Building Safety Act 2022 – which provisions made the cut?

The Building Safety Bill has finally finished its legislative journey. On 28 April 2022 it was granted Royal Assent, thereby becoming the Building Safety Act 2022 (the Act). Given the size of the Act, it’s no surprise that it took a few days to work out which of the many proposed amendments to the Bill … Read more

Asbestos – the elephant in the room

A recent UK Parliamentary select committee report calls asbestos “one of the great workplace tragedies of modern times” and calls for all asbestos to be removed from public and commercial buildings over the next 40 years. The installation of asbestos in buildings has been banned since the start of 2000 and in many cases asbestos … Read more

Real Estate Ep9: TUPE 101 for the Real Estate Sector

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (or TUPE Regulations as they are more commonly known) will most likely be familiar if you have been involved in a real estate transaction that involves the transfer of a business or service provider.  TUPE issues commonly arise in real estate transactions, and in the latest … Read more

What next for planning reform? Levelling up

Reports that the Planning Bill has been dropped, and that planning reforms first proposed by June 2020’s Planning White Paper will instead be progressed through the “levelling up” agenda, seem to be on the button. From a planning perspective, closer attention must now be paid to what the Levelling Up White Paper has to say. … Read more

Only a fool would forget … RPDT to apply from 1 April 2022      

As per our previous blog, a reminder that the residential property developer tax (RPDT) will be introduced next week from 1 April 2022 and will be applied to the profits that certain companies and corporate groups derive from UK residential property development. The stated aim is to ensure that the largest residential developers make a … Read more

New HSF infrastructure planning blog – Energy and Infrastructure Consenting Notes

The London planning team at Herbert Smith Freehills has a new blog focused on infrastructure planning, Energy and Infrastructure Consenting Notes. The team has promoted some of the biggest and most high-profile nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) applications to go through the Planning Act 2008 process, from the Hinkley Point and Sizewell new nuclear power … Read more

Making industry pay – proposed amendments to Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill is a huge piece of draft legislation, currently making its way through the House of Lords and subject to further scrutiny at committee stage this week. We have previously blogged on the contents of the bill (here and here), and the sweeping changes that it envisages with regards to the building … Read more

Leasehold Reform: Ground Rent Bill gains Royal Assent

In just over a year since it was announced by the Government, on 8 February 2022, the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill received Royal Assent from Her Majesty the Queen. We first wrote about the Bill in January 2021 and how it proposed to limit the ground rent chargeable on most new long residential leases … Read more