A Christmas miracle: consultation on proposed reforms to national planning policy

‘Twas the night before Christmas (well, almost, it was 22 December) and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities delivered on Michael Gove’s promise to publish revisions to national planning policy for consultation. The consultation came in the form of a consultation on proposed reforms to national planning policy and indicative mark-up of the National … Read more

Photovoltaic Power Systems and German Real Estate

Investors interested in developments in Germany should be aware that the introduction there of the mandatory installation of photovoltaic (solar) power systems has put pressure on German real estate investors who will now have to consider the consequent real estate, tax and regulatory issues of this legislative change. In recent months an increasing number of … Read more

Real Estate risks and disputes on the horizon: are you Forearmed?

This accessible guide is a “must read” for every real estate developer, investor or occupier. It draws on the vast experience of our Real Estate Dispute Resolution team over several cycles of the economy to predict the risks and areas for potential disputes on the horizon. The guide contains our suggestions to avert or mitigate … Read more

The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 – New year, new rules

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know that we’ve spent considerable time getting to grips with the new building safety regime introduced by the Building Safety Act 2022 (the BSA). This sizeable piece of legislation has introduced a large number of new obligations for those responsible for the safe construction and operation … Read more

Real Estate Development Yule Blog – 1 enormous bonfire

In this final post of our 2022 Yule Blog, we contemplate the glow of the 3,800 pieces of EU-derived legislation kept on the UK statute book post-Brexit (retained EU law) to be torched under the EU Retained Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill, otherwise known as the “Brexit Freedoms Bill”. This could include most current environmental … Read more

Real Estate Development Yule Blog – 2 regimes to remember

“May your days be merry and bright” and may all your transactions be compliant! The global instability resulting from Russia’s military action in Ukraine has had many consequences for the UK real estate sector. In today’s Yule Blog we’re summarising two of these, both of which feature in an expanding regulatory regime of transparency to … Read more

Real Estate Development Yule Blog – 3 Construction Gateways

In this instalment of our countdown towards Christmas we look again at the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA 2022), this time considering the three construction gateways that will apply at the planning, construction and completion stages in the development of higher-risk buildings. The regulations that will bring the new regime into force are expected in … Read more

Real Estate Development Yule Blog – 4 failed deadlines

Section 1 of the landmark Environment Act (EA) 2021 requires the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to set long-term environmental targets in respect of four priority areas: air quality; water; biodiversity; and resource efficiency and waste reduction. The date by which these targets should have been set was 31 October 2022. … Read more