Development

Affordable Housing: Back to Basics

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Senior Associate, Planning, Real Estate, London “Affordable housing” – two words that those working in the property and planning world can hardly move without seeing flashed about everywhere. There is a wealth of information available on the … Continue reading

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Commercial Service Charges – the RICS consults on proposed mandatory requirements

Authors: Matthew Bonye, Partner and Head of Real Estate Dispute Resolution and Judith Smyth, Associate, Real Estate Dispute Resolution, London Commercial property practitioners and stakeholders have just under a week left to have their say on the draft text of the … Continue reading

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Budget: Tax implications for real estate

Authors: Neil Warriner, Partner and Will Arrenberg, Partner, Real Estate Tax, London Apart from a couple of pieces of good news, the Autumn Budget materials published earlier today contain a number of definite and potential changes to UK tax on real … Continue reading

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Affordable housing viability calculations: Herbert Smith Freehills workshops on Mayor’s new guidance

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning and Catherine Howard, Partner, Planning, London Herbert Smith Freehills are running workshops for property developers on housing and viability, with a focus on London and interpreting the Mayor’s recently adopted guidance on viability and affordable housing. … Continue reading

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The Potential Pitfalls of Overage

Author: Kate Wilson, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate, London Overage provisions can be complicated, and the recent case of Sparks v Biden [2017] EWHC 1994 (Ch), offers some useful reminders of the potential pitfalls that can arise when drafting overage … Continue reading

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CRC Reform – Energy usage to be reported in financial statements

Authors: Julie Vaughan, Senior Associate, Environment and Carol Shutkever, Partner, Corporate, London News of what is to become of the CRC (formerly Carbon Reduction Commitment) Scheme post-2019 has finally arrived, in the form of a new Government consultation from the Department … Continue reading

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Communal living – flexible renting within a rigid planning system

Author: James Gibson, Associate (Scotland), Planning, Real Estate, London Co-living is perhaps a concept traditionally associated with the shoestring lifestyle of students. But what about curated workspaces, well-equipped gyms or perhaps even a trip to the spa – all under … Continue reading

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Corporate Real Estate: What’s Market?

Authors: Paul Chases, Partner and Head of Corporate Real Estate, Micky Yang, Senior Associate and Alex Wright, Associate, Real Estate, London “Market” and “Off-market” are two phrases that are commonly used by commercial lawyers – but what do they really … Continue reading

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Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – the future?

The BBC and others are today reporting the Department for Transport’s news that the Government has announced funding for a “platooning” feasibility study. This will allow up to three heavy goods vehicles to travel in convoy on motorways with their acceleration, … Continue reading

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Increased scope of contractors’ design liability

Author: Michael Mendelblat, Professional Support Lawyer, Real Estate Construction and Engineering, London The Supreme Court in E.ON v MT Hojgaard has held that apparently inconsistent provisions in a design and build contract relating to standard of skill and care as against the strict … Continue reading

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