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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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Be careful what you dig for

Published on 20 June 2014. By Philippa Lutter-Paz, Associate

Beginning a project in an area of archaeological interest can be an historical minefield for both developers and contractors.

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Right time for UK REITs

22 April 2014

Real Estate Investment Trusts ("REITs") are listed companies that invest in physical property, typically commercial real estate.

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Right time for UK REITs

22 April 2014

What are REITs? Real Estate Investment Trusts ("REITs") are listed companies that invest in physical property, typically commercial real estate.

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The New Draft ICC Conditions

Published on 16 April 2014. By Alex Badel, Senior Associate

A new and updated version of the Infrastructure Conditions of Contract (ICC Conditions) was issued in consultative draft form for comment in March 2014 by the ICC Development Forum.

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The New Draft ICC Conditions

Published on 16 April 2014. By Alex Badel, Senior Associate

A new and updated version of the Infrastructure Conditions of Contract (ICC Conditions) was issued in consultative draft form for comment in March 2014 by the ICC Development Forum.

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Budget 2014 - update

Published on 24 March 2014. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

Last week's Budget announcements were light on the property tax front.

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Budget 2014 - update

Published on 24 March 2014. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

Last week's Budget announcements were light on the property tax front.

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Freedom of information: access denied by ministerial veto

04 February 2014

Not since September 2012 when the Attorney General exercised powers under section 53(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) blocking the release of correspondence between Prince Charles and seven government departments has there been a matter likely to attract attention to the use of the ministerial veto.

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2014 – Another Year of Planning Reform

03 February 2014

The past few years have seen a raft of changes to planning regime and 2014 seems set to continue with that trend. The matters below highlight some of the changes on the horizon.

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Too close for comfort – LPAs fail on the duty to co-operate

14 January 2014

You would have thought that by now, after nearly 2 years since the Localism Act and National Planning Policy Framework have been in place, that local planning authorities would have got their act together.

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Adjudication - "Pay first, argue (now up to twice as much) later"

07 January 2014

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc [2013] EWCA Civ 1541 clarifies that a limitation term is implied into every construction contract under the Construction Act 1996, where no express term exists.

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Want to Control the Future?

10 December 2013

A seller commonly wishes to restrict the buyer's use of land after the sale – sometimes forever and sometimes only for a limited period.

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A Damp Squibb

Published on 25 November 2013. By David Thorne, Partner

The recent case of Squibb Group Ltd v (1) London Pleasure Gardens (2) London Borough of Newham [2013] EWHC 3275 (TCC) demonstrates that contractors cannot rely on funders to pay outstanding fees where an employer runs into financial difficulty.

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It shouldn't be a hard sell. Getting your head around the known knowns and the known unknowns

06 November 2013

Although Don Rumsfeld wasn’t talking about the sale of property when he talked about knowns, he makes an important point about knowledge. Picture the scene.

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Pledging to use Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR")

Published on 30 October 2013. By Philippa Lutter-Paz, Associate

On November 12th, signatories of The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR)'s new 21st Century Pledge will be announced.

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Is sunlight a nuisance?

Published on 08 October 2013. By Jonathan Carrington, Senior Associate

Reports that sunlight reflecting from the unusually shaped "Walkie Talkie" building at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has melted parts of a Jaguar motor-vehicle parked on Eastcheap Street raises an interesting question whether reflected sunlight or heat from a building is actionable in law.

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Procurement Policy Note on EU Directives

23 August 2013

The Cabinet Office has issued a Procurement Policy Note (“PPN”) which summarises the main outcomes of the new EU Directives relating to public procurement, utilities procurement and service concessions. The PPN also outlines the next steps in finalising and implementing the Directives.

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HELP TO BUY: BOOM OR BUST?

22 August 2013

The Help to Buy initiative forms part of the Government's Funding for Lending scheme.

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SDLT group relief anti-avoidance – good news from HMRC

Published on 14 August 2013. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

Last week saw some (much needed) good news on the topic of SDLT avoidance, that should clarify HMRC's approach to the common commercial practice of transferring a property intra-group, following the acquisition of a property-owning company (PropCo).

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SDLT avoidance - HMRC victorious regardless of taxpayer 'motive'

Published on 26 July 2013. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

HMRC has scored a resounding victory in the first case[1] to consider in any detail the wide-ranging SDLT anti-avoidance provision (section 75A of Finance Act 2003).

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Insurers as lenders: what borrowers need to know

12 July 2013

Insurers are the new show in town The make-up of providers of debt secured against UK real estate has changed dramatically.

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When the levee breaks

20 June 2013

Whilst the stalled talks between ABI and Government have recently re-started, in less than 8 weeks a substantial number of properties may suffer significant loss of capital value if their owners are no longer be able to obtain flood risk insurance.

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Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

05 June 2013

The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 (the Act) was given Royal Assent on 25 April 2013.

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Outsourcing Health & Safety – a step too far?

Published on 22 May 2013.

