Property legal opinion

Comment from legal experts about legislation affecting the property sector.

Corporation Tax

Taxing times for liquidation proceeds


Property developers must take care not to get caught out by legislative changes affecting the tax treatment of liquidation proceeds.

Brownfield land site

Housebuilders don’t have any incentive to hoard land

2018-02-07T08:00:00+00:00By Robert Lee

Housing continues to occupy centre stage in the political agenda, supplanted only by the agonies of Brexit.

Sara hanrahan blake morgan

'Land-banking is a myth that just won't be debunked'


Sir Oliver Letwin’s housing review was set up to look into the gap between housing completions and the amount of land which has received permission for housing. The most common reason being mooted for the huge difference is that developers are land banking sites in order to ‘drip feed’ houses ...

Carillion collapse

Retentions: has the construction industry had enough following the Carillion disaster?


The use of cash retentions is common place in the construction industry. Some £3bn of retentions remain outstanding in the UK construction industry at any one time but with the collapse of Carillion has the industry had enough?

Brownfield land site

Brownfield bonus - registers a useful resource for developers


To our pleasant surprise, it seems that most councils met the end of year deadline to publish their brownfield land registers.

Stamford bridge

Chelsea FC’s right of light goal only the beginning for Section 203 use to deliver major developments

2018-01-25T11:46:00+00:00By Richard Nosworthy

Right of light can pose a significant constraint to a development and is a factor that needs to be considered at the earliest opportunity.

Legal consultation

Restrictive covenants no longer an impossible barrier to development


With the housing crisis at the top of the agenda for 2018, the pressure to build is unrelenting.

Fibre optic cables

A new telecoms code is here, but what are the solutions for landowners?


The long-awaited reformed Electronic Communications Code arrived under the radar on 28 December. The new legislation, in development for a few years, affects all telecoms lettings and has drastically changed the relationship dynamic between telecoms operators and landowners.

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