Dispute revolution

A property boom in Ireland has brought with it increased scrutiny of how the Commercial Court deals with property litigation. By Lisa Broderick

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By Kirsty Black, Lucy Shepherd A landlord can defeat a lease renewal on development grounds only where it intends to carry out the works whether or not the tenant is in occupation. The Supreme Court has handed down its eagerly-awaited judgment in S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the facts of which we covered in our […]

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