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44th Annual Blundell Lectures

The Blundell Committee is delighted to announce the programme for the 44TH ANNUAL SERIES OF BLUNDELL LECTURES 

A tradition of forward thinking discussions on key developments in property law and practice.

3 June 2019     Volunteering to be Fleeced: Retail Tenant CVAs

Mathew Ditchburn, Hogan Lovells & Stephen Jourdan QC.   Chair, Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC

In recent years, retail tenants have started used company voluntary arrangements as a way of escaping from liability under leases of unprofitable stores, with a view to then selling the business. The CVAs are structured so that the money from the sale goes to the creditors other than the landlords of the unprofitable stores and to the shareholders. What can a landlord do faced with a CVA of this kind? Do the unfair prejudice provisions or the good faith principle assist?

18 June 2019   Getting Back to Business: the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II

Dellah Gilbert, Maples Teesdale LLP & Wayne Clark.  Chair, Kirk Reynolds QC

The Supreme Court in Franses has changed the way that the 1954 Act should be interpreted in terms of landlord’s intention in opposing lease renewals on the grounds of redevelopment.  How far does its shadow fall?  How might it affect the interpretation of intention under other statutes, including the recent Electronic Communications Code?  Given the renewed focus upon the Act, should we now also consider how some other provisions of the Act might be (re)interpreted? 

 24 June 2019  Evolution or Revolution: the Modern Law of Easements

HHJ Stuart Bridge & Oliver Radley-Gardner.  Chair, Stephanie Tozer

In the light of the Supreme Court’s review of the legal scope of easements in Regency Villas, former Law Commissioner HH Judge Stuart Bridge considers the characteristics that remain to be satisfied for the creation of a valid easement in the modern law.   Oliver Radley-Gardner examines how easements may limit the future use of land with reference to various rules including that in Harris v Flower and those concerning excessive use.

1 July 2019      Effective Remedies in Property Litigation

Mr Justice Morgan.  Chair, Janet Bignell QC

Property litigators and their clients go to court to obtain something worthwhile.  In addition to establishing that they are right and the other side is wrong, they will wish to obtain an effective remedy for any wrongdoing. What are the difficulties in obtaining and enforcing an order for specific performance, an injunction, damages in lieu of an injunction or simply damages? How quickly can a remedy be obtained? Against whom can a remedy be sought?  

Booking is now open - download the programme  here

For all enquiries: lucinda@ quadrilect.co.uk.

Venue:  The LSE’s New Academic Building Lecture Theatres, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Net surplus proceeds distributed to the Benevolent Associations of the Law Society, RICS and the Bar. 

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