The importance of assignments: If you are purchasing a site for development, would you rely on a report your seller obtains in its favour then gives to you, stating that you can rely on it; the seller accepting no liability for its contents?

This blog post explores why purchasers should take an assignment or insist on other protection before relying on reports provided to them by others. If your answer to the question posed is ‘yes’, read on as this is exactly what… Read more

Impact of revised National Planning Policy Framework

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 24 July 2018. This post considers what difference it will make – in terms of the impact on developers, whether the government's aims will be achieved and how soon its… 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… Read more

HMRC wins landmark SDLT avoidance case

In a 4-1 ruling, the Supreme Court has found in favour of HMRC in the long-running saga of Project Blue Limited v. HMRC (2018) UKSC 30, to the effect that the taxpayer was liable to pay stamp duty land tax… Read more

Are you GDPR ready?

It is unlikely to have gone unnoticed from the volume of emails asking individuals to "opt in" to future company mailing lists that tomorrow (Friday 25 May), the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in all EU… Read more

How is IPMS measuring up?

Despite prevailing market practice indicating a preference by developers/landlords to continue to use the 6th edition (2007) of the RICS Code of Measuring Practice (CoMP), RICS will continue to ask its members to apply the International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS). Whilst our clients should be aware of RICS… Read more

TOUCHING THE VOID – Mazars Revisited

Not many outside the business rates bubble will have been following the twists and turns of the Mazars case and its aftermath.  Stripping away the jargon, the Supreme Court decided that each floor in a multi-occupied building should be subject… Read more

Observations from MIPIM: logistics and prop tech

In this post, Paul Chases, a partner in the HSF London Real Estate team comments on his experience of the Shedmasters event at the MIPIM real estate conference, and on the direction of travel of parts of the real estate industry.… Read more

Observations from MIPIM: Flexible workspace

New technology is changing the way people live and work, and flexible workspace is the subject of several events at this year's MIPIM real estate conference. Debate at the conference has centred around whether the changes led by technology are… Read more

“Women Leading Real Estate” – change is afoot

Herbert Smith Freehills was out in force at a fantastic, thought provoking breakfast event yesterday at the Hilton, Park Lane organised by Bisnow and entitled "Women Leading Real Estate". There was a keynote interview with Alison Nimmo, CEO of The… Read more

Reasons to be cheerful

It is good practice for a local planning authority to give reasons for the grant of planning permission. Failure to give adequate reasons may be serious enough to justify quashing the permission. There is a statutory duty to give reasons… Read more