LAW2021 Online: Commercial Property (Autumn)

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Mark Shelton and Richard Snape

CPD Hours: 6


Providing 6 hours CPD our Leading Experts present LAW2021 Online: Commercial Property in October 2021, which will update you on topics for Solicitors in practice without leaving your desk and at a time to suit you.

This event features a combination of live and pre-recorded content, providing up to 6 hours of CPD and is sponsored by

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This event was launched on 5th October, is now available as a recording and includes:

  • High quality 4 x 1 hour pre-recorded videos and audio broadcast (topic titles are listed below)
  • Q&A – watch the recording of our live “Shape The Debate” Q&A with our leading experts. This is your opportunity to hear our experts answering attendee questions on both the pre-recorded content and general day to day Commercial Property issues
  • LAW2021 Civil Litigation Online Exhibition – a chance to gain an additional hour of CPD, via a webinar of choice from our Webinar Learning Library worth £35 +VAT.

This course is aimed at property professionals and fee earners involved in both contentious and non-contentious property work .

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1. Repair Obligations in Leases – What Causes Problems?

Presented by Mark Shelton, Commercial Property Management Law Trainer

When dilapidations disputes arise, it is striking how often they can be traced back to what was done or not done at the time the lease was granted. Due diligence prior to signing the lease is one issue, but problems may arise from inadequacy of schedules of condition, inaccurate lease drafting, lack of focus on the interaction between repair obligations and fixtures and a failure to appreciate the implications of common lease provisions.

The cause of problems may also lie at lease expiry, though, and effective preparation is essential.

This session will consider commonly-encountered problems, and suggest practical solutions, including the radical option of doing away with any tenant’s repairing obligation.

Learning objectives:

  • Effective pre-contract investigations
  • The limitations of schedules of condition
  • Common drafting issues
  • Four issues to anticipate and document when alterations are done
  • How to lay the groundwork for a good outcome as lease expiry approaches

2. Turnover-Based Rents

Presented by Mark Shelton, Commercial Property Management Law Trainer

The woes of the retail sector over the past few years are well-recognised, and are now compounded by the effects of Covid-19. Lease structures are coming under increasing scrutiny, as both landlords and tenants seek ways to support businesses. Switching from open market rental to a turnover-based arrangement is an increasingly popular option for assisting tenants, and has the added advantage of being relatively familiar and well-established.

Simplified turnover rent arrangements are increasingly seen, but the idea is, nevertheless, one which can be complex in implementation. We will explore the issues of capturing all information on turnover in a rapidly-changing retail environment, and considers implications for lease provisions on alienation, user and more.

Learning objectives:

  • What is included in calculating turnover?
  • How does turnover translate into rent?
  • Ability to revert to an open market rent
  • Implications for alienation
  • Impact on rent review
  • Impact on break options

3. The LTA 1954: When does it Apply and Holding Over

Presented by Richard Snape, Head of Legal Training, Davitt Jones Bould

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 presents the property practitioner with numerous problems. This course aims to look at some of the problems and how best to advise both landlord and tenant. Topics covered will include:

Topics covered include:

  • The definition of a business tenancy in S.23
  • Leases and licences
  • Holding over at the end of the term
  • Excluding the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

4. Alienation, alteration and user covenants: The problems and solutions

Presented by Richard Snape, Head of Legal Training, Davitt Jones Bould

These covenants are a staple for commercial property professionals but present various pitfalls. The course aims to look at some of the problems and solutions.

Topics covered include:

  • Obtaining the licence
  • Reasonableness of refusal of consent to alienation
  • The effect of the Supreme Court decision in Sequent Nominees v Hautford (2019)
  • Time for giving consent and S.1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988
  • User covenants and keep open clauses
  • Importance of user covenants after the town and country planning of 2020 and 2021
  • Alteration and improvements: questioning refusal of consent
  • The effect of the Supreme Court Decision in Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent (2020)