Competition Law, Local Authorities and Commercial Property

19 May 2014 | by Caroline Sweeney

Martin Retail Group Limited v Crawley Borough Council, Central London County Court, Judgment of 24 December 2013.

This recently published judgment decided in December 2013 should raise alarm bells for local authorities. A letting scheme which was designed to promote a ‘diverse and vibrant’ shopping parade for the benefit of the local community has been held to breach competition law. Tenants are likely to attempt to use this case as a precedent to upset similar letting schemes elsewhere and to argue against restrictive user clauses in leases and possibly even to obtain wider user clauses on lease renewal.

Read the full Martin Retail Group Limited v Crawley Borough Council case note. Or read our useful guide Competition & Commercial Property.