Development

Beware! Contract Races – Could you be in one?

Author: Ruth Benfield, Senior Associate, Real Estate, London The SRA Code of Conduct 2011 forms part of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Handbook. The Code is to be adhered to by all lawyers – both in-house and in private practice. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Real Estate Podcast EP2: Highways – dedication, adoption, maintenance and stopping up

In this podcast, Herbert Smith Freehills associate Martyn Jarvis explains the difference between dedication and adoption of a highway, what a duty of maintenance of a highway involves and what stopping up is.

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EGi: What’s so unlawful about London’s affordable housing policy?

The High Court has declared a key policy in the mayor of London’s planning guidance on affordable housing ‘unlawful’ – but what does that mean in practice? Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK planning, explains the impact of the decision in this article published on EGi … Continue reading

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How the legal profession is responding to technological advances – interview with HSF partners Jeremy Walden and Shona Grey

In this podcast our HSF Real Estate partners Jeremy Walden and Shona Grey discuss how the legal profession is responding to technological advances, as part of the EG Tech Talk Radio series.

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HMRC wins landmark SDLT avoidance case

Authors: Neil Warriner, Partner and Head of UK Real Estate Tax; Will Arrenberg, Partner, Real Estate Tax; Heather Gething, Partner and Head of Tax Planning and Tax Disputes, London In a 4-1 ruling, the Supreme Court has found in favour … Continue reading

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Ousting unauthorised occupiers! Government consults on dealing with trespassers 

Authors: Judith Smyth, Associate and Matthew Bonye, Partner and Head of Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London The word “trespasser” may well send a shiver down the spine of many commercial landowners.  Trespass can take a number of different forms, from squatters … Continue reading

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Are you GDPR ready?

Authors: Ruth Benfield, Senior Associate and Alice Dockar, Partner, Real Estate, London It is unlikely to have gone unnoticed from the volume of emails asking individuals to “opt in” to future company mailing lists that tomorrow (Friday 25 May), the … Continue reading

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CYBER SECURITY – is your property adequately protected?

Authors: Ruth Benfield, Senior Associate, Real Estate and Alice Dockar, Partner, Real Estate, London Cyber security affects all businesses and industries and is a Board level agenda item. As cyber-attacks are becoming more common (and hitting large institutions, such as … Continue reading

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How is IPMS measuring up?

Authors: Nick Turner, Partner, Alice Dockar, Partner and Olivia Rolleston, Associate (Australia), Real Estate, London Despite prevailing market practice indicating a preference by developers/landlords to continue to use the 6th edition (2007) of the RICS Code of Measuring Practice (CoMP), RICS will … Continue reading

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Court Interprets Obligation in a Standard Form Construction Contract to use all due diligence to obtain planning approvals

Authors: Nick Oury, Senior Associate, Disputes, Tokyo and Jean Hamilton-Smith, Associate, Disputes, Tokyo A commonly encountered provision in the standard form JCT Building Contract (2005 edition) was interpreted by the Court of Appeal to include an implied obligation on a … Continue reading

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