Managing Disrepair

A managing disrepair seminar led by members of the Lamb Chambers property group.

Cracks in the foundation stones of expert evidence: permission for expert revoked after ‘serious transgressions’ by expert and solicitor

In Andrews & Ors v Kronospan Limited [2022] EWHC 479 (QB), Senior Master Fontaine revoked the Claimants’ permission to rely on their expert after it was admitted that there were ‘serious transgressions’ by the expert and solicitors in relation to the expert’s joint statement. James Culverwell discusses the authorities which emphasise independence as the ‘foundation stone’ of expert evidence, and provides guidance for TCC practitioners.

Unneighbourliness – Two Recent Cases

In this talk, Barbara Zeitler and Harriet Ho of Lamb Chambers explore ‘unneighbourliness' in a property law context and discuss two recent cases that show what can happen when relations between neighbours sour.

Congratulations Stephen Shaw

Congratulations to our Associate Member Stephen Shaw who has recently graduated from the Harvard Business School Negotiation Mastery Programme

Cooke v Northwood (Solihull) Ltd; Northwood (Solihull) Ltd v Fearn [2022] EWCA Civ 40

The Court of Appeal answered the questions of whether an agent is able to sign (i) a certificate required as part of the prescribed information relating to tenancy deposits , (ii) a section 8 notice and it reiterated the position on statutory requirements and the validity of notices more generally. Mr Justice Saini had held that the certificate had to be signed by the landlord and section 44 of the Companies Act 2006 operated whereas a section 8 notice could be signed by an agent (even where the "licensor/joint landlords/landlord's agent" portion of the prescribed form had been crossed out) which was discussed in more detail here.

Elan-Cane: has the Supreme Court created a two-tier system between binary & non-binary genders?

Elan-Cane is contrary to domestic and international developments, which are moving towards legal recognition of non-binary gender identities.