Development

Closing the “viability loophole”? A return for the developer must be taken into account when setting local plans

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK Planning; Catherine Howard, Partner; and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London The Government is recommending that viability is assessed in detail by the local authority at the stage of setting its … Continue reading

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The road to MIPIM – podcast interview with HSF partner Matthew White

  Matthew White, partner and head of the UK planning team in the London office of Herbert Smith Freehills talks to Lucy Morton, another lawyer in the planning team, about what he’s expecting from the MIPIM real estate conference in … Continue reading

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A five step guide to calculating the level of affordable housing the Mayor considers viable

Author: Catherine Howard, Partner, Planning, Real Estate, London In this blog post, we explain in simple terms how a developer is now expected to set the level of affordable housing which the Mayor of London deems viable for a particular … Continue reading

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Silence is Consent: Developers must pay attention to draft pre-commencement conditions

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Senior Associate, Planning, London Developers beware – if you don’t agree with a pre-commencement condition in draft, you could have to express your disagreement in writing within 10 working days, or risk the authority imposing it in … Continue reading

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“Women Leading Real Estate” – change is afoot

Author: Alice Dockar, Partner, Real Estate, London Herbert Smith Freehills was out in force at a fantastic, thought provoking breakfast event yesterday at the Hilton, Park Lane organised by Bisnow and entitled “Women Leading Real Estate”. There was a keynote … Continue reading

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Will land values fall if future planning permission is ignored?

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning; Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London What if land values fell because the value attached to future potential planning permission was disregarded? This is what the Labour party is proposing, through … Continue reading

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New Trusts Registration Service and the UK Real Estate Sector

Authors: Paul Chases, Partner and Head of Corporate Real Estate; Alex Wright, Associate, Real Estate, London For any real estate developers with trusts in their holding structures, there are new regulations in force that make it a requirement for trustees … Continue reading

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LANDOWNERS AND DEVELOPERS – BEWARE THE RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL

Author: Michael Chivers, Senior Associate, Real Estate, London Are you a landlord or developer of property which includes residential flats?  Are you going to dispose of your interest in that property?  If so, you may be obliged to offer your … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheerful

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning; Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London It is good practice for a local planning authority to give reasons for the grant of planning permission. Failure to give adequate reasons may be … Continue reading

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Supreme Court ruling on negligent property valuations: Tiuta International v De Villiers Surveyors [2017] UKSC 77

Authors: David Reston, Partner, Insurance Dispute Resolution, Sarah Irons, Professional Support Lawyer, Dispute Resolution, Matthew Bonye, Partner and Head of Real Estate Dispute Resolution The Supreme Court judgement in the case of Tiuta International v De Villiers Surveyors was handed … Continue reading

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