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.

Lack of jurisdiction and an Adjudicator’s right to resign

The recent Court of Appeal judgment in Steve Ward Services (UK) Ltd v Davies & Davies Associates Ltd [2022] gives guidance to adjudication practitioners and parties as to the circumstances surrounding an adjudicator’s right to resign in the context of him or her lacking jurisdiction, together with the right of the adjudicator to recover fees incurred.

Key Property Cases to Look Out For in 2022

During this bite-size talk, Barbara and Elizabeth highlight five key property cases that practitioners should be aware of in 2022.