Robert Hastie LL.B (Hons) Hull. Call 2020 (admitted as a solicitor 1994)
Rob was admitted as a Solicitor in 1994 and practiced in civil and commercial litigation. Over the last 15 years Rob has developed a particular specialism in property litigation. In what can frequently be a very complex area, Rob’s goal has always been to provide clients with the clearest and most commercial advice possible.
Property litigation, including:
- commercial landlord and tenant,
- possession cases,
- the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954,
- rights of way,
- boundaries, and
- restrictive covenants.
• Arbitration work, including in relation to the valuation of commercial rents. This includes engaging with valuers in relation to their draft reports and providing analysis of the grounds for appealing arbitrator’s awards/independent expert determinations.
• Hospitality sector commercial property, particularly public houses, restaurants and motorway service areas.
• Advice and arbitrations in connection with the Pubs Code etc Regulations 2016. Since the introduction of the Pubs Code in 2016, Rob has dealt with more than half of all referrals to the Pubs Code Adjudicator (‘PCA’), making him a leading lawyer in relation to that legislation. In order to better assist clients and instructing solicitors, he maintains a “Handbook of the Pubs Code”. Keeping the handbook constantly updated with the latest advice and decisions, allows him to instantly provide clients with guidance and advice on the complex legislation.
• Insolvency aspects of property contracts.
• Debt recovery.
• Commercial contract disputes.
This work has been for landlords and tenants, companies and individuals, national and local clients.
Rob has a commercial approach to the law and understands that trials or arbitration awards are costly and time consuming for clients. Whilst he has been successful in finding constructive settlements of disputes in the majority of his cases, Rob has represented clients in a number of important reported cases including:-
• Anonymized – PCA’s website Quarter 4_2019_19 – Whether the Market Rent Only (‘MRO’) tenancy offered to the tenant under the Pubs Code has to be by a deed of variation (‘DOV’).
• Ei Group plc v Clarke and Minnett -  EWHC 1858 (Ch) (18 June 2020) – Appeal of arbitration award on the “no worse off” principle.
• Clatworthy v Ei Group plc – PCA’s website Quarter 3_2019_9 – What constitutes a rent assessment under the Code.
• Anonymized – PCA’s website Quarter 3_2019_11 – Disclosure of comparables and other information in a rent assessment.
• New Inn Public House Walton Ltd v Ei Group Plc – PCA’s website Quarter_1_2019_11 – Failure of service of MRO notice.
• Food Drink Rooms Ltd v Ei Group Plc and Unique Pub Properties Ltd – PCA’s website Quarter 2_2019_9 – Form of MRO tenancy (DOV or new lease).
• EI Group Plc v In & Out Developments Ltd, John Joseph Burke, and Barrington Burke (A Bankrupt)  EWHC 1887 (QB) – Forfeiture – tenant’s failure to comply with terms of a consent order for relief.
• Splash Taverns v Ei Group plc – PCA’s website Quarter_3_2019_16 – Terms of an MRO offer.
• Magpie & Stump Ltd v Ei Group Ltd – PCA’s website Quarter_1_2019_15 – Terms of an MRO offer.
• AGT Inns v Ei Group Ltd – PCA’s website Quarter_1_2019_7 – Terms of an MRO offer.
• Unique Pub Properties v Roddy (UK),  EWCH 4019 (Ch)) – application for an injunction in the face of a Competition Act defence.
• Hughes v Ei Group plc – PCA’s website – Quarter 3_2018_18 – Terms of an MRO proposal.
• SPS Pubs Ltd and others v Ei Group plc – PCA’s website Quarter_3_2018_18 – Terms of an MRO offer.
• Hankins & Hankins v Ei Group plc- 2018 PCA’s website Quarter 3_1 - What constitutes a rent review for the purposes of r.19(2) of the Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016.
• Clarke & Minnett v Ei Group plc – 2018 PCA’s website Quarter 3_2 – Considerations affecting whether an MRO tenancy has to be by new lease or by DOV.
• Ei Group Ltd and Unique v Anonymized – PCA’s website – 2018 – High Court order – Terms of an MRO offer.
• Cask & Butcher Ltd v Ei Group plc – PCA’s website – Quarter_4_2018_12 – Terms of an MRO offer.
• Wellington - Red Lion, Isleworth - Morning Advertiser 11 September 2015 - Successful challenge to ACV listing
• Enterprise Inns Plc –v- Turk  – Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 – Opposition to renewal of a lease of a pub under grounds (a), (b) and (c) of Section 30(1) of the Act.
• Enterprise Inns Plc v Rosetta Road Ltd (2013) (The Alma, Islington) Morning Advertiser - Tenant's right to set off against rent.
• Unique Pub Properties Limited –v- Fitzpatrick  Committal for contempt of Court following breach of an undertaking to comply with the terms of the tie.
• Unique Pub Properties Ltd v Broad Green Tavern Ltd and another  All ER (D) 352 (Jul) - Landlord's right to install flow monitors in a public house
• Enterprise Inns Plc v Palmerston Associates Ltd and others  All ER (D) 90 (Dec) - Interpretation of the beer tie - tie by brand vs tie by type
• Unique Pub Properties -v- Onifas Limited; ChD 2011 - Implied terms and a landlord's right to install flow monitors in a public house.
• WH Brakspear & Sons v Bateman - Morning Advertiser 22/3/11 - Competition issues/ eviction.
• Enterprise Inns Plc v Forest Hill Tavern Ltd  All ER (D) 204 - Defeating tenant’s challenge to the enforceability of the tie.
• Rouf v Tragus Holdings Ltd Chancery Division, 13 January 2009 Forfeiture; Injunctions; Disclaimer; Peaceful enjoyment of possessions; Periodic tenancies; Rent arrears; Rights of re-entry; Underleases  EWHC 96 (Ch);
• Campbell-Bell v Enterprise Inns plc (QB)  All ER (D) 50 - a rent review challenge concerning the arbitrator's choice of the top downwards valuation method in preference to the bottom upwards valuation approach.
• Brooker v Unique Pub Properties Ltd (2009) 49 EG 72 - Valuation of rent on LTA 1954 - renewal of a public house.
• Wellington Pub Co. PLC v Hancock Estates Gazette 12/5/2009 - Pursuing guarantors abroad.
• O’Donoghue –v- Enterprise Inns Plc  EWHC B15(CH) – dismissal of an application for permission to appeal an arbitration award on the grounds that the Arbitrator had adopted the wrong procedure.
The work has been high profile and frequently involved a detailed consideration of the public relations/regulatory aspects of the case.
In addition to the more high profile cases, Rob has frequently represented clients at hearings in the County Court.
As a solicitor, Rob has been a recommended practitioner in both Chambers and Legal 500.
Qualifications and Appointments
• University of Hull 1987-1990.
• Legal Practice Course (Store Street) 1991-1992.
• Gosschalks Solicitors (Hull) 1992-2000 (Assistant/Associate) and 2001-2020 (Partner and subsequently Joint Head of Litigation).
• Lupton Fawcett Solicitors (Leeds) 2000-2001.
• Solicitor’s Higher Rights of Audience 2020.
• Bar Transfer Course (BPP) 2020. (Reduced pupillage 3 months)
• Lincoln’s Inn.
• Property Bar Association