Real estate

Beneficial owners of UK property and bidders for UK public procurement contracts to be disclosed under laws planned for 2018

Entities that hold UK property or enter into UK public procurement contracts will have to register their beneficial ownership information in a public register under government plans.  Legislation is scheduled...

Written on 13 Dec 2017

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Victory for developer as Upper Tribunal modifies restrictive covenant under rarely successful statutory provision

Derreb Ltd v Blackheath Cator Estate Residents Ltd & Ors Re Manor Way [2017] UKUT 209 (LC) In a recent decision given in September 2017, a developer secured the modification...

Written on 3 Oct 2017

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Blockchain and land registries: records of the future?

What is blockchain? Blockchain is, in essence, a digital database (or ledger) distributed across a network of computers.  The records are protected by cryptography and are, therefore, protected against human...

Written on 28 Sep 2017

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The GDPR: what do you need to do if you own or manage property?

In under a year’s time, on 25 May 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect across the EU (including the UK – regardless of Brexit)....

Written on 11 Aug 2017

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Build to Rent: the taxing issue of tax

The Build to Rent (BTR) sector has never been busier. The interest to institutional investors is at an all-time high. With almost every week, a new BTR fund with hundreds...

Written on 18 Jul 2017

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Income Strips: de-risking the deal

With a wall of money looking for a return on investment, what is there not to like about an income strip deal offering long term income – typically 35 years...

Written on 4 Jul 2017

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