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Commercial Property

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The green lightSubscription

6 March 2018By

From April 2018, new regulations will make it significantly harder for landlords to rent property with an energy efficiency rating below ‘E’. Warren Gordon looks at the lease drafting implications, and potential exemptions from the new requirements

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Broader horizons

5 December 2017By

The benefits and importance of capital allowances in commercial sales and purchases has been well publicised, but did you know the relief also needs to be considered in some residential and landlord and tenant matters? Sophie Raniwala explains

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Coded messageSubscription

5 December 2017By

New Property Section chair Warren Gordon outlines the implications of the new Electronic Communications Code

Nicholas Taggart

Ringing alarm bellsSubscription

6 September 2017By

A number of recent cases around vacant possession have addressed some interesting issues which fall outside standard definitions. Is vacant possession given up if the tenant did not return keys or left an alarm on at the premises? Nicholas Taggart considers

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The gold standardSubscription

9 June 2017By

A new edition of the Standard Commercial Property Conditions of Sale was published in May. Stephen Jackson outlines the changes and improvements included in the new edition

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Capital letters

7 March 2017By ,

Ian White, chair of the Property Section, talks to Mark Tighe, CEO of Catax Solutions, about what solicitors need to know about capital allowances, an important and increasingly prevalent area of commercial property tax law

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Checks and balancesSubscription

12 December 2016By ,

Upcoming tax changes may lead more private property investors to incorporate. Susan Winter and Tony Lake look at the pros and cons of each structure, and what conveyancers need to know when acting for a corporate client as a property investor

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Law Society responds to Land Registry privatisation plans

8 July 2016

Mounting concern over government plans to privatise Land Registry has prompted the Law Society to say it hopes the government will reach a sensible decision over what is a ’vital piece of national infrastructure’

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Moving with the timesSubscription

2 June 2016By

Lucy Trevelyan looks at recent trends in the use of office space in law firms and beyond – including agile working, shoring and activity-based working – and examines the drivers for change, plus the benefits and possible pitfalls

Warren Gordon

Springing into actionSubscription

2 June 2016By

Warren Gordon provides an update on the work of the Law Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee this spring, including around Land Registry privatisation, short-form leases and the Mortgage Credit Directive

All Commercial Property Features and Comment

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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors consults on code for leasing business premises

28 March 2018Updated: 3 April 2018

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has released a consultation on the Code for Leasing Business Premises.

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Revisions published to Standard Conditions of Sale and Standard Commercial Property Conditions

27 March 2018Updated: 3 April 2018

The revisions were settled by Oyez Professional Services Ltd and the Law Society, who jointly own the copyright

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City of London Law Society launches updated Short Form Report on Title

16 March 2018

The City of London Law Society (CLLS) has launched the fourth edition of its Short Form Report on Title.

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Law Society launches new short form model leases for offices

10 November 2017

The Law Society has released new short form model leases for use by solicitors, with the aim of helping to streamline commercial property negotiations.

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RICS consults on new regulation for commercial service charge

30 October 2017

Comments must be received by 6 December 2017

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Updated commercial property forms will assist conveyancing solicitors

27 April 2017

The third edition of the Standard Commercial Property Conditions has been published, updating the widely-used forms to incorporate changes in law and practice in commercial conveyancing.

All Commercial Property Updates

Property Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Property Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Fraud
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Conveyancing
  • Planning
  • Phishing and Cyber Security
  • Bogus Firms
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rent Deposits
  • Buy-to-Let
  • Mortgage Credit Directive
  • Vulnerable Clients
  • Consumer Protection Regulations
  • Requisitions
  • Income Tax Relief
  • Reserved Funds
  • Brownfield Sites
  • Right to Buy
  • Searches
  • Capital Allowances
  • Stamp Duty
  • Land Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Webinars, a Conference, Workshops, Seminars, Magazines, E-newsletters and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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