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Finance bill 2018/19: Good news for overseas investors in UK REAL ESTATE through offshore property unit trusts

Authors: Neil Warriner, Partner, Will Arrenberg, Partner, and Casey Dalton, Senior Associate, Real Estate Tax, London It has been clear for some time that, from April 2019, non-UK residents would become subject to UK tax on gains when disposing of … Continue reading

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Landlords’ motives for redevelopment – good, bad or irrelevant?

Author: Julia Tobbell, Senior Associate, Real Estate Disputes, London Today the Supreme Court will hear the case of S. Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Limited, a case which property litigators have been following closely since last year. The … Continue reading

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Affordability, viability and clarity – the impact of valuation on supply of affordable housing

Author: Fiona Sawyer, Professional Support Lawyer, Planning, London Viability is at the heart of the extent to which private developers can be expected to bridge the gap between demand for and supply of affordable housing. In April this year, in … Continue reading

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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?

Author: Susannah Davis, Professional Support Lawyer, Construction, Real Estate, London 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 … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing Back to Basics: What do the new NPPF and Draft London Plan modifications mean for affordable housing?

Author: Charlotte Dyer, Of Counsel, Planning, Real Estate, London This blog post explores how the meaning of affordable housing has evolved following the publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF”) on 24 July 2018 and the Draft New … Continue reading

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Revised National Planning Policy Framework—will it fix the housing market?

This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Planning on 9 August 2018. Will the government’s new planning rulebook deliver on its promises? Robert Walton, barrister at Landmark Chambers, says the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is a step in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Equitable easements – a trap for the unwary developer

Author: Julia Tobbell, Senior Associate, Real Estate Disputes, London When purchasing a development site, it is important to make sure that the site can be used for the purpose for which it is acquired. When it comes to easements, in … Continue reading

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Beware! Contract Races – Could you be in one?

Author: Ruth Benfield, Senior Associate, Real Estate, London 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 … Continue reading

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Real Estate Podcast EP2: Highways – dedication, adoption, maintenance and stopping up

In this podcast, Herbert Smith Freehills associate Martyn Jarvis explains the difference between dedication and adoption of a highway, what a duty of maintenance of a highway involves and what stopping up is.

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