Real Estate and Construction Newsletter - August 2017
Welcome to the August edition of our Real Estate and Construction Newsletter
In this issue we reflect on a number of changes and updates across the industry, including the publication of the new NEC4 construction contract and the government's plans to tackle air pollution and the impact it may have on local authorities.
We look at the potential application of Blockchain technology in future real estate transactions, as well as examining opportunities for VAT savings on the sale of land.
Finally, this month's case law update focuses on Ground (f), the redevelopment ground of opposition under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954.
Blockchain: the new face of real estate
Blockchain is known by most as the platform for the operation of Bitcoin. In this article Mark White asks what exactly is blockchain and why should the real estate industry sit up and pay attention to this technology? He also outlines some risks and issues that may surround its application in real estate transactions. To read the article in full please click here.
The new NEC4: what are the changes?
The new NEC4 suite of contracts was released on 22 June 2017. In this article James Worthington sets out a summary of the key changes and new features including the new DBO form and the new alliance contract. To read the article in full please click here.
A fixed and settled intention to obtain vacant possession!
Georgina Redsell looks at the recent case of S Frances v the Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd (2017) and the decision as to whether motive is relevant in satisfying Ground (f) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. To read the article in full please click here.
Golden opportunities for VAT savings on the sale of land
Helen Coward explains the two instances where a developer can avoid the cost of incurring VAT upfront when acquiring a bare or existing commercial site for redevelopment. To read the article in full please click here.
Improving our air quality - an update on the Government's plans
The Government published its final 'UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations' on 26th July. Helen Hutton looks at where we are now and the likely impacts on local authorities. To read the article in full please click here.
The Future of Property Careers
Join to our panel discussion and Q&A with industry leaders on the range of opportunities within the property and construction sector.
LIDW21: A view from London and India - How dispute avoidance can keep construction and infrastructure plans on track
Join us as we discuss the challenges of the possible rise in disputes in the construction and infrastructure sector in India
Liability for costs of repair (City of London v. Leaseholders of Great Arthur House)
Oliver Park writes an article for Lexis®PSL on a property dispute case.
Can a restrictive covenant become obsolete?
Q&A on adverse possession
A successful application for title by adverse possession will result in the squatter acquiring possessory title to land.
Claire Fallows quoted by Planning on how new PD rights for commercial buildings will change the system
Councils should be prepared for a flurry of applications in August.
Oliver Park writes for LexisPSL Property Disputes on liability for costs of repair
Oliver considers the implications of the decision in City of London v Leaseholders of Great Arthur House.
Procuring modular housing: Is MMC becoming mainstream?
Is Modern Methods of Construction becoming mainstream? Read what it means for Development and Procurement here.
Rupa Lakha quoted by Legal Week on the liberalisation of the Indian legal market
The proposed trade deal could be “the proper catalyst for liberalisation”.
Q&A: Talking the telecoms talk
Georgina Muskett and Jonathan Wills answer queries on Electronic Communications Code agreement.
Property Patter: Navigating the complexities of Pharmacy Property
Pharmacy property is a specialist area which contains many traps for the unwary.
What do the new Debt Respite Scheme Regulations mean for Landlords and Tenants?
This will provide legal protection from creditors in the form of either a breathing space or a mental health crisis moratorium.
Risk allocation in commercial leases: the High Court considers rent suspension, insurance and frustration arguments
Read our summary of the full judgement on the latest Covid arrears case.
Rachel Warren quoted by Construction Law on the increasing pressure on the HSE over Covid deaths
The Health & Safety Executive is likely to face increasing pressure to take enforcement action where employees have died from Covid.
Building Back Better: Future Gazing
What’s next for the hospitality industry post-pandemic?
Building Back Better: Re-examining your proposition
Why hospitality businesses should re-examine their proposition now
Building Back Better: Real Estate and Restructuring
How and why should hospitality businesses re-structure post pandemic?
Asian Legal Business, Hubbis and eprivateclient report on the firm's expansion in Hong Kong
The firm's Hong Kong office continues to expand with the relocation of Real Estate Partner Simon Green to lead the firm’s focus in Asia.
Stamp Duty, Green houses and 5% deposits: The Government’s Commitment to Housebuilding Continues
We look at the current raft of measures the Government has in place to support home ownership and the housebuilding industry.
Property Patter: cohabitees and property rights - what do couples need to think about?
It is easy to drift into complicated territory when it comes to property arrangements between a couple