Residential Leasehold up for grabs – change is coming, get ready!

The report of the Parliamentary committee on residential leasehold reform has been published containing strong recommendations, many of them radical, and some where it is not at all clear how they could work in practice.  Nevertheless, this is likely to be the future and a good commercial conclusion may be to assume that this will … Read more

CREFC’s due diligence guide for lenders – new edition

Over the last 18 months, Herbert Smith Freehills has been working with the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (the CREFC), a trade body for real estate debt lenders and investors in Europe, to help produce the new edition of CREFC’s due diligence guide for lenders against UK commercial real estate. The CREFC Due Diligence (DD) … Read more

Beware! Contract Races – Could you be in one?

The SRA Code of Conduct 2011 forms part of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Handbook. The Code is to be adhered to by all lawyers – both in-house and in private practice. Sometimes it’s good to have a timely reminder of aspects of the Code which you don’t necessarily come across that often. Of particular interest … Read more

Residential leasehold – time for change?

At the end of July, hard on the heels of the Housing White Paper published in February, DCLG issued a Consultation Paper on “Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market”. If you wish to make your voice heard prompt action is needed – the period for responses expires on 19 September. The main points which … Read more

What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Planning Resource has published an on-line article by Matthew White, Head of Planning, London, discussing the conclusions of the May 2017 report by the London School of Economics concerning the impact of overseas buyers on housing supply. For the Planning Resource article, please see here or contact us. The LSE report finds that London attracts a significant … Read more

Private Fund Limited Partnerships: the new real estate investment vehicle?

Author: Paul Chases, Senior Associate, Corporate Real Estate, London and Alex Wright, Associate, Corporate Real Estate, London In an article published in Property Week on 2 March 2017, Paul Chases and Alex Wright of our corporate real estate team discuss the potential benefits for real estate investors of the proposed introduction of Private Fund Limited Partnerships ("PFLP"s), … Read more