10 Questions Surveyors Ask: Or Should Ask: Lawyers

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Speaker(s): Sarah Thompson-Copsey
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This video has been produced via Zoom in light of the Coronavirus restrictions

This session will look at a number of questions surveyors often ask lawyers – together with some that should be asked!

  • What happens if the tenant company doesn’t exist?
  • Can you lock or block a right of way?
  • Why is giving permission to park sometimes very unwise?
  • How can security of tenure arise if the tenant occupies for less than 6 months?
  • What happens if the tenant stays after lease expiry?
  • What should be done about unascertained sums on breaking a lease?
  • Granting commercial leases in mixed-use buildings – is there a problem?
  • Why does vacant possession not always matter at the end of the lease?
  • Is Brexit frustrating?
  • How do I complain about a solicitor?

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session the delegates will:

  • Be able to advise on whether rights of way can be moved or locked and when granting informal rights to park might be unwise
  • Appreciate the need for due diligence as to parties’ identities and why granting commercial leases in mixed use building is fraught with difficulty
  • Understand how security of tenure can arise in a day, the status of a former tenant who fails to vacate and when vacant possession is essential (and when not)
  • Be able to advise on whether a lease has come to an end in the context of break clauses and frustration
  • Understand when and how complaints about solicitors can be made



Sarah Thompson-Copsey is a former property litigation partner at the City law firm now known as Dentons, handling all types of commercial property problems, but with an emphasis on avoiding & resolving commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Sarah now works as a freelance lecturer, trainer and author and lectures & writes regularly on commercial property topics, as well as providing independent auditing and consulting services for law firms.

Sarah is co-author of Tenants’ Pre-emption Rights: A landlord’s guide to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (Jordans) and Mixed Use and Residential Tenants’ Rights: The Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and Leasehold Enfranchisement, (Elsevier 2009). She is also on the property consultation board of Practical Law Company and a site editor for the Property Law website at www.propertylawuk.net.

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