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 This is an appeal by the claimants from the decision of HHJ Raynor QC (sitting as a judge of the High Court in Manchester on 12 May 2014). It raises a short point of construction of one of the articles of association of Lawrence House Management Company (“the Company”), which is the management company of a residential development called New Lawrence House, consisting of 104 flats, at Shawheath Close in Manchester. Between March 2009 and December 2010 the original developer, JCS Homes Ltd., granted 104 leases of 125 years each of flats in New Lawrence House. The leases are between JCS Homes Limited and the tenant, but the Company is a party to each lease. A large number of the leases (some 66) are now held by the first defendant CJS Investments LLP, 6 are held by a company owned by the second, fifth and sixth defendants and one each by the third and fourth defendants. The vast majority of the remainder (all except one) are held by individuals, including the three claimants. Each flat is held on the basis that a member owns one share in the company.
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