Property Team – Junior Lecture Series

19th September 2018

The Juniors in Five Paper’s Property Team invite you and your colleagues to a series of lectures focusing on the key issues facing property lawyers and practitioners.

Our lecture series bring together professionals from across the property sphere in their first 5 years of practice/within the sector, to share knowledge and experience.

We will provide practical tips and guidance, based on our experience in the County Court, First Tier Tribunal and the High Court.

Each lecture starts at 6 pm followed by drinks at 7pm.

Spaces are limited so please reserve your place by emailing David Portch, Senior Clerk, on

24.10.2018 – Service Charges Part 1: (1) introduction (2) What is a Qualifying Long Term Agreement?
We start our lecture series with a focus on the First Tier Tribunal and Service Charges. Due to the scale of this topic it will be split over two sessions. In this lecture we will discuss experiences of using the FTT for service charge disputes, including apportionment between tenants and demands. We then provide an introduction into the thorny issue of Qualifying Long Term Agreements and the recent case of Corvan (Properties) Ltd v Abdel-Mahmoud.

14.11.2018 – Service Charges Part 2: (1) Reasonableness (3) Variations (3) Costs in the FTT
We will continue the focus on Service Charges in lecture 2 of the series. Here we will look at the key concept of reasonableness, discuss the use sources of evidence and how to do deal with challenges made by tenants. We will also look at variations to leases and changes to the costs regime in the FTT.

(TBC) Future Seminars
January – Residential property: (1) Deposits (2) Unfair terms in residential leases
February – Commercial forfeiture; Death and land
March – Common problem workshop: unauthorised extension
April – Insolvency and property issues