Property legal opinion

Comment from legal experts about legislation affecting the property sector.

Corporation Tax

Tax and Brexit concerns create uncertainty heading into 2019

2018-12-18T18:00:00+00:00By Stacy Eden

When considering the past year, ‘uncertainty’ has certainly been the watchword for those operating in the property and construction industry.


Investing in commercial property: beware the Brexit clause?

2018-12-18T08:49:00+00:00By Andrew Kinsey

Last month saw an apocalyptic picture painted about the impact of Brexit. The Bank of England warned that commercial property values could fall 48% in the event of a No-deal – worse than the global financial crisis – and even a more “orderly” Brexit could see a 27% drop.

Japanese Knotweed

The law and knotweed - are the floodgates now open for legal action?


A recent prosecution in Bristol has demonstrated a new aspect to property issues associated with Japanese Knotweed.

West India Quay

Key court decisions of 2018: the year’s top 10 legal cases in property

2018-12-13T05:28:00+00:00By Mathew Ditchburn & Lien Tran

Property law cases have made headlines throughout 2018. Mathew Ditchburn and Lien Tran consider some of the year’s key court rulings

Supreme Court

Landlords beware as S Franses ruling restores tenant protections

2018-12-12T13:51:00+00:00By David Cooper

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in S Franses v The Cavendish Hotel is, I believe, the most seminal change to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 since 1954. The case concerned the hotel’s right to oppose the grant of a new tenancy to S Franses, on the grounds that Cavendish ...

Cash machine

Challenge to ATM ruling will hit business ratepayers

2018-12-12T13:25:00+00:00By Jerry Schurder

The VOA’s decision to petition the Supreme Court for the right to appeal against a court ruling blocking its proposals to introduce additional business rates on ATMs in retail stores is hugely disappointing.


Broadband providers need to work with landlords on full-fibre rollout

2018-12-12T14:05:00+00:00By Jeremy Chelot

It is no secret that the UK’s internet capabilities have a lot of catching up to do. Indeed, the stalled rollout of full-fibre is a growing national problem that must be tackled swiftly, especially as the UK still lags behind other countries. So it is encouraging that the government has ...

Solar panels

Acquiring an industrial asset with solar PV - solar so good for lenders?

2018-12-10T12:56:00+00:00By Paul Burton

The introduction of the original government incentives for rooftop Solar PV installations gave rise to booming levels of activity for a relatively short and intense period-of-time, the result of which was an abundance of so-called ‘rent-a-roof’ arrangements on large industrial premises.

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