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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Posted in Real Estate News

Modern Slavery: What’s the property industry got to do with it?

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking.  The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA) was enacted as part of the government’s broader strategy to tackle such crimes. Under the MSA, an annual modern slavery and human trafficking statement is required for financial years ending on or after 31 March 2016

Posted in Case Updates


A rare High Court decision on an unopposed lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 has underlined the importance of robust and thorough expert evidence – and the dangers of getting this wrong. Flanders Community Centre Ltd v Newham London Borough Council concerned the lease renewal of a community centre. The tenant first

Posted in Planning

Secretary of State left feeling sheepish over Shepherd’s Bush Market CPO

In Horada v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government the Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision relating to the Compulsory Purchase Order for the redevelopment of Shepherd’s Bush Market.  The Court of Appeal has held that market traders who objected to the CPO were substantially prejudiced by the failure of

Posted in Real Estate News

Flood Re – a damp squib or a torrential success?

The snappily named Flood Re was officially launched this week on 4 April 2016. The reinsurance scheme has been designed by the government and insurance industry to secure affordable insurance for households in flood risk areas. The government anticipates the scheme may ultimately benefit up to half a million households in areas at high risk

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Competition law challenges to restrictive covenants

A property developer has forced Tesco to agree to release it from a restrictive covenant by challenging its enforceability in court on competition law grounds.  The resulting settlement demonstrates how parties can use competition law to challenge restrictive provisions in land agreements and how a new fast-track court procedure offers a quick and cost-effective route

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Hogan Lovells hosts 5th Retail Market Trends Summit

This week, stakeholders in the retail market heard experts’ views on the recent key developments in this sector. Following a report entitled “Retail Market Trends: End of Year 2015” produced by The Local Data Company (LDC) Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, presented on its key findings. This was followed by a panel discussion of trends

Posted in Case Updates

Black Ant – Tacking and Further Advances

The Black Ant case relates to the meaning of “further advances” in the context of the anti-tacking provisions in the Land Registration Act 2002.  What is tacking and why is the case important? Tacking is the means by which a lender is able to use its charge to “tack on” (meaning add) any further advances