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The catalyst of Covid-19 must bring a positive change to our offices: Clare Reddy writes for Property Week
Press01 April 2021
Covid-19 has been, and continues to be, a catalyst for change. At some point, life will settle into a new rhythm, which will come with its own challenges. As we grapple with hybrid ways of working, the pandemic has shown that our experiences have not been equal and has emphasised the increased importance of wellbeing.
29 March 2021
The government is racing to try to protect tenants’ interests, with the Coronavirus Act 2020 coming into force on 26 March 2020.
Inbrief29 March 2021
The impact of Covid-19 is constantly changing for the real estate sector: from construction sites and developments being shut down; to new approaches for planning inquiries and a mutable landscape for lease negotiations. Nothing is set in stone. Therefore, we have pulled together a selection of the questions we are being asked by clients and will be updating this regularly.
Common pitfalls for Facilities Managers when overseeing new office fit outs: Clare Reddy writes for FMUK
Press08 March 2021
In this article for Facilities Management UK, Clare Reddy outlines the issues some facilities managers may face when carrying out some sort of work for properties and how to avoid risks.
Accessibility issue highlighted by disability campaigners: Clare Reddy and Lucy Hendley comment for Property Week
Press18 January 2021
Gaining access to residential and commercial properties is a problem for wheelchair-users despite legislation. Clare Reddy and Lucy Hendley explain further in this article.
07 January 2021
The government has introduced a temporary ban on commercial property landlords from issuing statutory demands and winding-up petitions against tenant companies unable to pay amounts owed under their lease due to coronavirus.
07 January 2021
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.
14 December 2020
From 1 April 2020 all retail, leisure and hospitality firms will be exempt from paying business rates for 12 months to help limit any further financial and economic damage that this pandemic is causing.
23 November 2020
One of the upsides of lockdown has been the wealth of information available through webinars, when experts in their relevant fields, who are usually too busy to disseminate their expansive knowledge, are able to share their views.
18 November 2020
With a fresh lockdown in place until early December – at least – corporate occupiers are once again faced with considering how best to manage their return to offices. Occupiers have already briefly experienced life back in premises under Covid-measures, including ensuring they, and their landlords, comply with health and safety guidelines, protect against possible contractual or negligence claims from their employees So, who is liable for what?
Inbrief09 November 2020
On 27 March 2020, all possession claims and evictions (save for a few exemptions) were stayed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Fast forward to 20 September 2020, and the stay has been lifted, but there are new arrangements released by the Master of the Rolls “The Overall Arrangements” which deal with how the Court intends to return to hearing possession claims and the challenges it faces. Most important to note is the introduction of a “Review Hearing”.
Press Release06 November 2020
Lewis Silkin has won the accolade of Real Estate Team of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2020 for their work on Earl’s Court Regeneration.
20 October 2020
Social housing places can be reserved exclusively for Orthodox Jews, according to the Supreme Court in a case which may have longer-term implications for employers considering taking positive action as part of their diversity initiatives.
29 September 2020
Lewis Silkin has been shortlisted for the Real Estate Team of the Year award at The Lawyer Awards 2020 for their work on Earl’s Court Regeneration.
14 August 2020
Just before the pandemic outbreak, the Government issued the trailer ‘Planning for the Future’ announcing various proposed reforms to the planning system. This was to be followed by a White Paper in the spring but following lock-down the Paper was postponed. Instead, the Government concentrated on emergency measures to alleviate the crisis. As lock down eased, Boris Johnson launched ‘Project Speed’ aimed at getting Britain building again including a radical reform of the planning system. This has resulted in a flurry of legislation with more to come.
30 July 2020
Many businesses have made adjustments to allow a steady return of staff to office premises. As Boris encourages people back into the office, and it becomes increasingly clear that things will not return to ‘normal’ for some time, thoughts are turning to the medium to long term vision. We conducted a survey for business decision makers to investigate their plans for their offices, providing some clear trends which we hope will benefit you as we look to a ‘new normal’.
Press Release17 June 2020
Following the COVID19 outbreak, The Law Society wrote to the Minister of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) with a list of proposed recommendations to assist with planning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Temporary use of vacant land offers chance for collaboration: Anthony van Hoffen writes for Property Week
Press12 May 2020
Covid-19 space requirements present an unusual opportunity for the property sector to make a difference. Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive of Future of London and development partner Anthony Hoffen discuss the potential temporary use of vacant land during the pandemic and the opportunities for collaboration.
29 April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is a truly universal crisis, with no regard for borders or socio-economic systems. In just a few short weeks, it has caused havoc for businesses around the world, making casualties of household names and showing us that size doesn’t matter after all. For businesses large and small, online and on the high street, swift action is required to limit the potential long-term damage. For franchise businesses, meaningful – and perhaps unprecedented – cooperation between franchisor and franchisee is also vital.
How legal changes can keep planning and development open during the coronavirus epidemic: Sara Hanrahan writes for The Planner
Press24 April 2020
The Law Society has requested a slew of changes to the English planning system to enable planning and development to continue during the coronavirus epidemic and the post-lockdown period, as Sara Hanrahan explains in this article for The Planner.