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MHCLG consults on abolition of section 21 Housing Act 1988

Private Landlords should respond to the latest major threat to the stability of the Private Rented Sector Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released the much anticipated consultation into the plan to abolish section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, ‘A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords […]

Adjudication Matters – July 2019

Too little, too late… Does an Adjudicator’s failure to consider a witness statement amount to a breach of natural justice? J J Rhatigan & Co (UK) Limited – and – Rosemary Lodge Developments Limited Introduction Despite finding that the Adjudicator had failed to consider witness evidence, the Court enforced an Adjudicator’s decision on the basis that […]

Green Finance Strategy

By Stephen Dawson, James Wood-Robertson, Nick Iliff, Bhavesh Amlani, James Klein Following the government’s 2050 net zero carbon pledge, it has now published the Green Finance Strategy. The government recognises that to meet the 2050 target it will require ‘unprecedented levels of investment in green and low carbon technologies, services and infrastructure’. It is therefore […]

Turning housing on to support electric vehicles

By Robin Webb, Bhavesh Amlani, James Wood-Robertson This week the government has published two consultations in relation to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, following the road to zero strategy published in July 2018. The proposals include a requirement that all new-build houses with a car parking space need to be fitted with a charge point – […]

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Macfarlanes bolsters real estate team with Ashurst construction head

Macfarlanes has made its third lateral hire in under a year, picking up Ashurst construction head Ann Minogue. Minogue is the second former Ashurst real estate partner to join Macfarlanes’ commercial real estate department, following in the footsteps of former Ashurst managing partner Ian Nisse. Nisse quit Ashurst to co-chair Shearman & Sterling’s international real […]

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