Susan Freeman is partner at Mishcon de Reya and is in the Work.Life advisory group
Propertyshe Perspectives: London v New York real estate, more dialogue needed between government and local authorities plus; positive news for Lewisham
I’m getting to know quite a bit about the New York property scene having been invited to join my second New York real estate panel in a week.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Getting back to work, masking up, the future of the office in London and New York with The Real Deal and how Quintain CEO James Saunders became a convert to real estate
I’m delighted to see that Boris Johnson took note of last week’s Propertyshe perspectives blog and has announced that as from August 1 employers will have discretion over whether staff come back to work.
Propertyshe perspectives: The old high street model is dead, localism on steroids needed, Dagwood is the place to be for film makers, and don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater
With the latest grim news of retail closures from high street stalwarts such as John Lewis and Boots putting thousands of jobs at risk, the pressure on retail continues to grow.
Propertyshe perspectives: As theatres struggle to survive we must support our culture, Mishcon and HM Land Registry distributed ledger prototype enables digital transfer of property
This week our restaurants, bars, pubs and hair salons come back to life, but there is no date as yet for theatres to be able to open for live performances.
Propertyshe perspectives: West End could see teddy bears’ picnics, we’ll hear more about B Corps, buildings could have bigger health impact than our doctors, keep calm and persevere
As I write, Westminster Council have published their plan to enable outdoor dining in certain parts of London’s West End so hopefully that will give enough time for businesses to be ready to open from 4 July and to some enjoy summer trade.
Propertyshe perspectives: London goes ‘al fresco’, the BIDs are still all right, Fly on the Wall with British Land’s Chris Grigg and emerging BTR sector needs to shout louder
Plans are afoot to support the beleaguered hospitality sector as operators get ready to emerge from three months of lockdown.
Propertyshe perspectives: The welcome return of retail, the climate crisis challenge call to arms, the future of the workplace, fixed and flex, making planning fit for the future
As we prepare for those retail shops designated as ‘non-essential’ to reopen, it remains to be seen whether we will witness the type of ‘revenge spending’ that occurred when luxury retail stores first reopened in China or whether UK consumers will be reluctant to emerge from the comfort of their ...
Propertyshe Perspectives: preparing for a safe return to work, London transport and the role of technology in managing real estate
Whilst it will be many months before the effects of the pandemic on the real estate sector become clearer, the forecasting around the future of the office continues unabated.
The pandemic, or modern plague as it is now being referred to, has handed us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reinvent our cities and urban landscape and to set us on a different path.
Propertyshe Perspectives: Interview with London Transport’s Graeme Craig, embracing new retail opportunities, urban innovation and spending and looking after the pennies
Another eclectic week has gone in a flash. There is now light at the end of the tunnel with non-essential shops due to reopen and outdoor groups of six permitted.
Propertyshe perspectives: technology and the dark arts, the holy grail, protecting your virtual property rights and the dreaded paternoster lift
How technology will change the way we live and work has been a key feature of speculation this past week.
Propertyshe perspectives: time to get on your bike, the Covid-19 acceleration factor and the General Projects approach to development
With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions allowing some workers to return to their jobs, commuters are being encouraged to literally ‘get on their bikes’ to avoid crowding public transport.
Propertyshe perspectives: news from Mishcon Singapore and IPSX; MIPIM virtual and actual; plus don’t cut marketing costs in a recession
There seems to have been a welcome shift of perspective this week with a growing focus on how we emerge from lockdown, along with encouraging feedback that there is life after lockdown from places such as the Czech Republic where a phased exit plan is seeing shops, businesses and sports ...
Propertyshe perspectives: power outages, coworking during Covid-19, Wellcome Trust's Peter Pereira Gray plus national treasure Stephen Fry
A new and unforeseen challenge to be overcome this week was the total power outage caused by the torrential rain and, as I write, I am without power and WiFi. It makes you realise just how quickly thinks fall apart if your technology is unreliable. It could be back to ...
Propertyshe perspectives: making the most of virtual relationships, the importance of finding collaborative solutions and being seen to do the right thing
Having consulted my diary I see that, incredibly, we are now a month into lockdown.
Propertyshe perspectives: the impact of Covid-19 on offices, construction site safety and personalised face masks
Another week of lockdown began somewhat dramatically with us being uplifted by an unprecedented broadcast by Her Majesty the Queen and then, within hours, downcast to see our PM, Boris Johnson, rushed into intensive care. Meanwhile, sobering news continued to reach us from around the world.
Propertyshe perspectives: Zoom, a podcast with Thomas Heatherwick CBE and a campaign to save our start-ups
With an incredible 50% of the world now in lockdown, we are getting into the routine of working from home.
It has been an extremely steep learning curve for all of us. And it has been particularly impressive how office workers, who have been accustomed to a daily commute to an office, have been able to migrate relatively seamlessly to working from home.
The new year brought fires and flooding and the realisation that the climate crisis was something the real estate sector had to shoulder some responsibility for.