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External walls and the new EWS1

17 Jan, 2020
Since the Grenfell tragedy, high rise residential properties (over 18m) have been a focus of the Government's Building Safety Programme.  A number of guidance and advice notes...
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The Flexible Workspace Series: Part 4

7 Jan, 2020
Conclusion In addition to the challenges explored in parts 1-3 of the series, there are some important factors investors, operators and landlords alike should consider when...
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The Flexible Workspace Series: Part 3

30 Dec, 2019
Technology Technology-enabled facilities have also been instrumental in transforming the commercial real estate industry1 as a whole and the office space in particular.  Amid the...
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The Flexible Workspace Series: Part 2

12 Dec, 2019
End user experience Focusing on the end-user experience is now a top priority for businesses1, especially when choosing the office space in which a business occupies.  Market...
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The Flexible Workspace Series

6 Dec, 2019
Flexible workspace: here for a long time, not just a good time ... Expected to reach 3.0 million square feet by the end of 2020 1 and to pump £12bn into the UK over the next...
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What constitutes 'common parts' upon enfranchisement?

3 Dec, 2019
In a case decided by the Upper Tribunal (UT) (and which is the subject of an appeal to the Court of Appeal), a group of participating tenants in a building called Queen Court made...
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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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