Michael Scott & Danielle Lodge question the wisdom of outsourcing health and safety responsibilities

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Adjudicator's Fees

Published on 20 May 2013. By Alex Badel, Senior Associate

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that an Adjudicator is not entitled to any of his fees in circumstances where his decision is unenforceable.

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Property Rental Business Transfers and Leases – Reclaiming VAT and SDLT

Published on 17 April 2013. By Ben Roberts, Senior Associate

Last November, following the decision in the case of Robinson Family Limited, HMRC announced that a transfer of a property rental business can qualify as a "transfer of a going concern" (TOGC) – and therefore not attract VAT – even if the transferor retains a reversionary interest in the property.

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Court of Appeal's opinion on good faith clauses

Published on 11 April 2013. By Philippa Lutter-Paz, Associate

In our February blog we reported on Compass Group UK and Ireland Ltd (trading as Medirest) v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust [2012] EWHC 781 (QB) and the implications of the decision on the duty to act in good faith.

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Costs overruns in Target Costs contracts

22 March 2013

Who is liable for costs overruns in a Target Cost contract, and to what extent? AMEC Group recently went to the TCC to appeal against an arbitration decision which found the Secretary of State for Defence ("the Authority") would only be liable for actual costs which were reasonably and properly incurred.

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NPPF – 1 year on: smooth transition or wasted opportunity?

21 March 2013

Given that over 50% of Britain's local councils are still to adopt Local Plans, is the window of opportunity for local residents to take control of development in their local area about to close?

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New Kids on the Block : alternative funders in the real estate lending market

15 March 2013

Over the last couple of years, there has been a surge in real estate lending by non-bank lenders as traditional banks started withdrawing from the market.

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What are the potential risks associated with BIM?

Published on 14 March 2013.

This is the second of three blogs about Building Information Models, or BIM. This blog will consider the potential risks associated with BIM, but don't worry we provide some practical advice on how these risks can be tackled in our final BIM blog.

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Good Faith Clauses

Published on 26 February 2013. By Alex Badel, Senior Associate

There is no general doctrine of good faith in English law and it is not therefore implied into contracts.

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Rights to Light Reform: Law Commission Consultation

20 February 2013

On 18 February 2013 the Law Commission announced that it was beginning a consultation process regarding possible changes to the law governing "rights to light".

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JCT Insurance Options: what's the right fit for fit-out?

18 February 2013

Where a tenant is fitting out premises within a multi-occupied building, the JCT's standard insurance options are not always appropriate and, left unaddressed, place unintended and severe risks on the tenant.

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Government property, Kirstie and Phil style?

01 February 2013

Ok, so Ms Allsopp and Mr Spencer haven’t quite been called in yet, but almost.

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The End of the British High Street?

31 January 2013

2012 was a hard year for the retail sector but 2013 is shaping up to be an even tougher year for High Streets in the UK.

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Is the Green Deal a great deal?

29 January 2013

There is no denying the Green Deal has many advantages but consider the deal in relation to short term leases and it may not be as great as it initially seems.

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Permission to appeal denied in Walter Lilly v Mackay

29 January 2013

Permission to appeal was refused on 24 January 2013 in the case of Walter Lilly and Company Limited v (1) Giles Patrick Cyril Mackay (2) DMW Developments Limited.

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NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract "Guidance Notes": more important than you realise for interpreting the ECC

18 January 2013

Certain terms of the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract ('ECC') are open to interpretation, and the recent case of E-Nik Ltd v Department for Communities & Local Government [2012] EWHC 3027 (Comm) has cast into doubt whether even something as routine as VAT is crystal-clear under the ECC.

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Development incentives – but at what cost?

14 January 2013

In light of what is starting to appear to be a wholehearted failure to persuade local communities to meet requisite housing targets, Nick Boles last week proposed self-proclaimed "bungs" to local communities.

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Will Planning Performance perform?

13 December 2012

On 22 November 2012, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a consultation entitled 'Planning performance and the planning guarantee' setting out, amongst other things, how the Growth and Infrastructure Bill's proposals to enable planning applications to be made directly to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) would operate.

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Leaving customers without signal: the task of re-building the Telecoms Code

05 December 2012

Now almost 30 years old, the Electronic Communications Code (the 'Code'), falls far short of representing the needs of a swiftly developing communications network.

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H&M: Brave New World?

27 November 2012

We have all been involved in lease negotiations where there are differences of opinion as to what is or is not institutionally acceptable.

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End of the line for Village Greens?

14 November 2012

Nothing can be more frustrating for a developer to see its scheme delayed or worse still derailed by an application for the registration of land as a town or village green ("TVG").

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Rights of Light

23 October 2012

Rights of light are an easement and are commonly acquired simply by a neighbour having enjoyed the light over a neighbouring building owner’s land for a period of 20 years without interruption.

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Building Information Modelling

Published on 25 January 2012.

This is the first of three blogs about Building Information Models, or BIM. This blog will explain what a BIM is and why it is significant. We will then look at the risks associated with BIM; finally, we will provide some practical advice on how these risks can be tackled.

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