Real estate and infrastructure

moves, lateral hires and exits

Further DWF defections as real estate finance duo leave firm

Partners continue to trickle out of DWF ahead of its proposed £1bn IPO, with the latest two leavers being snapped up by Fieldfisher. Iain Thomas and Christian Francis are to join Fieldfisher’s real estate finance practice. Thomas led the real estate practice at DWF, where he has been since 2014. He was previously a partner at […]

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Eversheds and Hogan Lovells take top roles on new BBC development

Eversheds Sutherland and Hogan Lovells are acting on the development of the BBC’s new studios, as part of the £1bn regeneration of the cultural and education district of London’s Olympic Park. Real estate partner Ian Barker at Eversheds is advising the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), alongside senior associate Hugo Jay and associate Ezra Mackenzie. The LLDC […]

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FTSE 100 property group SEGRO overhauls panel with new addition

SEGRO has expanded its panel of firms from two to three, having become the UK’s largest listed property group in September. The FTSE 100 property developer has added Gowling WLG to its UK real estate roster, while CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and Eversheds Sutherland have secured their places for another three year term. The […]

Analysis

Have we forgotten how to listen?

We shout a lot these days and we seem to have forgotten how to listen. Even if we are listening it is, more often than at any time in the history of mankind, within our own bubble as we plug in the earphones and pull up the audio drawbridge. There’s a lot of shouting on […]

Featured Briefings

2019 Planning predictions

2019 is likely to be an unpredictable and turbulent year in the UK and abroad, and few will be confident enough to predict whether Great Britain and Northern Ireland will leave the European Union in March; whether we will enjoy a heatwave in the Summer; or what the nation will watch now that Big Brother […]

Jersey – Practical Guide to Property Law

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and is a self-governing British Crown Dependency with its own financial and legal systems and its own courts of law. Jersey property law is derived from a mixture of local statute and customary (common) law. Jersey’s customary law has evolved from Norman-French law and is primarily contained […]

Landlord insurance obligations: High Court limits protection for tenants

By Jeremy Moore, Will Cousins The High Court has ruled that the extent of a landlord’s obligation to obtain insurance for the benefit of itself and a tenant will depend on the construction of a lease. In a recent case, the obligation placed on a landlord to protect its tenant’s interests by obtaining insurance for its benefit […]

Restrictive covenant modification also widens easement

By Kirsty Black, Lucy Shepherd The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has held that the modification of a restrictive user covenant authorised a corresponding change in the permitted use of a right of way. Facts Mr & Mrs O’Byrne bought their property in Oxfordshire in 2001 from Magdalen College, Oxford (the College). It comprised a farmhouse […]

Almaty Light Rail Transit project in Kazakhstan

On the 29th November 2018, Almaty, the former capital and the largest city in Kazakhstan, received responses from nine international consortia, consisting of companies from Japan, France, Russia, Turkey, Spain, China and Kazakhstan, to participate in the first stage of the open tender of the Almaty Light Rail Transit (LRT) public-private partnership (PPP) project. The mayor of Almaty is seeking a private partner to design, […]

Risks of scaling up Ottawa’s heritage register

By Michael S. Polowin, Roberto Aburto Over the past several years, many Ottawa property owners have received notice that their properties have been listed in the register of the city’s Heritage Inventory Project. This project, pursued under the Ontario Heritage Act (“OHA”), is intended to identify and better protect Ottawa’s historic buildings. In 2018, the City of Ottawa issued […]

Ontario – New record keeping requirements for land owners

By Karen E. Hennessey, Jodey Therriault The grace period is over.  All Ontario corporations that hold a legal or beneficial interest in real property in Ontario are now subject to more onerous record keeping requirements. These requirements are a result of amendments made to the Ontario Business Corporations Act and the Corporations Act on December 10, 2016 and require all Ontario […]

Can legal costs be recovered from the tenants using Money Claim Online?

By David Asker Can legal costs be recovered from the tenants using Money Claim Online? You can claim the court fee costs but unfortunately not any other legal fees. The nature of the small claims court is that it is easy to use so therefore legal assistance should not be necessary. Can I use HCEO […]

Six technology startups to watch out for in urban planning

By Dominic Conte, Joe Morris, Ben Stansfield Always got your eye on the latest startups to come out of Silicon Valley? We’ve done the groundwork for you and brought together six tech startups to keep an eye out for which may impact on urban and spatial planning across the world. These have been chosen due to their growth […]

Consultation on Commonhold

By Steve Nixon, Rachel Elgar In April 2018 we explained that the Law Commission had launched a call for evidence on commonhold home ownership as part of the UK Government’s wider aim to overcome the perceived unfairness of the leasehold market (which we covered in August 2017). The appetite for leasehold reform has put commonhold back on the political agenda. The […]

Tenancy deposit cap to be cut to 5 weeks

By David Asker The government confirmed last month that Tenant Fees Bill stipulates that the total deposit that can be taken from a tenant paying up to £50,000 in rental over a 12-month period is being capped at a maximum of five weeks rent. The introduction of this cap will mean that landlords or their […]

The new Mozambique land registry code

Decree-Law no. 2/2018 of 23 of August has now entered into force. It approves the new Land Registry Code (CRP) and repeals the previous CRP approved by Decree-Law no. 47.611 of 28 March 1967, which was in force for 49 years and applied in Mozambique by virtue of Ministerial Order no. 23944 of 15 March […]

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