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Top Tips for Commercial Tenants – Lease Expiry

Published on 27 April 2017.

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Commercial advice for business tenants approaching lease expiry

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Let there be light

Published on 19 April 2017.

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The importance of light in WELL Building Standards and how it sits within the context of planning law and rights of light

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Cinema Wars: The Courts Awaken

10 April 2017

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A review of two recent planning law cases relating to cinema schemes, looking at s73 applications and the role of development plan policies in managing competition.

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Permissions in Principle: a brave new planning world?

06 April 2017

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An overview of regulations relating to brownfield land registers and permission in principle including criteria for including land in a register and allocating it for housing development

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MIPIM: 10 things we learnt about you

Published on 31 March 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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A round up of things we learnt during our first experience of MIPIM week, from what to wear to how to plan your diary and make the most of your new connections

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Engaging with Development – do we always know what we need?

29 March 2017

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Comment on the need for public engagement in the planning and development process, following a ULI presentation on The Well-Tempered City (author Jonathan Rose)

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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

28 March 2017

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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

09 March 2017

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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 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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Guide to Real Estate Funds

22 February 2017

Welcome to the BVCA Guide to Real Estate Funds, the latest in our series of guides into business sectors, investment strategies and international markets.

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CIL review: A note of caution to charities

20 February 2017

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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

15 February 2017

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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!

13 February 2017

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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?

03 February 2017

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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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Garden Villages - are they necessary?

Published on 09 January 2017.

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A recent Government announcement has proposed 14 sites across England to be the first garden villages, with 3 further sites to be new garden towns. But with a country full of deserted and derelict buildings, are garden villages and towns the only way forward?

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The ins and outs of tall buildings

Published on 18 November 2016. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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Whilst iconic design can be fabulous, RPC asks if we will see developers and architects put more thought into the needs of their occupiers and surrounding landowners, and less of a focus on headline-grabbing exterior designs.

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Building on Brexit

Published on 10 November 2016. By Alex Badel, Senior Associate

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The Impact of Brexit on the Construction Industry and the House of Commons Briefing Paper

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Refusing to pay up? You'll need a good case

Published on 16 September 2016. By Julia Edwards, Associate

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TCC enforces adjudicator's decision, finding no breach of natural justice or jurisdiction.

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Office to Residential Permitted Development Rights – an update

08 August 2016

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The rights to convert a building from office use to residential without needing to submit a planning application are not new, although a recent decision from the Planning Court have brought them back to the headlines and suggest that they may be more flexible than anticipated.

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5 Partners = 1 Invalid Break Notice

Published on 05 August 2016.

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Landlords beware – if you hold property in the name of a partnership which consists of more than four individuals, and you serve a break notice on your tenants in the partnership name, it may not be valid.

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Brexit and the housing crisis – where are we now?

01 August 2016

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It is only a couple of months since the Government restated its 'one million homes by 2020' pledge. How does Brexit impact on this

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Brexit and the housing crisis – where are we now?

01 August 2016

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It is only a couple of months since the Government restated its 'one million homes by 2020' pledge. It was always going to be a big ask, with talk of land banking, constructions skills shortages and delays in the planning system being bandied about on a regular basis

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Planning: the sequential test

26 July 2016

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For those involved in retail development, a recent Planning Court case serves as a helpful summary and update on the interpretation of the sequential test set out in para 24 of the NPPF.

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Break Notice – All 4 one?

Published on 27 May 2016.

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The recent Chancery Division case of Levett-Dunn & ors v NHS Property Services Ltd [2016] EWHC 943 (Ch) considers the validity of a break notice served on four landlords, all "care of" the same address.

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"Innovative and sustainable" – Rio Ferdinand launches new redevelopment and regeneration model

23 March 2016

Former England football captain and Manchester Utd Defender Rio Ferdinand presented his new charity, The Legacy Foundation, to delegates at MIPIM last week.

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Global Real Estate Transactions to Hit $1tn by 2020

21 March 2016

According to a new report released on 15 March by JLL, the global ageing population will drive real estate transaction volumes over $1tn (£704bn) globally by 2020, up from $700bn (£484bn) in 2015.

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Urban Land Institute publishes Second Edition of acclaimed Build to Rent Guide

07 March 2016

Last week the Urban Land Institute published a Second Edition of its acclaimed Build to Rent Guide - hailed by some in the market as a "Bible" for the PRS industry.

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NEC must extend culture and spirit to lawyers to end curse of the Z Clause

11 February 2016

In the NEC Users' Group Newsletter (No.75 November 2015), Rudi Klein – in his article, "Revisiting the curse of the Z clause" (page 2) – remarks that, "Unfortunately, through the 'loophole' of option Z, far too many NEC contracts are amended beyond recognition and fail to deliver as they should".

