Webinar: Overlapping planning permissions – the difficult questions

In a follow-up session to the popular “Varying Planning Permissions” webinar held earlier this month, Herbert Smith Freehills and Landmark Chambers will host a webinar on Wednesday 10 March 2021 from 5pm to 6pm on overlapping planning permissions and the difficult questions arising for developers and planning authorities. We will cover the current state of … Read more

E-signing – the future is now

“Eventually we may all have our own electronic signatures. That appears to be the way that it will develop in future, but we are not there yet”. So said Baroness Scotland of Asthal in the House of Lords at the Committee Stage of the Bill that would, in due course, become the Land Registration Act … Read more

Webinar: State interventions in real estate markets – overview, impacts and what’s to come

Date: Tuesday, March 02, 2021 Time: 09:30 AM Greenwich Mean Time Duration: 1 hour The real estate sector has shown sustained growth over the last ten years. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted volumes but valuations remain high and significant amounts of capital are being allocated to the sector to take advantage of opportunities when the inevitable market adjustments … Read more

Varying planning permissions – webinar with Landmark Chambers

On Wednesday, 3 February 2021, Matthew White and Annika Holden of Herbert Smith Freehills joined The Rt. Hon. Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, Neil Cameron QC (Chair) and Zack Simons of Landmark Chambers for a webinar on varying planning permissions. If you missed the webinar but would like to see the recording, please click here. We … Read more

Making places beautiful – draft revised NPPF and National Model Design Code

On 30 January 2021, MHCLG published for consultation revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the new National Model Design Code. The consultation closes on 27 March 2021. The proposed revisions to the NPPF in part respond to the final report of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission’s (BBBBC), Living with Beauty, the … Read more

Covid-19 and restrictions on enforcement: 2021 update – an end in sight?

Since March 2020, when the Government passed an unprecedented raft of protective measures to restrict a landlord’s ability (in both the commercial and residential sectors) to pursue remedies for the recovery of arrears (but also other covenant breaches), the practical effect has meant that landlords have not been generally permitted to seek to take back … Read more

Ground rent reform shaking the foundations of the leasehold system?

On 7 January 2021, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, confirmed long awaited proposals banning leasehold ground rents in England. This announcement follows the Law Commission’s recommendations last year on residential leasehold reform (see our blog post here) and is expected to benefit up to 4.5 million leaseholders, including retirement properties. Under these changes, leaseholders of … Read more

High streets or housing? Time to decide

On 3 December 2020, MHCLG published a consultation proposing “measures to support housing delivery, economic recovery, and public service infrastructure”. The proposals have potentially very significant impacts. The government has demonstrated that it is prepared to move quickly following such consultations, frequently adopting measures consulted upon with little further consultation or notice. It is therefore … Read more