Real Estate Briefings
Solar ‘rooftop rocket boost’ for commercial real estate download subscription
Those generating their own electricity from solar photovoltaic panels receive payments from their energy suppliers for each kilowatt-hour of electricity that is generated.
Landlords to undertake checks on illegal immigrants download subscription
Private landlords in Buckinghamshire are being warned that they may soon be responsible for checking whether or not new tenants have the right to rent in the UK.
DCLG planning reforms prompt office-to-home fears download subscription
Proposed reforms would see temporary laws allowing office space to be transformed into housing without the need for full planning permission made permanent.
First road test for special measures — a review of the recent ‘special measures’ case referred to the secretary of state download subscription
Less than a year after the introduction of the government’s ‘special measures’ regime, the secretary of state has determined the first planning application submitted directly to him.
Losing low-cost homes — five things we’ve learned download subscription
The initial wave of appeal decisions under a government regime that allows developers to challenge affordable housing obligations contains some pointers on how the system is shaping up.
Residential landlords: deposit wisely subscription
Cost of renting reaches ‘new record high’ subscription
Tenants ‘unaware’ of contract small print subscription
Banking and Finance Briefings
The Privy Council has confirmed that an injunction restraining a bank from paying under a letter of credit on the basis of fraud will only be justified in extraordinary circumstances.
R2R: the mysterious case of the unit trust download subscription
The Royal Court has declined to strike out proceedings brought by the successor trustee and manager of three unit trusts against the former trustee and manager of those unit trusts.
Enforcement of security and marshalling download subscription
The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in England have recently considered the remedy of marshalling.
Who is knocking at the door? HSE construction inspectors targeting poor standards and unsafe practices download subscription
We are now one week into the HSE’s Safer Sites inspection initiative. Inspectors are arriving unannounced at sites across the UK where refurbishment projects or repair works are under way.
Thames Tideway Tunnel gets green light download subscription
The Thames Tideway Tunnel, nicknamed London’s new ‘super-sewer’, received planning consent on 12 September 2014.
Third-party rights and adjudication download subscription
The case of Parkwood Leisure Ltd v Laing O’Rourke Wales and West Ltd raised the idea that deeds of warranty could be construed as construction contracts.
Opposed lease renewals: stepping into the (tenant) breach… download subscription
The Court of Appeal has provided useful guidance as to when a landlord may justifiably oppose a tenant’s lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
From the firm of the week
Employee dismissed for demanding bonus and saying that employer ‘could fire him’, not for raising safety concerns, court decides download subscription
An employee’s demand for a bonus and assertion that his employment relationship would not be ‘fruitful’ and that his employer could fire him was the reason for his dismissal.
First shoe drops for corporate inversions download subscription
The US Treasury Department takes its ‘initial step in addressing inversions’ by issuing Notice 2014-52.
Solar permitted development rights download subscription
The government published its technical consultation on planning in July 2014; the consultation included proposals to increase permitted development rights for solar power.
Insolvency litigation briefing — directors will be responsible for breaches of accounting practice; and more download subscription
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s insolvency litigation team brings you its monthly update on the cases and issues affecting the insolvency and fraud investigation industry.
Serious harm: in the balance? download subscription
In Cooke v MGN Ltd, the High Court gave the first judgment on the serious harm test in section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013.
1 October 2014 employment law changes download subscription
In this article, the Shepherd and Wedderburn employment team looks at four employment law changes effective from 1 October 2014.
Dying without a will: updates in the intestacy rules download subscription
A study released by Investec Wealth & Investment Management earlier this year found that almost two thirds of UK adults have not written a will.
Real Estate Analysis
Entries for this year’s Lawyer Awards Funds Team of the Year saw innovative structures and many firsts for good causes
Property prices are rising again and this time Ireland’s lawyers are confident it is no bubble, while talk of an early wind-up for Nama hints at austerity’s end
Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn have finally decided that three’s a crowd and, after months of flirting with Boyes Turner, gone ahead with a traditional two-way merger.
Beyond the headline infrastructure projects, UK construction work is still recovering from the clobbering it took during the slump
Investors are enchanted by Morocco’s promise, particularly its political stability
Lawyer exits and entrances have made for a complex cast list of firms benefitting from the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station area
Real estate continues to be the key money spinner for Nabarro, which has always been known for its work in the UK property market, (although) last year results were up across the firm. Google’s ...
It’s property work, but not as we know it: fussier clients mean firms are having to redefine their offerings and there is still talk of the magic circle backing away