MIPIM 2014 Blogs
Tempted as I am to finish the line of that song, it would not be entirely accurate.
Day two is nearing its close, I don’t expect anybody to be here on day three apart from the cleaners. Conferences used to be all about the speakers, the exhibition stands were a side show.
The property developer thought it wasn’t up to much and wanted to go home because he had a sore throat. But there was an architects’ party to go to and well, you never know.
No flights to book, no accommodation to haggle over, no eye watering expense claims – yes, MIPIM UK has arrived and instead of the Croisette we have the Hammersmith Road.
As ever, the flight home is very quiet. Gone, the heady excitement of the flight out and instead, hushed voices and plenty of caffeine.
“That’s 70 pairs of bespoke Christian Louboutins at £4,000 each. That makes £280,000, and that’s not counting the Diors. I’ve lots of those, but they’re only £600 each.”
The woman on the next table, rather the worse for wear, started up a conversation in broken English with my dinner guests.
Gatwick 5:15am. White fog. You couldn’t see a hippo if it kissed you.
Sunscreen, business cards and sensible shoes are all in the bag for Neil Campbell’s first trip to Mipim.
Sitting here at 1.20am writing this whilst listening to Radio 4 on my TuneIn app, I realise that I am doing MIPIM all wrong
I did a selfie with Boris. I’m not sure what made me do it
Real Estate Briefings
Where will the enforcement vote go? download subscription
Moves to stop the enforcement of debts by way of taking control of goods could be on the way, and other factors enforcement professionals should consider.
Landlord reimbursements: need to do or nice to have? download subscription
Landlords: do you carry out works on the basis that your tenants have to reimburse you for the costs? If you do, you may well come a cropper.
Land and tax reform in Scotland: changes for mortgage lenders download subscription
In the wake of the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish Referendum, Scots solicitors and civil servants alike returned to those comfort zones of reform – land and tax.
Former Lend Lease EMEA general counsel Patrick Gloyens has joined Michelmores as a real estate partner.
US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is shutting down its Frankfurt and Berlin offices to concentrate its German presence on Düsseldorf and Munich.
Weil Gotshal & Manges and McDermott Will & Emery have acted on the Barclay brothers’ sale of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught to Qatar-owned Constellation Hotels, ending years of litigation concerning the ownership of the hotels.
Despite a growing momentum in favour of alternative and ‘agile’ working models, many firms are still struggling to find a way to fit their working practices around reducing their property costs.
In association with Fox Rodney, Saunderson House and Thomson Reuters
Panellists at The Lawyer ’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country