March 2015

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Next steps


New chair of the Property Section, Ian White, outlines his Section priorities for the year ahead


Warren Gordon

Enquire within


The Commercial Property Standard Enquiries, first introduced in 2002, helped reduce delays and expense in commercial transactions. But, asks Warren Gordon, are they still fit for purpose in today’s market?

Stephen Boyle

No good advice


The risks attached to giving independent legal advice are well known throughout the profession. But, as Stephen Boyle warns, in attempting to limit their exposure to giving advice, firms are not actually managing the risks at all, but leaving themselves open to litigation

high water

Water line


The new Flood Re scheme, covering insurance for properties at risk of flooding, is expected to come into force in July. Jo Morgan looks at recent developments to the scheme, and outlines practice points for practitioners

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Leading light

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Throughout its 50 years, the Law Commission has recommended reform in a number of aspects of the law relating to property. Julia Jarzabkowski and Kieran Wilson provide an overview of its most recent projects

New Zealand

New world order


In the first of our new series on land law in different jurisdictions, Michelle Hill outlines the conveyancing system in New Zealand

David Pett

Supply and demand


New consumer rights legislation, likely to come into force within the year, will have implications for all suppliers to consumers – including solicitors. David Pett outlines the new regime, and the actions conveyancers need to take

Dion Panambalana

Model behaviour


The new Model Commercial Lease is designed to simplify and speed up investment-grade commercial lease negotiations, for both landlords and tenants. Dion Panambalana explains what the lease contains and excludes, and how it will work in practice

Richard Bagwell

Sit up and take notice


Notices to complete are becoming more common in the newly buoyant property market, in which clients on both sides are eager to complete quickly. Richard Bagwell explains what they are and how they work

Commercial property: structural

After the fall

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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

Property Section renewals

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