Property legal opinion

Comment from legal experts about legislation affecting the property sector.

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Landlords push back against CVAs to offset challenge of re-letting

2018-06-21T19:31:00+01:00By Rob Thompson

Retailers, both big and small, continue to struggle against a backdrop of changing consumer shopping habits, ecommerce, rising labour costs and business rates, as well as a general fall in consumer confidence driven by economic uncertainty in the aftermath of Brexit.

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High Court challenge to the Government’s Right to Rent check rules


The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (“JCWI”) has been granted permission to pursue a judicial review that will challenge the legality of the government’s Right to Rent rules.

Housing construction, Bristol

David and Goliath: rethinking landowner and developer relationships


It is a scenario that is fairly commonplace in the UK: a landowner minding their own business will one day be approached by a larger developer, offering a significant sum of money for part or all of their land.

House of Fraser, Oxford Street

Are CVAs being abused?


Landlord CVAs have become more and more prominent as 2018 has developed with a growing number of high-profile retailers and restaurant chains looking to reduce rental costs. Such a CVA will be imposed on landlords if 75% of all of the company’s unsecured creditors support it.


New rules on property disclosure are hot topic for divorce lawyers

2018-06-07T09:44:00+01:00By Jane Keir

There has been a trend in recent years for expensive UK properties, especially in London, to be held in offshore company structures, for privacy and tax reasons.

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Appeal decision is crucial in the fight against property fraud


Much has been written about the Dreamvar case – Dreamvar (UK) v Mishcon de Reya and others – because it concerns who bears liability in a fraudulent property transaction.

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Businesses must take tax evasion facilitation offences seriously

2018-05-10T23:00:00+01:00By Sarah Cardew

The new corporate offence of failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion came into force last year. For obvious reasons, this is something that all involved with property transactions must get to grips with.

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Legislation to reverse ‘staircase tax’ doesn’t address all the issues raised by Mazars ruling

2018-05-03T22:59:00+01:00By Robyn Wilson

Draft bill not only fails to restore the pre-2015 ruling status quo, but ratepayers may also struggle to secure refunds.

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