Welcome to the April 2019 edition of the Real Estate Bulletin.
This edition brings you an update on recent decisions and legal developments affecting the property industry:
- Brexit – A source of frustration
The eagerly awaited judgment in Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Limited and others v European Medicines Agency  EWHC 335 (Ch) proved to be a source of frustration for the EMA which wanted to get out of its lease of premises at Canary Wharf following the 2016 Brexit referendum.
- Nuisance of the third kind?
The owners of glass-fronted apartments were unable to persuade the court that their privacy rights were infringed when the Tate Modern incorporated a viewing gallery in its Blavatnik Building: Fearn and Others v The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery  EWHC 246 (Ch).
- Noise annoys?
In Fouladi v Darout Limited and others  EWHC 3501 (Ch) a leaseholder successfully sued a neighbour whom she found excessively noisy but her claim against their mutual landlord failed.
- New decisions on the Electronic Communications Code — a win for nomophobes and operators?
We report on decisions made by the Upper Tribunal (Property Chamber) on an application for interim rights and a dispute about the consideration payable to a site provider under the Code: EE Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited v The Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Islington  UKUT 361 (LC) and  UKUT 53 (LC).
- A material variation of contract did not prevent practical completion
Despite variations to a landlord’s works which were deemed to be material under the terms of a contract, the court ordered that practical completion was not prevented in Mears Limited v Costplan Services (South East) Limited and others  EWCA Civ 502 (CA).
- Keep in touch with your landlord or risk repossession?
Gibbs v Lakeside Developments Ltd  EWCA Civ 2874 is the sorry tale of a leaseholder who lost a valuable asset because she missed opportunities to defend her landlord’s claims for arrears and forfeiture.
- New police powers to evict travellers
The Home Secretary has announced plans to increase police powers to tackle illegal traveller sites.
- Landlord’s obligations – a postscript
Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court has been granted in the case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Limited  EWCA Civ 2298.
- Development update seminar on 23 May and 6 June 2019
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the topics further, please don't hesitate to contact the article author or your usual Clyde & Co contact.