Registration regime for overseas entities up and running – what you need to know

Following the passing of the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 in March of this year, the Companies House register of overseas entities became live on 1 August 2022. From today the Land Registry will start placing restrictions on the titles of freehold and leasehold estates owned by overseas entities. Our update here provides … Read more

Climate change: Is it a legal issue?

Climate change regularly grabs the headlines, but are solicitors obliged to consider its impacts for property ownership as part of their advice to buyers and lenders? In the latest issue of Property Law Journal (July/August 2022, #399) Julie Vaughan considers what sort of advice might a solicitor be expected to offer. See here for her … Read more

Forearmed: A real estate disputes guide to likely trends in 2021 and beyond

The real estate sector is at the centre of the disruption caused by measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Its impact will be profound and its effects will magnify as life returns to normal and the market takes steps towards recovery. In our latest guide “Forearmed: A real estate disputes guide to likely trends in … Read more

Corporate real estate M&A: a post-Covid-19 perspective

The landscape for real estate M&A has changed considerably over the past few months. For those more familiar with real estate M&A, there will be a perceptible shift in the way deals are managed and negotiated going forward. We have prepared a briefing exploring how future real estate M&A is likely to differ and what … Read more

Real Estate. Reconsidered

Yesterday the HSF Real Estate team launched Real Estate. Reconsidered, a collection of our thoughts on some of the key issues that are impacting the real estate sector and our opinions on what the future may hold for the real estate market and its legal landscape. To read Real Estate. Reconsidered click here. Please contact us … Read more

Corporate Real Estate: What’s Market?

“Market” and “Off-market” are two phrases that are commonly used by commercial lawyers – but what do they really mean in the context of a corporate real estate deal? In a series of articles recently published in the Estates Gazette, Paul Chases and his corporate real estate colleagues at Herbert Smith Freehills (including Micky Yang … Read more

Development Joint Ventures: fundamental aspects, minority rights and the European dimension

Author: Paul Chases, Senior Associate and Head of Corporate Real Estate, London  In the UK property market one investment or development project can vary considerably from another.  However, the prevailing feature that many such projects share is the corporate real estate joint venture (the "JV").  The JV has become central to investment and development activity undertaken by … Read more