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Monthly Archives: March 2017

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Hogan Lovells wins Real Estate Team of the Year at Legal Business Awards 2017

Hogan Lovells is delighted to have won Real Estate Team of the Year, jointly with Gowling WLG, for its work on the £3bn redevelopment of Brent Cross South. The scheme has been described as one of the most ambitious regeneration projects in London in living memory. Hogan Lovells advised Argent Related on the scheme to

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Squatting in mansions: The risk to residential as well as commercial premises

Since the beginning of this year, the so called Autonomous Nation of Anarchist Libertarians has occupied a number of multimillion pound residential properties in and around Belgravia.  Autonomous Nation’s cause is to highlight the number of properties sitting vacant, whilst the number of homeless people continues to rise. Their occupation of a £14 million mansion

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Tenant insolvency – Is there merit in a further moratorium?

The recent spate of high-profile company voluntary arrangements (CVAs), including those of BHS, Store 21 and more recently Love Coffee, The Food Retailer Group and Blue Inc, has placed this corporate rescue tool back in the spotlight. CVAs can be a useful mechanism for turning around a failing business, but it is clear that they

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Terrorist Attacks: The importance of adequate security measures at hotels

Hotels are targets for terrorists due to the likely presence of foreign tourists and the consequent possibility of impacting multiple nations with one attack. We blogged http://www.ukrealestatelawblog.com/2017/02/24/revolution-or-evolution-protect-survive/ a few weeks ago about Richard Walton’s keynote speech to the Hogan Lovells CBRE 2017 Hotel Conference.  Richard, a former Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command at New

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Business rates revaluation 2017: an explanation

On 1 April 2017 the business rates payable in respect of properties in England and Wales will be changing. Business rates are the tax that businesses pay on the retail, office and industrial premises that they occupy.  The total tax payable by an occupier is based on the rateable value for the premises combined with

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Quit (Illicit) Smoking – new proposals will affect landlords

Landlords could potentially find themselves hit with new lease requirements, periodic checking obligations and even financial penalties following the publication of the ‘Sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion and other excise duty evasion’ consultation document by HM Revenue & Customs. The context The government is committed to tackle evasion of tobacco duty and the illicit