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Monthly Archives: February 2017

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Revolution or Evolution – Protect & Survive

The annual Hogan Lovells CBRE Hotel Conference 2017 The threat from terrorism will continue well into the next decade and every country and major organisation needs a counter-terrorism plan. This was the message from Richard Walton our key note speaker and former commander at New Scotland Yard and Head of the Counter Terrorism Command.  The

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The Construction Industry Scheme: Change in the air?

What does real estate investment have to do with the problem of tax evasion made possible by cash-in-hand payments in the building industry?  Very little, one might suspect, but that has not prevented real estate investors becoming the unintended casualty of a withholding tax introduced in the 1970s to target tax fraud among builders.  A

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New Law on Revenge Evictions Goes Cold

The BBC reported this week that fewer than half of the local authorities in England have been called upon to prevent so-called “revenge evictions” since new laws came into force on 1 October 2015. The headline implies that councils might be failing to exercise new statutory powers intended to protect assured shorthold tenants from unscrupulous

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Draft Airports NPS takes off…

On 2 February 2017 the Government published its highly anticipated draft Airports National Policy Statement (“NPS”) alongside a consultation on the contents of the draft NPS. The draft NPS The draft NPS will, if adopted, provide the primary basis for decision making on applications for development consent for a Northwest Runway at Heathrow Airport. Although

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Falling Foul of Flying Freeholds

A mental image of a building sprouting wings and taking to the sky is one way to picture a flying freehold, but mention the phrase to most property lawyers and their hearts will sink. Discovering a flying freehold raises alarm bells because, without appropriate reciprocal rights between adjoining owners, they can leave both owners exposed.