When is a road a “road”?

For the unwary and unprepared, the legislative terminology and powers surrounding what might casually be called a “road” or “path” can be a maze. A recent case is a useful reminder of the potential consequences of failing to proactively prevent public use of a private route. Statutes use different, overlapping words or phrases to describe … Read more

Back to basics – the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Although the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has been with us for over a decade, it continues to feel new (perhaps because the government keeps changing it) and, thanks to the regime’s complexity and rigidity, can throw up some unwelcome surprises. The recent case of Stonewater (2) Ltd v Wealden DC – in which an affordable … Read more

Autumn Budget 2021 – RPDT, business rates and online sales tax

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivered his third Budget this week. Many of his announcements confirmed previously announced measures, but added crucial detail, such as the rate and allowance applying to the new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT). Our Tax team has produced a briefing which focuses on the new announcements from the … Read more

E-signatures in real estate

Fifteen months after the Land Registry’s historic decision to accept e-signed documents for registration, the unstoppable rise of the e-signature within the real estate sector continues apace. If you would like to read more about e-signatures please take a look at this EGi article that we co-authored with Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP “The unstoppable … Read more

Building Safety Bill – Keeping Residents Safe

In the first of our briefings on the Building Safety Bill, we focussed on the new, more stringent, building safety regime that will apply during the development and construction of certain residential buildings, known as “higher-risk buildings”. But how does the Bill envisage that the safety levels achieved through competent construction of a higher-risk building … Read more

Commercial rent arrears: paid or delayed?

Landlords of commercial premises have, quite understandably, been awaiting further details of the UK Government’s anticipated “binding arbitration” scheme for rent arrears which have accrued during the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. Happily for landlords and developers, a recent decision in the High Court has suggested that the courts will not entertain tactics by tenants … Read more