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Happy, healthy and hard-working: new programme helps retailers boost wellbeing

Last week, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) launched the second iteration of its Wellbeing Lab programme.

Company dispute

Now that tribunal fees are unlawful, it's time to evaluate risk

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed Unison’s appeal against the legality of the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal fee system, marking an end to the trade union’s four-year fight.

8-10 Broadway, New Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard verdict demonstrates Khan’s tough stance on affordable housing provision

London mayor Sadiq Khan has laid down a marker on affordable housing and viability assessments in the capital by rejecting an amended proposal for the former New Scotland Yard building.

CBRE Diversity Week

CBRE celebrates diversity in the workplace with busy week of events

CBRE concluded its second annual Diversity Week today. Building on positive staff feedback from the inaugural event, the week has seen interactive workshops, keynote speeches and networking events held in CBRE’s London West End and City offices as well as across the UK.

Fish Island Village

Living and working spaces reintegrated

For a century or more, residential and commercial projects have been treated as separate worlds. But over the next 20 years urban development will increasingly focus on new kinds of integrated schemes involving a sophisticated blend of both elements.

Francis Crick Institute, King's Cross

Open sesame: London’s hidden gems

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Open House London, the annual mass participation event set up by Victoria Thornton, in which hundreds of usually private spaces open their doors to the public for a weekend.

Solar panels, White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds

Here comes the sun – Landsec goes solar at White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds

Earlier this month, Landsec unveiled the installation of the biggest solar photovoltaic (PV) system at a retail site in the UK.

Workplace office diversity

Property should learn from BBC pay gap debacle

It is hardly surprising that the recent publication of salaries paid to BBC employees prompted such outrage.

Brownfield land site

Jury is out on whether brownfield land register will deliver much-needed homes

It’s a potential boon for developers - but one that has attracted very little attention. By the end of the year, every planning authority in England will have to publish a brownfield land register (BLR) recording previously developed sites that are considered suitable for redevelopment.

Sir Terry Farrell

A true masterplanner: Sir Terry Farrell discusses a Gold Medal-winning career

Last month, it was announced that Sir Terry Farrell CBE had been awarded the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI’s) Gold Medal in recognition of his “outstanding achievements as one of the world’s most influential architects, planners and urban designers”.

Property Case News

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Protected business tenancies may not be so secure after all

In S Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd, the High Court held that a landlord is entitled to refuse the grant of a protected business tenancy on redevelopment grounds even where the redevelopment is devised solely for the purpose of evicting the tenant and confers no other benefit on the landlord.

Legal consultation

Relying on section 49 LPA 1925 – can you be rock solid?

The payment of a deposit by a buyer to a seller under a contract for sale is a fundamental part of a transaction since it comprises the “consideration” that all first year law students learn is necessary – along with offer and acceptance – for the formation of a binding agreement between parties.

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Property tycoon facing £611m debts loses high court battle

A property tycoon facing debts of £611m has lost a High Court battle with creditors over an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) that would have seen creditors receive seven pence for every pound owed.

Julian Bisson

Preparation will help landlords avoid service charge pitfalls

Service charges have the potential to become a fairly contentious issue between landlords and tenants. Indeed, an intermediate landlord recently faced litigation over the reasonableness of the amounts claimed.

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