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Sports Stadia Development & The Dangers Of Restrictive Covenants: Lessons from the Bath Rugby Club Case

Sports Stadia Development & The Dangers Of Restrictive Covenants: Lessons from the Bath Rugby Club Case
Thursday, 18 February 2021 By Christopher Pike, Laura Woodward

A recent case[1] affecting Bath Rugby Club may mean that the club has to abandon its plan to build a new 18,000 seater stadium. 

The High Court has held that the land which Bath Rugby Club occupies on a long lease is subject to a historic restrictive covenant, which is still enforceable 98 years after it was first entered into as part of a conveyance.

This article reviews the case looking at the facts, decision and key learning points for clubs/developers.

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Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike

Chris assists the Sports Sector with Real Estate matters and writes regular articles for the sports sector blog.

Laura Woodward

Laura Woodward

Laura is a trainee solicitor at Mills & Reeve currently sitting in the Construction team. 

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