Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the real estate bulletin - an e-bulletin from the Real Estate group at Stevens & Bolton LLP.
Real Estate Bulletin - March 2018
- Carillion insolvency: 5 important areas contractors need to be addressing now
- Retail: driverless cars
- Regulatory: Is the new Electronic Communications Code a hazard for landlords?
- Planning: Towns and Village Greens - continuing implications for new development
- Planning: Claiming blight
- Protection for property owners against fraud
- Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
- Real estate advice
- Upcoming events
- Lawyer in the spotlight
The insolvency of Carillion has highlighted the dangers of insolvency arising in construction projects. Are there any things a contractor or sub-contractor can do if a counter party or entity elsewhere in the contract chain becomes insolvent? We... Read more
Retail: driverless cars
As driverless cars increasingly promise to make the leap from sci-fi to highway, Ian Craig and Mary Liu take a look at how autonomous vehicles could change our retail needs and properties. Read more
Regulatory: Is the new Electronic Communications Code a hazard for landlords?
The new version of the Electronic Communications Code brings with it additional protections to operators of electronic communications apparatus. Jonathan Cope and Louise Kellaway consider the ramifications for landlords entering into agreements with operators under the new code. Read more
Planning: Towns and Village Greens - continuing implications for new development
Town and village greens may be quaint, but limitations on their development means public applications to have land designated as a TVG have serious ramifications. Paul Grant looks at the recent case of TW Logistics Ltd v Essex County Council. Read more
Planning: Claiming blight
Claiming blight is the ability for an owner of land adversely affected by public works to require the land to be purchased by the local authority. Paul Grant looks at the requirements, process and remedies in this complex issue. Read more
Some property is particularly vulnerable to fraud, for example high value, unoccupied, mortgage-free, and (in some cases) tenanted properties. While high profile fraud cases have usually involved residential property, commercial property owners should... Read more
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) apply to both residential and commercial properties but the two regimes are different - this briefing covers commercial properties. What is the effect of MEES? In summary, a landlord of a commercial property... Read more
Real estate advice
Stephen Rockhill is now a regular contributor to The Times and Sunday Times. For those of you with a subscription to The Times his insights include answers to the questions:
How to change the managing agent for your property... Read more
How to prevent heat loss in an uninsulated house... Read more
Help! My underfloor heating is too hot... Read more
The Real Estate team are delighted to again be co-hosting Shedmasters in Cannes on 14th March. Alongside co-hosts Savills, Estates Gazette, Prologis, Verdion, Gazeley and RPS, we will be welcoming 350 guests to the premier reception for senior decision makers within the industrial and logistics sector.
Construction case law update
On 6 March 2018 the Stevens & Bolton construction and engineering team will be hosting a construction case law update at One Great George Street, London SW1. This free workshop will discuss the most important cases from the last year with an opportunity to network with others in the industry. Learn more
Lawyer in the spotlight
Ian Craig, who has recently joined Stevens & Bolton as a partner following 14 years at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, gives us an insight into his life outside law…
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
I want to say professional golfer, but there would be no chance.
What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?
The Hurt Business: A Century of the Greatest Writing on Boxing edited by John Schulian and George Kimball. I would. It is excellent.
What luxury item would you take with you to a desert island?
A large supply of red wine.
Which film star would play you in a movie about your life?
Martin Freeman, or for the physical similarity of course, Ryan Gosling.
Where haven’t you been in the world that you would most like to visit?
A Boxing Day test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.