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Raise your (MEES) standards: new government guidance provides clarity and confusion

Author: Deborah Caldwell, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate, London   In February 2015, we reported on Regulations introduced by the Government to prohibit the letting of commercial properties in England and Wales rated F or G on their Energy Performance … Continue reading

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The limits of good faith

Author: Michael Mendelblat, Professional Support Lawyer, Construction and Engineering, London   The NEC Form of Contract is now in wide use in construction projects. The first clause says that the parties "shall act as stated in this contract and in … Continue reading

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Forfeiture traps for developer landlords

Author: Matthew Weal, Associate, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London What do you do if you acquire a site containing problem tenants who may consistently be in arrears of rent or in breach of covenants under their leases?  It is understandable in these … Continue reading

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Sky’s the limit?

Author: Helena Thompson, Associate, Planning and Environment, London Almost a month on, we have now all had a chance to consider what the Housing White Paper means for the future of housing. The planning team here at Herbert Smith Freehills have … Continue reading

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The importance of consistency

Author: Michael Mendelblat, Professional Support Lawyer, Construction and Engineering, London   In a construction project, how a builder and/or designer's potential liability is classified in the contract and technical documentation can be crucial to recovery of any costs associated with … Continue reading

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IPF Non-Disclosure & Exclusivity Agreements

Author: Richard Forsdyke, Partner, Real Estate, London We find this interesting and so thought we would share. To save unnecessary time and resources drafting bespoke agreements, the Investment Property Forum ("IPF") has published a standard form Non-Disclosure Agreement ("NDA") for parties … Continue reading

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Successful sub-sales – being a good middle man

Author: David Evans, Senior Associate, Real Estate, London Negotiating the purchase of a property while simultaneously negotiating the sale of the same property can be difficult, especially where the sub-sale element is confidential. But a sub-sale can be a very attractive … Continue reading

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Comfort and joy

Author: Alex Rhodes, Senior Associate, Planning, London While this may feel like yet another winter with warmer than usual temperatures, the harsh reality is that not everyone will be celebrating the season of goodwill with a roof over their heads. It's … Continue reading

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When quiet enjoyment means just that

Author: Julian Pollock, Partner, Real Estate, London Earlier this year, the courts decided that, even if there is an express right to carry out works in a lease, a landlord cannot ride a coach and horses through a quiet enjoyment … Continue reading

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Autumn Statement – a tax ticking time-bomb for developers?

Author: Neil Warriner, Partner, Real Estate Tax, London From a real estate tax perspective, the Autumn Statement was a bit of a damp squib, but confirmation of a couple of well-trailed changes to restrict relief for interest costs and the … Continue reading

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