Amec Developments Limited v Jury’s Hotel Management (UK) Limited: 2001

A hotel had been built so as to encroach across a building line in breach of covenant, allowing the hotel to have 25 more rooms than it would otherwise have enjoyed. The court considered conflicting evidence as to the capital value of the additional rooms.
Held: The court set out in detail its approach to the hypothetical negotiation for a licence to breach the covenant in great detail, including a preference for Amec’s method of arriving at the incremental value of the additional rooms, and awarded andpound;375,000, nearly 20 per cent of the increased value on that view. The correct date for assessing damages is normally the date before the building works in question are started.


Anthony Mann QC


[2001] EGLR 81


England and Wales

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Litigation Practice, Damages

Updated: 10 May 2022; Ref: scu.242395