Recent Construction and Development

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    Chapter and reverse


    The construction VAT reverse charge comes into force this October. Ronan Lowney and Michelle Essen explain the changes and what those involved in construction and development need to do next

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    On the right foot


    In the first in a series on what property solicitors need to know about different phases of the development process, Gavin Le Chat looks at the importance of a site inspection and other preliminary investigations

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    Building in safety


    Simon Lewis looks at developments on building safety following the Hackitt review and the Ministry of Housing, Communities Local Government’s consultation paper, Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

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    Do you think there should be a specific CON29DW for new-build properties?


    The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) is currently undertaking an informal consultation to seek conveyancers’ views on the development of a specific CON29DW for new-build properties

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    Brick by brick


    Self- and custom-build are becoming increasingly common. Charlie Blagbrough argues that this development could reinject diversity into house building and supply, and explains how the lending process works in this market

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    Cleaning house


    The government has turned its eye to change in the residential housing sector, from ensuring sufficient supply, to addressing escalating ground rents. Warren Gordon explains

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    Devolution evolution


    Michael Draper outlines some of the unique law – both existing and on the horizon – in Wales, as it relates to property, including potential new developments around vacant sites and residential lettings 

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    Forgive and forget


    Certificates of lawful development provide a way for property owners to prove the lawfulness of unauthorised development, after a certain period of time has passed. Anna Russell-Knee explains how they work in practice

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    Life after leave


    With Brexit now only six months away, investor sentiment remains positive, but there are broader challenges in the market which need to be resolved, from access to finance to housing supply. Paresh Raja explains

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    A site to behold


    Karen Lee provides a step-by-step guide to the role of the developer’s conveyancer, from site acquisition to plot sale

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    Strong foundations


    A new version of the Consumer Code for Home Builders was released in April. Noel Hunter explains how the code works, and how it applies to both home builders and homebuyers

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    House of cards


    Ian White takes a critical look at the recent white paper of the provision of new housing in England and Wales

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    On the mark


    Philip Grisewood of NHBC introduces the Conveyancing Portal, a new system giving conveyancers access to Buildmark cover information and associated documentation, and designed to improve efficiency while ensuring due diligence is carried out

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    Half-day Conveyancing Convention 2017 (28 June)


    The Law Society’s Property Section, in conjunction with the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, is hosting a bespoke, half-day event for property practitioners. 

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    Law Society responds to Land Registry privatisation plans


    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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    Spotlight: Timothy Taylor Ltd v Mayfair House Corpn [2016] EWHC 1075 (Ch)


    This case illustrates how a landlord’s right to redevelop a property around incumbent tenants ought to be balanced against tenants’ right to quiet enjoyment of their premises. Peter Robinson, partner at Hunters (incorporating May, May Merrimans), explains what guidance the judgment offers to a landlord when exercising a ...

  • Regulation

    Build me up


    Stephen Desmond provides an overview of the most common issues and pitfalls residential conveyancers may face in relation to building regulations

  • Daniel Pike

    Round the houses


    Housing and house-building were key battlegrounds in the recent election. Daniel Pike outlines the parties’ various pledges, what changes we might see under the new government, and the role the state has to play in effective and affordable housing supply

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    After the fall


    The recent bolt failure at the Cheesegrater building in London raises the issue of liability for building defects. Richard Stapylton-Smith and Paul Taylor examine the key considerations, and how owners and landlords can keep buildings commercially attractive for tenants

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    Giving a guarantee on an intra-group transfer


    Tindall Cobham 1 Ltd v Adda Hotels  shows that it is possible to apply the principles of construction to save the valid elements of a covenant by pruning away the bad sections