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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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As smooth as silk

Despite the glee with which many received the news of One Essex Court’s failure to secure any new silks, there was a more significant omission from this year’s list. No solicitor-advocates have been deemed to have the necessary experience and seniority to be worthy of those two little letters. This, after another year of Linklaters […]

Financings

Olswang represented Gendaq on a £5.75m financing by a group of venture capitalists. The group included UK Medical Ventures

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SJ Berwin acted for Wellington Square Development Company following its successful bid for a £37.4m project to redevelop Stockton-on-Tees town centre. The firm advised on a tranche of financing, planning and lease agreements with retailers situated on the site. Property partner Tom O’Grady acted with a team of three. The Bank of Scotland, which documented […]

Chambers closures show a healthy bar

Jonathan Hirst QC analyses the reasons behind the recent spate of chambers dissolutions. Jonathan Hirst QC is chairman of the Bar Council. Recent months have seen a steady flow of public announcements reporting chambers’ mergers, dissolutions and new start-ups. Comparisons are made with a supposedly golden age when barristers joined their chambers after pupillage and […]

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