Development

CYBER SECURITY – is your property adequately protected?

Authors: Ruth Benfield, Senior Associate, Real Estate and Alice Dockar, Partner, Real Estate, London Cyber security affects all businesses and industries and is a Board level agenda item. As cyber-attacks are becoming more common (and hitting large institutions, such as … Continue reading

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How is IPMS measuring up?

Authors: Nick Turner, Partner, Alice Dockar, Partner and Olivia Rolleston, Associate (Australia), Real Estate, London 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 reading

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Court Interprets Obligation in a Standard Form Construction Contract to use all due diligence to obtain planning approvals

Authors: Nick Oury, Senior Associate, Disputes, Tokyo and Jean Hamilton-Smith, Associate, Disputes, Tokyo A commonly encountered provision in the standard form JCT Building Contract (2005 edition) was interpreted by the Court of Appeal to include an implied obligation on a … Continue reading

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TOUCHING THE VOID – Mazars Revisited

Author: Martin Dawbney, Partner, Real Estate, London 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 … Continue reading

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Observations from MIPIM: The Public Dented Sector

Author: Matthew White, Partner and Head of Planning, London Now that the annual decant to Cannes has drawn to a close, I am left wondering how to judge the mood of this year’s MIPIM – the world’s biggest property show. … Continue reading

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Observations from MIPIM: logistics and prop tech

Author: Paul Chases, Partner and Head of Corporate Real Estate, London 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 … Continue reading

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Observations from MIPIM: Flexible workspace

Authors: Alice Dockar, Partner and Will Turnbull, Senior Associate, Real Estate London 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 … Continue reading

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Closing the “viability loophole”? A return for the developer must be taken into account when setting local plans

Authors: Matthew White, Partner and Head of UK Planning; Catherine Howard, Partner; and Lucy Morton, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London The Government is recommending that viability is assessed in detail by the local authority at the stage of setting its … Continue reading

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The road to MIPIM – podcast interview with HSF partner Matthew White

  Matthew White, partner and head of the UK planning team in the London office of Herbert Smith Freehills talks to Lucy Morton, another lawyer in the planning team, about what he’s expecting from the MIPIM real estate conference in … Continue reading

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A five step guide to calculating the level of affordable housing the Mayor considers viable

Author: Catherine Howard, Partner, Planning, Real Estate, London In this blog post, we explain in simple terms how a developer is now expected to set the level of affordable housing which the Mayor of London deems viable for a particular … Continue reading

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