Expert View

Calderbank offers in rent review

Despite the need to research and negotiate well it is sometimes better to try to settle...

As a firm that offers all round advice, rent reviews are part of our daily experience. However it is sometimes better to try to settle than carry on with relentless cost accumulation. So-called Calderbank offers, named after the decision in the case Calderbank v Calderbank, are an important tool in negotiations, which landlords and tenants… Read more »

Navigating the Agency Acquisition Maze

Your guide through the hazards, and opportunities, of a property acquisition.

Paul Koopman set out to create a long term business so when acquiring an office, shop or factory for a client he has always thought that this was the ideal way to create that relationship. Businesses grow and contract and therefore over the period of a life of a business several moves may be undertaken…. Read more »

Chancel Encounter

Without knowing it, an owner may find that they are a ‘lay rector’ with responsibilities invoked by the church council of the parish.

A client recently discovered that their property, located in Andover, is subject to chancel repair liability. This is the liability of a landowner to pay the cost of repairs to a church chancel (the area around the altar and choir). In the past, when rectory land was sold this medieval liability passed with it. Without… Read more »

The importance of ‘if’

When we act for occupiers one of their many concerns is the long-winded approach to the lease document they are about to sign.

When we act for occupiers one of their many concerns is the long winded approach to the lease document they are about to sign. Leases can often be fifty pages long and sometimes require an understanding of grammatical gymnastics. However a Court of Appeal case has recently identified how important the constituent words are –… Read more »