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Unopposed lease renewal case provides insight into Court's approach to determining new lease terms

22 Apr 2021
The recent case of WH Smith Retail Holdings Limited v Commerz Real Investmentgesellshaft MBH is an unopposed lease renewal case under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the Act).
As a relatively rare example of an unopposed lease renewal case that proceeded to trial, this case provides insight into the Court's approach to determining terms of a new lease where there is no agreement between the parties. The terms of particular interest in this case were the trigger pandemic rent suspension clause, the rent payable under the new lease, and the interim rent payable

WBD advises retail client on third acquisition in six months

31 Mar 2021
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised Nestware Holdings Limited, the holding company of the UK's largest retailer of carpets, flooring and beds Carpetright and part of the Meditor Group, on its acquisition of Carpet & Flooring (Trading) Limited, one of the UK’s largest distributors of floor covering products and accessories.
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Relief for retailers as Chancellor's Budget announces a package of welcome measures

03 Mar 2021
Following a year in which the retail industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors by the coronavirus pandemic, there was some welcome relief today when the Chancellor's widely previewed budget was announced. It includes a package of measures to help retailers to get back on their feet once non-essential retail reopens on 12 April 2021 under the government's planned roadmap.

WBD Accelerate supports North East start-up's US growth plans

03 Mar 2021
Through its specifically designed start-up support offering, WBD Accelerate, Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised specialist sports nutrition and ecommerce business, Youth Sport Nutrition (YSN) on an investment from a private investor and the setting up of a place of business in the US.
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Edinburgh law firm continues to grow with senior hire

01 Mar 2021
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has strengthened its real estate practice in Edinburgh with the appointment of Clare Lamond who joins as a managing associate. Previously at DWF, Clare has over 25 years' experience advising clients on all aspects of real estate work in Scotland. She provides professional advice to both commercial landlords and tenants on lease acquisitions, renewals, variations and disposals, lease management issues, sub-leases and surrenders.

WBD advises household retail brand on duo of acquisitions

05 Feb 2021
WBD has advised Keswick Flooring Ltd , a subsidiary of Europe's largest retailer of carpets, flooring and beds, Nestware Holdings Ltd, which also operates Carpetright , on its acquisition of the business and assets of Flooring Megastore Ltd and Contemporary Trade Flooring Ltd.