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In Conversation with Joanna Symes of Home Sweet Home, London23 June 2022
With a rapidly changing market and scarcity of supply, buying agents are more valuable and in-demand than ever.
Opportunities in the UAE: Do they live up to the Hype?23 June 2022
Anyone with even half an eye on the geo-political landscape and global economic movements will have no doubt heard about the raving reviews the UAE is currently experiencing. So, are the stories to be believed?
High value finance available for purchasing property – how should I structure my loan?23 June 2022
In the search for high value property finance, there are multiple ways you can structure your facility. Whether you are considering a capital repayment or interest only mortgage, a loan with or without assets under management, or securities-backed lending, we outline below what you can expect from each facility.
Tick, Tock: Overseas Entities, are you ready to beat the registration clock? Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 202223 June 2022
As widely publicised in recent months, the Government has fast-tracked new legislation to “tackle corrupt elites and dirty money” and to “deliver transparency about who ultimately owns and controls overseas entities that own land in the UK”.
Conclusions - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate27 May 2022
In 2021, Lewis Silkin and HCG hosted three separate panel sessions where the views from senior members of the Occupier and Landlord communities were heard on a range of key, current topical issues within the real estate industry.
Location, context and place-shaping challenge - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate24 May 2022
Office premises come in a wide variety of forms from new, smart buildings to older traditional and historic stock. One thing that is common to both is the need for context and location – a sense of physical place.
Landlord offering - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate19 May 2022
The requirements of organisations returning to the workplace in a post pandemic scenario have undoubtedly been influenced by the learnings we have all experienced during the pandemic. As these business requirements continue to go through a state of flux, occupiers will be looking to their landlords to match the changes in demand.
Technology Integration challenge - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate19 May 2022
There is no doubt that technology has been the fastest evolving element we have seen in offices. Remote working forced a switch to the use of virtual technologies for staff and organisations alike. IT departments had to respond to the challenge in order to keep business running and to bridge the gap between commercial and domestic data networks.
“LURB” - Practical Planning Points for Developers17 May 2022
The Government finally issued the long awaited Planning Bill on 11 May repackaged as “The Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill” (“LURB”). The LURB covers a wide range of proposals or “missions” for levelling-up the country as well as planning reforms.
Lease Flexibility - The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate11 May 2022
The concept of ‘flexibility’ from a leasehold perspective can take many forms and within that there are degrees and differing perspectives. The coming years will see more flexibility within leases and/or licences and perhaps new arrangements that have yet to come to light. The future is unclear, but that will, inevitably, create opportunities and encourage change.
Wellbeing and human centric workspace challenge – The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate11 May 2022
Wellbeing is a difficult concept to pin down: it is both physical and intangible, practical and esoteric, and so can be tricky to measure with any accuracy. That said, the disruption from COVID-19 has provided an opportunity to create better, more human-centric workspaces.
The Sustainability and Net Zero Challenge – The Great Office Occupier & Developer Debate11 May 2022
The lockdown months saw a huge reduction in the operational carbon footprints from commercial workplace premises. The lack of the daily commute for millions of workers also contributed to improvements in urban air quality and energy consumption.
The policy and legislation changes to expect this winter: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine29 November 2021
With levelling-up a key government policy, the start of 2022 is set to hot up with the government setting out its response to feedback on the planning white paper
Government unveils scheme for binding arbitration in relation to COVID related rent arrears17 November 2021
On 9 November 2021 the government published its proposals regarding a new Code of Practice together with draft legislation, known as the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill, to deal with arrears accumulated during the Covid pandemic period.
The Impact of Brexit on UK Real Estate Law: Our Experience So Far12 November 2021
The direct legal impact of Brexit for real estate has been limited, as property law is a matter for EU member states rather than for the EU as a whole. But other consequences have been felt.
Landlord's intention under Ground (g) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 195408 November 2021
It is often said that, opposing renewal under paragraph (g) of section 30 (1) of Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 on the ground that the landlord intends to occupy the premises for the purposes of a business to be carried on by it, is a relatively straight forward ground upon which a landlord can succeed in opposing renewal. Since the decision of S.Franses v Cavendish Hotels there has been much speculation about the extent to which that decision impacts upon the landlord’s ability to oppose renewal on ground of opposition under paragraph (g).
Landlords: don’t give away a penalty. Points to consider when preparing a rent concession agreement20 October 2021
Given that many tenants have been in acute financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic, we have seen a significant increase in rent concession (or other concessionary) side letters.
Return to the workplace: Dealing with surplus office space03 September 2021
In this video Patrick Brown sets out options for corporate occupiers who have found themselves with surplus space post pandemic.
Return to the workplace: Making your workplace Covid secure03 September 2021
In this video Patrick Brown discusses what steps corporate occupiers may need to take when making their offices covid secure.
Return to the workplace: Discussing enhancements with your landlord03 September 2021
In this video Patrick Brown covers important points to consider ahead of discussing changes to service requirements of landlords.