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The Challenge of Residential Leases – Free CPD Seminar

Free Seminar—SRA Accredited—1.5 hours CPD

13 February, 2014, 6.30pm

University of Law, Store Street, Bloomsbury


Seminar Overview—The Challenge of Residential Leases

An increasing proportion of people now live in leasehold property under either short term or long term tenancies. Legislative activity plus developments in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have resulted in significant changes to an already complicated legal landscape. In this seminar members of 4 King’s Bench Walk will focus on particular aspects of residential leasehold property. The classic form of short lease, the AST, has been altered by the Localism Act 2011, generating a new round of appellate decisions. The management of long leases was looked at afresh by the Supreme Court in Daejan Investments. For those leaseholders wishing to purchase the freehold of their premises, leasehold enfranchisement still remains a significant challenge. The aim of this seminar is to highlight common problems that the practitioner will face when dealing with these topics and the steps that can be taken to guard against them.


Chair and introductory remarks — Robert Salis (1999)

Assured Shorthold Tenancies— review of recent changes— Chris Bryden (2003)

  • Life after Superstrike – when to protect deposits
  • Spencer v Taylor – the implications for s21 notices

Managing long leases—where are we now? —  Greg Williams (2006)

  • Daejan Investments 2013: To consult or not to consult?
  • Beitov Properties v Martin [2012] : A case study for the unwary

Snares for the unwary in leasehold enfranchisement — David Sawtell (2005)

  • Meeting the qualifying criteria – when is a house not a house?
  • Getting the statutory notices and counter-notices right
  • Absent landlords
  • Valuation issues

Venue and Booking

The seminar is being conducted at the University of Law, 14 Store Street, London WC1E 7DE. It is close to  Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road underground stations and is easily accessible from London King’s Cross, London St Pancras and London Euston train stations. Further information can be found at .

To book a place contact Hilary Foster –



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