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Business lease – group restructuring – formalities – identity of tenant liable for dilapidations – substitution of defendant

Commercial Leases

Business lease – group restructuring – formalities – identity of tenant liable for dilapidations – substitution of defendant

Manorshow Ltd v Boots Opticians Professional Services Ltd [2017] EWHC 2751 (TCC) (Coulson J) (2 November 2017)

We highlight this case in brief because it is a timely example of the complexities which can arise on when a group restructuring is undertaken and illustrates the need for care and to follow the proper process. The issue in the case is the identity of the tenant against whom the landlord can pursue a terminal dilapidations claim and whether that party may be substituted as defendant.

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