In this seventh of a series of roundtable webinars for members of the CIArb London Branch, Paul Rose and Daniel Djanogly will each make short (5 minute) presentations and then lead what we are sure will be a lively and informative discussion among all attendees. Rules of Play apply (see below).
In this roundtable our focus is the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill including the accompanying Code of practice. The Code is “…intended to assist landlords and tenants in resolving disputes relating to rent owed as a result of premises having been closed or having had business restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic…” (Gov.UK). Particular exploratory consideration will be given to the features and expectations of the intended scheme (negotiation through to binding arbitration), the multidisciplinary scope of the tribunal including matters of affordability and business viability, and whether this is a forerunner for future statutory schemes to complement the court system.
Rules of Play: 1) Chatham House Rules will apply. 2) During the course of each topic discussion, attendees may submit to the Moderator (by the electronic means to be provided) a brief outline of their intended contributions. Contributions may include responses to contributions by others. Submissions made before the discussion will not be accepted. 3) The Moderator will choose from the contributions and those invited will speak and appear by video. In the time available, and to allow for contributions from the presenters, it is possible that not all wishing to speak will have the opportunity. 4) Contributions should be brief, and the Moderator may exercise editorial control to keep the discussion moving along.