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Press22 February 2024
The use of office space has changed dramatically. Economic and political pressures have forced many businesses to re-evaluate their strategies and adapt to hybrid working models.
Press12 December 2023
In an article for PLC Magazine, Rachel Francis-Lang, Tom Merrick, Patrick Brown and Kate Davies discuss the key considerations for a business that wishes to exit its leased office space.
What the appointment of a previous incumbent as housing minister means for planning: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press24 November 2023
The reappointment of a former Westminster City Council planning committee member as housing minister should herald broad continuity with the approach of his predecessor, say observers. But Lee Rowley will have his work cut out overseeing secondary legislation to implement the measures in the recently passed Levelling Up and Regeneration Act.
Press22 November 2023
Sara Hanrahan interviewed for PCD Club’s ‘Meet Our Members’ feature. In the 35th edition of PCD Club’s digital magazine, Sara discusses her passion for sustainability, helping junior lawyers excel in their careers and her greatest achievements to date.
When we can expect the government to push ahead with its delayed changes to the NPPF: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press10 July 2023
When the housing department published its consultation on draft changes to national planning policy last December, it said the immediate revisions would take effect this spring. However, the government’s consultation response is yet to appear and officials are reluctant to give a timescale.
What the appointment of Lucy Frazer as housing minister means for planning: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press23 November 2022
The former barrister is regarded as a safe pair of hands who believes in the importance of community involvement in planning and the delivery of infrastructure alongside new housing, according to political insiders.
Not so intangible: IP rights and real estate. Clare Reddy, Stephanie Kay and Michael Szlesinger write for EG
Press01 June 2022
From trophy buildings that dominate the skyline to uniquely designed work and living spaces, distinctiveness is a significant driver of real estate value. Key to developers’ ability to leverage and protect that value are intellectual property rights.
The government’s latest thinking on its new infrastructure levy: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press28 March 2022
The government’s proposed new infrastructure levy is one of the few remaining measures from the planning white paper. Insiders say ministers are considering ways that the levy could boost affordable housing delivery via a “formulaic approach” to the issue but there are still concerns over how it will handle the need for on-site provision.
What the appointment of new housing minister Stuart Andrew means for planning. Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press22 February 2022
The move from the whip’s office to the housing portfolio with its in-tray full of reforms, could offer a steep learning curve for the new minister whose main contribution to planning debates so far has been objections to greenfield development in West Yorkshire.
Boutique hotel trends for 2022: What’s next for the sector? Anthony van Hoffen and Katie Thomas write for Boutique Hotelier
Press09 December 2021
The impact of Covid-19 on the luxury hotel sector has, arguably, been felt stronger than in any other single area of the economy. The sector has been faced with an unparalleled fight for survival – with most hotels having to close their doors to customers for considerable amounts of time throughout the last year and a half.
Phoenix Rising: Key Trends for the Hotel Sector in 2022. Anthony van Hoffen and Katie Thomas write for Caterer, Licensee & Hotelier News
Press07 December 2021
The impact of the pandemic on the hotel and leisure sector was, arguably, felt stronger than in any other single area of the economy. With no ability to pivot their business to ‘online’, and no prospect that ‘working from home’ might provide a temporary solution, the sector was faced with an unprecedented fight for survival.
What Gove's appearance in front of MPs tells us about his priorities for changing the planning system: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press22 November 2021
The housing secretary revealed his latest thinking on planning changes when he appeared before MPs last week, including giving communities a greater say over new development and examining the impact of permitted development.
Lewis Silkin recognised with top rankings in Chambers UK 2022 for Employment, Media and Entertainment: Advertising and Marketing, and Intellectual Property: Law Firms with Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
Press21 October 2021
Lewis Silkin’s performance in the sector continues to improve following a strong performance in Legal 500, earning 69 individual and practice rankings – of which 6 are top tier practice rankings and 5 are new entries or improvements.
The issues raised by an appeal decision blocking the replacement of a slave trader statue with that of a Black Lives Matter protester: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press20 September 2021
An appeal decision that saw an inspector block the replacement of a listed statue of an 18th-century slave trader in Bristol with that of a Black Lives Matter protester indicates the challenges in removing or altering historic structures for social and community reasons, say experts.
The fate of statues under the new National Planning Policy Framework: Sara Hanrahan writes for Property Week
Press30 July 2021
On 20 July, MHCLG published its latest revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). One notable amendment, a modification to the application process for the removal of historic statues, is a political hot potato.
How the government’s infrastructure levy rethink is set to affect applicants and authorities: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press21 July 2021
The government has backpedalled on its proposal for a national flat-rate infrastructure levy. But its latest signals could herald the elimination of section 106 developer contributions and mandatory levies for all councils, say commentators.
What the government’s vow that it no longer wants to ‘rip up’ the system tells us about the forthcoming planning bill: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press21 July 2021
The government response to consultation feedback on the planning white paper has been pushed back from its original spring deadline to the autumn, while the housing secretary has promised that ensuing changes will be council-led. Commentators say that a significant government retreat is on the cards.
Five policy and legislation changes to expect this summer: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Resource
Press20 July 2021
Changes to local plan-making and methods for making developers contribute to the infrastructure that supports their schemes are among the alterations promised for the next few months
Why the government may have to backtrack on its proposals to grant permission through local plans: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press21 May 2021
In this article for Planning Magazine, Sara Hanrahan shares her views on how the government may have to back out of proposals to change local plans so they automatically confer outline permission on certain kinds of development in specific places.
The planning measures we can expect in next week's Queen's Speech: Sara Hanrahan comments for Planning Magazine
Press17 May 2021
The announcement of a new planning bill to implement some of the key proposals in last summer’s planning white paper is expected to feature in the Queen's Speech next week, according to reports. However, observers believe the housing ministry will struggle to develop the necessary details so that the bill is ready for publication later this year and are sceptical that the proposed new infrastructure levy will be included in it.