Commercial Property

Lease Termination

February 26th


Lease Termination - Traps For The Unwary (And What They Might Cost You)

February 26th

2 - 5pm

Speakers: Alan McMillan; Alan Innes

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£135+VAT (Member price)

3hrs CPD

The Scottish Law Commission has recently consulted on various issues around the termination of commercial leases. With changes on the horizon, this seminar will demonstrate how costly lease termination can be when you get it wrong.

We will look at the current law and main risks around:

  • Tacit relocation
  • Notices to quit
  • Apportionment of rent
  • Irritancy
  • We will also examine the reform that the Commission has discussed in these areas, in the context of the difficulties that practitioners face on a daily basis.

    The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

    Alan McMillan is a partner and Head of Property Litigation at Burness Paull. He is singled out in the legal directories as a top-ranked Leading Individual in this area: Chambers 2019 describe him as "exceptionally good". He has over 20 years' experience in dealing with contentious matters, and is often seen as a "go to" lawyer for major litigation in Scotland. He has acted in all types of commercial litigation over the years, and has a real depth of experience in dealing with property, planning, commercial, and contractual disputes of every type. He has been appointed as an expert witness in court cases involving commercial property notices owing to the extent of his experience in this area.

    He has significant experience in arbitration, litigation and mediation. He is also an accredited mediator (with leading UK mediation organisation CEDR), and has a huge amount of experience in mediation, both acting for parties and on occasion acting as mediator. He is also a lawyer arbitrator, an accredited specialist in arbitration law and a Fellow of the CIArb. He is a past Chair of the Property Litigation Association, and remains a committee member.

    He appears as a Solicitor Advocate with Rights of Audience in all civil courts of Scottish jurisdiction, including the United Kingdom Supreme Court.

    Alan Innes is a Senior Solicitor in the property litigation team at Burness Paull. He acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, public and private, in a variety of property related disputes including: dilapidations; rent and service charge arrears; termination of leases; title and boundary disputes; and servitude rights.

    He deals with properties across the whole of Scotland, working on matters in sheriff courts and in the Court of Session. He also has experience of matters in the Lands Tribunal; the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom; and in alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. Alan is a member of the Property Litigation Association.