When is a covenant not a covenant? Perhaps when the judge decides it is an easement? In the recent case of Churston Golf Club v Haddock  EWHC 347 (Ch), the court interpreted the language of a 1972 conveyance (which, for all the world, appeared to have imposed a covenant) and construed the drafting as having created an easement.
There was universal disappointment amongst those with an interest in commercial certainty and sensible development of the law when it was discovered that there was to be no appeal hearing in the case of EMI Group Ltd v O & H Q1 Ltd  EWHC 529 (Ch). The parties have reached a settlement agreement.
It is usually the case that deliberate, unlawful conduct (for example, a wilful breach of a restrictive covenant, or the deliberate interference with an easement) is likely to be punished in judicial proceedings. However, this was not the outcome in the recent case of Millgate Developments Ltd & others v Smith & The Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust  UKUT 515 (LC).