By Ruth Ormrod

Ropemaker Properties v Bella Italia is the latest in a flurry of cases which have highlighted traps for the unwary when it comes to serving legal notices. In an uncertain economic climate parties often want to escape contracts or leases that are no longer viable, or they want to avail themselves of opportunities to bring claims under warranties or indemnities where contracts and timescales allow.

In recent months we have seen an increase in cases where parties have tried to do all of these things, but have fallen foul of service requirements. Specialist Real Estate Litigator Ruth Ormrod shares her top tips to mitigate risk.