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Collective enfranchisement: room for reform?

19 Nov, 2019
The government's plans for leasehold reforms include seeking to redress the imbalance of power and increase transparency for leaseholders.  Cases such as that summarised below...
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Telecoms rights: landowner's intention to redevelop

14 Nov, 2019
A recent Upper Tribunal decision[1]  confirmed that landowners cannot avoid rights being imposed on their land under the Electronic Communications Code 2017 (the Code) simply by...
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Nuisance for a goose - landowners, take a gander

15 Oct, 2019
In the case of Canada Goose UK Retail Ltd v Persons Unknown and another [2019] EWHC 2459 (QB), animal welfare protests had taken place outside the claimants' London store.  The...
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Alert - be careful with your emails

1 Oct, 2019
A recently reported case (Neocleous v Rees, 20/09/19) provides a stark reminder that care is needed so as not to create inadvertently a binding contract for the sale of land via a...
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Plugging real estate into a fuel-free future

10 Sep, 2019
With the uptake in electric vehicles (EV) continuing to gather speed and estimates suggesting there could be up to 36 million EVs on the road by 20401, steps need to be taken now...
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Cautionary Supreme Court judgment on interpretation of planning permission

4 Jul, 2019
Yesterday (3 July 2019) the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the London Borough of Lambeth’s appeal in relation to the use of a DIY retail store in Streatham. Planning permission...
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Whose fault is it?

3 Jul, 2019
For its first 25 years or so, Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 ("Section 21") led a relatively trouble free existence.  It set out a straightforward process for the termination...
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Guidance on right to manage, enfranchisement and lease extensions

3 Jul, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Please see links to the guides below which we hope will be of interest: The Right to Manage - A Short Guide Enfranchisement and Lease Extension  ...
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Tour of Copenhagen at the BCO conference 2019: making places happy

21 Jun, 2019
Other than the number of cyclists (more on that later), one of the most striking features of my recent visit to Copenhagen for the British Council of Offices 2019 conference was...
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A thorn in the side of landowners

7 Jun, 2019
Trees have always held great value and importance in our society; their "amenity" value and ability to shape a landscape, their ecological and environmental value and their...
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Urban design and mental health - an unlikely pairing?

22 May, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
The real estate industry is shifting in terms of how it uses space.  Something which is taking centre stage is how cities and buildings can be designed to enhance user...
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SDLT - the Hannover case - beware anti-avoidance

22 May, 2019
When SDLT was first introduced in December 2003 it signalled a shift away from taxing (and literally stamping) documents to a system of taxing underlying transactions, supposedly...
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Homes under the hammer: Should you be selling at auction?

14 May, 2019
In 2019 the property market has been slow. More and more property investors are turning to auctions to sell their property. Online agent Purplebricks is now working with two...
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An international retailer's guide to investing in UK retail space

3 May, 2019
Are you thinking about joining Liberty in opening a flagship store on the famous Regent Street?  Or perhaps you would like to rub shoulders with the likes of Cartier, Mulberry and...
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The future's ... grey?

1 May, 2019
It's no secret that Britain has an ageing population.  Revo's Insight Report 2019 recently stated that 18% of the UK population is over 65 and predicts that this will be up to 25%...
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Unjust enrichment?

1 May, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Following on from her earlier plog post, senior associate Amy Rogers, together with trainee solicitor Zoe Cartner, has published an article with Local Government News on right to...
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Case review: can a landlord forfeit a long lease?

17 Apr, 2019
The case of (1) SHB Realisations Ltd and (2) GB Europe Management Service Ltd v (1) Cribbs Mall Nominee (1) Ltd and (2) Cribbs Mall Nominee (2) Ltd confirms that it is possible for...
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Brexit ... not so frustrating!

3 Apr, 2019
After not so long a wait, the High Court has ruled, in the case of Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Limited and others ("CW") v The European Medicines Agency ("the EMA") that the EMA's lease...
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Case review: is an invasion of privacy an actionable legal nuisance?

27 Mar, 2019
The case of Fearn & Others v the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery [2019] EWHC 246 (Ch) concerned a dispute between Tate Modern and owners of adjacent flats over the Tate's...
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Unjust enrichment?

5 Mar, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Islington Council is bringing proceedings against a resident to whom it sold a two-bedroom flat under its Right to Buy Scheme in 2013 for £340,000.  The resident had rented the...
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