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If you are embarking on a major development project, we can help you think ahead, anticipate pitfalls and find practical solutions.
06 October 2017
Finding the right property to trade from is a one of the most important decisions that any business will make.
02 May 2017
Increased stamp duty liabilities and restrictions on buy-to-lets are causing property owners to find alternative options for acquiring new property. If you have the space, you may wish to build on your garden. We identify our top five steps all owners should consider.
19 December 2016
Construction claims almost invariably involve at least one, and often several, expert appointments. We analyse the impact of the case for professionals who act as experts and those who appoint them.
17 October 2016
We review the obligations on surveyors with regard to Japanese knotweed when carrying out residential property inspections.
17 October 2016
A recent case provides a timely reminder of the need to ensure that contractual documents are checked carefully at the outset of a project to ensure certainty as to the scope of disputes referable to adjudication.
17 October 2016
Are you ready for the new era? Accepting that a document has been legally signed if the name has been typed in the document, it has been signed with a stylus or has an electronic signature pasted in to the document is becoming commonplace. 
21 September 2016
Chattel or fixture?” can seem like a dry, technical distinction. But getting it right may be important. Tenants may have to grapple with the issue when it comes to ensuring that break clauses are properly implemented. Getting it wrong, as happened in Riverside Park Ltd-v-NHSPS Ltd may be expensive.
12 September 2016
In Mortgage Express v Lambert (2016) the court had to decide whether the seller’s overriding interest arising from an unconscionable bargain could bind a lender or whether it was overreached. 
01 August 2016
When giving replies to property enquiries, it’s important that a seller/landlord doesn’t act fraudulently or recklessly. We consider a claim (Greenridge Luton One Ltd and another v Kempton Investments Ltd) that a seller’s replies to enquiries were fraudulent and reckless and we look at the consequences of that claim.
13 July 2016
As the popularity of converting of non-residential property into residential property continues to grow, we consider the VAT treatment of such conversions.
26 May 2016
This case confirms that housing can be by reference to the strategic housing market area and sites which do not have planning permission can still be regarded as deliverable for the purposes of NPPF.
18 May 2016
It was not unlawful for a local planning authority to adopt a development plan document and a Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule to support a core strategy prepared under national planning policy for housing land supply that had since been superseded by the National Planning Policy Framework.
18 May 2016
On 12 May, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent. Over the preceding weeks, the House of Lords had sought to make a number of amendments to the Bill, not least as it affects planning – some of which succeeded, and some of which did not.
18 May 2016
The Court of Appeal has provided a helpful summary of principles applicable to the interpretation of planning permissions and has held that the ejusdem generis rule of interpretation does not apply to planning conditions.
18 May 2016
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