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Housing shortage is a construction industry skills crisis

18 January 2016

Headlines focus on the emotive issue of hard-working families being unable to afford their own homes, and the Government’s pledge to get Britain building.

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Cavendish win on penalties: Supreme Court makes finger-tip save of ageing doctrine

Published on 06 January 2016. By Ben Wilkins, Associate

The Supreme Court has provided long awaited clarification of the law on penalty clauses and liquidated damages, upholding the "penalty rule" but further limiting its utility in a commercial setting.

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Titan v Colliers – the price of everything and value of nothing

30 December 2015

The Court of Appeal recently overturned the High Court's judgment in the case of Titan v Colliers.

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No returns for M&S following Supreme Court ruling

Published on 11 December 2015. By Sarah Blunn, Partner

The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of Marks and Spencer plc (M&S) v BNP Paribas Securities Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd (BNPP).

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Squatting: an own goal?

01 December 2015

In October 2015, a Manchester hotel undergoing extensive refurbishment works was occupied by squatters and housing activists.

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Tribunal criticizes HMRC’s refusal to allow retrospective VAT group application

Published on 27 November 2015. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

The First-tier Tribunal (in Copthorn Holdings Ltd v HMRC) has asked HMRC to reconsider its decision to refuse a taxpayer’s application for retrospective VAT group registration. This is the second time HMRC have been asked to “think again” on their decision.

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Office to residential development crusade continues

16 October 2015

As part of the Government's ongoing crusade to get homes built, the office to residential permitted development right, previously set to expire in May 2016, has been made permanent.

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MEES: The legal implications

Published on 02 September 2015. By David Johnston, Partner

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations (MEES) will implement legislation that could make the potential benefits of "being green" tangible.

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Service charge interpretation and the cautionary tale of Arnold v Britton

Published on 17 August 2015.

In the recent case of Arnold v Britton[1], the Supreme Court considered the meaning of a service charge clause in a long lease which would result in the tenant paying service charges of over £550,000 per annum by 2072.

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Business Rates: Don't pull the Woolway over your eyes

13 August 2015

A recent Supreme Court decision on business rates had the RPC Real Estate team talking, and not just because it related to our second & sixth floor neighbours, Mazars.

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"That don’t distress me much …"

31 July 2015

George Osborne's pledge to tackle the housing crisis, if acted on, should see an increase in housebuilding.

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Summer Budget – property developments

Published on 14 July 2015. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

Last week's "summer" Budget, the first by a (solely) Conservative government for nearly two decades, was full of surprises but contained relatively few specific property tax measures.

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Time limit for challenges to adjudication decisions clarified

01 July 2015

Adjudication is intended to be a quick and cost-effective means of resolving a dispute. However, in its first decision concerning adjudication, handed down on 17 June 2015, the Supreme Court has reached a finding that means parties to adjudication may face a very long delay to reach a final determination of the dispute between them. The decision, in the case of Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Limited v Higgins Construction plc, allows a respondent to adjudication to challenge the outcome any time up to six years after it makes payment to the successful referring party, thereby potentially rendering historic adjudication decisions vulnerable to further litigation.

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Play nicely, children

17 June 2015

Litigation is, by its very nature, an adversarial process. But as the court has made clear in the case of Simon Gotch & Susan Linda Gotch v Enelco Limited1, litigants should also co-operate, to ensure the swift and cost-effective resolution of their disputes.

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Forfeiture ... that's a relief

17 June 2015

A landlord's right to forfeit for breach of covenant by the tenant is a useful remedy commonly found in leases.

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Getting to Level 2

03 June 2015

What insurers should look out for in BIM project management

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Flood Re: the impact of the scheme on surveyors and valuers

02 June 2015

The catastrophic impact that flooding can have on property owners has been seen all over the news for the past decade. In particular, 2012 saw some of the wettest weather for a century and left thousands of households struggling to find insurance cover for their properties.

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Beyond night and day: The importance of causation

27 May 2015

In order to succeed in a claim for professional negligence, a claimant must establish that the professional owed him a relevant duty of care, that they breached that duty and that the breach caused the loss he seeks to recover.

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Legal Lasers

12 September 2014

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is quickly becoming recognised as the future of design, construction and facilities management for new build projects. But what about existing buildings?

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Let's talk about VAT – a useful reminder

Published on 14 August 2014. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

A recent Court of Appeal decision (CLP Holding Co Ltd v Singh and Kaur[1]) serves as a reminder to consider VAT during sale negotiations, and ensure that VAT wording in contracts is sufficiently clear.

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