17th October 2018, by Fiona Larcombe
Electronic signatures are now commonplace in many areas of our lives. When a parcel is delivered, we think nothing of 'signing' for it on the electronic device
17th October 2018, by Robin Barnes
The Prime Minister has pledged to lift the borrowing cap on local authority housebuilding. This is big news for the development sector but details about how the new borrowing rules will work are scarce. What impact could the change make?
08th October 2018, by John Bosworth
Establishing whether a planning permission has been implemented, or is capable of being implemented, will always involve an analysis of any pre-commencement.
14th March 2018, by Michael Craik
Grosvenor wanted the adjudicator’s decision in its favour for £553,958.47 plus VAT enforced. Aygun contested enforcement on the grounds of fraudulent conduct by Grosvenor’s employees and, failing this, wanted a stay (suspension) of enforcement primarily on the basis of Grosvenor’s lack of solvency. Grosvenor London Limited v. Aygun Aluminium UK Limited  EWHC 227 (TCC), 28 March 2018
18th May 2018, by Dellah Gilbert
As we are all only too aware, many UK retailers are struggling and landlords increasingly feel they are bearing more than their fair share of the financial fall-out.
18th May 2018
The Court of Appeal has held that a landlord could not protect itself against an enfranchisement claim by attempting to block the tenant's application for planning permission to change the use of part of the property to residential. Hautford Ltd v Rotrust Nominees Ltd
27th February 2018
Permitted Demolition Rights are coming. Anyone brave enough to provide residential care for old folk on the same model and scale as Unite has for students? Go visit the Olympic Park and experience Docklands 1988.
22nd February 2018
A High Court Judge ruled on the 16th February 2018 in R (on the application of Mawbey) v Lewisham LBC that a series of radio antennae mounted on top of a building in south-east London constitutes “radio masts”. Mrs Justice Lang DBE ruled that, as such, they should not be able to benefit from the part of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) that allows much telecoms equipment to be erected without planning permission.
12th February 2018
2018 means the arrival of "MEES". Below are ten practical top tips for landlords and property investors for understanding and preparing for the upcoming enforcement of the new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) which will soon land on our doorsteps.
30th October 2017, by John Bosworth
A recent Secretary of State appeal decision underlines the importance of getting the S106 agreement right when there is a planning appeal. The decision concerned an application for a mixed use scheme including 705 residential dwellings at King George's Gate, Surbiton.
23rd November 2017, by John Bosworth
The High Court has recently upheld an Inspector’s decision to refuse planning permission for 140 new homes in Newington, Kent due to an identified adverse effect on Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).
23rd October 2017, by John Bosworth
The National Infrastructure Commission has recently published its first full (albeit interim) assessment “Congestion, Capacity, Carbon: Priorities for national infrastructure”.
10th October 2017, by John Bosworth
Despite being enacted in April 2016 the permitted development right that allows the change of use of buildings from light industrial (use class B1(c)) to residential (use class C3) at last came into effect on 1 October 2017. This is known as the new ‘PA’ permitted development class.
02nd October 2017
The liberalisation of the planning general permitted development order which, through the prior notification process, grants permission to change the use of a building from office to dwelling house has now become an accepted part of the planning system. Its introduction was at first controversial and was resisted by many local authorities.
14th June 2017
For the purposes of business rates, all business premises are divided into individual rate-paying units known (on Planet Rating) as hereditaments. Supermarket operators have long been installing ATMs (i.e. cash machines) at their supermarkets and other stores without distinguishing the ATM site from the host store for rating purposes.
06th March 2017
In February 2015, there were ructions in the development world when the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of SJ & J Monk (a firm) v Newbigin (Valuation Officer)  EWCA Civ 78. The decision confirmed that in deciding rateable value, a statutory assumption that premises are in a state of repair (unless such repairs were uneconomic) should apply to all premises, even ones in the process of being refurbished or redeveloped.
25th January 2017
On 17th January 2012, Michael and Maureen Charlton, the then owners of Waterside Farm, Radstock, completed the sale of part of the farm to Martin Craggs. Unfortunately, Mr Craggs’ solicitors did not register the purchase at the Land Registry until 16th May, long after the expiry of the priority period conferred by their official search of the register.
04th October 2016
Morgoed Estates Limited and others v Lawton and others  UKUT 395 (TCC) In the nineteenth century, rentcharges were popular with landowners as a way of earning additional money from the sale of land for housing. Freehold land sold to developers would be accompanied by a liability under a rentcharge to make fixed annual monetary payments in perpetuity to the original landowner.
28th September 2016
Some restaurants are now making up to 90% of their sales through UK food delivery services such as UberEats or JustEat. This phenomenon mirrors the rapid development in recent years around internet sales for bricks and mortar shops via “click + collect” services.
06th July 2016
In this case, Laura Lambert sold her leasehold flat in Maidstone to two fraudsters. They had bamboozled Ms Lambert into selling the flat for £30,000 when, in fact, it was worth in the region of £120,000.