Real Estate Development
Our development lawyers bring together the full range of our real estate experience and knowledge, working closely with our client to help plan and deliver the project.
We work with public and private sector clients – some familiar with the development process, some not - on regeneration schemes, mixed use developments and one off projects, from cradle to grave. We advise on aspects such as:
- agreements with investors, purchasers and tenants
- avoiding and resolving disputes
- construction issues, from demolition and construction through to dealing with defects
- funding, both debt and equity
- identifying procedural requirements and traps
- interim revenue-producing arrangements pending start on site
- issues that might affect development, including cost or timing, such as rights of light, sewers, restrictive covenants
- management of the property following construction
- obtaining vacant possession
- planning issues and the negotiation of planning and highway agreements
- public procurement
- site assembly and any overage arrangements on acquisition
- tax implications and efficient ownership structures/joint ventures
Payment issues for Construction Professional Practices21 May 2019
Can I claim additional fees if the construction costs increase? What if the project takes a lot longer than I thought? My fees are overdue – can I suspend my services?
New RICS Service Charge Statement13 March 2019
The RICS Professional Statement, Service charges in commercial property 1st edition, which supersedes the previous three Codes of Practice, was published in September 2018 and is effective for all service charge periods commencing from 1 April 2019. The new Statement has been endorsed by property organisations representing those from across the property industry and applies to the whole of the UK (although highlighted within the Statement are circumstances where different conditions may apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland).
Some good news (at last) for business rate payers in England21 January 2019
On 1 November 2018 the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 (Act) received Royal Assent. The Act will apply to England only. It was introduced in response to the controversial decision of the Supreme Court in Woolway v Mazars in 2015. The title of the Act doesn’t sound exciting but it may save some businesses money by reversing potential increases in their liability to business rates. Before we look at what the Act does, let’s remind ourselves as to why the Government felt compelled to step in and legislate
Community Infrastructure Levy18 January 2019
The Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) is a discretionary planning charge which was introduced in 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.
The new visa route for recognised or emerging leaders in architecture: what does this mean for the architectural sector?13 December 2018
The Government has announced a new immigration category for overseas recognised or emerging leaders in architecture that has the potential to ease access to jobs in the UK. With Brexit looming on the horizon, this news will provide some much needed reassurance that the UK’s Architecture sector will still be able to attract the best global talent over the coming years. However the new measures are limited in their scope and are unlikely to plug the gap that will be left once freedom of movement for EU workers comes to an end.
Clare Reddy comments for Property Week: Industry welcomes Lords report calling for overhaul to unlock potential for offsite manufacturing03 August 2018
Clare Reddy comments in an article for Property Week, which discusses offsite manufacturing and the need for clients, designers and contractors to collaborate if the innovative construction technique is to take off in UK.
Come and meet our team at MIPIM 2018!13 March 2018
Clare Reddy and Anthony Van Hoffen will be in Cannes from Tuesday 13 March until Thursday 15 March and look forward to seeing those of you attending there! If you or one of your colleagues would like to arrange a meeting, please do get in touch.
CDM 2015: Who is the Principal Designer?01 August 2017
By now, everyone is familiar with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (“Regulations”). However, there still seems to be confusion as to who should fulfil the role of the Principal Designer (“PD”).