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All posts by Michael Lewis

Mike heads up the team of property litigation specialists covering the entire range of commercial and residential property disputes. He regularly advises on issues relating to vacant possession, dilapidations, forfeiture, service charges, rent reviews, nuisance, trespass and rights to light. He also advises on contested and uncontested lease renewals, and possession actions. Mike is also part of the Retail team and has a wealth of retail experience.

Retail: Unwanted Valentines gifts & Dry January

Dry January followed by Valentines Day – Mike Lewis from the Sherrards Retail Team investigates the ramifications… The press is full of stories of astronomical Business Rates and struggling public houses – ‘Dry January’ must only exacerbate this. However, friend of Sherrards, Sean Hughes, the publican of several of the finest bars in St Albans …

Retail: Unwanted Valentines gifts & Dry January

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Retail CVAs: Do they ‘unfairly prejudice’ landlords?

Partner Mike Lewis at Sherrards explores the effect of Retail CVAs on landlords. With consumers reducing their spending on non-essential items, retailers are experiencing a tough trading environment on the high street. Many retailers are entering into Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) to give them some respite. Since 2017, CVA’s have been used by large retailers …

Retail CVAs: Do they ‘unfairly prejudice’ landlords?

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Spook Erection: Part Two

This is the second of several case studies that partner Mike Lewis & Associate Ben Walters covered in their recent talk at Heathrow Airport for 80 surveyors as part of their CPD training. Security of Tenure: Can you oppose a lease renewal on the grounds of third-party redevelopment? The Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act provides a business …

Spook Erection: Part Two

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Blue Manchester v North West Ground Rents Ltd

Partner Mike Lewis, examines the blue Manchester v North West Ground Rents Ltd case. This is the first of several case studies he covered in his recent talk at Heathrow Airport for 80 surveyors as part of their CPD training. Being the largest skyscraper outside London, Beetham Tower is Manchester’s most iconic building. It’s 47 …

Blue Manchester v North West Ground Rents Ltd

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When not to go to court – dilapidations update

A recent case provided an opportunity for the High Court to confirm the correct approach to assessing damages where a landlord has undertaken some but not all the repair works required under a lease.  In short, Car Giant leased units to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (“Hammersmith”) under full repairing leases which came …

When not to go to court – dilapidations update

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Brexit frustration

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), decided to relocate from its Canary Wharf premises to Amsterdam. The EMA tried to bring their lease at to an end, maintaining that the 25 year lease, granted in October 2014, would be ‘frustrated’ by the potential withdrawal of …

Brexit frustration

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