant, so too can the risks involved. Failure to serve a valid break notice could result in a business remaining liable and tied into the property with long-term and unwanted commitments. Read more

  • 1 March 2016

    Calling all Steeles Law not for profit clients

    Steeles Law is delighted to be sponsoring the Charity Property Matters Survey 2016. Read more

  • 16 June 2014

    Break Clauses – “as you were”

    The recent Court of Appeal decision in Marks & Spencer plc -v- BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Limited and Another [2014] EWCA C(iv) 603 is a blow to tenants. Read more

  • 16 June 2014

    Restrictions on User – Competition Law

    It is fair to say that competition law has been under the radar for many property lawyers, probably due to the fact that when the Competition Act 1998 (“Act”) was enacted, Land Agreements were excluded.  All that changed on 6 4pril 2011, and Land Agreements are now treated in the same way as any other Agreement for the purposes of competition law in the UK. Read more