Comfort and joy

Author: Alex Rhodes, Senior Associate, Planning, London While this may feel like yet another winter with warmer than usual temperatures, the harsh reality is that not everyone will be celebrating the season of goodwill with a roof over their heads. It's… Read more

When quiet enjoyment means just that

Author: Julian Pollock, Partner, Real Estate, London Earlier this year, the courts decided that, even if there is an express right to carry out works in a lease, a landlord cannot ride a coach and horses through a quiet enjoyment… Read more

Air quality – further developments this week

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and Helena Thompson, Associate, Planning and Environment, London There have been a number of developments in relation to air quality since our blog post last week: Revision of the National Emissions Ceilings Directive was… Read more

Getting ready for high speed broadband

Author: Michael Mendelblat, Professional Support Lawyer, Construction and Engineering, London From 1st January 2017, all new buildings and many renovations will be required to incorporate provision for infrastructure to connect to high speed electronic communications networks. This is the effect… Read more

Air quality update

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and Helena Thompson, Associate, Planning and Environment, London This blog gives an overview of the current position on air quality following the recent ClientEarth (No.2) court decision regarding DEFRA's air quality plan. In this… Read more

How to protect your development site from squatters

Author: Rhian Arrenberg, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London  Following the creation of a criminal offence of squatting in residential premises* punishable with up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to £5,000, there is… Read more

Clearing a development site – using Torts Act notices

Author: Matt Leggett, Associate, Real Estate, London Piecing together a large or complex development site inevitably involves dealing with tenants and occupiers in order to obtain vacant possession. On vacating the site, those tenants and occupiers often leave things behind.… Read more

Important Information for Property Investors: Proposed extension of the ‘no-scheme’ principle for compulsory purchase compensation, to include relevant transport projects from 8 September 2016

Authors: Alexandra Rhodes, Senior Associate, Planning and Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London In September the Department for Communities and Local Government ('DCLG') and HM Treasury issued the Government's response to its consultation carried out earlier this year on… Read more

Compensation for closure of a dangerous structure

Author: Michael Mendelblat, Professional Support Lawyer, Construction and Engineering, London In this post, we examine the Supreme Court decision in the case of Hastings Borough Council v Manolete Partners Plc on 27 July 2016.  The court considered whether a local authority… Read more

The end of pre-commencement conditions or just wishful thinking?

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Senior Associate, Planning, London After months of hard work preparing a planning application and engaging in discussions with the local planning authority and other statutory bodies, planning permission has finally been granted.  The team members reach for… Read more

Development – a dampener on dilapidations claims?

Author: Julia Tobbell, Senior Associate, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London Whilst a developer is in the early stages of planning and finance, it may be happy to leave the current tenants in situ to generate a little extra income before… Read more

Student Accommodation: Practical Points for Developers

Author: Kate Wilson, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate, London The rise of privately-owned student accommodation developments in recent years raises a number of practical points for both developers and operators of such projects. The documents governing the development and ongoing management of the… Read more

Light Obstruction Notices: Part of the Developer’s toolkit?

Author: Julia Tobbell, Senior Associate, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London Rights to light have had a fair deal of attention in development circles recently, with the state of play post-Coventry v Lawrence somewhat uncertain.  One potential weapon in the developer's… Read more

“Vi for Victory” for landowner in right of way dispute

Authors: Matthew Bonye, Partner and Head of Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London and Judith Smyth, Associate, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London In a reassuring judgement for landowners, the Court of Appeal has ruled this week that clear and visible signage… Read more

The return of “Vacant Building Credit”

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London The world of planning has been busy: the new Mayor of London is making promises including measures to improve air quality and to… Read more

Flooding: Some key considerations for developers

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and John Buttanshaw, Associate, Environment, London In the aftermath of the extreme flooding of winter 2015/16 the government is currently undertaking a 'National Flood Resilience Review'. This will assess how the country can be better… Read more