Real Estate Bulletin - March 2018

Real Estate Bulletin - March 2018

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the real estate bulletin - an e-bulletin from the Real Estate group at Stevens & Bolton LLP.

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  1. Carillion insolvency: 5 important areas contractors need to be addressing now

    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
  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Protection for property owners against fraud

    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
  7. Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

    Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) apply to both residential and commercial properties but the two regimes are different - this briefing covers commercial properties, described by the regulations as “non-domestic” properties. What is... Read more
  8. 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

  9. Upcoming events

    Shedmasters 2018
    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

  10. 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.

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