Counsel on the Couch Live – A briefing on the COVID rent cases – webinar recording


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Over 300 PLA members joined the special live webinar to discuss the two much anticipated High Court decisions reported in recent days of Bank of New York Mellon (International) Ltd v Cine-UK Ltd and Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH v TFS Stores Ltd, the first decisions of the pandemic dealing with commercial rent claims when businesses have been shut due to COVID-19 issues.

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC, Gary Cowen QC and Elizabeth Fitzgerald of Falcon Chambers, who acted for the successful landlords in the cases, answered questions put to them by Mathew Ditchburn (PLA Vice Chair) and questions submitted by the participants about the cases, the wider impact of the summary judgment decisions on other rent claims making their way through the courts and whether commercial tenants who decide not to pay can no longer ‘plead the pandemic’.