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‘Or’, ‘Or’ or ‘Or’: Construction of alternative notice provisions in a lease

In Grimes v The Trustees of the Essex Farmers & Union Hunt [2017] EWCA Civ 361, the Court of Appeal interpreted the service provisions for an Agricultural Notice to Quit and, in doing so, reaffirmed established principles of construction, even when the literal meaning of words led the Judge at first instance to a different conclusion. In this article, Jamal Demachkie (who acted for the Landlord at first instance, and was led by leading Counsel in the Court of Appeal) provides his analysis of this decision.

Post-Brexit arbitration gains?

The calling of a snap general election to take place on 8 June has raised any number of issues, not least of which is Brexit. Will our Brexit be hard or soft? Will our Brexit menu (as recently indicated in one major party’s manifesto) include an option not to Brexit at all?