Zinc Cobham 1 Ltd (in administration) and others v Adda Hotels (an unlimited company) and others

Practice – Summary judgment. The appellants were the leasehold owners of the reversion of ten hotels operated under the 'Hilton Hotels' brand. The respondents occupied the various hotels pursuant to ten principal leases. The Chancery Division dismissed the appellants' appeal against a deputy master's decision striking out the parts of their claim against the respondents which sought specific performance of covenants in leases to maintain the hotels in a manner consistent with 'operating standards'. The order for specific performance, if granted, would have effectively required the respondents to carry out over £100m of works to the hotels. The court ruled that the deputy master's reasoning and application of the principles underlying applications for summary judgment and strike out had been correct and that he had been right to conclude that the appellants had no real prospects of obtaining an order of specific performance at trial.

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