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Planning: the sequential test

Published on 26 July 2016. By Caroline Bywater, Head of Planning

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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

Published on 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

Published on 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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