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

Autumn Statement – a tax ticking time-bomb for developers?

Author: Neil Warriner, Partner, Real Estate Tax, London From a real estate tax perspective, the Autumn Statement was a bit of a damp squib, but confirmation of a couple of well-trailed changes to restrict relief for interest costs and the use of carried-forward losses for corporation tax purposes, together with one apparently innocuous announcement of … 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