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Rent reductions in Side Letters: do they work?

Published on 29 March 2017. By Catherine Young, Associate

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Rent Reductions, rent reviews, side letters and retail.

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What chance is there for developers railing against Stamp Duty Land Tax

Published on 28 March 2017. By Leanne Hooper, Associate and Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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After nearly three years of the increased residential Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rates and almost a year of the SDLT surcharge for additional properties, developers are mounting a call for reform. How successful can this be opposite a government under economic pressure?

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Planning to Protect Pubs

Published on 09 March 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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A review of recent article 4 directions removing permitted development rights from pubs and proposed legislation to protect them from development and demolition.

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Finally, a victory in the on-going battle against business rates

Published on 03 March 2017. By Leanne Hooper, Associate and Sarah Blunn, Partner

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The Supreme Court ruling in Newbigin v Monks represents a welcome and important victory for UK property developers.

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The new statutory obligation to report on payment practices

Published on 28 February 2017. By Christina Cheriyan, Associate and Jamie Key, Senior Associate

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Key points (and links) for businesses to note about the draft Reporting Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017 which comes into effect in April 2017.

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CIL review: A note of caution to charities

Published on 20 February 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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An overview of the CIL review team's recommendations for reform of CIL and consideration of the effect the loss of charitable exemptions could have on charities

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The Housing White Paper: 5 ways to boost delivery

Published on 15 February 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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A round-up of five key themes in the Housing White Paper which aim to increase land available for housing and boost build-out rates.

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Green belt development - don't forget the law!

Published on 13 February 2017. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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A review of the housing white paper in relation to green belt development noting that the Green Belt (London and Home Counties) Act 1938 is a further hurdle.

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Electronic Signatures – the future of executing documents?

Published on 03 February 2017. By Gabby Ives, Associate

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You could be forgiven for failing to spot the release of The EU Regulation on Electronic Identification and Trust Services in the Internal Market (910/2014/EU) (the Regulation), released post EU referendum. We consider the impact of this and the Law Society's Guidance Note on electronic signatures (the Guidance Note).

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