‘A Practical Guide to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954: Commercial Tenancies’ by Richard Hayes & David Sawtell


Paperback: 978-1-911035-22-0

Published: September 2017

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The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 is by far the most important piece of legislation affecting premises occupied for business purposes. A good understanding of the workings of the Act is vital for anyone advising landlords or tenants of business premises.

The authors of this guide are both experienced barristers with expertise in the field. Their aim has been to produce a comprehensive, one-stop-shop, practical guide to the 1954 Act and associated areas of practice covering (amongst other topics):

  • When the Act applies
  • How to contract out of the Act
  • How claims for a new tenancy (or termination) are brought, together with detailed guidance as to the court procedures required by the Civil Procedure Rules
  • Detailed practical guidance to all the grounds on which a landlord may seek to resist a claim for a new tenancy, with treatment of recent case law and
  • Guidance as to the technical area of claims for an interim rent
  • Notices under the Act and guidance in relation to service
  • The terms of a new tenancy
  • Claims for compensation for improvements under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927
  • Dilapidations
  • Termination at common law

This book is likely to be an invaluable guide for solicitors, barristers or surveyors working in this area.


Richard Hayes

Richard is at Lamb Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1995 and has a property and general commercial practice with considerable experience advising and providing advocacy for clients in the High Court, both Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions, together with the County Courts, specialist tribunals and at mediation.

David Sawtell

David is also at Lamb Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 2005. He has a property (including real estate, trusts of land, and commercial and residential leases), construction and commercial litigation practice. He is regularly published in leading practitioners’ journals. David is currently reading towards the MSc in Construction Law at King’s College, London. He is a robust advocate, with particular expertise in cases involving complicated points of law or allegations of dishonesty. His clients appreciate his practical and approachable manner.