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Leasehold market reform on a ground-breaking scale

By Karl Anders, Louise Power, Steve Nixon Walker Morris has monitored and periodically reported on the Government’s review of perceived unfairness within the leasehold market and the potential reinvigoration of commonhold as an alternative to leasehold ownership [1].  On 19 March 2019 the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLGC) published a report which offers wide-ranging and ground-breaking […]

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By Pedro Simoes Coelho, Carlos Couto The real estate investment trusts (“SIGI”), approved by Decree-Law no. 19/2019 of January 28 (“DL 19/2019”), implemented in Portugal the Real Estate Investment Trusts . However, the national legislature allowed SIGI, in addition to the purpose of the lease, to pursue other forms of economic exploitation of immovable property. […]

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By Richard Kingham The seventh edition of The Life Sciences Law Review covers a total of 34 jurisdictions, providing an overview of legal requirements of interest to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. The chapters are arranged so as to describe requirements throughout the life cycle of a regulated product, from discovery to clinical trials, […]

Updating the Code for Leasing Business Premises

By Joseph Mazzucca, Michael Callaghan The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is consulting on a new edition of the Code for Leasing Business Premises (the Code). The third edition of the Code was published in 2007. It sets out best practice for landlords when negotiating the terms of a new commercial lease with a […]

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