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25 July 2022

Local Government Lawyer: High Court rules on ‘live/work’

Property disputes expert Matthew Spring has case featured in recent article published in Local Government Lawyer, linked below with kind permission.  In ‘High Court considers live/work’, the instructed barristers Myriam Stacey QC and Nick Grant of Landmark Chambers analyse the recent High Court appeal ruling with important implications for landlords and tenants.

The authors explain the origins of the ‘live/work’ term, which started to appear in 1990s planning permissions as developers sought to avoid policy-imposed affordable-housing contributions. More recently the term has become a regular feature in lease disputes relating to the ‘live/work’ user clause, as landlords seek substantial premiums from tenants living exclusively in units designated as ‘live/work’.

Reflecting on the recent findings in AHGR Ltd v Kane-Laverack – in which Myriam Stacey QC and Nick Grant, instructed by our Property Law expert Mathew Spring, acted for the Respondents at both stages – they summarise the case outcome and encourage residents of live/work units to scrutinise the detail of their underlying planning permission to avoid unexpected bills and disputes.

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