Property legal opinion

Comment from legal experts about legislation affecting the property sector.

House Roof Window

Landlords’ lofty rooftop plans may be blocked by lease ambiguities

2018-08-15T08:47:00+01:00By Joanna Yates

With space at a premium, rents falling and landlords increasingly challenged to maintain profit levels, it is understandable that roof spaces offer considerable potential. Landlords in both the commercial and residential sector might think about developing upwards – either into the roof space or adding an extra storey. But who ...

London Street

Clever design can ensure housing and industrial co-exist successfully

2018-08-15T10:21:00+01:00By Craig Sheach

We are frequently told that not enough homes are being built in the UK and that house prices are rising as demand outstrips supply. The problem is that we are often told about the problem, but rarely offered a solution other than easy sound bites such as ‘build higher’, ‘build ...


Is the government’s housing target unachievable?

2018-08-07T14:40:00+01:00By Carl Dyer (Irwin Mitchell)

There are a few things that Jacob Rees-Mogg and Jeremy Corbyn agree on. One is that our planning system is not working, so it is disappointing that the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) kicks the ‘too difficult’ can of meaningful reform further down the street.

Corporation Tax

Any capital gains tax exemption for pension funds likely to be complex


The UK has one of the world’s most complex tax codes, clocking in at more than 10 million words. Earlier this month, another few thousand words were added when draft legislation for capital gains tax for non-residents on UK property was published.

Legal news new

Court of Appeal decision clarifies rules governing lease extensions


The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Whitehall Court London v The Crown Estate Commissioners [2018] EWCA Civ 1704 has confirmed the position for the premium payable to extend a lease in relation to the so-called ‘no-Act’ assumption.

China UK investment

London investment from Asia still strong


Figures indicating that UK buyers overtook Asian investors in the West End in the first half of 2018 were surprising if not totally unexpected.

Paddington Elizabeth Line Station

Architecture, planning and heritage are not always a happy mix

2018-07-25T10:08:00+01:00By Paul Finch

At a ceremony earlier this month in Lawn Road, Hampstead, an English Heritage ‘blue plaque’ was unveiled on the Isokon building, a 1934 modernist apartment block designed by Wells Coates. This now includes a museum devoted to the architecture of the period, created from garages as part of a retrofit ...

Work space

Less is more when it comes to choice in the workplace


Technology can help make choice in the workplace less overwhelming.

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