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Countdown to Brexit series what should you be doing now?

By Shakeel Dad, Charlotte Smith Careful workforce planning is key to ensuring that your business has the necessary resource to keep delivering through this period of uncertainty. We look at some of the employment issues to bear in mind when assessing your next steps. Need more staff? Given the uncertainty of the status of EEA […]

Further important developments to when receivers can take possession of a property

By Karl Anders, Zoe McLean-Wells, Owen Ormond We reported in our April edition of Receivership Matters that a County Court had held that a Fixed Charge Receiver could bring proceedings in the name of the borrowers against the borrowers to recover possession of their own property. Again as reported, leave to appeal the decision was granted and the appeal […]

VAT guidance for LPA receivers

By Owen Ormond In August 2018 we published an article entitled LPA Receivers and the truth about VAT which explained the legal position in relation to Receivers and the collection and payment of VAT. Recently, the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers (NARA) has produced an updated Guidance Note 6 Value Added Tax which sets out current industry […]

A right old mess! Practical problems arising from ‘Right to Manage’ legislation

By Karl Anders Why is this case of interest? In the recent case of FirstPort Property Services v Settlers Court RTM Company Limited [1], the Upper Tribunal considered some significant issues which can arise on multi-block estates as a result of ‘Right to Manage’ (RTM) legislation. The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 allows qualifying long leaseholders […]

RICS market survey shows that positivity has leaked out of the housing market

By Zoe McLean-Wells, Karl Anders The August 2019 RICS Residential Market Survey results point to a renewed deterioration in sales expectations over the near term, with survey respondents predicting a further decline in activity over the three months to come. Brexit uncertainty is unsurprisingly a significant factor causing the hesitation for both buyers and sellers. The […]

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Clifford Chance is extending its Asian practice by forming a joint venture in Japan. The move will give the magic circle firm one of the biggest joint ventures in the country. Its Tokyo office already has 28 fee-earners, five of which are partners. The partner firm will be Tanaka & Akita, which is being created […]

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Chelsfield sells 1 Golden Lane for £41m to an unnamed Middle Eastern investment company and pre-lets Bankside-based Riverside House office development to the Financial Times Group. Chelsfield represented on both the sale and pre-letting by SJ Berwin (John Eldridge). On the lease agreement for Chelsfield, construction advice by CMS Cameron McKenna and planning advice by […]

Lib Dem leader attacks use of Slaughters

Manchester City Council is under attack from the local leader of the Liberal Democrats for its decision to use Slaughter and May as its legal adviser. Following a report in The Lawyer (12 February), councillor Simon Ashley has sent an email to the city solicitor requesting details on why the work was not tendered, the […]

Screen savers

Over the past couple of years, an online dealroom has become the must-have accessory for the City’s finest. To date, though, there has been very little feedback on their success or client interest. And while some predict that the online dealroom will soon become the workplace norm, for many others the question is, what do […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Interactive entertainment software company Warthog is admitted to AIM with a capitalisation of £18m and proceeds of £5m. Warthog advised by Halliwell Landau (Nigel Brown). Anite Group acquires Calculus Solutions, a provider of customer care and billing software solutions to telecoms companies, for a maximum of £50m, dependant on Calculus meeting profit targets. Anite advised […]

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